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(May 19, 1916-August 5, 1993) Born Homer Alexander Jack in Rochester, New York. Educated at Cornell, receiving a Ph.D. in biology in 1940, but decided on career in the ministry; graduated from Meadville Theological School in Chicago in 1944. Active in efforts to prevent U.S. entry into World War II, helping to organize Rochester antiwar rally. Edited Rochester No-War News. In 1942 attended meetings of Fellowship of Reconciliation; helped organize 1942 Chicago sit-in protest and 1947 Journey of Reconciliation. Served as Unitarian minister in Lawrence, Kansas (1942-43), executive secretary of Chicago Council Against Racial and Religious Discrimination (1943-48), minister of Unitarian Church of Evanston, Illinois (1948-59), co-founder and associate director of American Committee on Africa (1959-60), co-founder and executive director of National Committee for Sane Nuclear Policy (1960-64), director of Social Responsibility Department of Unitarian Universalist Association in Boston (1964-70), Secretary General of the World Conference on Religion and Peace in New York (1970-83), and as minister in Winnetka, Illinois (1984-late 1980s). Retired to Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, to work on autobiography, published posthumously as Homer's Odyssey: My Quest for Peace and Justice (1996); also author of Disarmament Workbook (1978) and Disarm-or Die (1983). Died in Swarthmore.

Also see the Swarthmore College Peace Collection which houses Homer A. Jack's papers.