Isaac Sorensen and the Sorensen Family: Robert N. Sorensen Pt.1
Robert “Bob” N. Sorensen, son of A. N. Sorensen, distinguished himself as an editor, writer, and cartoonist while attending Utah State University. He majored in journalism, was a feature editor for Student Life, edited the Scribble magazine, and helped organize the USAC Radio Guild. Following graduation, Robert began a five-year Air Force career. The papers comprising the Robert N. Sorensen series are heavily focused towards his military career. He began basic pilot training in Waco and advanced training in Lubbock, both in Texas. After a year in pilot training, he was assigned to the Strategic Air Command (SAC) at Randolph AFB, San Antonio, Texas, for transition into the B-29 bomber. After completing combat crew training in March l952, Bob and his crew were ordered to Yokota AFB near Tokyo, Japan, where they flew twenty-seven missions against targets in North Korea during the Korean War. Following his time overseas, Bob was sent to Barksdale AFB near Shreveport, Louisiana, where he completed his Air Force tour as a copilot flying SAC’s then fastest jet bomber, the B-47. After his Air Force service, Bob entered graduate school at Northwestern University and earned his MS degree in journalism in 1956. In l955, he married Noel Naylor of Shreveport, Louisiana, with whom he had three children: Robert Scott, Jeffrey Lloyd, and Steven Mark, and four grandchildren. Bob’s first employment was with Boeing Airplane Company as a flight handbook editor, after which he served in various public relations and advertising capacities with a number of companies before establishing his own advertising agency in Dallas, Texas, in 1976, which he operated for almost twenty years.
Philip E. Sorensen, son of Alma N. Sorensen, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at USU in l954 and 1957. He received the USU College Award at the time of his graduation in 1954 on the basis of his scholarship and many student activities, including the USU Student Council, USU radio station KVSC, and dramatic arts. He received his PhD degree in economics from the University of California in Berkeley in 1965 and went on to a forty-five-year career of teaching and research at the University of California in Santa Barbara, Florida State University in Tallahassee, and a number of other universities in the U.S. and overseas. He was a recognized expert in natural resource economics (mainly offshore oil production and oil spill analysis) and in antitrust economics. He presented testimony in many state and government hearings and received a special commendation from Florida’s governor and cabinet in 1976. He married Joyce Strand in Great Falls, Montana, in 1957. He and Joyce had three children: Eric, Thomas, and Mary, and six grandchildren.
John Mark Sorensen, youngest son of Alma N. Sorensen, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English at Utah State University in 1956 and 1961. He later received a Master of Library Science degree at Brigham Young University. He taught English at USU and served for many years as the arts and humanities librarian at the Merrill Library.