UM's beloved alumna turns 100

A favorite UM alumna reached 100 in December. The UM community helped Emma B. Lommasson celebrate the occasion on December 10 in the University Center Ballroom.

“I am going to live through December 31 and then after that I am just going to relax and get old. I don’t have to worry about trying to be young anymore,” Lommasson said recently from her home in Missoula.

Emma Lommasson

“I have been blessed, I am fortunate to have all these wonderful young people who call me all week … I am the luckiest woman on this planet!”

Lommasson has called UM home since she moved to Missoula in 1929. She received a bachelor’s degree in 1933 and later her master’s degree in mathematics in 1939 after teaching in Sand Coulee and Centerville for four years. She taught young Air Force personnel during World War II, worked as a veteran’s adviser, was the associate director of admissions and records, and retired as registrar in 1977.

Emma is known for her passion for education and her desire to make a positive difference in the world around her. In 2009, she established the Emma B. Lommasson Endowed Scholarship, which supports good students from Montana with financial need.
Emma requested that there be no gifts. For those who still feel inclined, a contribution to her scholarship fund is a suggestion. You may give online.