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Godwin, Tarrytown Corporate Lawyer, Dies at 67

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Howard Gibson Godwin Jr. died April 1 at his home in Tarrytown. He was 67.

The son of the late Howard Gibson and Nettie Mae Motes Godwin, he was born on April 28, 1944 in Harnett County, N.C. Godwin graduated from Dunn High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Chi Psi fraternities. He also served on the Board of Visitors for the University. 

Godwin then attended Duke University School of Law, where he earned his law degree in 1969. At the time of his death, he had worked for 42 years as a corporate lawyer at Sidley Austin LLP in New York City. Godwin became a partner at the firm in 1978 and was a member of the New York State Bar Association. 

An avid sports fan, particularly of high school athletics, Godwin was the sole sponsor of the Sleepy Hollow High School Annual Holiday Basketball Tournament for the past 20 years and played a major role in the Sleepy Hollow High School Sports Association. 

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mimi McDonough Godwin, his children Elizabeth Godwin and Anne Godwin Cauthren, his son-in-law, Benjamin Cauthren and his sister Virginia Anne Godwin Carboy. He was predeceased by his son, William Godwin. 

Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday and from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday at Dwyer and Vanderbilt Funeral Home in Tarrytown. Liturgy of the Word and Commendation will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at Church of the Magdelene in Pocantico Hills. Interment will follow at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to either the Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns with notation in support of the Howard Godwin Athletics Fund, 210 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 or in memory of Howard Godwin to the University of North Carolina's School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Office of Development, Campus Box 3365, Chapel Hill, NC 27599.

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