Title: Interview with Theiline Pigott McCone and John A. McCone - #5
Original format: Betacam
Item Id.: 1985.135.16_5
Description: This is Part 5 of 10 of an interview with Theiline Pigott McCone and John A. McCone. This interview was conducted by two unnamed interviewers at the McCone’s Highlands home in Seattle in January 1985. The majority of the interview is with Theiline Pigott McCone, with John A. McCone appearing in two parts. This part is an interview with both Theiline Pigott McCone and John A. McCone.
Theiline Pigott McCone (1903 - 1990) was a Seattle philanthropist. Born Theiline McGee in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she married Paul Pigott, president of Pacific Car and Foundry Co. in Seattle, in 1924. After his death, she married John Alexander McCone (1902-1991) in 1962, who at the time was director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He had previously served as chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission.
Theiline McCone was active in efforts to preserve historic properties and was vice chairwoman of the board of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In Seattle, she participated in numerous civic organizations, including the Arboretum Foundation, Children's Hospital and Medical Center, Pacific Northwest Research Foundation, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Symphony and Seattle Garden Club. She was also a regent of Seattle University and a Chair at the university is named after her.
This interview is part of the Donald Schmechel Oral History Collection. Don Schmechel, who was a member of the Seattle Public Library Foundation board, began this project with Seattle Public Library in 1984, with the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) brought on board as a partner in early 1985. Schmechel himself worked to raise the funding for the project, and volunteered his time to manage the project, and to conduct interviews along with a crew of volunteers. Originally titled the Videotaping Historic Figures (VHF) Program, the project interviewed 91 people, and MOHAI holds the interviews for 32 of these individuals.The interviews conducted with these Seattle civic, business and cultural leaders in 1985 are valuable first-hand accounts that provide insight into developments taking place in the mid-twentieth century.
Digitization of this videotape material has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.
Transcribed from handwritten notes on videotape case:
Stimson home; Highlands; Washington, D.C.; Johnnie McCone
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