Issue Date: May 20, 2013
James F. Bonk
James F. Bonk, 82, a longtime Duke University chemistry professor, died of prostate cancer on March 15.
Born in Menominee, Mich., Bonk earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Carroll College (now Carroll University), in Waukesha, Wis., in 1953 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Ohio State University in 1958.
Bonk began teaching chemistry at Duke in 1959 and became so synonymous with the subject matter that his students called his general chemistry classes “Bonkistry.” . . .
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