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Interview of Kathryn Marie Hess Feldi - Collection 487

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Biography of Kathryn Marie Hess Feldi

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

List of Audio Tapes in This Collection (Location Records)

Brief Description.
Oral history interview in which Feldi talks about her parents, who were Africa Inland Mission workers in Tanzania, mother's conversion at a Billy Sunday campaign, her own attendance at Wheaton College, memories of Billy Graham as a college student,the Wheaton revival of 1943,favorite professors, and the effect of World War II on Wheaton.

Collection 487
[April 25, 2007]
Feldi, Kathryn Marie Hess; 1922-2015
Interview; 1993
1 Reel of Audio Tape

Restrictions: None


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.

Accession: 93-61
July 24, 2000
Janyce H. Nasgowitz

Accession: 93-61
Type of Material: Audio Tape
The following item is located in the AUDIO TAPE FILE:

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.

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