Loy H. Witherspoon , 2010 July 6
Scope and Contents
In this final of seven interviews given by Loy Witherspoon and conducted by Christina Wright, Dr. Witherspoon discusses his involvement with student organizations and fraternities at UNC Charlotte. In particular, Dr. Witherspoon focuses on the Christian fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha and his belief in their positive influence on campus life. He describes how fraternities and sororities were first established on campus through the support of Bonnie Cone, despite opposition from some faculty members. Dr. Witherspoon discusses his role as faculty advisor to Lambda Chi Alpha and describes the organization at UNC Charlotte in detail, including their organizational structure, community service activities, and initiation practices. He also recounts stories of particular student members of Lambda Chi Alpha and other fraternities whom he mentored. Dr. Witherspoon ends his interview with a description of plans for Bonnie Cone's burial on the UNC Charlotte campus.
- Creation: 2010 July 6
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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.
Language of Materials
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