Harlan Page Beach

1854-1933. Congregational missionary and professor of missions. Born in New Jersey, he graduated from Yale (1878) and Andover Theological Seminary (1883). Sent by the American Board of Foreign Missions to Tung Chou, China in 1883, he returned to the USA in 1890 because of his wife's poor health. During his term in China he developed a system of shorthand for the Mandarin language. He served successively as home representative for the American Board; pastor of Lowrie Hill Congregational Church, Minneapolis; superintendent for the School for Christian Workers, Springfield, Massachusetts; educational secretary of the Student Volunteer Movement*; and finally professor of the theory and practice of missions at Yale (1906-21) and Drew Seminary (1921-28). His most important works concerned missions, such as the World Missionary Atlas (1925).