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Loy H. Witherspoon [8], 2010 June 8

Identifier: OH-UA-WI0070

Scope and Contents

In this fifth of seven interviews given by Loy Witherspoon and conducted by Christina Wright, Dr. Witherspoon describes how Bonnie Cone fought to make Charlotte College (later, UNC Charlotte) a part of the University of North Carolina system, and how the university grew once she achieved her goal. Topics include campus administration; Ms. Cone's role as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs once Dean Colvard became Chancellor in 1966; the civil rights movement and activism of African American students on campus; the history behind various buildings on campus, including the first two dormitories that were built at UNC Charlotte; and his own role in facilitating communication between Chancellor Colvard and the faculty.


  • Creation: 2010 June 8

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Biographical / Historical

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.


118 Minutes

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Repository Details

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

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