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Retired WC Instructor Dies at 78

From an unidentified newspaper clipping, dated 4 June 1955.

Miss Cornelia Strong, 78, for 43 years a member of the Woman’s College faculty until her retirement in 1948, died at 10:30 p.m. yesterday in Wesley Long Hospital.

Miss Strong, who lived at 109 Adams St., had been a hospital patient for six weeks.

Miss Strong joined the WC faculty in 1905. She taught mathematics and astronomy, the latter course one she introduced in the college. She maintained professional membership in local and national groups in those two fields.

During her career, she earned bachelor’s degrees at Agnes Scott College and Cornell University and a master’s degree at the University of Michigan. She did graduate work at the Universities of Wisconsin, California, Colorado and Harvard.

She was a former teacher in Chicora College (now Queens College) in Charlotte.

Miss Strong was a member of the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant where she taught a Bible class for a number of years. She also taught a Bible class at the YWCA and at Woman’s College.

Dr. Joseph M. Garrison, pastor of her church, will conduct the funeral at 3 p.m. Sunday at Forbis & Murray Chapel.

The body will be cremated and the remains taken to Walhalla, S.C., Miss Strong’s native home.

Her only survivors are two cousins in South Carolina.

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