Hill Chapel History

1952 Hatley Wedding in Hill Chapel

1952 Hatley Wedding, the first in Hill Chapel.

Alumna June Cavannah met her future husband James W. Hatley while a student in the late 1940s.  Theirs was the first wedding in John L. Hill Chapel soon after its dedication in 1949. (Photo: Here June holds the photo from her wedding in Hill Chapel.)

Her father, the late Rev. G.O. Cavannah of Smithland, KY, a Baptist minister, officiated. Dr. Romie Judd, then chair of the Psychology Department, June’s favorite professor who later became Dean of Students, walked her down the aisle.

After their wedding, James left GC for seminary. June and James served as missionaries in South America for a time, returning to complete their degrees in 1952. James, who had a long and illustrious career in the ministry, died in 1996. He served churches in Texas, California, Kentucky, and finally pastored for 18 years in Memphis, Tennessee, at 2nd Baptist.

Although June resides now in the Dallas, Texas, area, she still has fond memories of her years at Georgetown and is excited that funds are being raised for renovations to the iconic Chapel.

To this day, it is central to campus life and it is where most large public events are staged, including worship services, convocations, student productions, lectures, recitals, and many other activities – yes, even weddings.

For information on how you can contribute to the Chapel renovation project, contact Lori Matthews in the Office of Development. Phone 502-863-8048 or email lori_matthews@georgetowncollege.edu.

Planned renovations include repairs to the Chapel’s slate roof, its brick façade, and the beautiful stained glass windows. Other planned improvements include new gutters, painting of the steeple, and better exterior drainage – all intended to restore the building to its original luster.



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