Lloyd Morain

On this date in 1917, Lloyd Morain was born in Pomona, Calif. He grew up in California, and after winning a scholarship essay contest, he graduated from UCLA. During World War II, he served in Britain with the U.S. Air Corps. Already active in the American Humanist Association, while in Britain he met with British humanist groups, with the goal of greater international humanist cooperation after the war. He continued this work, moving on to continental Europe, in the late 1940s. In 1952, he and his wife, Mary Stone Dewing Morain, were among the founders of the International Humanist and Ethical Union. At the time, Morain was serving as president of the American Humanist Organization — a role he filled from 1951 to 1955, and again from 1969 to 1972. In the 1950s, Morain and his wife were also involved in supporting humanist organizations all over the world, including in traditionally religious regions of Africa. In 1954, they wrote the book Humanism As the Next Step: An Introduction for Liberal Protestants, Catholics, and Jews, which remains in print in a revised edition. Morain served as the editor of Humanist Magazine from 1978 to 1990. Though his early background was in psychological consulting, and he continued to work for the mining and utilities industries, Morain dedicated much of his life to humanist causes, as well as social causes, including family planning and homelessness. He received several awards from AHA throughout his career: the Humanist Merit Award in 1956, the Humanist Distinguished Service Award in 1972, and the Humanist Heritage Award in 2007. In 1994, he and his wife won the Humanist of the Year Award jointly. Morain remained active in the humanist movement, both with IHEU and AHA, until his death. D. 2010.

"Back through the centuries whenever people have enjoyed keenly the sights and sounds and other sensations of the world about them, and enjoyed these for what they were — not because they stood for something else — they were experiencing life humanistically."

—Lloyd Morain, Humanism as the Next Step (1954)

Compiled by Eleanor Wroblewski

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