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James Lanier Doom

Black Mountain - James Lanier Doom, who passed away October 24, 2013, was born on June 29, 1914, to James Murphy Doom and Marion Sease Doom in Knoxville, Tennessee. At six months of age he moved with his family to Atlanta Georgia where he attended Atlanta schools and graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in Architecture in 1936. While at Georgia Tech he was elected to Phi Kappa Phi and was awarded the A.I.A. medal. Upon graduation he was awarded a year's fellowship to study architecture at Harvard University under Dr. Walter Gropius.

After returning to Atlanta and working for Robert & Company, Architects and Engineers for three years, he enrolled in Columbia Seminary to study for the ministry and became an ordained Presbyterian Minister in 1943. He served churches in Jacksonville, Alabama, Hartsville, South Carolina, and Hamlet, North Carolina, before being called to serve as a consultant in Church Architecture for the Board of National Ministries of the Presbyterian Church, US. While in this position he received the Conover Award from the American Institute of Architects for his contribution to religious architecture nationwide. His educational background made him uniquely qualified to carry out this work encompassing two fields, and he served for a time as interim minister to the Jackson, Georgia, Presbyterian Church in addition to his work as consultant.

Jim met Emma Moffett McMullen at youth Fellowship at the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta while they were in college. They were married July 9, 1942 in that church. Emma passed away November 21, 2012, after seventy years of marriage. Jim missed her every day of this last year. They have four children, Martha, David, Bill, and Nancy, nine grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.

After a lifetime as an Atlantan, in 1994 Jim and his wife Emma moved to Highland Farms, Black Mountain, NC to retire among the mountains they both loved. The family is very grateful to all the staff at Highland Farms for the loving care provided to their parents during almost 20 years there.

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Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Oct. 27, 2013
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