ID: Wynn Cowan Fairfield (Gen. 10: John-Walter-Daniel-Nathaniel-Henry "Samuel"-Miciah-Miner-Frederic-Wynn)

Source: Oberlin College Archives

Notes: Wynn was the son of Frederic and Harriet (Allen) Fairfield. He was born October 27, 1886, in Tabor, Iowa. According to a Winchester Star article of November 9, 1961, "he received his A.B. degree from Oberlin College in 1907 and his bachelor of divinity from the Oberlin Graduate School of Divinity in 1910. He received his master's degree and doctorate in 1926. Dr. Fairfield commenced his long career of service in 1909 when he was appointed a career missionary to China by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. He sailed in 1910, and on July 10, 1910, he was married in Karuizawa, Japan, to Miss Daisie Gehman, who had been serving in China since 1907. They met as classmates at Oberlin. After their marriage they went together to Taiku in North China, where they were stationed for the next 19 years. They served in church and educational work, being associated for their last 10 years there with the Oberlin-Shansi Memorial Schools, of which Dr. Fairfield was dean and treasurer. Dr. Fairfield was called to the headquarters of the American Board in Boston in 1929, and served for the next 16 years as the board's administrative secretary for China and Japan. He became secretary for general administration of the Foreign Missions Conference of North America in 1945, hihs position involving liaison with the International Missionary Council, the Federal Council of Churches, World Council of Churches, and other interdenominational bodies ... In 1955 Dr. Fairfield went to Japan on behalf of the Oberlin-Sansi Memorial Association and at the time of his death [October 14, 1961] was writing a history of the association. He and his wife had lived in Claremont, Calif., since 1954 ... Besides his wife and his daughter, Dr. Fairfield leaves two sons ... Memorial services were held October 17 at the Claremont, Calif., Congregational Church with the Rev. Harold G. Jones officiating." See notes on Daisie (Gehman) Fairfield for additional info.

Wynn Cowan Fairfield is also the author of Descendants of John Fairfield of Wenham, a genealogical study of his Fairfield ancestry published in 1954. This Web site is a tribute to him, as well as to Alice (Fairfield) Moody and Alice (Fairfield) Saams, his collaborators on the published genealogy.

photo of Wynn Cowan Fairfield