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W " hi in S i % ; ii r If S ,■■■■■:■,,,■ ,.;.■.■....:■■■ -™-,. ' ■■■■■■ The home of Doctor and Mrs. Sexton during (he years of his presidency. Below, the entrance of (he new gymnasium, a gif( of Arch ffaynes, where a special office vi as furnished for Dr. Sexion hy Mr. Haynes.
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.Js t;-); V. S-„i: Th3 beautiful Centenary campus of today, dotted with imposing buildings in a setting of stately pines. All of this was built during Doctor Sexton ' s administration, except the gymnasium, extreme right, and Jackson Hall, center. Jve unites y actions ---Jjecj ins to Jjuito ization and Christianity, of the need for support from all to achieve this. The gentleness, sincerity and kindliness of this man who had taken Centenary to his heart had its effect. One day, all of the old Centenary records, the minutes of meetings of the board and of the faculty from 1825 to 1908, held by the " non-movers, " were delivered to him at the house in Jackson where he was staying. He was told they were his — to do with as he pleased. Doctor Sexton brought them back to Shreveport, but he brought more than old documents. He brought a new future for Centenary, a future which would find the motivating power of all of Centenary ' s friends moving forward in one straight line. No one knew better than Doctor Sexton that Centenary, about ready for a receiver, could not exist and thrive merely on the good wishes of its friends. He was not certain whether it was within the power of anyone to save Centenary. His doubts were quieted when a meeting of leading business men was called in the office of E. A. Frost. To the ten assembled, Doctor Sexton spoke frankly of Centenary ' s needs. He was asked to leave the room. When he
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Entrance to the campus, Jackson Hall, at the Jeff. Cshe CjoLLeqe fte Jjullt returned, he was shown a piece of paper bearing the name of each man, a sum of money indicated after each name. It read: " E. A. Frost, $100,000; F. T. Whited, Sr., $50,000; George S. Prestridge, $25,000; J. C. Foster, $5,000; T. C. Clanton, $5,000; John L. Scales, $5,000; R. T. Moore, $25,000; A. Peavy, $25,000; J. B. Atkins, Sr., $50,000; W. K. Henderson, Jr., $25,000. " To these men who brought forth these large sums of money that Doctor Sexton might have the sinews needed for his fight to re- build Centenary, nine of whom were members of the Board of Trustees, great credit is due. It was " Sexton the builder " when George Sexton took over the affairs at the college and soon the ad- ministration building, now Jackson Hall — the one academic structure on the campus when he took charge, had many neighbors. It had housed classrooms, dormitory, dining room and everything. Soon came the Chapel, the Arts Building, Colonial Hall, the present School of Music building, built originally to house the academy; Rotary dormitory; and many others. Dean John A. Hardin, Secretary of the Faculty, George M. Reynolds and Private Secretary Amanda Reynolds, Doctor Sexton ' s administrative assistants during this period, played an important part in this great program of development at Centenary. Doctor Sexton carried on this work until 1932, when he gave up the presidency so that his own time might be devoted more fully to spreading the influence of Centenary, while younger shoulders bore the brunt of administrative details. From this period until November, 1936, he served as Presid- ing Elder of the Shreveport district. When he left, he left a new college; a college full of vigor, with fresh blood coursing through its veins. Something of the gains made under him are found in these figures: There were 43 students at Cent- enary in 1920-21 and 432 in 1924-25; the productive endowment was $90,000 in 1920 and $653,657.93 in 1924. The assets were $426,400 in 1920, and $1,217,206.30 in 1924. Centenary now truly had be- come his school. This thought must have been in the mind of Mr. J. L. Lancaster, president of the Texas and Pacific Railroad, when he penned these lines on hearing of his friend ' s death: " A preacher of the gospel, eloquent and learned, he was a man of vision, of faith, and of action. Centenary Col- lege and its position in the educational world today testify to that. We shall miss George Sexton. The world needs men of his kind, men who love the Lord and their fellowmen, and who prove they do by the way they act. "
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