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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.


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.


  • Other Work

    • 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.

James C. Sorensen

Anna (Madsen) Sorensen

Edna L. Schaus