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Bonnie E. Cone [17], 1988 March 17

Identifier: OH-UA-CO0027

Scope and Contents

In this twelfth 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 a variety of topics relating to the development of Charlotte College. She begins by discussing the creation of the Charlotte College Foundation and several members of its directors. She describes the formation of the United Religious Ministry (URM) on campus and the creation of Loy Witherspoon's faculty position, discusses the unrealized plans to build a facility dedicated to URM use, and shares her feelings about the project. Ms. Cone also recalls working with architects from A. G. Odell's firm on the design of early campus buildings, explains what became of the barn that originally stood on campus, and specifically reflects on the design, naming, and early use of the Kennedy building. Other topics include faculty salaries, composition of an early alma mater by student Bill Reid, tax levies and bond issues, Tom and Irwin Belk, a court case relating to the creation of Carver College, the influence of Governor Sanford and the Carlisle Commission on the future development of Charlotte College, and the process of becoming a four-year, state-supported institution in 1963 and subsequently the fourth campus of the University of North Carolina System in 1965.


  • Creation: 1988 March 17

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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.


64 Minutes

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

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
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