June 18, 1918 - December 11, 2009
Frances Clarke Brown Doggett, Pasadena's Garfield School's first African American teacher in 1950 and wife of Reverend John Doggett of Scott Methodist Church, 1950-53 passed away on December 11, 2009 at 11:55am at Olympia Medical Center, Los Angeles. She was 91 years old and died of complications from pneumonia.
Born in Philadelphia, the youngest of 9 children, she is often remembered as the wife of Reverend John Doggett, pastor at Pasadena's Scott Methodist Church and Los Angeles' Hamilton Methodist Church 1950-1964. As a minister's wife, she was active in her community as a social progressive engaged with youth leadership and the performing arts. With her then husband, she co presented the great African American tenor, Roland Hayes in 1950 at Scott Methodist Church. Moving to Los Angeles in 1954 at the dawn of The Civil Rights Movement, she assisted in numerous events organized for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr by The Los Angeles NAACP in the early 1960s. Frances was also the sister in law of the famous organist and musician of 1956 Honky Tonk fame, Bill Doggett.
She loved classical piano music, opera, great organ music, jazz and jazz singers and had a special passion for nurturing the careers of aspiring African American singers and musicians in the classical performing arts.
In her honor, her youngest child, William Doggett is establishing a memorial scholarship in her name for aspiring young African American singers and musicians.
This will be a 501c3 organization to be launched in 2010. Donations for this scholarship may be directed to William Doggett 2370 Market Street#363 San Francisco, Ca. 94114. Frances Clarke Brown Doggett is survived by her three children: eldest, Lorraine Doggett Melton; second, John Nelson Doggett III, and youngest, William Ballard Doggett, spouses: Curtis Wayne Melton, Haiping Tang and former husband, Reverend John N. Doggett and wife Juanita Doggett.