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Bonnie E. Cone [7], 1987 December 8

Identifier: OH-UA-CO0017

Scope and Contents

In this second of a series of interviews conducted by Dr. Ed Perzel (former Chair of the Department of History and Associate Dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UNC Charlotte), Bonnie Cone reflects on her childhood, youth, and early adult years. She discusses life in the early twentieth century in Lodge, South Carolina, recalling her family life, pastimes, friendships, chores, memories of playing and teaching piano, and attending school. She describes her childhood home, family gatherings, and the role the church played in her family's life. She recollects her college experience at Coker College as well as memorable teachers from both high school and college. Regarding her parents, Ms. Cone reflects on lessons she learned from them, recalls the death of her father and her mother's subsequent move to live with her in Charlotte, and comments on her father's political views on issues of party and race as well as on her own political involvement. She discusses her first teaching jobs out of college in towns like McColl and Gaffney, South Carolina and explains how she came to Charlotte and met and worked for Elmer Garinger at Central High School. Other topics include her graduate studies and teaching at Duke University; her recollections of World War I and the Great Depression; her work at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in Washington, D.C. during World War II; and friendships and major influencers in her early adult years. Ms. Cone concludes the interview by describing how the land for the present campus of UNC Charlotte was obtained and why the site was chosen over others.


  • Creation: 1987 December 8

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Biographical Note

Bonnie Ethel Cone was an 80-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place in J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was born in Lodge, South Carolina in 1907 and was educated at Coker College and Duke University. She was employed as a teacher, as Director of the Charlotte Center of the University of North Carolina, as President of Charlotte College, and as Acting Chancellor and later Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


86 Minutes

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Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

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