Alfred Farlow, C.S.D.

Portrait by I.M. Gaugengigl. Original Longyear Collection.


ALFRED FARLOW and the five other members of the Farlow family were living in Beatrice, Nebraska, when they all became interested in Christian Science after the healing of Alfred’s mother in 1885. The following year, Alfred and three other family members enrolled in Primary class with Mrs. Eddy’s student Janet Colman, who had come to Nebraska to teach Christian Science. Mr. Farlow went on to attend Mrs. Eddy’s Primary class at the Massachusetts Metaphysical College in May 1887, and the Normal class that October. A few years later, he was one of the 12 chosen by Mrs. Eddy to address the Christian Science Congress of the World’s Parliament of Religions at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. His defense of Christian Science in the press was well known to Mrs. Eddy, and in January 1900, he was appointed as the first Manager of the Christian Science Committee on Publication for The Mother Church. Under his able organization, a basic network of assistant Committees on Publication in the U.S. and abroad was established. In 1904, Alfred Farlow was elected President of The Mother Church, and when he eventually retired from his work as Committee on Publication in Boston, he continued his work as a practitioner and teacher in California.

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