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We look forward to celebrating our 50th anniversary during Spring Reunions Weekend in Chapel Hill, May 5-8, 2022. Stay tuned to this page for updated event information. In the meantime, connect with the class of 1972 on Facebook.

Miss the spirit of this place? Watch these videos: Carolina Is and Tar Heel Voices. We think they will bring you right back to the Southern Part of Heaven, before you really come back for your 50th reunion.

Letter from Lee Hood Capps '72, Class President

Dear Roaring ‘72 Classmates (and those of you not so roaring),

How many times in the last 50 years has our perspective changed, been challenged or transformed?  Our ‘72 classmate, Fred Eshelman delivered the 2017 UNC Commencement address, to wit he stated, “Don’t take things at face value necessarily.  Turn them around 180 degrees and see if you are missing something.”  (He must have attended more than one of King Kyle’s Invisible Universe Carrboro gatherings).  So, who among you took Math 15 or English 21 with Roy Williams and thought then that he would lead our TarHeels to three NCAA National Championships? Except perhaps for ‘72 classmate Wanda Jones Williams, likely none of us? Similarly, for those of you taking Chemistry 11 or 41 with Fred Eshelman, who thought you were sharing lab space with an innovator, philanthropist and entrepreneur?  And now our School of Pharmacy is named The Eshelman School of Pharmacy in honor of your classmate.  We, the Class of ‘72 are much more and we are not through, even though many of us are now 72.  I invite you to return to Chapel Hill, May 5-8, 2022 for our 50th Reunion to share, learn, offer and exchange more of these journey stories.  As well, if we can secure scheduling, experience dance and party time with another ‘72 luminary, Rick Dees as we create an original Class of ‘72 Top Forty.

Thursday, May 5, we’ll likely begin with a reception in Graham Memorial, near Davie Poplar, the Old Well and Franklin Street, and our celebration concludes Sunday morning in Carolina graduation gowns, processing into Kenan Stadium (we know many of you skipped commencement ceremonies on that wet May graduation day of 1972…now the Carolina cap and gown is again yours to wear) as you lead the 2022 ceremony.

AS Barney Fife once exclaimed, “This is big, Andy.  The biggest thing to ever hit Mayberry.” To echo Barney’s words, it IS big.  We have only this one opportunity to celebrate our Golden Anniversary Reunion.  Still evolving, your ideas for the enrichment panels and related ideas and thoughts for the “must have” elements of our weekend are needed. Are you interested in editing our 50th anniversary digital Yackety Yack?  Or would you join the group designing a spectacular Saturday evening gathering and the Friday programs? We will be sharing some events with the Class of ‘70 thereby creating an early ‘70’s UNC Celebration. Their reunion was cancelled due to Covid-19.

Between now and Reunion Weekend, perhaps monthly an invitation letter or short story will be shared with you by one of our classmates.  Who would you like to hear from?  Would you consider sending one of the letters?  The first extra invite letter is from Frank G. Carter, Jr., author of Across The Tracks – Mostly True Stories.  Follow Frank on Face Book. Frank is compiling a list of other Class of 72 authors and academicians for our Class Website and GAA Reunion page.

To enhance our participation and assure a fabulous Chapel Hill Reunion experience, I am sharing with you the outline and challenge which our distinguished GAA President Doug Dibbert wrote to his 1970 classmates.

“Most importantly, we need -and ask- your personal commitment to attend and encourage other classmates to attend.  Only by personally reaching out (via an old fashion visit or a call, email, Google Meets, Zoom, Skype, messenger, etc) can you be certain that all those you most want to see will know that you are going and that you really want them to attend, too.

Even if it is your first return visit since graduation, NOW is the time to start making your personal plans to come to Chapel Hill.  If you have friends who live in the Triangle, please don’t wait for them to reach out to you to stay with them.  Contact them and invite yourself to be their guest.  Yes, be bold, and if you live in the Triangle and have classmates with whom you really want to share this special weekend, reach out to them now and offer them your guest bedroom(s).

If you do not have friends in the Triangle but have classmates with whom you’d like to share the weekend, why not consider coming together at an area Airbnb?  Many did just that in previous reunions and reported that they had had one grand, nostalgic renewed

Carolina Jubilee weekend experience.

Our individual journeys over the past 50 years have been varied – with joys and sorrows, successes and failure, dreams fulfilled and aspirations unmet.  We will come together in 2022 because we are fortunate to able to travel again and are anxious to share this very special, once-in-a-lifetime occasion.

So for now, please simply affirm the following by emailing reunions@unc.edu.  (Also, request to join our Facebook Group, UNC Class of 1972)

  • I/we will be there!
  • I/we will contact other classmates. (GAA members have 24/7 access to your online UNC alumni directory. If you are not a GAA member, you may send me the names of those you’d like to contact and I will check the directory for you.)
  • I/we will serve on the Reunion Planning Committee.
  • I/we have the following suggestions for the Reunion Weekend.
  • I/we live too far away to serve on any Chapel Hill based committees but are willing and interested to participate in Zoom or Google Meets Planning Sessions.”

Let’s embrace our GAA President’s outline.  Let’s roar and be bold for our 50th.  No more Homecoming Mums to sale but many more homecomings to share and one awesome Reunion Golden Anniversary Weekend to experience next Spring.

I am anxious to hear from each and every one of  you.  Let’s get together to make this one of the most memorable events of our lives.  We are the Class of ‘72 – We are not Through!

Go Tar Heels,

Lee Hood (a roaring ‘72)

Lee Hood Capps
President, Class of 1972
leehcapps@gmail
(804) 761-4282

 

 

Letter from Frank G. Carter Jr. '72

Dear Classmates,

Nathaniel Hawthorne is quoted as saying, “Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.”
And it was UNC’s own Thomas Wolfe who stated, “You Can’t Go Home Again.” We stand in the
shadow not only of passing time, but of the events that have made up our lives to this point.
We’re almost fifty years out and yet we are still a very positive force in the history of UNC. And
each of us, in our own way, wants so much to “go home again.”

It’s been fifty years since most of us walked to class accompanied by the welcoming sound of
the Bell Tower’s carillon; since we had lunch or a beer with a professor at the Rat; since we
rushed by The Scuttlebutt for a coffee on the way to class, stashing a copy of the DTH under our
arms as we hurried. It’s been fifty years since we marched against a seemingly endless war and
since we protested in favor of cafeteria workers. We cried with faculty members over the
deaths of Kent State students. We saw more and more brick sidewalks laid over foot-worn
paths in both McCorkle and Polk Place. Many of us have journeyed back to the Hill for
classmate Roy Williams’ basketball teams, football teams led by classmate and former player
John Bunting, baseball games, soccer matches and any number of sporting events that have
kept alive the spirit we shared as undergrads. Others made the trip back to observe the passing
of a loved one, a chance to meet old friends and former professors, the opportunity to attend
seminars, or graduation. My own trips back to Chapel Hill have included tailgating in crisp
autumn air at football games and screaming at the top of my voice at a couple of basketball
games each year. And I can’t forget that one trip to Houston in 2017 where our hearts beat
furiously and then broke all within about four seconds. We also make a yearly pilgrimage to the
“Bosh” for baseball and an evening meal downtown in our efforts to complete the Franklin
Street experience.

I majored in Radio, Television, and Motion Pictures. I remember those eight o’clock RTVMP 58
classes taught by department chair, Dr. Wesley Wallace. Over the years, I have watched
personalities Rick Dees, Deborah Potter and Bill Leslie ply their trades, pointing out to my kids
proudly that I knew these guys when they were students! Same with athletes, Kim Huband,
Dennis Wuycik, Bill Chamberlain, Paul Miller and Lewis Jolly. Like you, I take so much pride in
my university. Upon each trip to the Hill, I take time to gaze upon the once ivy-covered walls of
Gerrard or walk by the old well remembering the freedom we enjoyed having come this way in
our youths.

Now, please take the time to join us for the 50th reunion May 5-8, 2022. We will welcome the
class of ’70 and even some from ’71 to join us as their reunions were cancelled or postponed
due to COVID-19. The class of ’72 is unique as most of us will have turned seventy-two years of
age on this our 50th Reunion date. See you next May in Chapel Hill.

Sincerely,
Frank G. Carter, Jr.
Class of ‘72
A Southern Writer

Letter from Deborah Potter '72

Dear Classmates,

What comes to mind when you think about your time in Chapel Hill? For me, it’s a kaleidoscope of impressions, from walks through the Arb to protests in the Pit to pitchers of beer at the Rat. I have memories of classes both enjoyed and endured (looking at you, ModCiv), of loud parties and quiet conversations, of energetic groups that got stuff done. I wouldn’t trade any of it.

Those four years shaped us and our University. Just one example: When we started, women students had a strict curfew. Dean Kitty Carmichael described us as “small, fragile and precious,” and forbade us from wearing slacks to class. By the time we left, UNC had its first co-ed dorm in Hinton James and the campus was awash in denim.

Since we graduated, some of us have been lucky enough to get back to the Hill on a regular basis. Others have returned rarely if at all. But if you’ve needed a good reason to make the trip, what better motivation than our 50th reunion? Some of us didn’t attend our own graduation ceremonies but we’ll get a do-over in 2022 when our class leads the walk into Kenan Stadium. Won’t you join us?

Put May 5-8 on your calendar, reserve a place to stay, request to join our private UNC Class of 1972 Facebook group and spread the word to your fellow ’72 grads. It’s going to be a weekend to remember. Hope to see you there.

Deborah Potter
Class of ‘72

Connect with Deborah on LinkedIn.

A Capsule on Classmate Deborah Potter

Deborah, aka Debbie during our undergraduate years, distinguished herself as a fixture of campuswide activities and particularly Swain Hall as a RTVMP major. She was one of the initial women inducted into the Golden Fleece. In addition to this classwide letter, Deborah is directly inviting our Washington, DC Metro Area classmates, other RTVMP graduates and members of the Valkyies Honor Society to join us for our Golden Celebration Reunion weekend.

Deborah is co-author with Debora Wenger of Advancing The Story, which is in its fourth printing, as well as Ready, Set, Lead: A Resource Guide for News Leaders and several other media centered books. She is founder of NewsLab, a journalism resource center, and veteran reporter and writer. Many of us likely recall Deborah as the White House reporter for CBS during the Reagan years or her CNN coverage of national politics and environment issues. After graduation, Deborah worked as a news producer and subsequently the news anchor for KYW Newsradio in Philadelphia where she met her husband, newsman Bob Witten. They have two adult children and two grandsons.

Make your reservations now to join Bob and Deborah for our 50th Class Reunion, May 5-8, 2022.

Letter from Hon. Benjamin Boykin II ’72

Dear ’72 Classmate,

Can you believe that it will be 50 years in 2022 since we graduated from UNC? This is our golden anniversary. I am serving on the committee working to establish some memorable events for the weekend of May 5-8, 2022. A logo and keepsake pin have been designed specifically for our class. I am also currently a member of the General Alumni Association (GAA) Board of Directors.

Please save the date and return and join us in Chapel Hill for this exciting weekend which will culminate with us marching with our cap and gown into Kenan Stadium on Sunday, May 8, 2022.

Who am I writing you this letter after nearly 50 years? I was that young Black man from the farm in Garland, in the eastern part of N.C. I was in classes with many of you. It would be hard to miss me since I was the only person of color in most classes. I received my B. S. degree in business with an accounting concentration, graduating in the first summer session in 1972. I never marched as an undergraduate, so now, join me as the class of 1972 marches into Kenan Stadium. I obtained my MBA, with Distinction, from the Kellogg Business School, Northwestern University in 1981. My two daughters are UNC graduates, LaSandra ’00 and Nicole ’05.

Time has flown by and we have gone on to many successful careers in business, education, government or the non-profit sectors throughout the world. Many of you likely have retired; yet I know as ’72s you have not stopped.

You can get involved to help make this a golden event. To find out more about this awesome weekend, please call or email:

Lee Hood Capps ’72, (804) 761-4282 or leehcapps@gmail.com, class president/reunion chair
Jennifer Guy ’09, (919) 962-3576 or jennifer_guy@unc.edu, coordinator of alumni reunions and special events, GAA
Benjamin Boykin II ’72, (914) 830-9678 or benboy78@aol.com, GAA Board of Directors

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our golden anniversary celebration May 5-8, 2022 in Chapel Hill.

Your ’72 classmate,
Benjamin Boykin II, MBA, CPA

A Capsule on Classmate Benjamin Boykin ll

Ben’s four years were in Alexander Dorm. On campus, he was an active member of the BSM (Black Student Movement). He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate that majored in business administration with an accounting concentration. Upon graduation, he joined Deloitte (formerly Haskins & Sells) in Greensboro as one of three Black CPA’s in N.C. After four years, he joined RJR Nabisco, where he held executive positions in Winston Salem, N.C., Atlanta, New York City and Parsippany, N.J. He transferred to Nabisco, Inc., Parsippany, N.J., where he served as assistant treasurer responsible for risk management and strategic modeling before retiring and creating Ben Boykin & Associates.

Intermingled with his business focus, between 1987-2005 Ben served as a trustee for Bennett College in Greensboro as well as seven years on the White Plains, N.Y. School Board, 14 years on the White Plains City Council and currently in his fourth term as a Westchester County, N.Y. legislator, where, on Jan. 6, 2020, he was re-elected chairman of the Board. UNC awarded the Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award to Ben in 2013. He was elected to the GAA Board of Directors in 2020.

Ben is married to Carsandra Spearman of Clinton, N.C. Their two daughters are UNC graduates, LaSandra ’00, currently director, corporate giving and NS Foundation – Northfolk Southern Corp., Atlanta, and Nicole ’05, currently a licensed psychologist with Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y. At Carolina, Nicole was a member of the cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field teams. Ben and Carsandra are looking forward to renewing old acquaintances and creating new friendships and relationships with classmates during our 50th Class Reunion, May 5-8, 2022.

Letter from Catherine Cauthorne '72 and Capsule Note

To my Fellow ’72 Classmates,

Fifty years have flown by and all of us have had so many life experiences. My life choices were a direct function of my four years as an UNC undergraduate and then as a doctoral student. I remember my first day moving into the nurse’s dorm with all the bright-eyed and excited prospective nursing students. I thought I was destined to be a helper, but, little did I know, it would not be as a nurse. And then there were the boys, so many of them as compared to twelve years attending an all-female Episcopal school. And we the nursing students were housed far away from the boys and locked in the dorm at 10 o’clock at night. There were several nights of climbing through a window.

And then I met people who were politically active, and I became aware of the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement — taboo topics for a pristine, proper young southern woman from Richmond, Va. Remember the National Guard on the Lower Quad our junior year? I put daisies in the guns as I danced around as a hippy, trying to make the soldiers smile.

And before I knew it, I was president of the Association of Women’s Students and trying to make it a vital and active force. If I had gone to our Commencement, I would have been awarded in person the Algenon Sydney Sullivan award*, but I, like so many, didn’t attend. So now we can complete the circle. I hope you will join me and others, old and new friends, in our 2022 walk into Kenan Stadium in Carolina Blue robes and sashes (from Italy!). We also have medallions for all of you!

I look forward to seeing you again May 5-8, 2022. It will indeed be a weekend to remember.

Catherine Cauthorne
UNC Class of 1972 50th Reunion Committee
603-562-5799

*The Sullivan Foundation awards are considered the most prestigious award bestowed upon students, who are honored for their service to the campus community and beyond.

A Capsule on Classmate Catherine Cauthorne ‘72

Catherine resided in the nursing dorm for two years, Wilton dorm for one year and off-campus senior year. She pledged and joined Tri Delta sorority for one year but resigned when she became involved in protesting social injustice. She also transferred from nursing to psychology and loved, breathed, and, at times, slept in Davies Hall. These shifts in her attentions and passions led her ultimately to a doctorate in Psychology in 1979 from UNC and a pre-doctoral internship as a member of a multidisciplinary team treating abused and neglected children and their families in Albuquerque, NM. After a short marriage and a divorce from Alan Nagle, a ’72 classmate, she stayed in New Mexico and worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Children’s Program, visiting reservations throughout New Mexico and Colorado, helping Native Americans learn about children’s emotional needs and what they could do on their own land with their own tribal members as service providers for their own children.

In 1981, she and her husband-to-be, David Closter, moved to Rhode Island and she established her own practice for children, adolescents and families with a specialty in trauma, abuse and neglect, and related conditions. She co-authored an article about Cinderella Syndrome which she presented to the annual American Psychiatric Conference in New York. After deciding to not follow the talking circuit, she decided to be a country doctor. After eight years in Rhode Island and giving birth to a daughter (Skidmore College graduate) and a son (Duke University graduate), she and her family moved to New Hampshire in 1990 where she has worked with trauma, dissociative identity disorders, and as a certified therapist and consultant in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing).  After forty plus years of clinical practice, teaching graduate students and supervising new practitioners in EMDR, she will retire on May 1, 2022 … and will be looking to greet you at our 50th Reunion Golden Celebration!

Schedule of Events

Take a peek at the 2020 Spring Reunions Weekend brochure.  Please note, this brochure is for viewing only. An updated event schedule will be posted for May 2022.

Hotel Information

View the list of Spring Reunions Weekend hotels.

Point of Contact

Jennifer Guy '09
Coordinator of Alumni Reunions and Special Events
919-962-3576
read my bio

Jennifer joined the GAA in January 2017. She is thrilled to be back at Carolina and loves bumping into fellow Tar Heels on her (almost) daily walks around campus. In her spare time, Jennifer can be found chasing her daughters with her college sweetheart Shawn ’08, dining with friends at their favorite restaurants, playing the piano or getting lost in a good book.