Cuthbert Sorensen Obituary
A lanky, goateed, middle-aged intellectual
Cuthbert Sorensen (PhD, History), 52, held the position of Professor of History at Central Pennsylvania University, near his home in Butler, Pennsylvania. Fluent in both English and French, his other areas of interest included anthropology and natural history. His near life-long academic career had honed his research abilities which, in turn, had provided him valuable contacts at notable universities, libraries, and publishers worldwide.
A fact-driven man, Dr. Sorensen spent his early career as a skeptic, focusing his research on debunking myths and exposing fakes. His dissertation centered upon the historical inclusion of mythology and religion into the official history of conquerors, and described specifically how religion was a mechanism for control and nothing more.
However, Sorensen’s skepticism was challenged when his friend and colleague, Harry Price, uncovered a copy of the rare French tome, Cultes des Goules. In skimming the heretical text, the good doctor was confronted with the idea that the paranormal is not only possible, but probable. The realization of such contradictory information helped fuel a fierce interest in the occult and psychical research.
With Sorensen’s assistance, Price founded the National Library of Psychical Research in 1925. The library’s goal of establishing experimental methodology and academic discipline caught the attention of psychical researchers on both sides of the Atlantic. Through an endowment from the library and with his own personal savings, Dr. Sorensen outfitted himself with the latest technology (including a recently-purchased Bell Laboratories Sound Recorder), and spent his evenings and weekends investigating alleged paranormal activity throughout the East Coast.
Dr. Sorensen’s life was cut short when he encountered a hostile alien entity at an abandoned farm in rural Massachusetts on September 29, 1926.