Kitchen Timer

Thirty years ago, Jessie Hamilton was a cook for the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity on LSU campus. She kept the boys fed, listened to their problems, cheered them on, and became a cherished friend.

When one of the fraternity brothers learned that Hamilton was still working two jobs to pay off her mortgage, they dug deep.

For her 74th birthday, the fraternity surprised her outside her home by singing “Happy Birthday” and then presenting her with two checks–one to settle her mortgage and the other to enjoy her retirement.


Jodi Owan