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Laura Lord Scales
Laura Scales
Laura Scales in 1987.
Birth: 13 November 1879
Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
Death: 12 June 1990
Northampton, Massachusetts, USA
Age: 110 years, 211 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Laura Woolsey Scales (née Lord; 13 November 1879 – 12 June 1990) was a validated American supercentenarian.


Woosley Scales was born as Laura Woolsey Lord in Hanover, New Hampshire as the daughter of John and Emma Pomeroy Lord.

Laura graduated from the Smith College, Massachusetts in 1901 with a Bachelor of Literature and married Robert Scales in Hanover, New Hampshire 6 October 1908. The marriage was brief as Robert died in 1912, without them having had any children. She then worked at the Boston Museum of Arts for a few years before being appointed as Dean of Women at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1920. Two years later she left that position and became Warden at the Smith College. In 1922 she also published a book titled "Boys of the Ages". In 1931 she received an Honorary Degree of Literature and in 1936 one of the new dormitories of the Smith College was named the Laura Scales House. In 1939 she became an Honorary Doctor of Literature.

Her brothers: Frederic Pomeroy Lord (1876–1970) lived to be 93 and Arthur Hardy Lord (1889–1989) lived to be 100.

She retired from her position as Warden in 1944 and for the next 30 years she lived in Dunedin, Florida. In 1974 she returned to Northampton, Massachusetts. Laura Woolsey Lord Scales died in Northampton, Massachusetts on 12 June 1990, aged 110 years, 211 days.