ASU alumni reaches the century mark

ASU alumnus, Clano Stephens, reaches the century mark. / Albany State University

One Albany State University alumnus is celebrating his 100th birthday today in Waycross, Georgia.

Clano Stephens graduated from Georgia Normal and Agricultural College (Albany State University), under the leadership of founding President Dr. Joseph Winthrop Holley.

Stephens credits his health, vitality and longevity to handling life's necessities in moderation. Stephens was quoted as saying he eats everything and isn't much of a drinker.

"I just try and live in a sensible way," said Stephens.

Beginning college at the small school for African Americans at age 13, Stephens worked his way through college at a job that paid 10 cents an hour coupled with earnings from handling maintenance duties in the men's dormitory, a foundation for modern day work study.

After graduating, Stephens held teaching positions in Bronwood and Edison, Georgia. From there Stephens worked for the Atlanta Life Insurance Company; and in 1943 the ASU graduate joined the Army, serving until 1945.

When asked how it feels to be 100, Stephens simply said, "it feels great, I hope everyone gets the chance to live this long."