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Digging MU’s Past

Charlie Digges, BS BA ’40, has celebrated MU’s birthdays since the 100th.

Charlie Digges

Photo by Rob Hill.

When Charlie Digges, BS BA ’40, stepped on campus in 1936, enrollment was 4,261. After classes, he and some friends would gather at Springdale or The Shack for a beer. A few times a week, he’d sell suits and ties at Barth’s Clothing Co. When he had the weekend off, he’d head to Faurot Field to cheer for the Tigers.

Born and raised in a house on Providence Road, Digges can’t remember a time when MU wasn’t part of his life. The 95-year-old former president of The Insurance Group (previously Rollins, Vandiver & Digges) still cheers for old Mizzou on game day, attends concerts at Jesse Hall and walks the green at A.L. Gustin Golf Course.

Even though he celebrated Mizzou’s 100th, 125th and 150th anniversaries, he says that doesn’t make the 175th any less special.

“The university has always been a highlight of my life.”