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Chris Lauriths Christensen

executive secretary

Chris Lauriths Christensen, business executive. Recipient 4-H National citation, 1962.


Christensen, Chris Lauriths was born on December 29, 1894 in Minden, Nebraska, United States. Son of Christian Marius and Hilda (Ibsen) Christensen.


Graduate, Nebraska University School Agriculture, 1916. Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, University Nebraska, 1920. Digital Array Gas-cell correlation radiometer., University Nebraska, 1937.

Doctor of Laws, Knox College, 1949. Fellow American-Scandanavian Foundation, University Copenhagen and Royal Agricultural College, Denmark, 1922.


Special investigator on cooperative agriculture United States Department of Agriculture, Europe, 1922-1923, chief division cooperative marketing, 1924-1929. Executive secretary Federal Farm Board, 1929-1931. Dean College Agriculture, director Agricultural Experiment Station and extension service University Wisconsin, 1931-1943.

Vice president, director, chairman executive committee Celotex Corporation, 1943-1961. Vice chairman, director South Coast Corporation, 1943-1961. Director Brookside State Bank, Tulsa, Goff Oil Corporation.

Director, member executive committee International Harvester Company. Director Armour & Company. Director, secretary-treasurer Dairy Marketing Corporation, 1933-1935.


Member Governor's Executive Council, State of Wisconsin, 1931-1932. Member board of trustees, chairman of the executive committee Farm Foundation. Member of advisory board, chairman farm building committee Producers Council.

Member National Committee on Public Education. Member sponsoring committee WorldCongress on Education for Democracy, 1939. National committee Midcentury White House Children and Youth Conference, 1949-1950.

Trustee Rural Youth Foundation. President, director, chairman of the executive committee National Commision on Boys and Girls 4-H Club Work. Member Northwestern University Assns.

President Country Life Association, 1939. President Chicago chapter American-Scandinavian Foundation, 1946-1948. Sergeant United States Army, 1918.

Member Gamma Sigma Delta, Alpha Zeta, Farm House. Clubs: Garden of Gods(Colorado Springs, Colorado), Chicago, Boston (New Orleans), Petroleum (Tulsa).


Married Cora Wells March, December 18, 1929. Children: Christian Lauriths and Charles March (twins).

Christian Marius Christensen

Hilda (Ibsen) Christensen

Cora Wells March

Christian Lauriths and Charles March Christensen (twins)