almost landed in the west branch of the Susquehanna River.
(That’s when he decided to quit the swim team, even though
he had helped found it, before the school even had a pool.)
Vogel is still class reporter for the Class of ’37, but with
nobody else sending in news, he says, “I write crazy things.”
He writes a lot about his grown granddaughter’s potbellied
pig. “It’s gotten to be pretty well-known,” he says. “I got
letters from people in other classes.”
He chaired his 50th class Reunion, which he says set the
record for raising the most scholarship money of any class.
Until recently, he came back to Bucknell every year for the
At age 108, Anna Outwater Day ’27 maintains a strong voice
and active mind.
With the recent success of the movie remake of The Great
Gatsby and the hit HBO series Boardwalk Empire, references
to the Roaring Twenties still abound in popular culture.
But finding an authentic flapper today ... not so easy.
Anna Outwater Day ’27, who celebrated her 108th
birthday Aug. 25, can lay claim to that title. Speaking
recently with a Bucknell visitor at her retirement home
in Charlottesville, Va., Day recollected her campus days
and the origin of the term. “We wore galoshes unbuttoned
so that they flapped. That’s why they called us flappers.
“I have fond, fun memories of Bucknell,” she adds.
“Nobody was allowed to have a car unless you were an
upperclassman. You walked everywhere. I really developed
good legs. Maybe that’s why I’m so old.”
Day’s Bucknell education, she says, “gave me an experience
I never would have had otherwise. I met a nice group of girls
and boys. There were four boys for every girl, and I managed
to get fraternity pins quite frequently. I still have them.”
Her senior year, she says, that pin came courtesy of
fellow New Jersey native Ted Mitchell ’29, center for the
Day belonged to Kappa Delta sorority, was active in
musical activities and majored in French with minors in
math and Spanish.
“I was only 19 when I graduated, and I went to look for a
job [in New York City],” she recalls. “I went down on Wall
Street, because I thought my French would help me get a job
in the diplomatic service.”
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She pursued her master’s in French at Columbia University,
then was told she needed shorthand and typing skills, so she
took classes at a business school. Day spent seven years as a
secretary in the long-distance department of AT&T before
marrying and raising a family.
Today, she resides near her daughter, Betty Dinwiddie,
and enjoys visits with friends and family. Day remains a
“I have been reading since I was about 3 years old,” she
says. “I’m still reading a lot,” especially historical fiction.
Scholarship Day Celebration.
Will he come back to Lewisburg for his 100th birthday
this Feb. 2?
Says Vogel, “I’d love to get to campus one more time.”
If he does, it will be with a ride from his family. In a rare
concession to his age, he doesn’t drive long distances any
more. That red Jaguar will be home in the garage.
— Matt Zencey
Read Charlie Vogel’s tips for living to 100 in the Bucknell
“I don’t have any words of wisdom except that I took
advantage of every opportunity that was offered to improve
myself and to be nice to other people,” she says. “I was
conscious of the privilege it was to go to college. Not many
people had it. It was expensive, and you did the best you
could and took advantage of every opportunity.”
When asked her secret to a long and happy life, Day says,
“You were put on earth to help other people. That’s the way
I was brought up. I think Bucknell promoted that.”
— Sherri Kimmel, with assistance from Steve Codner
To watch a video of Anna Day’s 108th birthday celebration, download the Bucknell Magazine app or visit bucknell.edu/bmagazine.
Note: The staff of Bucknell Magazine is saddened to report the Jan. 9
death of Anna Outwater Day ’27. We feel privileged to have depicted
her wit, wisdom and wonderful smile shortly before her passing, which
occurred after the magazine was printed.
Anna Day ’27, a resident at Our Lady of Peace in Charlottesville, Va., turned 108 Aug. 25.