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Oklahoma Panhandle State University president Dave Bryant shares a moment with Pauline Richter. Mrs. Richter (81) is the school's oldest student and proud of it. -Campus Communications Photo



**For Immediate Release**
OPSU Octogenarian Enjoying Herself
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 07-18-05
by Scott Puryear

Goodwell, OK - Pauline Richter of Goodwell is a student at Oklahoma Panhandle State University and, at 81 years young, is enjoying the experience.

Richter, a native of Seward, Nebraska, has lived in the Panhandle since 1999, and is taking a Humanities class. She loves the area and is especially fond of being a part of the activities at OPSU.

She is an avid sports fan and takes in an Aggie or Lady Aggie game whenever she can, and is also often in attendance at OPSU theatrical productions and concerts.

Richter said she very much likes to be around the young people at the University and recalls her own days as a youngster during the Great Depression. As a child, she lived on the family farm near Seward, but the economic conditions of the times forced the family to move to Blue Springs, Nebraska. There, she began to develop her lifelong love for sports, competing in high school baseball and basketball. She was also a cheerleader and said with a wink, "I could really holler and I could spin around with the best of them."

Pauline and Russell Richter were married for 46 years and resided in Atchison, Kansas. Mr. Richter passed away in 1988.

Whether meeting her on campus, or seeing her at an OPSU athletic event or performance, Pauline Richter usually has the brightest smile around and always a kind word.

There IS something for everyone at Oklahoma Panhandle State University.

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