Lucile Randon, 118, World’s Oldest Person, dies

The Gerontology Research Group is saddened to announce the passing of Lucile Randon (sister Andre), 118, the GWR-validated and GRG-validated World’s Oldest Living Person. 

Lucile Randon took her religious vows in 1944, taking the name Andre, and joined the Sisters of Charity (maison des Filles de la charité on rue du Bac in Paris). During World War II, she served as a governess and teacher in various homes. After the war, she worked for 28 years in a hospital in Vichy with orphans and the elderly. Since 2009, she has been living in Toulon in a nursing home for the elderly. 

On October 19, 2017, after the death of Honorine Rondello, she became the oldest living person in France.

On June 2, 2019, at the age of 115 years and 111 days, she became the oldest consecrated person in history, taking over this title from the nun Marie-Josephine Gaudette, who died in 2017.

On June 18, 2019, after the death of the Italian Maria Giuseppa Robucci-Nargiso, Lucile Randon became, at the age of 115 years and 127 days, the second oldest living person in the world (after Kane Tanaka) and the oldest in Europe.

On January 16, 2021, she was diagnosed with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. She underwent the illness asymptomatically and, a few days before her 117th birthday, became the oldest person in the world to survive this infection.

On February 11, 2022, as the fourth person in history (behind Jeanne Calment, Sarah Knauss and Kane Tanaka), Lucile Randon turned 118 years old.

On April 19, 2022, after the death of Japanese woman Kane Tanaka, she became the oldest living person in the world.