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Humanists Mourn the Loss of Lloyd Morain

Washington, DC, July 15, 2010

The American Humanist Association is saddened to announce the death of former two-time AHA President Lloyd Morain, a prominent businessman, philanthropist and revolutionary innovator of the humanist movement. Morain died Tuesday at the age of 93 in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.

"Lloyd's contributions to the humanist movement are beyond remarkable," said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. "His leadership, his intellect and his limitless generosity revitalized the community time and time again. He was a great man whose absence will be felt for years to come."

A person of many talents, Morain served as the president of the Illinois Gas Company, worked as an associate producer in Hollywood, and founded an Oregon school for boys with special needs. Morain's most notable book, Humanism as the Next Step, remains a go-to guide for humanists across the country. He also founded the International Humanist and Ethical Union and worked extensively as the editor of the Humanist Magazine.

"Lloyd was a passionate activist, tirelessly dedicated to improving the world," Speckhardt said. "His belief in goodness had a profound effect on the lives of those around him. We're fortunate to have known him."

The American Humanist Association presented Lloyd with the Humanist of the Year award in 1994, as well as the Humanist Heritage Award in 2007. Roy Speckhardt's introductory speech can be read here .

The American Humanist Association (www.americanhumanist.org) advocates for the rights and viewpoints of humanists. Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., its work is extended through more than 100 local chapters and affiliates across America.

Humanism is the idea that you can be good without a belief in God.

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