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"She is enthusiastic and serious and a person of excellent judgment. She is serious, attractive, and very well adjusted. She would be a favorable representative of the teachers of the United States."

— Herbert W. Lehman

She was born on June 9, 1936 in Chicago. She received her bachelor’s degree in English and History from De Paul University in 1957. She obtained her master’s degree in History from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 1960 with her thesis on Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. As a Fulbright fellow in 1961-1962, she became a teacher at İzmir College, and taught courses about “American Language and Literature”. Bonner later visited Turkey twice, and for forty five years she taught English and history in Chicago public high schools.

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