Oldest alum celebrates 104

Phyllis Champagne Fremont

Phyllis Champagne Fremont

Phyllis Champagne Fremont '32 is once again making headlines on campus.

St. Scholastica's longest living alum recently celebrated her 104th birthday at the Bayshore Health Center on Park Point in Duluth. 

"I think it's wonderful you could be here," she told guests who hosted a party. "Tell everyone I'm still kickin'," she said with a chuckle.

During her years at the College, her classmates voted unanimously to name her "Miss Personality." The April 13, 1932 Scriptorium, the campus newspaper, noted that she got the honor because of her "friendliness, open heartedness, and because she is a friend to all."

She grew up as an only child in Duluth and worked for a short time as a secretary in St. Paul after graduating from St. Scholastica. She married her late husband, Chester "Chet" Fremont in 1939, and lived in the same house in Lakeside up until eight years ago, when she moved to her current home at Bayshore.

She has been active with the College throughout her adult life. She received the Sister Ann Edward Award from the College's Alumni Association in 1978.