Oldest grad returns to St. Ambrose

Glenn Brown takes a break from touring the St. Ambrose University campus in a golf cart Sept. 6.

By Andrew Gates

St. Ambrose University in Davenport received a special visitor when its oldest alumnus — age 103 — paid a campus visit Sept. 6.

Glenn Brown, a 1929 graduate of St. Ambrose College, granted a few interviews and took a stroll around his old college grounds in a golf cart before having lunch at Cosgrove cafeteria.

A major in economics, business administration and education, Brown briefly taught at Ambrose Academy high school after graduation. He found employment with Goodyear during the Great Depression and then worked throughout the country.

One of the most striking things about the university nowadays, said Brown, is how much it has grown since his time as a student.


“What has transpired since I left here is amazing.”

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