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Dr. Reuben Lorenson
November 2, 1937 ~ December 24, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Dr. Reuben Lorenson, beloved Professor at Canadian University College (Now Burman University), took his rest on December 24, 2023.
Reuben wore many hats (and frequently red socks) as Eldest of the Seven Lorenson Siblings He was born November 2, 1937 in Elk Point, Alberta. His dream in life was to serve, overseas. Reuben traveled and served in India, Jordon, Tanzania and Rhodesia. He began his career as a Physical Therapist, and moved to Health Education receiving his Ph.D. from Loma Linda University. All the while being a loving husband to his wife Marilyn and welcoming their 4 boys into to the world at various times and interesting places. After retuning to North America Reuben taught at the Weimar Institute for health, after which he “came home” to Canada to work at the Gimbel Clinic in Calgary and then at Burman University in Lacombe until he retired. Reuben lost his beloved wife Marilyn in 2006. In 2013 he married a long-time friend from high school Kathy Gustavsen Robison.
Known most recently as “Professor”, a title he was in no hurry to be rid of, even in retirement, Dr. Lorenson educated hundreds of students on the health benefits of music, joy, wholesome living, travel, and the occasional brief Power Nap, even in the middle of a sentence. He stood his ground as subwoofer for the Burman University Choir for many years, during that time traveling with them to China for a pre-Olympic concert, and twice they preformed in Carnegie Hall. Reuben took every opportunity to make music with both his vocal and instrumental skills. In 2022 Reuben and Kathy moved to Lillooet, BC where he was living out his retirement enjoying the mountains and milder weather.
He leaves behind and will be dearly missed by his four sons and families from his first marriage, his present wife Kathy and her family, six younger sisters, and their families – and numerous relatives and close friends. He was predeceased by his wife Marilyn, daughter-in-law Lyla, and grandson Caleb.
He was Teacher, Missionary, Musician, Doctor, Christian…On Christmas Eve, he took his rest and the Choir in the sky gained another round of thunder. Reuben, we will miss you dearly. The world was a better place because you were in it! Until the Morning…
A service to celebrate his life will be held at the College Heights Seventh-day Adventist Church on Friday, March 22, 2024 at 1:30 p.m. A Livestream link will be available below.