Finn Hornum was born in 1932 in Copenhagen, Denmark. His father was a businessman and his mother a homemaker and civil servant. He attended the University of Copenhagen. He moved to the United States in 1955 and graduated from Haverford College with a degree in Sociology. He enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Sociology and Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania and completed his coursework but not the dissertation thesis (ABD). He started teaching at La Salle University in 1967, was promoted to Assistant Professor, and served as Department Chair for many years. He retired in 2005.
Passed away from heart failure on March 21, 2017 at the age of 84 in Philadelphia. Finn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark to Svend and Thora Hornum. He attended the University of Copenhagen, Haverford College, and the University of Pennsylvania. Finn was a professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at La Salle University for 39 years. As a child, Finn helped deliver Resistance newspapers during WWII, and as an adult was involved with Lisle International helping promote cross-cultural understanding, with the American Friends Service Committee helping with desegregation efforts, and was a long-time member of the Pennsylvania Prison Society. He is survived and is greatly missed by his loving wife Barbara, his children Michael and Roseanne and grand-children Morgan, Jonah and Shoshanah, as well as his brother Ib and a large extended family in Denmark.
Published on Philly.com on Mar. 28, 2017.
Hornum, Finn and Laskowski, Michael, "Interview of Finn Hornum" (2013). All Oral Histories. 96.
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