[April 25, 2007]
Feldi, Kathryn Marie Hess; 1922-2015
Full name: Kathryn Marie Hess Feldi
Birth date: February 27, 1922
Death date: February 14, 2015
Parents: Charles Edward and Laura Anna Danzizen (sp?) Hess, missionaries to Tanganyika (now Tanzania)
Siblings: One sister, Anna M. Hess (Mrs. Gene C. Lander)
Marital Status: 1957 married Santo J. Feldi
Children: Two daughters
Denomination: Reformed Church of America
Rift Valley Academy - High School
1939-1943 BA, 1943, Wheaton College
1943-1947 MD, 1947, Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania
Other significant information: A significant event in her life was hearing an address by Mrs.
J.W. Guilding, a survivor of the sinking of the Zamzam, an Egyptian cargo ship transporting
missionaries across the Atlantic to Africa, when it was attacked by the German naval vessel Atlantis during
World War II.
Scope and Content
Kathryn Marie Hess Feldi was interviewed by Robert Shuster on May 7, 1993, at the Billy Graham Center Archives. The events described in the interview cover the time period 1922-1963.
T1 ( 65 minutes). Parents (mother's conversion at Billy Sunday meeting, father's conversion, Bible and missionary training, pastorate), recollections of Wheaton College as a child, father's starting a church in Rhode Island, departure for Africa, impressions of Wheaton, faculty (Paul Wright), impact of Dr. Edman's chapel messages: "It's always too soon to quit" and on angels, ability to recall students' names, impact of Evan Welsh, living with the Mortimer Lane family, the Lane's contribution to the Brethren Assembly (became Bethany Chapel), Billy Graham preaching at the United Gospel Tabernacle, Alexander Grigolia teaching anthropology, more on Graham, Foreign Missions Fellowship, FMF speakers (T.J. Bach, Mrs. J.W. Guilding who was survivor of the Zamzam sinking), Zamzam incident (Barnett loss of medical equipment), the 1943 revival (classmates who became missionaries), spiritual life at Wheaton and perceived changes/constants, academic life and professors Roger Voskuyl (taught non-secret information learned during Manhattan Project research) and Dr. Taylor, Physics Society, transition to Wheaton helped by Rift Valley Academy environment, literary societies, membership in the Aeolian Literary Society, impact of Pearl Harbor attack on the College, strengths and growth of Wheaton College, family legacy of Wheaton's impact and service to the Lord
The materials in this collection were given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Kathryn Feldi in May 1993.
July 24, 2000
Janyce H. Nasgowitz
T1 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips, 65 minutes, one side only. Interview of Kathryn Marie Hess Feldi by
Robert Shuster on May 7, 1993, at the Billy Graham Center Archives.