From: West Virginians
Published by The West Virginia Biographical Association, 1928

Submitted by Linda Fluharty.

     John Stanley Bonar is president of West Liberty State Normal School, having filled that office since July, 1926. Prior to that time he had carefully prepared himself to become one of the most efficient and progressive of West Virginia educators, having served six years as teacher in rural schools of Marshall County, eight years principal of the Benwood Junction schools, six years as superintendent of the Cameron city and district schools, two years as superintendent of the Hinton Schools and five years as a member of the West Virginia State Department of Education. There is no phase of school administration with which he is not familiar, and during his service with the Department of Education contributed much valuable assistance to the progress of schools of the state.
     He was born at Rosby Rock, in Marshall County, W. Va., January 13, 1882, son of David and Catherine (Parsons) Bonar. Two of his brothers are at present also prominent in school activities, Carl F. being principal of Bethany High School, and Clarence L., principal of Jefferson School, Follansbee, W. Va. Both brothers are World War veterans.
     John S. Bonar attended public schools and West Liberty State Normal School, where he was graduated in 1913. He undertook study at West Virginia University and in 1925 took further work at Ohio University, where he received the degree B. S. His work as teacher and school executive has already been outlined.
     He married, in 1913, to Claudia Vaughn Jerrone, of Pittsburg, a graduate of West Liberty State Normal School and Bethany College, who, before marriage, was a teacher in Ohio County public schools. Mr. and Mrs. Bonar are members of the Methodist Church. Mr. Bonar is a Mason and a Knight of Pythias. In politics he is Republican.