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Lamar Wallace, likely the oldest living Eagle Scout, turns 105

Photo by Bill Torpy

Lamar Wallace is 105 years old.

That likely makes him the oldest living Eagle Scout.

Officials at the National Eagle Scout Association tell me Wallace is the oldest Eagle they know about, but NESA doesn’t have Eagle Scout birth dates before 1983.

While I can’t say with certitude that Wallace owns the record, I do know this: He was born Nov. 28, 1911.

In case you, like me, can’t wrap your head around how long ago that is, consider that he was born just four years after his home state of Oklahoma became the 46th U.S. state. William Howard Taft — our 27th president — was in office in 1911.

105 birthday candles

Wallace celebrated his 105th birthday two months back, and Bill Torpy, for his column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, attended the party.

You see, Torpy has a son who will become an Eagle Scout soon, and he “thought it would be kind of cool to talk with a guy who earned his Eagle almost 90 years ago.”

Here’s my favorite part of the piece:

The values of Scouting — clean living, honesty, respect for others, leadership — are something that stayed with [Wallace].

“I used Scouting a lot,” he said. “I used it with what I did the rest of my life. I was fair in everything I did. Or I tried to be.”

Naturally, that’s what you’d figure an old Eagle Scout would say.

Eagle Scout Class of 1927

Lamar Ernest Wallace was born in Romulus, Okla. He received the Eagle Scout award at age 15 — on Sept. 17, 1927, in Gotebo, Okla.

Wallace is in rare company both because of his age and because of how long ago he became an Eagle Scout.

A look at the number of Eagle Scouts per year tells us that just 5,713 young men earned the honor in 1927 — about one-tenth the annual number these days.

Wallace, who lives in the Atlanta area, was honored in 2015 at the BSA’s National Annual Meeting in that city. As reported on Scouting Newsroom, Wallace received a standing ovation from the crowd.

A well-deserved recognition for this semi-supercentenarian.

6 Comments on Lamar Wallace, likely the oldest living Eagle Scout, turns 105

  1. I was really impressed when a man who got his Eagle in 1937 came to my wood badge training. This beats that by twelve years.

  2. These are great stories to hear about. 105, that’s amazing! We have a gentleman in our troop who earned Eagle as a youth and celebrated his 100th birthday in 2016. He is our past SM and CC, and currently a MC who runs our annual Christmas greens sale. These guys are inspirations to all!

  3. j chris greene // January 12, 2017 at 5:35 pm // Reply

    my belief along with some others is Eagle Scout Rank has become Easier over the years for younger scouts to gain. the projects are not as complicated. now you can put kits together or do a small book drive.. even simple back pack kits for school. when i became Eagle you had to write letters to get donations of materials money etc. now there is a loop hole from what i have found out.. scouts family could “fund” the project. plus there are a lot of troops out there that are merit badge factories.. instead of teaching skill.. also some scouts never leave the troop for any merit badges except maybe summer camp.. how is that teaching the scout to interact with people and reach out to get help. and we have several Eagles in my family and Eagle Friends..

  4. I am old, but is not really anything to crow about, 75 years an Eagle scout and still involved with a scout troop. I think the eagle requirements are as hard as they always been. The Eagle board of view and the troop committee can reject projects such Book Blinding and those project that appear not to show leadership, which the main purpose of Scouting.
    Read BP’s challenge to patrol leaders, “to show leadership to the members of his patrol, to make good scouts of them” (paraphrased). And that goes up the ladder to Eagle.

  5. We tend to forget that any Scout who earns an Eagle badge–or any other BSA rank–passes tests appropriate for his age and his era, and that includes merit badges. However, each era has their share of increasing levels of distractions, and these days, competitions for time and attention, like no other generation before them . No matter what the rank or era, we hope that Scouts 100 years from now, like you, believe their advancement progress and projects were meaningful and difficult , just as those who express such pride today.

  6. Robert (DOC) Halliday // January 18, 2017 at 2:38 pm // Reply

    God Bless all Eagle Scouts….hmmm maybe I should say God Bless all Scouts, their families, and Scout Leaders. I earned Eagle in 1954 and am still in Scouting and have tried to set the Scout example all my life. Scouting is about instilling morals, perserverence, well you know, the entire Scout set of Laws and Oath. Thank you parents and leaders for your time and love of the youth of Scouting.
    Semper Fi

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