Quine: Logic and Philosophy
Willard Van Orman Quine was born in Akron, Ohio, on June 25, 1908. His father, Robert Quine, worked for at the Williams Fourdry and Machine Shop, but in 1917 he left the Williams Company to start his own business – the Akron Equipment Company. He made a success of his new business – sufficiently so that he and it survived the Great Depression. Unlike her husband, Harriet Quine had gone to college, and taught in the Akron elementary schools. Robert and Harriet Quine had two sons – Robert Jr. and then Willard.
The Quines were Congregationalists, and the Quine boys attended Sunday school as well as the public schools. But the religion did not take. Quine records that he began having doubts about heaven and immortality while still a child, and the doubts only became stronger as he grew. By the time he reached adulthood, he had abandoned religion entirely.