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Richard O. Cowan

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Department: Church History

Title: Professor

Office: 270L JSB

Phone number: (801) 422-3224

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Bio: Originally from Los Angeles, California. Received doctorate in History at Stanford University in 1961 and has been a member of the BYU Religious Education faculty since that time. Author of nine books and numerous articles. Chair of committee preparing Gospel Doctrine lessons for the Church, 1981-1993. Served as Church History department chair from 1994-1997 and taught at the BYU Jerusalem Center Fall 1989 and on the BYU Hawaii campus during Spring 2007. BYU Professor of the Year, 1964-1965; Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Teaching Award, 1969. Received annual Phi Kappa Phi in 2003 and chosen to give devotional assembly address April 3 2007. He and his wife, Dawn, have six children and 22 grandchildren.

Doctrine and Covenants; LDS History since 1900; LDS Temples; Doctrine & Covenants/Church History graduate class

Areas of Expertise: Recent LDS History, LDS Temples, Doctrine and Covenants

Areas of Research: International Church, Temple History and Doctrine

Languages: Spanish (fluent), German (limited reading and speaking)