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Loran David Osborn

Clergyman , sociologist

Loran David Osborn, American clergyman, sociologist. Member Pacific Sociological Society; Club: University.


Osborn, Loran David was born on November 13, 1863 in Portland, Michigan, United States. Son of Review David and Eliza Maria (Faxon) Osborn.


Kalamazoo College, 1887-1889. Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan, 1891. Student Newton Theological Institution, 1891-1892.

Doctor of Philosophy, University Chicago, 1900.


Ordained to ministry Baptist Church, 1894. Pastor Immanuel Church, Elgin, Illinois, 1894-1898, 1st Church, Centralia, Illinois, 1898-1900, 1st Church, Bloomington, Illinois, 1900-1905. President Des Moines College, 1905-1911.

Associate editor Home and School Reference Work, Chicago, 1911-1912. Organizer and director university extension division, professor sociology U. Colorado, 1912-1920. Chancellor Des Moines U., in charge educational and internal administration, 1920-1924, dean College Arts and Sciences, 1924-1926, also professor sociology.

Professor sociology University of Redlands, 1926-1931. Director education department American Institute of Family Relations Los Angeles, 1931-1950. President Colorado Conference Social Work, 1918-1920.

Chairman Colorado Americanization Committee, 1918-1920. Director educational department American Red Cross, Mountain Division, 1919-1920. Director Confs. on Family Relations, Division Adult Education, State Department Education, emergency educational program, 1935-1938.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Recovery and Restatement of the Gospel, 1903. The Community and Society—An Introduction to Sociology (with Martin H. Neumeyer), 1933.


Member Pacific Sociological Society. Club: University.


Married Rena Addie Richards, August 13, 1896. Children: Marian Lorena, Richards Clinton.

Review David Osborn

Eliza Maria (Faxon) Osborn

Rena Addie Richards

Marian Lorena Osborn

Richards Clinton Osborn