Middle Georgia State University announced the passing of Dr. Franz Eitel, who died Monday. Eitel retired as Biology professor and Cochran campus horticulturist in 2004 but remained active at the university, auditing numerous courses in history, literature, art appreciation and geology. Eitel, 88, began the semester auditing a history course. The Registrar's Office confirmed he was MGA's oldest student. The University expressed their deepest sympathies to Eitel's family and friends in a statement.