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Loy H. Witherspoon [5], 2010 May 25

Identifier: OH-UA-WI0067

Scope and Contents

In this second of seven interviews given by Loy Witherspoon and conducted by Christina Wright, Dr. Witherspoon describes his time attending Boston University for his PhD in the New Testament, his first academic job at Dakota Wesleyan University, and his early years at UNC Charlotte. Mr. Witherspoon describes how Bonnie Cone was enthusiastic about his hiring as head of Philosophy and Religious Studies in 1964, but that many faculty members opposed his ideas in meetings and resisted the strengthening of the philosophy and religious studies program on campus. Dr. Witherspoon also discusses his role on campus as both educator and spiritual coordinator, the university administration during the 1960s and 1970s, and faculty members who Mr. Witherspoon hired during that period in order to build a well-rounded department.


  • Creation: 2010 May 25

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.


109 Minutes

Repository Details

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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Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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