Interview with Joann Ingels Atcher, August 8, 2001

Project: University of Kentucky Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Margaret Ingels was born in Paris, Kentucky on October 25, 1892 and died December 13, 1971. She was the first woman engineering graduate from the University of Kentucky's College of Engineering under Dean F. Paul Anderson, where she received her degree in 1916, and was the second woman graduate in the United States. In this interview, Joann Ingels Atcher recalls her aunt, Margaret Ingels, who is actually "my first cousin, once removed". Atcher talks about Ingel's "affinity and affection" for the University of Kentucky and says her aunt grew up with A. B. "Happy" Chandler, who eventually became governor of Kentucky. She discusses Ingel's views on women's issues and family and says her aunt never forgot where she came from. Atcher talks about Ingel's disciplined, professional approach to her personal activities, that Ingels became a Donovan Scholar after retirement, and was also involved in community activities. Atcher says the family was very close-knit and recalls some of the family members.

Atcher remembers that, after her honeymoon in 1957, she received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Kentucky the same year Ingels received her Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from U.K. Ingels worked for the Carrier Engineering Corporation, Syracuse, New York, for many years. Atcher talks about Ingel's work in the engineering field, particularly in the area of industrial heating and cooling systems and says she was a pioneer in reform by promoting the domestic use of air conditioning. She flew to San Antonio, Texas in 1996 to accept the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Hall of Fame award (posthumously) on her aunt's behalf.

Interview Accession

2001oh042_af617

Interviewee Name

Joann Ingels Atcher

Interviewer Name

H. Jean Wheatley

Interview Date

2001-08-08

Interview Rights

All rights to the interviews, including but not restricted to legal title, copyrights and literary property rights, have been transferred to the University of Kentucky Libraries.

Interview Usage

Interviews may be reproduced with permission from Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, Special Collections, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Restriction

No Restrictions

Interviews may be reproduced with permission from Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, Special Collections, University of Kentucky Libraries.

All rights to the interviews, including but not restricted to legal title, copyrights and literary property rights, have been transferred to the University of Kentucky Libraries.

Add this interview to your cart in order to begin the process of requesting access to a copy of and/or permission to reproduce interview(s). 


Atcher, Joann Ingels Interview by H. Jean Wheatley. 08 Aug. 2001. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Atcher, J.I. (2001, August 08). Interview by H. J. Wheatley. University of Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Atcher, Joann Ingels, interview by H. Jean Wheatley. August 08, 2001, University of Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





Persistent Link for this Record: https://kentuckyoralhistory.org/ark:/16417/xt7k6d5pc816


Share