"After Bonny Oaks"

Charles Suggs


My Sister and I left Bonny Oaks School in the spring of 1942 to live with our Grandmother in Chattanooga.  Entered Chattanooga Central High School as a freshman in the fall of 1942 and was graduated with the class of 1946.  After a number of different jobs, obtained full time employment with The Western Union Telegraph Company in 1947.

Entered the US Army shortly after the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950.  Trained at Fort Jackson, Fort Benning, and Camp Kilmer before sailing for Germany.  Completed special training at the European Command Staff Intelligence School at Oberammergau, Germany and served with the 4th Engineer Combat Battalion of the 4th Infantry Division.

Returned to the US in late 1952 after completing my tour of overseas duty. Served in the 8th Infantry Division and the 4th Infantry Division.

Resumed my employment with The Western Union Telegraph Company and attended the University of Chattanooga to continue studies for the BS degree requirements.  Received the Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics at the University of Chattanooga in 1961.

Served as Plant Engineer at The Western Union Telegraph Company until 1963.  Accepted employment with Sverdrup Technology, Inc. at the Arnold Engineering Development Center, Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee in 1963.  Retired from Sverdrup Technology, Inc as a Lead Engineer in 1984.  Employed as an Engineering Consultant by various area engineering firms until 1995.

Fully retired now and live with my wife, Barbara, and my faithful dog Chester.

My years at Bonny Oaks School were a great learning experience and I have only pleasant memories.