-Born on January 8, 1902 inOak Park, Illinois, a suburb of
Chicago, the fourth of six
children.-There were no economicproblems during his early life
father was a
successful civil engineer andcontractor while his mother wasa housewife and a devoutChristian.
-His parents discouraged thedevelopment of friendships
outside their home because,
nonfamily members engaged inquestionable activities.-At the age of 12, his family
moved to a farm where he
developed an interest inscience.-With strict upbringing and
many chores, he became
isolated, independent and self-disciplined.
-In 1919, he enrolled at theUniversity of Wisconsin andchose to study agriculture. Later,he switched to religion to studyfor the ministry.-In 1922,
was one of the ten students selected toattend the World StudentChristian Federation Conferencein Peking, China for six (6)months.-After graduation, he marriedHelen Elliott despite of strongparental disapproval and movedto New York City where heenrolled in the Liberal UnionTheological Seminary.