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letter from Dr. Frank C. Spencer in the summer issue recalling
Dr. James Carrico, head of the chemistry department in the '40s
and '50s, caused my recollection of Frank Spencer, who
in 1941-42 was a star student in Dr. Fred Connell's physics
class in which I also was a student.
My memories of North Texas are mostly from the time I was on the
staff as auditor and associate business manager, 1949-55. Dr. W.J.
McConnell was the president when I started, and we worked to get
a separate board of regents for North Texas, which at that time
was governed by the Teachers College Board. Dr. Carl Matthews was
as president on the retirement of Dr. McConnell.
The construction of Fouts Field, a basketball field house, Bruce
Hall, the Quadrangle and Masters Hall came about around this time,
as did the start of the Administration Building.
I knew well Alex Dickie, Sam McAlister, Carrico, Robert Toulouse,
J.K.G. Silvey, Floyd Graham, T.J. Fouts, Sadie Kate Bass, Imogene
Bentley, Arthur Sampley and all other department heads as I prepared
the budget for the college. We had about 6,000 students including
many veterans, and the tuition and fees were $40 for Texas residents
and $125 for out-of-staters.
From 1955 to retirement in 1985, I was business manager of public
schools in Midland, San Antonio and Alamo Heights. Now I raise
longhorn cattle in Llano County. Thanks for The North Texan — keep
W. Stanford ('42)
enjoyed reading the article on Swapping Places in the summer
issue (in which students renovated a room in each of four residence
Since I am a former resident of all four dorms and was
a resident assistant at Maple Hall for three semesters, it was
fun to see the changes to each of the rooms.
What great changes these residents and students brought to
the university — wish we had thought of such a great
idea while I was there. Keep up the great articles.
Mitchell I am saddened
by the news of Dr. Giles Mitchell's passing (spring issue).
I first had the occasion to study literature under his tutelage as
a sophomore. I was so impressed by his style of teaching and his
love for literature that I declared English as my major and went
on to take three more of his classes, including "Creative Writing"
and "History of the Novel," a graduate class that I somehow registered
as an undergrad.
He was truly a champion of literature. I remember learning about
the "heroic system of fate" and wondered
if I'd ever use that again. I am proud to say that last summer
when I was studying novel writing with the head of the M.F.A. department
at Arizona State University, this subject came up and I was the only
one in the class who knew about it.
Since then I have gone on to teach writing at the Dallas County Community
College District, hopefully with the same enthusiasm that Dr. Mitchell
I am sure that
students and faculty alike realize the rare gem that we had in Dr.
R. Blair ('95)
On page 11 of the spring issue, there was a reference to prisoners
of war and the Lost Battalion. One of my relatives, who had recently
graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, was ordered to the battleship
USS Houston. The ship disappeared without any kind of signal.
The Japanese had knocked out the Houston's radio room and,
due to other damage, it sank.
There was no notice about the crew, but the young officer's
mother never gave up. Finally, the family got word he and others
were alive in a POW camp in Burma. He eventually got home alive
but in bad shape.
Part of the Lost Battalion was from the Wichita Falls area. They
also had a horrible prison life.
in the fall 2002 North Texan featuring the new Scrappy reminded
me of the old Scrappy who looked quite scrappy indeed.
a fine job was done on the creation of the new bird, he seems
to me somewhat buff over substance and a sort of pumped-up
The original Scrappy, whose picture I am submitting from the
cover of an old Spanish textbook, had the defiant look of an
irascible underdog (perfect for UNT). As I recall, the girls
used to think he was cute as well.
Let's bring old Scrappy back.