Department History

Miss Viola Boddie

Viola Boddie

(The Carolinian p. 19, 1909)

Viola Boddie

(The Carolinian 1917)

Viola Boddie

(Pine Needles 1940 )

Born on her parents’ farm in Nash, NC on October 2, 1863, Viola Boddie attended Littleton College, NC and taught in Henderson College before winning a scholarship in 1889 to the Normal School at Nashville, TN, (now Peabody College,) where she earned a degree with teaching certificate in 1891. She returned to her home state and taught for a year in Asheville before being hired in 1892 by Charles McIver to be head of the Department of Latin and head of the department of French at a salary of $750.00.  This salary was raised to $864.00 for the year beginning October 1,1893 and to $900.00 for the following year.

One of the original 15 faculty members at the institution, Viola Boddie taught Latin for 43 years, giving up the headship and teaching part-time in her last year before retiring in 1935. She died on March 20, 1940 at age 76. The Alumnae News (November 1935) published these remembrances of Miss Boddie in honor of her retirement. See below the Department of Latin Report for 1898 located in the UNCG Archives.

Viola Boddie Department of Latin The State Normal and Industrial College of North Carolina, Greensboro N.C. April 1898.The department has enrolled during this scholastic year about two hundred seventy-five students.A post graduate course in Latin was offered this year and enthusiastically taken by several of the young women. It is the purpose of the department to make this course one that will be especially helpful to those who contemplate teaching this subject.The work in the Freshman class is frequently much hampered by lack of English preparation on the part of students, and the department would recommend that no student take Latin who cannot enter the
Viola Boddie Freshmen class in English.There is much need of a better reference library; the books that have been purchased were few and cheap, consequently are now much worn.  Respectfully Submitted: Viola Boddie Mary A. Sanders – Assistant.