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Welcome to 1939's Class Notes page. Here you will find news from your classmates on what they've been doing since graduation.  Enjoy!

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Caxton Doggett ’39 B.D. lives alone in his house perched high above Lake Junaluska, NC, with a beautiful mountain range beyond. Although he was from Mississippi Dr. Hal Luccock found a church for him in Florida where he later served as pastor of Methodist churches in Miami, Tampa, Winter Park, and Lakeland (First Church).

He became deeply involved in the civil Rights Movement and worked with Thurgood Marshall on the infamous Groveland Rape Case. In the heyday of the American Association for the United Nations, he served for several ears as president of the 500 member Miami Chapter and received a note signed by Eleanor Roosevelt, US Ambassador to the UN, thank him for his work.

At age 94 he cherishes the memories of his student years during what he calls “the golden age of YDS” when his teachers were Richard Niebuhr, Roland Bainton, Robert Lowry Calhoun, Kenneth Scott Latorette, Dean Weigle, Hal Luccock, and Pop Greaves.

In 1939 Doggett preached the graduation sermon in Marquand Chapel entitled “perplexed But Not In Despair” (a quote from II Corinthians 4:8). Fifty years later in 1989 he preached the same sermon in the same place to some of the same classmates who were attending their 50th reunion.

Doggett remains “perplexed but not in despair” as he looks at the world today.