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Ray Everett Short

Ray Everett Short, American minister, sociologist, educator, writer. Ordained to ministry Methodist Church, 1946. Recipient Pick a Professional award, 2003; National Science Foundation grantee Anthropology Institute, Fairmont State College, West Virginia, 1962.


  • Short, Ray Everett was born on January 5, 1919 in Coffeyville, Kansas, United States. Son of Franklin Marion and Jennie (Messersmith) Short.

  • Education

    • AB, Willamette University, 1944. Postgraduate, University Chicago, 1946. Bachelor's Degree, Duke University, 1948.

      Doctor of Philosophy, Duke University, 1961. Postgraduate, University Idaho, 1950—1951.


    • Director Westminster Foundation, Duke, 1944-1946. Co-pastor Interracial Methodist Church, Durham, North Carolina, 1947. Assistant professor religion, director chapel programs Florida Southern College, Lakeland, 1947-1948.

      Executive director Florida branch United World Federalists, 1948-1951. Director Intermountain Region, 1953-1954, Wesley Foundation, University Idaho, 1950-1951. Executive director Student Young Men’s Christian Association-Young Women’s Christian Association, University Denver, 1951-1953.

      Pastor Fairmont Methodist Church, Lockport, Illinois, 1954-1956. Graduate assistant sociology Duke, 1956-1957. Associate professor religion, head division religion and philosophy, chaplain Tennessee Wesleyan College, 1957-1960.

      Associate professor sociology and religion, head department sociology University Dubuque, Iowa, 1960-1965, acting chairman division social science, 1962-1965. Associate professor sociology, head department sociology and anthropology University Wisconsin, Platteville, 1965-1970, professor sociology, 1966-1987, professor emeritus, since 1987. Professor sociology and anthropology Copenhagen Study Center University Wisconsin, spring 1974, national lecturer, since 1975.

      Chairman Peace and World Order division North Iowa Methodist Conference, 1963-1969. Representative United States Junior Chamber of C. in testimony before United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, 1950, Advocating Ltd., Democratic Federal World Government. Midwest region representative National Council World Federalist Association, 1964-1973, president Midwest region, 1967-1969, chairman national council, 1971-1972, national vice president, since 1991.

      (with wife) WFA delegations to non-governmental organization Forum and 4th United Nations Conference on Women, Beijing, 1995. District of Columbia headquarters WFA property named Ray and Jeannette Short Peacemakers Building, 1997 (Presidential WFA award 1998, National World Federalist of Month, June 2004). Co-chairman Grenville Clark Club.

      Member special Wisconsin Conference called with President's Comn. for Observance of 25th Anniversary of United Nations, 1970-1987. Member Wisconsin University Methodist Board on Church and Society, 1973-1980, chairman World Peace division, member executive committee, 1975-1980.

    Major achievements

    • Ordained to ministry Methodist Church, 1946.


    • Author: Sex, Love or Infatuation: How Can I Really Know?, 1978, on videocassette, 1987, second edition (Augsburg Bestseller), 11 foreign editions, Sex, Dating and Love: Questions Most Often Asked, 1984, second edition, 1994, Sex, Love or Romance: You Can't Really Trust Your Heart?, 2004. Contributor articles to professional journals.


    National board American Freedom Association. National vice president Campaign for United Nations Reform, 1983—1987, 1st vice president, 1989—2004, executive committee, since 1997. Board directors Dubuque Salvation Army, 1961—1965.

    Director, founder Wisconsin Annual World Peace Study Program, since 1975. Democratic candidate for Wisconsin 3d District Congressional Seat, 1970, 1972. Delegate District and State Conventions, 1969—1987, state platform committee, 1975—1987.

    Fellow American Sociological Association. Member American Association of University Professors, National Council on Family Relations, Federation American Scientists, National United Methodist Men (member peace advisory task force since 1990).


    • Married Jeannette Louise Stephens, June 12, 1954 (deceased January 2000). Children: Glenn Alan, Linda Louise, Kenneth Ray, Timothy Wesley, Karen Amy. 1 stepdau., Mary Jennings.
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    Born January 5, 1919
    • 1944
      Willamette University
    • 1946
      University Chicago
    • 1948
      Duke University
    • 1961
      Duke University
    • 1944 - 1946
      Director, Westminster Foundation
      Duke, Oklahoma, United States
    • 1947
      co-pastor Interracial Methodist Church
      Durham, United Kingdom
    • 1947 - 1948
      assistant, chapel programs Florida Southern College
      Lakeland, Florida, United States
    • 1947 - 1948
      director, chapel programs Florida Southern College
      Lakeland, Florida, United States
    • 1948 - 1951
      executive, director Florida branch United World Federalists
    • 1950 - 1951
      director, Intermountain Region
    • 1951 - 1953
      executive, director Student Young Men's Christian Association-Young Women's Christian Association
    • 1953 - 1954
      director, Intermountain Region
    • 1954 - 1956
      pastor Fairmont Methodist Church
      Lockport, New York, United States
    • 1956 - 1957
      graduate assistant, sociology Duke
    • 1957 - 1960
      associate, division religion and philosophy
    • 1957 - 1960
      head, division religion and philosophy
    • 1960 - 1965
      associate, department sociology University Dubuque
      Iowa, United States
    • 1960 - 1965
      head, department sociology University Dubuque
      Iowa, United States
    • 1965 - 1970
      associate, department sociology and anthropology University Wisconsin
      Platteville, Wisconsin, United States
    • 1965 - 1970
      head, department sociology and anthropology University Wisconsin
      Platteville, Wisconsin, United States
    • 1975
      professor, sociology and anthropology Copenhagen Study Center University Wisconsin
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