103-year-old veteran speaks to students at Texas Tech University

WW2 veteran talks to Texas Tech students

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Some students got some valuable advice on Friday, from a woman who graduated from Texas Tech 82 years ago.

103-year-old Catherine Royalty graduated from Texas Tech in 1936 with her degree in teaching and journalism.

Catherine has been in Lubbock her whole life. She was born in 1915. Her father moved here before 1900 and her mother joined him in 1905.

Royalty says, “He got to land, north, and west of Lubbock on the way to Brownfield. So, there were about 1200 people when I came along."

She graduated from Lubbock High School in 1932 and enlisted in the navy. She was one of the women accepted for volunteer emergency service also known as WAVES.

“I was put in the decoded and coded ship movements.” Royalty says.

She came back to Texas Tech with her GI bill and got her Master’s Degree in 1936, majoring in teaching and journalism.

“I planned to be a journalist, but they were making less than teachers.” Royalty says. “I started teaching at $70 a month.”

She ended up teaching for a total of 34 years at several Lubbock ISD schools.

Royalty says, “I started a newspaper in most of the junior highs in Lubbock. And when a new one would open I would go. Thompson Junior High, O.L. Slaton, Hutchinson, Atkins. My first teaching was in Post. I started a newspaper there.”

According to Texas Tech, Royalty is the oldest living World War II veteran in Lubbock.

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