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James E. Coggin, an influential pastor in the Southwestern Seminary community during his 24 years as pastor of Travis Avenue Baptist Church, died of cancer Nov. 27 in Fort Worth. He was 86.

Travis Avenue, located a few miles from Southwestern’s campus, was the church home for countless seminarians over the years. He chaired Southwestern’s board of trustees from 1967-69 and 1981-82. Coggin served as president of the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference in 1965 and as SBC first vice president in 1972.