It’s never too late to start so you aren’t left wondering “what might have been.” Such is the case for 102-year-old Margaret Dunning. Last week, Margaret learned that 80 years later, she would finally be able to return to college and earn her degree.
She can change a spark plug and has refurbish old car parts, but now Margaret can add “Wolverine” to her resume. Thanks to auto products manufacturer The FRAM Group, Margaret will be attending the University of Michigan. The FRAM Group donated a full scholarship to her after learning of Margaret’s devotion to antique cars – as she is a still-active driver and an antique car collector. She is best known for her 1930 cream-colored Packard 740 Roadster. Margaret originally attended the University of Michigan during the 1930s, but dropped out to help support her family when the Great Depression hit. She has spent the better part of her life touring with auto shows and sharing her love of cars. Even nightshow host Jay Leno presented Margaret with the Classic Car of America Trophy earlier this year at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours de Elegance.
Even more impressive about this college freshman is that the only thing bigger than her love of cars is her love of people. Margaret spends her time volunteering in her community of Plymouth, Michigan, and also helps out at the local historical museum. At 102 years old, many would argue there’s no point to Margaret going back to school. Her career is complete and now she is enjoying life. But for the car enthusiast, it’s about finishing something she started – even if it took over 80 years to complete.
Talk about dedication to seeing something through to the end.