Neale, Laurance Irving was born on July 20, 1885 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of George F. and Mary Adelaide (Stetson) Neale.
Bachelor of Arts, Harvard, 1906, Union Theological Seminary. Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Tufts University, 1955.
Associate with George A. Fuller Company, 1906-1908. With J. B. King & Company, junior salesman to board of directors, 1908-1924. Manager Architects Service Bureau and Insulation Department, United States Gypsum Company, 1924-1927.
With Atlantic Gypsum Products County, New York Division, sales manager, general sales manager, vice president, 1927-1936. Acting minister Unitarian Church of All Souls, New York City, 1940-1941, associate minister, 1941-1942, minister, 1942-1955, minister emeritus, since 1955.
Served as 1st lieutenant, 168th Infantry, of 42d (Rainbow) Division, United States Army, 1917-1919. Chairman of commission to formulate code of practice for gypsum industry under N.R.A., 1933. Member of N.R.A. Code Committee for Gypsum Industry and Insulation Board Industry, 1933-1934.
Member board of trustees, Meadville Theological School, Chicago, 1926-1932. Member board directors American Unitarian Association, Boston, 1940-1943. Member American Institute Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, Unitarian.
Clubs: University, Harvard (New York), Downtown, Century.