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Collection 122 Oral History Interview with Gladys M. Fleckles

Identifier: CN 122

Scope and Contents

Oral history interviews with Gladys Marie Fleckles (1946-2006) in which she describes her short term missionary experience with OMF in Japan. Other topics include her graduate work at Wheaton, undergraduate study at John Brown University, and work in the admissions department of Wheaton Graduate School. The time period covered by the interview is roughly 1946-1980.

Gladys Fleckles was interviewed by Mr. John Svadbik twice in May 1980. The time period covered by the interviews is 1972-1980. Due to a recorder malfunction most of the first tape is blank.


  • Created: 1980

Conditions Governing Access

There are not restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical or Historical Information

Gladys Marie Fleckles, born April 14, 1946, was the oldest of four children of Virginia Marie and William Henry Fleckles. After graduating from a Chicago suburban high school, Fleckles worked as a staff assistant for the national buying offices of Sears, Roebuck and Company. In 1967 she went to John Brown University where she received a B.A. degree in Theology/Philosophy in 1971.

In 1972 Fleckles went to Japan as part of a short term missions project with Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF). Serving as Administrative Assistant in OMF's Japan headquarters located in Sapporo, her duties included creating and conducting personal development study series for Japanese housewives, afternoon workshop sessions, mini-seminars, and annual weekend conferences for missionaries.

After Fleckles' return to the States, she worked as an assistant for Dr. John Robinson of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College. Some of her projects included coordinating a training workshop for Mexican leaders and assisting in a singles weekend conference. In 1976 she began work as a staff member in the Wheaton Graduate School in addition to her graduate work in counseling. In 1980 she served as Assistant to the Director of Admissions in the Wheaton Graduate School and resided in Wheaton. She later became Director of Graduate Affairs at California State University, Fullerton and lived in Irvine, California. She died April 22, 2006.


2.00 Audio Tapes

111 Minutes

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Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center by Gladys Fleckles in May 1980.

Accession 80-63

August 15, 1980

Mary Ann Buffington

John Svadbik

S. Kouns

Collection 122 Oral History Interview with Gladys M. Fleckles
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Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

501 College Avenue
Wheaton IL 60187 US