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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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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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Ljenienarijj Of Monument to d)r. Sexton Doctor Sexton had done a wonderful work with Centenary, but while he pushed the college forward from the material viewpoint, he never neglected the spiritual. Endowed with foresight, vision and business acumen, he nevertheless always was a servant of God. A tribute to this trait of his character comes from the Honorable Daniel C. Roper, secretary of commerce, who wrote at the time of Doctor Sexton ' s death: " It is extremely difficult to accurately assess human values when we come to label individuals who have, with continuous unselfishness and with devotion to their cause, made contributions to church and country. Especially are we Impressed with this in these times, when we have come to recognize that we have been so derelict as to fail to keep abreast the spiritual forces with the development of our indus- trial and economic life. Dr. Sexton saw the importance of this early and gave his life to it. " Doctor Sexton came back to Centenary November 20, 1936, as director of public relations. He could not stay away from active effort for the college he loved so deeply, even though he realized he was not physically able to carry on the task which he was about to assume. As the sands of time ran low in the hour glass of life for George S. Sexton all his thoughts and energy were for the college he loved. During the last days of May, 1937, he called in assistants, Westbrook Steele, a loyal friend, who had been with him in his first great campaign for Centenary, and Robert S. See, a member of the faculty during his presidency, and launched a financial campaign to insure the future progress of Centenary. He continued in this campaign until a few days before his death on July 4, 1937. He ended his life as he had begun it, as he had lived it — in simplicity, in devotion always to the causes he fostered, in love and service for humanity and for Christianity. Many have gained, many more will gain from that life. As stated by Mr. L. A. Downs, president of the Illinois Central System: " His life will always be a shining example of conscientious devotion to high purpose, of kindly generosity in human relations, of unassuming friendliness in the companion- ship which makes life truly worth while. The passing of such a friend is a tragic personal loss, but the goodly influence of his life goes on and will continue to the end of time. " Below is Rotary Dormitory lor boys. This building was erected with tunds raised by the Shreve- port Rotary Club, Doctor Sexton ' s own Civic Club, as its share in the 1929-30 financial drive.
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