Category:American former Protestants
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The following 28 pages are in this category, out of 28 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Mortimer J. Adler – Mortimer Jerome Adler was an American philosopher, educator, popular author. As a philosopher Adler worked within the Aristotelian and Thomistic traditions. Adler lived in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, San Mateo, California. He worked for Philosophical Research. He was born to Jewish immigrants. Adler dropped out of school at age 14 to become a boy for the New York Sun, with the ultimate aspiration to become a journalist. Adler contributed to the student literary magazine, The Morningside. While at Columbia University, he wrote his first book: Dialectic, published in 1927. He was the first "non-lawyer" to join the law faculty. He also taught philosophy at the Aspen Institute. Adler and Hutchins went on to found the Great Books of the Great Books Foundation. Adler served as director of the Institute for Philosophical Research in 1952. Adler also succeeded Hutchins as its chairman from 1974. Adler introduced the Paideia Proposal which resulted in his founding a grade-school curriculum centered around guided reading and discussion of difficult works. With Max Weismann, Adler founded the Center in 1990 in Chicago.Mortimer J. Adler – Adler while presiding over the Center for the Study of The Great Ideas
2. Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki – In November 2012, the FBI added Hammami to its Most Wanted Terrorists list. A federal warrant for his arrest was issued in 2007. Omar was raised with an American Protestant Mother and a Syrian-born Muslim father. He proceeded to dropped out of college. After marrying a Somali-Canadian woman in 2004, Hammami traveled with her to Egypt in 2005. Hammami then abandoned his wife and daughter to join Al-Shabaab in Somalia in late 2006. By 2009 he had married a Somali woman and had another daughter. He served as a commander, recruiter. Hammami later appeared again in videos. In December 2012 Al-Shabaab posted a rebuke online of what it called his "narcissistic pursuit of fame." He was killed by al-Shabaab on 12 September 2013. He grew up in Daphne, Alabama, with an older sister Dena. Shafik Hammami came to Alabama to go to college, later becoming a civil engineer. His father is of Muslim descent. His mother is of Irish descent.Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki – Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki
3. Kirstie Alley – Kirstie Louise Alley is an American actress, comedian and spokesmodel. Her big break came in 1982 playing Lieutenant JG Saavik in the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Alley received her second Emmy as the "Lead Actress -- Miniseries or a Movie". From 1997 to 2000, she starred as leading character on the NBC sitcom Veronica's Closet, for which she received Golden Globe Award nominations. In 2000s, Alley has appeared in reality shows revolving around her life. Kirstie Alley was born in the daughter of Lillian Mickie, a homemaker, Robert Deal Alley, who owned a lumber company. Alley has Craig. Alley attended Wichita Southeast High School, graduating in 1969. She attended college at Kansas State University in 1969. She won both rounds winning $500 in the first round and winning $5500 in the second round. She also appeared on the game show Password Plus in 1980. In 1981, a accident caused by a drunk driver left her father seriously injured. Her father eventually recovered. Before becoming an actress, Alley was an interior designer, as she announced during her appearance as a contestant on the game show Match Game. The following years, she has starred in a number of smaller films, include Runaway.Kirstie Alley
4. Bill Baird (activist) – Bill Baird is a reproductive rights pioneer, called by some media the "father" of the birth control and abortion-rights movement. Baird was jailed eight times for lecturing on abortion and birth control. He is believed to be the only non-lawyer in American history with three Supreme Court victories. In 1967 hundreds of students at Boston University petitioned Baird to challenge a Massachusetts law that prohibited providing contraception to unmarried persons. Baird was eventually jailed. Eisenstadt v. Baird has been described as "means of measurement". In 1963, Baird began giving away EMKO birth foam samples including at malls where his activities often met with religious opposition. Baird was threatened for distributing free birth control foam in Hempstead, New York. He founded later distributed contraceptives in a converted delivery truck that he called the "Plan Van." In 1966 he established the first birth control club at Hofstra University. Baird was sent for teaching birth control and distributing abortion literature in New York, New Jersey, Wisconsin. Baird's punishment galvanized feminists like Anne Koedt to speak out in his defense. On May 1965, Baird challenged New York's anti-birth control statute, law 1142. Baird was jailed for teaching birth control out of his mobile "Plan Van." Baird's challenges led in New York.Bill Baird (activist) – Baird picketing National Right to Life Convention in June 2012
5. Dan Barker – Daniel Edwin "Dan" Barker is an American atheist activist who served as a Christian preacher and musician for 19 years but left Christianity in 1984. Barker, along with his wife Annie Laurie Gaylor, is the current co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Barker has written numerous articles for an American freethought newspaper. Barker is the author of several books including Losing Faith in Faith: to Atheist. He has been an invited speaker at Rock Beyond Belief. Barker is on the speakers bureau of the Secular Student Alliance. He was ordained to the ministry by the Standard Community Church, California, in 1970. Barker served at a Religious Society of Friends church, an Assembly of God, an independent Charismatic church. He met Annie Laurie Gaylor when both were guests on the show. They began married in 1987. They have Sabrina Delata. Barker has composed over 200 songs that have been published or recorded. He belongs to a number of high IQ societies. He has appeared on dozens of national radio programs to discuss and debate issues related to atheism and the separation of state and church. Barker and his wife host a weekly one-hour radio program, Freethought Radio.Dan Barker – Dan Barker
6. Ryan J. Bell – Ryan J. Bell is an American former Seventh-day Adventist pastor who became an atheist after spending a "year without God" as an experiment. He wrote about it in his blog "Year Without God". He, in August 2015, launched a new blog and podcast "Life After God." Bell was spent his childhood in Loma Linda, a California suburb largely populated by Seventh-day Adventists. Up, Bell was strictly religious. Bell lived during his high school years. That had a great effect on Bell, who became very conservative in his faith. Because his grandparents were volunteers at Weimar Institute at the time, Bell decided to transfer there during his junior year. He did some ministry alongside Batchelor. After finishing at Weimar, Bell went to work for the Pennsylvania Conference where he realized that "my harsh ideology was bumping up against real life. I realized that God is not as much about ideas as he is about people. I knew if I didn't love people, then I couldn't do my ministry." When Bell started his career as a pastor, he learned that his congregation did not follow the Adventist religious laws to the letter. They wore some smoked, which all went against what Bell believed a true Adventist should be like. He realized "my ideology clashed with real people", he decided not to exclude them.Ryan J. Bell – Bell speaking at QED Conference in Manchester, UK in 2015
7. Jean Brooks – Jean Brooks was an American film actress and singer who appeared in over thirty films. Brooks eventually died of complications from alcoholism. Brooks was born Ruby M. Kelly in the daughter of Horace and Robina Kelly. She had two living older brothers; a third son died at age 7. She spent her early years in Houston, well as New York City and Costa Rica. After her father's death in Brooks' youth, her mother moved to Costa Rica, where they lived on Brooks' grandfather's coffee plantation. She was fluent in both English and Spanish. Brooks began her professional career at New York City's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel where she sang in Enric Madriguera's orchestra. She adopted the name Jeanne Kelly for her career. With the help of Erich von Stroheim, whom Brooks had met while working at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, she began her acting career. Her first role was in the Arcturus Pictures release Obeah, a film about Obeah curses. After a couple of bit parts, she starred in The Crime of Dr. Crespi. Brooks parted ways with von Stroheim some time after Crespi. She then acted in the New York melodrama Name Your Poison. In 1938, Brooks attempted to get back into acting.Jean Brooks – Brooks in a publicity photo for The Seventh Victim (1943)
8. Matt Dillahunty – Matt Dillahunty is an American public speaker and Internet personality, was the president of the Atheist Community of Austin from 2006 to 2013. He has hosted the Austin-based webcast and cable-access television show The Atheist Experience since c. 2005, formerly hosted the live internet radio show Non-Prophets Radio. Dillahunty is also the contributor of its subsidiary sites. Alongside fellow activists Seth Andrews and Aron Ra, he traveled to Australia in March 2015 as a member of the Unholy Trinity Tour. In April 2015 he was an invited speaker at the Merseyside Skeptics Society QEDCon in the United Kingdom. Raised Southern Baptist, Dillahunty sought to become a minister. His religious studies, instead of bolstering his faith as he intended, led him to no longer believe in Christianity and, eventually, all religions. He spent eight years in the US Navy, before leaving to work in the field of design. In 2011, he married The Atheist Experience colleague and co-host of the Godless Bitches podcast Beth Presswood. Dillahunty is an outspoken feminist. Dillahunty is one of the subjects of the 2014 documentary film My Week in Atheism by director John Christy. Use logic:'I tell them that I can write a better book than the Bible. Simple: I copy it word for word, except the parts about slavery.' And don't forget emotion:'It is theater.Matt Dillahunty – Matt Dillahunty, speaking at the University of Missouri in 2014
9. Bart D. Ehrman – Ehrman is one in his field, having written and edited 30 books, including three college textbooks. Ehrman has also achieved acclaim at the popular level, authoring five New York Times bestsellers. Ehrman's work focuses on textual criticism of the New Testament, the development of early Christianity. He attended Lawrence High School, where he was on the state champion debate team in 1973. Ehrman began studying its original languages at Moody Bible Institute, where he earned the school's three-year diploma in 1976. Ehrman is a 1978 graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois, where he received his bachelor's degree. He received his PhD and M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, where he studied under Bruce Metzger. Ehrman received magna cum laude for both his BA in 1985. In Misquoting Jesus Ehrman recounts becoming a fundamentalist Christian as a teenager. Ehrman protected its texts from all error. His desire to understand the original words of the Bible also textual criticism. During his graduate studies, however, Ehrman became convinced that there are discrepancies in the biblical manuscripts that could not be harmonized or reconciled. Ehrman remained a liberal Christian for 15 years but later became an agnostic atheist after struggling with the philosophical problems of suffering. He has taught at the University of North Carolina after four years of teaching at Rutgers University. At UNC Ehrman has served as the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies.Bart D. Ehrman – Professor Bart D. Ehrman, Ph.D., M.Div.
10. Daniel Everett – Daniel Leonard Everett is an American linguist and author best known for his study of the Amazon Basin's Pirahã people and their language. As of July 2010 he serves as Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Prior to Bentley University, Everett was Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. He is former Chair of the Linguistics Department of the University of Pittsburgh. He is married to Linda Ann Everett. Everett was raised near the Mexican border. His father was an occasional cowboy, mechanic, worker. His mother was a waitress at a local restaurant in Holtville. At age 18 Everett married the daughter of Keren. He completed a diploma in 1975. Since 1999, Everett's stays in the jungle have notoriously included a large video and DVD collection. Says Everett, “After twenty years of living like a Pirahã, I’d had it with roughing it.” They had three children: Caleb Everett; Kristene Diggins; and Shannon Russell. Everett focused on the theories of Noam Chomsky. His master's thesis, Aspectos da Fonologia do Pirahã, was written under the direction of one of the leading experts on Amazonian languages.Daniel Everett
11. Robert Hayden – Robert Hayden was an American poet, essayist, educator. He served as Consultant in Poetry from 1976 -- 78, a role today known as US Poet Laureate. He was the African-American writer to hold the office. Robert Hayden was born Asa Bundy Sheffey in Detroit, Michigan, to Ruth and Asa Sheffey, who separated before his birth. He grew up in a Detroit ghetto nicknamed "Paradise Valley". The Haydens' contentious marriage, coupled with Ruth Sheffey's competition for her son's affections, made for a traumatic childhood. Suffering beatings, Hayden lived in a house fraught with chronic anger, whose effects would stay with him throughout his life. On top of that, his visual problems prevented him from participating in activities such as sports in which nearly everyone else was involved. His childhood traumas resulted in debilitating bouts of depression that he later called "my dark nights of the soul." Because he was slight of stature, he was often ostracized by his peers. In response, Hayden read voraciously, developing both an eye for transformative qualities in literature. Leaving the Federal Writers' Project in 1938, Hayden published his first volume, Heart-Shape in the Dust. He won a Hopwood Award there. Raised as a Baptist, he raised a daughter, Maia, in the religion. Hayden became one of the best-known Bahá'í poets.Robert Hayden – Robert Hayden
12. Joseph E. B. Lumbard – Joseph E.B. Lumbard is currently a professor at The American University of Sharjah in the Department of Arabic and Translation Studies. Lumbard has taken part in several Interfaith dialogues, among them the Common Word initiative. Raised in Washington D.C. Lumbard was brought up within the Episcopal Church, serving as an altar boy. He was introduced to Islam when a sophomore at George Washington University. He a half later. He received a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Islamic Studies from Yale University, an M.A. in Religious Studies and a B.A. from the George Washington University. In order to complement his Western training, he studied Qur ´ an, Hadìth, Sufism, Islamic philosophy with traditional teachers in Morocco, Egypt, Yemen, Iran. Before returning to the United States, Lumbard worked at the American University in Cairo. He is also the founder and first director of the Islamic Research Institute.Joseph E. B. Lumbard – Joseph Lumbard
13. Philip K. Paulson – Although removal was favored by successive court rulings, finally removing the underlying land to federal ownership prevented removing the cross. On June 2012, The Supreme Court, by denying certiorari, affirmed an appeals court decision that determined that the cross of Mount Soledad was unconstitutional. Paulson had two older brothers and two younger sisters. He did not have any children. Paulson earned master's degrees in Public Administration and the Management of Information Systems. After returning from Vietnam, he took a sociology of religion class. Paulson worked in various professions as a journalist, in shipyards, oil fields, apple orchards. In the late 1970s, Paulson was a professor at National University where he taught business and computing classes. In 2003 he signed the Humanist Manifesto. Paulson spent seventeen years arguing that the cross violated the separation of church and state interpretation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the No Preference Clause of the California Constitution. He refused public speaking, except for a single interview with the Union Tribune when he learned that he had terminal liver cancer. Upon his death at the age of 59 on October 2006, the newspaper that had led the attacks against him printed his obituary. "The real message is equal treatment under religious neutrality. That's the purpose of why I did it.Philip K. Paulson – Phil Paulson. 2006. Recognition ceremony, El Cajon, CA.
14. Doug Pinnick – Pinnick recorded four solo albums. He has multiple guest appearances to his credit. Pinnick is recognized for his unique vocals, heavily distorted tone. Doug Pinnick was born in Braidwood, Illinois then moved to Joliet, Illinois when he was fourteen. Pinnick grew up in a musical family where everyone either played an instrument. Pinnick was reared in a very strict Southern Baptist environment. Pinnick has seventeen sisters, from three mothers and two fathers. When he was in school, he participated in choir and played saxophone. As a teenager, Pinnick listened such as Stevie Wonder, Little Richard, Aretha Franklin. While attending Joliet Junior College in 1969, he was inspired by hard rock bands such as Jimi Hendrix. Around this time, Pinnick also started listening to Sly & The Family Stone. His dream was to form a band that combined all of these varied influences. After attending college for roughly six months, he joined a travelling gospel band called The Spurlows. At one point in the early seventies, he moved in Florida. There, Pinnick remained involved by promoting small shows by Christian rock bands.Doug Pinnick – Doug Pinnick performing with King's X in 2009
15. Brad Pitt – William Bradley "Brad" Pitt is an American actor and producer. He has received multiple awards and nominations including an Academy Award as producer under his own company Plan B Entertainment. He first gained recognition in the movie Thelma & Louise. His first leading roles in big-budget productions came Through Interview with the Vampire. He starred in the cult film Fight Club and the major international hit Ocean's Eleven and Ocean's Thirteen. His greatest commercial successes have been Troy, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, World War Z. Pitt received his second and third Academy Award nominations for his leading performances in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Moneyball. His personal life is also the subject of wide publicity. Divorced from actress Jennifer Aniston, to whom he was married for five years, he has been married to actress Angelina Jolie since 2014. They have six children together, three of whom were adopted internationally. In September 2016, Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt. William Bradley Pitt was born to William Alvin Pitt, who ran Jane Etta, a school counsellor. The family soon moved to Springfield, Missouri, where he lived together with Julie Neal. He has described Springfield as "Jesse James country", having grown up with "a lot of a lot of lakes". He attended Kickapoo High School, where he was a member of the tennis teams.Brad Pitt – Pitt at the premiere of Fury in Washington D.C, October 2014
16. Eugenie Scott – From 1986 to 2014, she served for Science Education, Inc. a pro-evolution nonprofit science education organization. Scott holds a Ph.D. in biological anthropology from the University of Missouri. Her research has been in medical anthropology and skeletal biology. She serves on the National Advisory Council of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. She first became interested in anthropology after reading her sister's anthropology textbook. She received a BS and MS followed by a PhD from the University of Missouri. Scott also taught at California State University, Hayward. Her work focused on medical anthropology and skeletal biology. In 1980, she worked to prevent creationism from being taught in the public schools of Lexington, Kentucky. She announced that she would be retiring by the end of 2013 doing so on 6 January 2014. Her place was taken by Ann Reid. She describes herself as a nontheist. In 2003, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that "Scott does not discount the importance of spirituality." In 2003 Scott was one of the signatories to the third humanist manifesto, Its Aspirations. Scott is an expert on creationism and intelligent design).Eugenie Scott – Scott in May 2014
17. Morgan Spurlock – The film was his directorial debut, following his contributions as a assistant on the features Bullets over Broadway, Léon: The Professional and Kiss of Death. Spurlock was the executive star of the reality television series 30 Days. In June 2013, he became producer of the CNN show Morgan Spurlock Inside Man. Spurlock is also the co-founder of short-film content company Cinelan, which produced the Focus Forward campaign for GE. He was raised in Beckley, West Virginia. Phyllis and Ben Spurlock, raised him as a Methodist. Spurlock has said he is of English descent. Spurlock is a member of the fraternity Phi Gamma Delta. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, West Virginia, graduating in 1989. Spurlock graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1993. Spurlock also created I Bet Will for MTV. I Bet You Will began as a popular webcast of five-minute episodes featuring ordinary people doing stunts in exchange for money. The webcast was a success, over a million hits in the first five days. MTV later aired the show. Spurlock considers Brother's Keeper the greatest documentary of all time.Morgan Spurlock – Spurlock at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of Mansome
18. Oliver Stone – William Oliver Stone is a screenwriter, film director, producer. He won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay as writer of Midnight Express. Stone also wrote the acclaimed gangster Scarface. Platoon was the first in a trilogy of films based on the Vietnam War, in which Stone served as an soldier. Stone continued the series on the Fourth of July -- for which Stone won his second Best Director Oscar -- and Heaven & Earth. His latest film is Snowden. They often combine different film formats within a single scene as evidenced in JFK, Natural Born Killers, Nixon. He was born in New York City, Louis Stone, a stockbroker. Stone grew up in Stamford, Connecticut. His parents met during World War II, when his father was fighting as a part of the Allied force in France. His French-born mother was a non-practicing Roman Catholic. He now practices Buddhism. He attended Trinity School in New York City before his parents sent him away to The Hill School, a college-preparatory school in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. This, because he was an only child, marked him deeply. His father made a big impact on his life; father-son relationships were to feature heavily in Stone's films.Oliver Stone – Stone at the Subversive Festival, May 2013
19. John Stossel – John Frank Stossel is an American consumer television personality, author, libertarian pundit, known for his career on both ABC News and Fox Business Channel. Stossel's style combines reporting and commentary. It reflects a libertarian political philosophy and views on economics which are largely supportive of the free market. He went on going on to become co-anchor. He regularly provides analysis, appearing on other Fox News Channel programs, including weekly appearances on The O'Reilly Factor. He also writes a Fox News Blog, "John Stossel's Take". Why Government Fails but Individuals Succeed in 2012. Stossel has also served as a spokesman for the Stuttering Foundation of America. Stossel has also been a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist since February 2011. Stossel was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2016. They joined a Congregationalist church in the U.S. and Stossel was raised Protestant. He grew up on Chicago's affluent North Shore and graduated from New Trier High School. It had gone out by the time he graduated. After a few years, the director told Stossel to read what he wrote. Stossel, who confesses to having been frightened of being on the air, has expressed embarrassment at watching videos of his early performances.John Stossel – Stossel outside Fox Studios after a taping of Stossel in June 2010.
20. Jesse Ventura – Ventura later joined the Independence Party of Minnesota. He was a member of the U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Team during the Vietnam War. After leaving the military, Ventura embarked from 1975 to 1986 taking the ring name Jesse "The Body" Ventura. Near the end of his career, he started acting, appearing in films such as Predator and The Running Man. He first entered politics from 1991 to 1995. Ventura's campaign was unexpectedly successful, with him narrowly defeating both Republican candidates. As governor, he oversaw reforms of Minnesota's tax as well as the state's first sales tax rebate. Other initiatives taken under Ventura included construction of the METRO Blue Line light rail in the Minneapolis -- cuts in income taxes. He left office in 2003, deciding not to run for re-election. After leaving office, he became a visiting fellow of Government in 2004. Ventura has since also has written several political books. He currently hosts a show on Ora TV and on RT called Off the Grid. He was born James George Janos on July 15, 1951 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, his wife, Bernice Martha. Both of his parents were World War II veterans. He has an older brother who served in the Vietnam War.Jesse Ventura – Jesse Ventura
21. Suhaib Webb – Suhaib Webb is an American Muslim imam, currently the imam of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center. Webb was born William Webb in 1973 in Oklahoma including a grandfather who served as a preacher. At age 14, Webb lost interest in religion, going through a spiritual crisis. Webb also became a local Hip-Hop DJ and producer, making records with various artists. Webb simultaneously started teaching in Oklahoma City. He has been so for the last ten years. It is through the Muslim American Society's program that he was sent to Egypt to attain fluency in Arabic and focus on Islamic studies. He frequently hosts lectures and articles offering Islamic perspectives on modern-day issues such as community involvement and social relevance. Apart from his studies, Webb records public lecture series on Islam and contemporary Muslim matters. On December 2011, he was inaugurated as the Imam of the Islamic Society of Boston's Cultural Center, the largest Islamic center in New England. He was named one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World in 2010. In the April 2016 issue of Dabiq Magazine, The Islamic State of the Levant declared him a murtadd. He joined a trip of imams to Auschwitz followed by a public statement to condemning Holocaust-denial and anti-Semitism. Webb helped raise $20,000 of firefighters killed in the 9/11 attack. Webb is an advocate for grassroots Muslim activism to promote social change.Suhaib Webb – Suhaib Webb
22. Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart – An advocate of polyamory, she is credited with coining the word. With her husband Oberon Zell-Ravenheart she designed deity images. Morning Glory was born as Diana Moore in 1948 in Long Beach, California. At age 14 she broke after arguing with her Methodist grandfather that animals went to heaven. She was strongly influenced by the Sybil Leek book, Diary of a Witch, which she read during high school. At the age of 17, Diana began practicing witchcraft. While en route to join a commune near Eugene, Oregon, in 1969, Morning Glory met a hitchhiker named Gary Ferns who joined her. The two were soon married, the next year she gave birth to a daughter whom she named Rainbow. As a mother she was known as Morning Glory Ferns. Morning Glory divorced Gary and brought her daughter to St. Louis, Missouri, to live with Zell. Morning Glory and Zell married at the Gnosticon of Easter 1974, the well-attended ceremony performed by Archdruid Isaac Bonewits and High Priestess Carolyn Clark. In St. Louis, Morning Glory studied and was made a priestess of Zell's Church of All Worlds. She helped him edit the group's journal, Green Egg. In 1994 he changed his name to Oberon. When this arrangement ended, Glory sometimes six.Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart – Morning Glory Zell praying for healing
23. Michael Zimmerman (jurist) – He received shiho in December 2006. The former Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court, is married to Diane Musho Hamilton. Zimmerman had come to Zen Buddhism in 1993 seeking a system for himself as his first wife Lynne battled terminal cancer. Later, through his work in the courts, he began sitting zazen at Kanzeon Zen Center with Merzel under Hamilton's suggestion. The two were married in 1998. Zimmerman is currently a practicing attorney and partner in Salt Lake City. From 1994 to 1998 he acted as Chief Justice. Michael Zimmerman was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1943. He attended university at the University of Utah, graduating first in his class. He was also awarded order of the coif for his academic achievement. He then moved to Los Angeles, working as a lawyer for O’Melveny & Myers there. Zimmerman moved back to Utah also serving as a special counsel to Utah Governor Scott Milne Matheson part time. Zimmerman began a practice in 1993 while his first wife, Lynne Mariani Zimmerman, was suffering a terminal illness. She died the next year, after a year-long struggle with cancer. Zimmerman continued to serve during this time, while also raising their three daughters on his own.Michael Zimmerman (jurist) – Michael and his wife, Diane Musho Hamilton