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Loy H. Witherspoon [4], 2010 May 18

Identifier: OH-UA-WI0066

Scope and Contents

In this first of seven interviews given by Loy Witherspoon and conducted by Christina Wright, Dr. Witherspoon describes his family history, early life, and education. Topics include how he became an orphan and his positive experience living in The Children's Home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; his college and graduate education at Duke University; friends, mentors, and benefactors, in particular, Virginia and Ross Puette of Charlotte, North Carolina; his experiences living in Egypt where he taught at the American University in Cairo; and his training and background as both a Methodist minister and an educator in religious studies and philosophy.


  • Creation: 2010 May 18

Language of Materials

From the Collection:

The material is in English

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Biographical Note

Loy Witherspoon was a 80-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place on the campus of UNC Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was born in Catawba, North Carolina in 1930. He graduated from Duke University with a BA and a BD degree, and from Boston University with a PhD in the New Testament. He was employed with UNC Charlotte from 1964 to 1994, where he led the Department of Philosophy and Religion, then established and chaired the Department of Religious Studies when it split off from philosophy beginning in 1972.


111 Minutes

Repository Details

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

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