Cut the cake


Mildred Ray (BSHE ’39) turned 104 in April. She began her college career in 1931 in home economics at the State Normal School for Teachers, but within a year the program was combined with UGA to form the School of Home Economics. In 1933 Ray began teaching second grade at Hart County’s Airline Elementary School, but was soon asked to take over the school’s home economics classes. In order to earn her degree, she took summer courses at UGA while living in the “original” home management houses, located at what is now the university’s Center for Continuing Education.

During her career, Ray taught home economics and managed school lunch programs at a number of high schools. From 1946-1964, she taught home economics to the wives of returning soldiers at what was then known as the North Georgia Vocational and Technical School in Clarkesville.

Ray lives in Royston, where she works crossword puzzles and plays card games with fellow residents in addition to enjoying visits from her great-nieces and great-nephews.