Mabry (’ 71 BA), 68, of Chapel Hill; May 21, 2017. A
retired researcher, Mabry was active in local politics
and the Northside Community Association. ◆ Retha
Godwin Smith (’ 71 ABEd, ’ 74 MEd), 66, of Raleigh;
May 2, 2017. Smith retired as a teacher in the Wake
County school system. Previously, she taught for 37
years in Bertie County schools. She received many
teaching awards. ◆ Samuel Kermit Welborn Jr. (’ 71
BA), 73, of Nashville, Tenn.; Feb. 9, 2017. Welborn
was a sales representative for 3M Co. for 28 years.
He served in the Army and was awarded the Army
Commendation Medal for his service in Vietnam.
1972 updates William Claud
Bovender (’ 72 BA, ’ 75 JD) of Kingsport, Tenn.,
represented UNC at the inauguration of Alexander
W. Whitaker IV as president of King University in
April. Bovender is a partner with Hunter, Smith &
Davis. ◆ Charles “Arnold” Britt (’ 72 BSPHR) of
Reidsville, Gerry Farmer Cohen (’ 72, ’ 71 BA; ’ 75 JD;
’04 MA) of Raleigh, John Peter “Jack” O’Hale (’ 72
BA, ’ 75 JD) of Smithfield and W. Douglas Parsons
(’ 72 BA) of Clinton have been appointed to the UNC
Board of Visitors. Britt is the owner and president
of Carolina Apothecary. Cohen is a lobbyist with
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough and former
special counsel to the N.C. General Assembly.
O’Hale is a partner in Narron O’Hale & Whittington.
Parsons is an N.C. Superior Court judge for Judicial
District 4A. ◆ Herman Earl Gaskins Jr. (’ 72 BA,
’ 75 JD) of Washington, N.C., has been appointed
to the N.C. State Banking Commission. Gaskins
is an investigator of serious automobile accidents
at Gaskins & Gaskins and active in the Hispanic
community of eastern North Carolina, where he has
organized Spanish-language seminars to familiarize
immigrants with credit, checking accounts and
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