Dogan Cobb retires from LARC board

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By Jenna McKenna

Twenty seven years ago when Dogan Cobb joined the board of directors of Levy Association for Retarded Citizens, he told LARC Executive Director Betty Walker, then new to the job, that he'd stay in his job as long as she stayed in hers.

Last Wednesday, Cobb reluctantly broke his promise, retiring from the board. Walker said she'd forgive him – after all, Cobb is 98 years old.

“He's a good man,” she said.

“In 27 years, we never had a cross word between us.”

Cobb's dedication was celebrated at a luncheon Wednesday by the remaining board and other LARC advocates. Walker thanked him for his guidance and oversight, but most of all for his confidence. Cobb assured her she had always earned it.

“He'd always tell me, Ms. Betty, you just keep us out of trouble,” Walker said.

“Back in those days, the board used to interfere with me, and he'd tell 'em, 'We gave Betty Walker that job, now let her go and do it. If she messes up, then call her on the carpet.'”

It never came to that, Cobb said.

“Betty always does a great job.”

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