Dawson Trotman

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Dawson Earle Trotman (March 25, 1906–June 18, 1956) was an evangelist and founder of The Navigators.


Trotman was born on March 25, 1906 in Bisbee, USA.[1]

Trotman founded The Navigators in 1933.[2] He lost his own life on June 18, 1956 while rescuing a girl, Allene Beck, from drowning during water-skiing in Schroon Lake, New York.

Trotman married Lila Mae Clayton on 3 July 1932. Lila, who was born on 12 December 1913 in Buffalo Valley, Tennessee, died on 27 October 2004 at the age of 90.[1] The couple had four children.

Trotman worked with many other evangelicals of his day, including Henrietta Mears, Jim Rayburn, Charles E. Fuller, and Dick Hillis. Lorne Sanny (born 22 November 1920, Granville, Ohio; died 28 March 2005, Colorado Springs, Colorado [2]) succeeded him as president of The Navigators after Lila was its short-term interim president.


This worldwide Christian organization supported various Christian ideals: maintaining the basic disciplines of the Christ-centered Spirit-filled life, abiding in the Word of God, the importance of personal follow-up, one-on-one discipleship training, scripture memorization, and principles for multiplying Christian disciples, laborers, and equippers around the world.


  • Do what others can not and will not do.
  • The greatest amount of wasted time is the time not getting started.



  1. ^ George Thomas Kurian, Mark A. Lamport, Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States, Volume 5, Rowman & Littlefield, USA, 2016, p. 2331
  2. ^ Randall Herbert Balmer, Encyclopedia of Evangelicalism, Westminster John Knox Press, USA, 2002, p. 486

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