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John Payton and classmates Pomona College 1969

John was a dear classmate during our years together at Pomona College. The twenty-year-old was no different from the man many of you knew. Thoughtful, kind, and immoveable in what he saw as right. My brother, my friend.

The earth is void of a hero and heaven has gained a servant. I was told of Mr. Payton's death by a friend who gave me the charge to continue the fight for equality. His legacy will continue to transform the lives of many. MY prayers are with Mrs. McDougall and family.Please know that there is someone(Millie Coby) in Milwaukee, WI praying for you daily.

John Payton filled some very big shoes and we are better because of his contributions. My condolences to his wife, Gay McDougall.

With Sincere condolences and expressions of sympathy.
Officers and members of the
Booker T. Washington High School
Alumni Class of 1965
Atlanta, Georgia

Job well done, Mr. Payton, very well done indeed! Now go get your heavenly reward for having done so. RIP, Mr. Payton and may God continue to bless you throughout eternity.

Mr. Payton was a phenomenal legal scholar and a very approachable stalwart advocate, especially for the voiceless and the underserved. His legal contributions to our city and the country are extraordinary and can only be surpassed only by his unyielding willingness to routinely respond to the cries of help from our grassroots communities. God bless Mr. Payton and the Payton family.

I was saddened to read of the loss of John Payton. May all the warm and special memories you shared with your dear loved one stay with you and bring you comfort through all the days ahead. – 2 Cor. 1:3


JOHN's Obituary

PAYTON--John A. The Board of Directors and staff of the American Civil Liberties Union are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear colleague and friend, John A. Payton. Our nation has truly lost a brilliant warrior for justice. John was a superb litigator who helped educate the wider civil...

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