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Leland Standing (1982)

STANDING, MENDENHALL, KUHN

Posted By: Mary Welty Hart (email)
Date: 10/19/2006 at 21:31:12

Earlham Echo, Earlham, Iowa
January 21, 1982

LELAND STANDING

Leland Standing was born on a farm north of Dexter, Iowa on May 3, 1927. He passed away at the Self-Realization Fellowship Center in Los Angeles January 13, 1982, after a year of failing health. His early years were spent on farms near Dexter and Earlham, except for three years in the Casey, Iowa neighborhood, and he received his elementary education in country schools. He attended Earlham High School, graduating in the class of 1944.

He was a student at William Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa for a year and a half. His sophomore year was interrupted when he and several other Quaker boys were incarcerated for nine months at the Federal Prison at Springfield, Missouri for refusal on conscientious grounds to register for the 1948 peace time draft.

Soon after his release he spent several months in the Celo Community in North Carolina, where he became interested in the life and teaching of Paramhausa Yogananda who founded the Self-Realization Fellowship in the United States. In 1952, Leland went to the Self-Realization Center in Los Angeles, where he joined the Fellowship. Since that time his life has been devoted to the principles and extension of that organization, first as a renunciate disciple and later as a minister and administrator.

As Brother Mokshandnda he was much beloved by his co-workers. He served in several SRF Centers in southern California and also in Phoenix, Arizona. He enjoyed working in the SRF orchards in Cherry Valley, California. He was sent on several lecture tours to SRF Centers in the United States and abroad.

Though busy in his chosen career, Leland was always loyal to his family, visiting them when he could, and was interested in his friends of the Bear Creek vicinity. He is survived by his parents, Bernard and Mildred Standing, by two brothers, Herbert of Philadelphia and John of San Francisco, and by one sister, Elsie Kuhn of Iowa City; also by a nephew, Rufus Kuhn of Iowa City, and a niece, Jennifer Kuhn of Ithaca, New York. One brother, Alan, preceded him in death.


 

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