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Dr. and Mrs. Doggett with Dr. Kidess by the Oak of Mamre, ca. 1936

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Dr. and Mrs. Doggett with Dr. Kidess by the Oak of Mamre, ca. 1936
A photograph of Dr. Laurence Locke Doggett, president of Springfield College, his wife, Olive E. Doggett, and Dr. Attallah "Ted" Kidess standing by the Oak of Mamre near Hebron. Behind them is a small structure and a fence. Dr. Doggett was on his world tour after his retirement as president of Springfield College. He went all over the world visiting with Alums and Friends of the College and the YMCA, including Japan, Australia, India, China, Egpyt, and Greece, among many other countries and regions.
Springfield College Archives and Special Collections
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College Archives Digital Collections
Laurence L. Doggett Papers
International Young Men's Christian Association College
Springfield College--Alumni and alumnae
Springfield College
Springfield College--Presidents
Springfield College--International
Doggett, L. L. (Laurence Locke), 1864-1957
Kidess, Attallah A.
Doggett, Olive E.
West Bank
MassachusettsHampden (county)Springfield
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Doggett was Springfield College's fourth president. He was also the first full-time president and served in the position from 1896-1936. Under Doggett's leadership Springfield College expanded its student body from 50 to 500 and its faculty from 8 to 40. Doggett also oversaw the building of a new gymnasium, library, swimming pool and athletic at the College. Doggett was also instrumental in developing and implementing the College's Humanics philosophy which still guides the college to this day. He retired in 1936 and remains Springfield College's longest tenured president. Dr. Laurence L. Doggett died in 1957 at the age of 92. Kidess was born in Jerusalem on December 25, 1910. Kidess earned his BS in pre-medicine from Queens College in Oxford, England (1933), his MA in physical education from Springfield College (1935), and his doctorate from Springfield College (1958). From 1935 to 1947, he served as director of health, physical education, recreation and athletics at the Jerusalem YMCA. During this time, he was also the country’s national soccer coach and national tennis coach. He even coached and was captain of the Middle East Soccer Team during the 1936 Olympics. Kidess returned in 1948 as a faculty member to Springfield College, where he dedicated himself to international education. He served the college in a variety of capacities, perhaps most notably as the founder and director of the Doggett International Center, until his retirement in 1978. Dr. Kidess passed away on May 25, 1999.