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(b. 1948, Austin, Texas). Ph.D. Educational Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; B.Ed., University of Houston.

Mabry is the great-granddaughter of the proprietor of one of Austin's first five businesses, Weed's Livery and Undertaking. Her own undertaking was education, beginning when she was 10 years old and teaching younger siblings and neighbors in her backyard “Sunshine Club.” A decade later, she was teaching third grade full-time as an intern in a racially transitional, impoverished north Houston school, for which she was named the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the College of Education at the University of Houston. She stayed home with her three children until they had all entered school and, after a 7-year hiatus, returned to teaching in Illinois.

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