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Ann & Charle Rawson

Rev. Charles & Anne Rawson
(1900-1953) (1901-1990)

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Rev Charles and Anne Rawson were early readers in The Urantia Book Movement. Anne worked as receptionist/secretary at the medical practice at 533 Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, from 1953 until 1969. Anne then continued as an employee of the Urantia Brotherhood for 20 more years.

Anne Pauline Aase was born on a small farm near Germantown, Wisconsin, April 24, 1901. She grew up in a hotel in nearby Mondovi, Wisconsin, which had been purchased by her parents, John and Ida Caroline Blom (Solberg) Aase. Her parents had been immigrants as children from Norway and Sweden. Anne's mother had been married previously, widowed, and had two older children, Lawrence and Esther Solberg. John and Ida Aase had four children Anna, Lena, John, and Maurice.

Charles Rawson was the son of Charles P and Maria C Rawson and was born in May 1900 in Princeton, Greenlake, Wisconsin. He was the youngest of six children.

Anne was an outstanding student in high school, and was valedictorian of her class of 1919. After high school she entered the University of Wisconsin at Madison on a scholarship, where she majored in drama and English, graduating with a B.A. in 1924. She taught drama and English at Janesville high school for four years.

Anne met Charles A Rawson, a Presbyterian minister, at the university, and in 1928 they were married. Rev Rawson served several churches in Wisconsin before moving to Chicago's south side. In the 1930s they lived in Monroe, Green County, Wisconsin, where Rev Rawson was minister of Union Church. Charles attended lectures presented by Dr. William S. Sadler at McCormick Theological Seminary, and it was through Dr. Sadler that he and Anne were introduced to the revelation several years before publication of The Urantia Book. Until his death in 1953 at the age of only 53, Charlie sprinkled his sermons with nuggets of wisdom gleaned from the Urantia papers. They moved to a newly established Presbyterian Church in Mt. Prospect, Illinois, but after only eight months, he died suddenly of a heart attack while playing golf with friends.

When the Urantia Brotherhood was organized in 1955, nine months before the book was published, Anne was appointed to the General Council, and was elected for two additional nine year terms, serving a total of 27 years. She was also elected Secretary of the Urantia Brotherhood in 1955, a position she held for 19 years. Anne was a member of Foreign Extension Committee (now called International Fellowship Committee) for 10 years, until 1977.

It was soon after Charlie's death that Anne was hired by Dr. Sadler. Anne took over Carolyn Kendall's job when Carolyn left to have her first baby in 1954. Anne's closest friend for many years was Carolyn's mother, Virginia Bowman.

Anne's drama background served her well. She will be remembered for her warm and humorous introductions of speakers at the First General Conference at Kendall College in Evanston in 1975. Sometimes Anne assumed a prim and proper air, but an arched eyebrow or a twinkle in the eye quickly gave away her mischievous spirit. In fact, Anne and Charlie, who also had a fey sense of humor, had often played off each other in meetings and at social events.

Esther Barstow, Anne's half sister, came to Chicago to share an apartment with her after Charlie died. It was the source of great enjoyment observing those two compatible ladies, and hearing them describe living in a very strange apartment building on the north side. Their life was evocative of the play, My Sister Eileen.

Anne was a founding member of First Urantia Society of Chicago, Ilinois, and was one of the early presidents of the society. She was a frequent leader of papers at Sunday afternoon study groups. Anne's special gift was the ability to offer just the right words of encouragement whenever a friend was ill, or was going through a difficult period. She was always the first to send a card or a note of cheer. Sometimes, Anne was the only person to send a note telling you that she was praying for you. Anne seemed to be able to empathize with other people's experiences.

She moved to Minneapolis after Esther, her sister, died to be near her brother Marc Aase and his family. Anne and Charlie had never had children, so she took great satisfaction in her many nieces and nephews.

Anna Rawson left our world Wednesday morning, October 24th, 1990 at the age of 89. When Anne passed away she was recovering from a second bout with cancer. The nurse who tended Anne said she was the most gracious and gentle lady she had even cared for, and mentioned her kindness to everyone. This is a perfect description of Anna Rawson. [1]

Copyright©UBHS 2007
Carolyn Kendall, Forum member and personal friend of Charles and Anne Rawson wrote this biography for Anne's funeral and kindly granted permission for the UBHS staff on 05 May 2007, to edited to edit it for a biography. We are grateful for her contributions.

Sources
* US Census 1900; Princeton, Green Lake, Wisconsin; Roll: T623 1791; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 59.
* Wisconsin. Wisconsin State Census, 1905. Microfilm, 44 reels. Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin.
* US Census 1910; Portage Ward 3, Columbia, Wisconsin; Roll: T624_1705; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 28; Image: 504.
* US Census 1920; Portage Ward 2, Columbia, Wisconsin; Roll: T625_1980; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 20; * Image: 1079.
* US Census 1920; Mondovi, Buffalo, Wisconsin; Roll: T625_1975; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 44; Image: 431.
* US Census 1930; Monroe, Green, Wisconsin; Roll: 2575; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 14; Image: 13.0.
* Minnesota Death Index, 1908-1002. Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Department of Health. Certificate Number: 026455 Record Number: 2370959
* Kendall, Carolyn, biography of Anna Rawson.

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