• Store
  • Promotions - Carousel Above Header
  • Tickets
  • Auctions - Carousel Above Header
  • Duke Photo Store
  • Donate - Carousel Above Header
  • Uploaded Ad
Men's Tennis mm
Chemistry Professor, Tennis Supporter James Bonk Dies
Thursday 03/18/2013  -  Duke Sports Information
Print Print    Send this article to a friend Email    Subscribe to our Rss feed   RSS   
Courtesy: Duke Photography
View larger
Durham, NC - James Bonk, a longtime Duke University chemistry professor, died on Friday. He was 82.

Bonk, born Feb. 6, 1931 in Michigan, began teaching chemistry at the university in 1959, and became so synonymous with the subject matter that his 30,000 or so students over the years called his general chemistry classes "Bonkistry."

"There was a period of time when I had written the lab manual and I had written the text and I had written the problem book and I gave all the lectures, so the only thing they ever saw was me when it was associated with chemistry," Bonk said in a 2010 interview. "I was chemistry to them."

Along with his 53 years of teaching chemistry, Bonk also helped build the university's tennis team and served as the director for undergraduate education in his department.

But he was perhaps most notorious for the flat tire story, which went something like this: Four of his students, who had performed well on all their tests and quizzes and had solid A's, decided to go to Virginia to party the weekend before the final exam. They made it back Monday just before the exam, but werenâ€'t ready to take it. So they found Bonk, told him they had gotten a flat tire and asked to take the test later. He said okay.

To read the rest of the story on DukeToday, please click here.

DVDsSocial MediaIronDukesStoresMobileAuction
Back to Men's Tennis

Proud Sponsor
click to read more
Get Your Official Gear Here!
click to read more
Buy Exclusive Sports & Campus Pics
Official Duke Photo Store
click to read more
Buy Official DVD 5-Pack for $118.95
Duke Championship DVD 5-Pack
click to read more
Bid on Signed Photos & More
Duke Online Auctions
click to read more
Shop Here - Duke eSTORE
Replay Images Soon