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Oldest Eagle Scout in the US dies at 101

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    Here s the article with photo: http://www.pressconnects.com/thursday/news/stories/ne061704s97605.shtml I don t know how long it will be available, so here s
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      Here's the article with photo:
      http://www.pressconnects.com/thursday/news/stories/ne061704s97605.shtml

      I don't know how long it will be available, so here's the full text.





      Oldest Eagle Scout in U.S. dies at 101

      'Spider' Hyatt 'lived for merit badges'

      BY TALIA BUFORD

      Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin


      J. Edgar "Spider" Hyatt, 101, was the oldest registered Eagle Scout in the
      nation, a title friends and relatives say he lived up to.

      Owego native J. Edgar "Spider" Hyatt wears a sash with some of the 64 merit
      badges he earned during his 82 years as an Eagle Scout. He joined the Boy
      Scouts in 1921 and helped develop programs for Southern Tier camps and
      reservations. Hyatt died June 9 in Florida at age 101.

      "His basic philosophy was to live by the Boy Scout law," said Rita Foran of
      Greene, the wife of his grandson, Martin Foran. "He was the quintessential
      Eagle Scout."

      Funeral services for Mr. Hyatt, an Owego native who died June 9 at his
      Florida home, will be held at 4 p.m. today at the Allen Memorial Home,
      511-513 East Main St., Endicott.

      Mr. Hyatt joined the Scouts in 1921, five years after the organization was
      created. He earned 64 merit badges during his 82 years as an Eagle Scout.

      "He lived for merit badges," Foran said. "He was good at almost everything
      he tried to do."

      Mr. Hyatt was considered a World War I veteran because, as a member of ROTC
      in high school, he had been activated during the war. The war ended before
      he was called into action.

      He went on to become valedictorian of his class at Union-Endicott High
      School and receive a bachelor's degree in science from Cornell University.
      He taught industrial arts at Binghamton Central and Binghamton North high
      schools for 36 years.

      "He just loved to work with kids and help kids," said Rodney Lucas of
      Chenango Bridge, who was one of Mr. Hyatt's students at North High and one
      of his Scouts. "That's what he did all of his life, whether it was in school
      or with Scouts."

      Mr. Hyatt worked with Southern Tier Scouts at the Kiamesha Spaulding camp
      and Tuscarora Boy Scout reservation. He helped develop programs and served
      as chaplain at the camp's nondenominational church services.

      "Without him even trying, he'd draw huge crowds," Lucas said. "They really
      enjoyed his stories and his wisdom."

      After he retired, Mr. Hyatt spent much of his time gardening at his home in
      Bainbridge, Foran said. When he moved to Florida in 2002, Foran said, Mr.
      Hyatt found a Boy Scout troop nearby and began attending meetings regularly.

      Mr. Hyatt is survived by two daughters, Margaret Bonneville of Melbourne,
      Fla., and Marion Foran of Chenango Forks, as well as five grandchildren and
      10 great-grandchildren. His wife, Clara, died in 1986.

      Mark Tyson, Scout executive for the Baden Powell Council of the Boy Scout
      Association in Binghamton, said Mr. Hyatt set a standard for all of his
      students, both in school and in the Scouts.

      "He taught a lot of kids," Tyson said, "and he taught them how to be men."
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