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George Homer Durham

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Parowan, Iron County, Utah, United States
Death: January 10, 1985 (73)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of George Henry Durham and Mary Ellen Marsden
Husband of Leah Eudora Widtsoe
Brother of Wilby Marsden Durham; Lowell Marsden Durham, Sr; Lucius Marsden Durham; Wayne Cole Durham; Thomas LaMar Durham and 1 other

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About George Homer Durham

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...George Homer Durham (February 4, 1911 – January 10, 1985) was an American academic administrator and was a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1977 until his death..."

"...Durham was born in Parowan, Utah, and was raised in Salt Lake City. As a boy in grade school, he met and became lifelong friends with future LDS Church president Gordon B. Hinckley.[1] As a young man, Durham served as a missionary for the LDS Church in the British Mission, where he served as president of the mission's Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association. At the start of his mission, Durham's mission president was John A. Widtsoe. On his mission, Durham met Widtsoe's daughter, Leah Eudora Widtsoe, whom he would later marry in the Salt Lake Temple. Durham's second mission president, Joseph F. Merrill, encouraged him to pursue graduate education when he returned to the United States..."

"...Durham earned a B.A. in political science and history from the University of Utah. Durham earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He became a professor at the University of Utah. Durham would serve as the first head of the university's Political Science Department. He later served as the academic vice-president of the University of Utah. From 1960 to 1969, he was the president of Arizona State University. Under his presidency the university increased both in size and academic standing. From 1969 to 1976, he was the first commissioner and executive officer of the Utah System of Higher Education..."

"...After he retired, Durham was appointed as a general authority of the LDS Church. He had previously served in the church as a stake president, as a member of the Sunday School general board, and as a regional representative. Durham became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in April 1977. Shortly afterward, he became managing director of the LDS Church Historical Department over Church Historian Leonard J. Arrington. In October 1981, Durham became a member of the Presidency of the Seventy and remained in that position until his death. From 1982 to his death, Durham was the church's seventeenth Church Historian and Recorder. He was succeeded in that assignment by Dean L. Larson. Durham was a frequent contributor to the magazine Improvement Era and was the author or editor of a number of books, including compilations of the religious teachings of LDS church presidents John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, Heber J. Grant, and David O. McKay. Durham came from a musical family and he wrote the music to Gordon B. Hinckley's poem "My Redeemer Lives", which is now included as hymn number 135 in the LDS Church's current hymnal. Durham and his wife were the parents of three children.

In 1994, Arizona State University renamed their Language & Literature Building the G. Homer Durham Languages & Literature Building.

Durham died in Salt Lake City. His personal and professional papers were donated to the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library..."


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George Homer Durham's Timeline

February 4, 1911
Parowan, Iron County, Utah, United States
January 10, 1985
Age 73
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
January 14, 1985
Age 73
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States