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Collectors of the UNC Herbarium
Information compiled by Carol Ann McCormick,
Assistant Curator of the University of North Carolina Herbarium with
assistance from Meredith Tozzer, Alumni Records, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
Dr. Patricia Hoskins, Asst. Professor of History & College Historian, Limestone College
and Sandra Smith, Wessels Library, Newberry College.
Special thanks to Mike Berry, Asst. Librarian, Lander University for photographs of Nell Henry.

Nell Quinby Henry
(11 December 1906 – 26 January 1999)


The University of North Carolina Herbarium has catalogued to date about 30 vascular specimens collected by Nell Henry.  Ms. Henry collected throughout North Carolina -- especially Carteret, Jackson, Macon and Orange Counties – while she was in graduate school,  1931-1933.  As NCU's collection continues to be catalogued, it is likely that more specimens will be found. 

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Nell Quinby Henry, 1934
photograph courtesy of Lander University

Nell Quinby Henry was born in Newberry County, South Carolina on December 11, 1906.  Her father, Rev. Walter Samuel Henry (d. 1944), attended Newberry College & Wofford College, and served as a Methodist minister.  Her mother, Mamie McGraw Henry (d. 1963), attended the Williamston Female College.  In addition to Nell, the family included Mabel L., Walter S., Claire, and Mary.2, 3 

Nell Henry graduated from Elizabeth High School in Elizabeth, [Allen Parish?], Louisiana in 1923, and earned her A.B. from Lander College in Greenville, South Carolina in 1927.2   The 1930 Federal Census lists Ms. Henry as teaching high school and boarding in the home of Alvin & Lillie Walvoord in Baskin, Franklin Parish, Louisiana.1  

Ms. Henry earned her M.A. in Botany at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in June, 1932.  The title of her thesis was “The seed-development in Cuscuta arvensis,” and her advisor was Dr. William Chambers Coker.  While at UNC-CH she worked as an herbarium assistant. 

Ms. Henry worked briefly as a medical technician at the University of North Carolina Medical School in 1939, but spent most of her career as a teacher.  She taught biology at Lander College (1934-1938) and Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina (1946-1947).  She began her long career at Newberry College in 1959, and for her first three years there taught both biology and mathematics.  In 1964 she became an Associate Professor and taught only biology courses until her retirement in 1973.4 Professor Henry was a member of the South Carolina Academy of Sciences.3

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Nell Quinby Henry, 1938
photograph courtesy of Lander University

Ms. Henry died on 26 January 1999 at age 92 at the Methodist Oaks in Orangeburg, South Carolina and was buried in Rosemont Cemetery.3

The Nell Henry Scholarship at Lander University was established in honor of Professor Nell Q. Henry by Mrs. Harmon W. Caldwell (M. Gwendolyn Burton), [Lander College] class of 1938.  The scholarship is based on high school academic achievement and is awarded to an entering freshman majoring in biology.  The scholarship is renewable for up to three years, provided the recipient remains a biology major with a grade point average of at least 3.0.

The Nell Henry Special Award at Lander University, was also established in honor of Professor Nell Q. Henry by Mrs. Harmon W. Caldwell (M. Gwendolyn Burton), [Lander College] class of 1938.  A cash award of $100 and a pin of excellence is presented each year to a rising senior biology major who has maintained a high scholastic average and shows potential for making an outstanding contribution to the field.

While both Nell Henry and Gwendolyn Burton were graduates of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1932 and 1938, respectively), it is most likely that they encountered each other at Lander College as teacher and pupil, and that Nell Henry encouraged Gwen Burton to attend UNC for graduate training.


SOURCES: 

1.       Year:  1930; Census.  Place:  Baskin, Franklin, Louisiana; Roll:  793; Page:  4B; Enumeration District:  13; Image:  894.0; FHL microfilm:  2340528.  Ancestry.com  1930 United States Federal Census.  Provo, UT, USA:  Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2002.

2.      “For your permanent Alumni Record:  Nell Q. Henry” University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Alumni Records.

3.      Obituary, Nell Henry.  The State, Columbia, South Carolina.  28 January 1999.

4.      Personal communication, Sandra Smith, Wessels Library, Newberry College.  30 Oct. 2012.


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Last Updated:  10 October 2012