Nathanson, Jerome (1908–1975)
Nathanson, a journalist and student of philosophy, followed Algernon D. Black in 1940 as a leader of the New York Ethical Culture Society. He remained until 1975, continuing his predecessor’s emphasis on activism.
From 1943 to 1945, he secured the help of John Dewey in organizing the Conferences on Science and Democracy and was authorized by him to write a work that contains few direct quotations or phrases, John Dewey: The Reconstruction of the Democratic Life (1951).
In 1952, he was on the first board of directors of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU).
Also in the 1950s, Nathanson worked with Priscilla Robertson, editor of The Humanist, resigning with her and her staff when a dispute with Corliss Lamont and the American Humanist Association board of directors arose concerning her rights of editorial freedom.