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Clarence Woodrow Sorensen

Clarence Woodrow Sorensen, American college president. Recipient Distinguished Service award Quad-Cities Graduate Studies Center, Rock Island, Illinois, 1975, Distinguished Community Service award Rock Island Rotary, 1975; named Man of Year, Quad-Cities chapter B’nai B’rith, 1975; decorated commander Order of North Star (Sweden).


  • Sorensen, Clarence Woodrow was born on April 6, 1907 in Loup City, Nebraska, United States. Son of James C. and Anna (Madsen) Sorensen.

  • Education

    • Doctor of Philosophy, University Chicago, 1951. Doctor of Humane Letters, Wittenberg U., 1963, Marycrest College, 1970.


    • Director Pakistan education project, 1951-1952. Assistant professor Illinois State University, 1949-1952, associate professor, 1952-1956, professor geography, 1956-1959, dean Graduate School, 1959-1962. President Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, 1962-1975.

      Board of directors Foundation Inter Confessional Research, France, Lutheran School Theology, Chicago, 1976-1982.


    • Author: A World View, 1950. Ways of Our Land, 1954. (with H.H. Barrows, Evangelical Presbyterian Parker) Our Big World, 1945, Old World Lands, 1948, The American Continents, 1947.

      Co-author vols. published in Urdu: Neighbors in Asia, Europe and North America, The Southern Continents, Pakistan and the World, Regions and Resources, Economic Geography Physical Geography and Geology, 1952-1954. Also numerous articles, filmstrips in field.


    Fellow Royal Geological Society. Member National Council Social Education (editorial board 1952-1955), Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Kappa Delta, Gamma Theta Upsilon.


    • Married Edna L. Schaus, August 13, 1938.
    • father: James C. Sorensen
    • mother: Anna (Madsen) Sorensen
    • spouse: Edna L. Schaus
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    Died August 17, 1982
    (aged 75)