Dawson Trotman

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

Trotman worked with many other evangelicals of his day, including Henrietta Mears, Jim Rayburn, Charles E. Fuller, Bill Bright, Billy Graham and Dick Hillis. Lorne Sanny (November 22, 1920 – March 28, 2005)[4] succeeded him as president of The Navigators after Lila was its short-term interim president.


  • Downing, James (2008). Living Legacy: Reflections on Dawson Trotman and Lorne Sanny (Paperback). NavPress. ISBN 0972902384.


  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
  3. ^ "A Tribute to Lila Mae Trotman". navigators.org. October 27, 2004. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  4. ^ "A Tribute to Lorne Sanny". navigators.org. March 28, 2005. Retrieved July 21, 2018.

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