PANGBORN, Cyrus Ransom. Mankato, Jewell County, Kansas 6.2.1916 — New Brunswick NJ 18.11.1989. U.S. Scholar of Comparative Religion. Professor in New Brunswick. Son of Halsey Melvin P. and Sue Naomi Peets. Studied at Kansas Wesleyan (B.A. 1937), Yale Divinity School (B.D. 1940) and Columbia University (M.Ph. 1950). Ph.D. (Dr.Ph.) in Religion 1951 Columbia University, New York. In 1951-5? Instructor and 195?-54 Assistant Professor of Religion at University of Iowa. In 1954-58 Associate Professor of Religion at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. and in 1958-82 Professor of Religion at Douglas College of Rutgers University. Chairman of Department of Religion at Rutgers University in 1954-71, 1974-77 and 1978-80. Married 1944, three children. A specialist of Hinduism and Parsism, himself visited India in 1962-63 and again 1971.
Publications: articles in AAUPBull, J of Bible & Rel., Christian Century, Prabuddha Bharati, etc.
– Zoroastrianism: A Beleaguered Faith. 1982.
Sources: Dir. Am. Sch. 8th ed. 4, 1982; short note in B. L. Smith (ed.), Hinduism. Suppl. to Numen 33. Leiden 1976, 225f.; death and parents in ancestry.com