Mildred Ray, who earned her bachelor of home economics degree in 1939, looks over the History of Home Economics with Susan Byus, director of alumni relations and student leadership. Miss Ray, who is 103, began her college career in 1931 in the home economics department at the State Normal School for Teachers, but within a year the program was combined with UGA to form the School of Home Economics. She began teaching second grade at Hart County's Airline Elementary School in 1933, but was soon asked to take over the school's home economics classes. In order to earn her bachelor of science in home economics degree, Miss Ray spent her summers taking courses at UGA while living in the "original" home management houses, located on the site of what is now the UGA Continuing Education Center. During her career, Miss Ray taught home economics and managed school lunch programs at a number of high schools. From 1946-1964, she taught home economics to the wives of returning soldiers at what was then known as the North Georgia Vocational and Technical School in Clarkesville. After she retired, Miss Ray and her sister continued to stay busy creating items that were sold in a variety of gift shops, including at Unicoi State Park and Grove Park Inn in North Carolina.Miss Ray, who continues to enjoy good health, has lived at The Gables at Cobb Village in Royston for the past few years where she works crossword puzzles and plays card games with fellow residents in addition to enjoying visits from her great-nieces and great-nephews.