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Name: Royal J. Bondie Jr. Manuscript Collection (1923-C.1990)

Historical Note:

Royal J. Bondie Jr. (1923-C.1990)

Born on September 22, 1923 of French descent, Royal 1. Bondie Jr. received degrees in

aeronautical engineering from the University of Detroit and Wichita State University. After

working for five years as senior research engineer in the department of engineering research at

the University of Wichita, he arrived in January 1957 at Parks College, where he taught and

was responsible for developing and maintaining the wind-tunnel laboratories, considered among

the best of their kind. "Despite his extensive theoretical background," declared an article

noting his retirement as professor of aerospace engineering in 1987, "Professor Bondie has

always put the emphasis on testing, rather than abstract analysis. He is known as an excellent

yet easygoing and very enjoyable teacher who obviously loved his work and, above all, his

students. They reciprocated. When he retired last August, it became painfully obvious how

much he would be missed." Bondie's dedication to students was demonstrated by the

extracurricular load he carried at Parks: he was faculty advisor to Alpha Beta Gamma, a social

fraternity, and to the student branch ofAIAA (American Institute ofAeronautics and

Astronautics) , for which latter activity he received the citation as outstanding faculty advisor

three times.

Bondie was especially interested in vehicle drag problems in automobiles and trucks, and

served as a consultant in this area for law and engineering firms during the 1970s. He also did

consulting work for the United States Army Aviation Materiel Command (1966-67) and was a

senior engineer at Sverdrup and Parcel (1966-68). His outside teaching experiences included

organizing the St. Louis section ofAIAA student paper conferences (1966 and 1969) and an

AlAA seminar on aerodynamic subjects for students from area universities (1974). He also

initiated and coordinated with other instructors examination review sessions for students

planning to become professional licensed engineers, and was on the Education and Scholarship

Committee of the Illinois Society ofProfessional Engineers (1971-74). Bondie was convinced

of the efficacy of Myers-Briggs personality type indicator tests as a teaching aid and received a

grant to administer the tests to Parks students. Unfortunately, Bondie lamented, "I have found

it extremely difficult to promote the usefulness of this personality typing at both the departmental

and college level."

Bondie was active in his community as well, serving as president of the school board of Gibault

Catholic High School in Waterloo, Illinois and presiding over the building of a new complex for

the institution. He held all major offices in the Columbia, Illinois Lions Club and helped

establish the organization's youth center. He was program chairman for lectures for the Waterloo

Council of the Knights of Columbus and treasurer, general manager, and president of the Parks

College Credit Union.

Bondie's wife Patricia was a librarian for the Cahokia, Illinois School District. The couple

planned to travel in their recreational vehicle and do genealogical research after Bondie's

retirement. Bondie may also have enjoyed hunting, since an unanswered solicitation from the

National Rifle Association (NRA) was found in his correspondence, as was a circular from

Springfield Armory in Geneseo, Illinois advertising firearms to dealers. The Bondies had three

daughters-Diane, Bethany, and Susan-and six grandchildren.

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