Furman University Oral Histories

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Audio recording of an interview with former Furman President, John E. Johns, and his wife Martha Johns. Dr. John E. Johns (b. 1922- d. 2007) and his wife, Martha Mauney Johns, are both graduates of Furman University. After serving as president for eight years at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, Dr. Johns returned to his alma mater to serve as the president of Furman University. In this interview, Dr. and Mrs. Johns discuss their time as Furman students, his time in Word War II, how he became Furman president, and his time as president. They share memories of Dr. Delbert Gilpatrick, Bea Plyler, Francis Bonner, President Gordon Blackwell, Joe Roberts, Wayne Weaver, Gordon Bennett, and Homozel "Mickey" Daniel. They speak about Furman's 1988 National Championship, and the 1976 National Champion Women's Golf Team. Dr. John's and Martha go into great detail about the split between Furman and the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Other highlights of the interview are the Daniel bequeath, the Hollingsworth bequeath, and how Furman has changed in the last 50 years. Near the conclusion Dr. Johns and his wife do his famous Furman cheer.

Scholarship Type

Faculty Scholarship

Publication Date


City and State

Greenville (S.C.)


Furman University; History; Oral histories; College presidents; Johns, John E. (John Edwin); Alumni and alumnae


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John E. Johns and Martha Johns Oral History



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