about the deaths of the following alumni was received in the Office
of Development and compiled by Susan Apple. Please send information
to University of North Texas, Alumni Records, P.O. Box 311250, Denton,
Texas 76203-1250, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Mary Bradshaw (22)
Wright Lawhorn (30)
Flo Maree Sargent (32)
Edna Clift (33)
Jack Alexander Mitchell (37)
James Griffin Taylor (37)
Hallie Mae Witt (37)
J. Ross Jones (39, 46 M.S.)
Mildred Waters (39)
W. Daws Jr. (40)
Jewell Scruggs Milburn (40, 41)
Art Seely Sr. (42, 49 M.S.)
Arthur Wilson Tucker (42)
Francis B. Self (47)
Mary Ann Swan Ham (48)
Claude E. Hoffman (48)
Gloria Jean Jones Phillips (48, 63 M.S.)
Carl Brown (50)
Libby Jean Dinkle (50)
Ida Belle Allen Sams Fountain (50, 68 M.Ed.)
Ellna Anne McFatridge (51)
Rodger E. Murray (51)
Lloyed Perkins (51, 54 M.M.)
Bernice Estelle Pruitt (51)
Roy M. Benton (52)
Thomas E. Jarrett (52)
Shirley Reynolds McCulloch (52)
Joe Ponce (52 M.S.)
D. Anne Redford (52 M.S.)
Edward Sonny Blondell (55)
Robert Wade Brown (55, 55 M.S.)
Richard Dick Schleicher (58)
William F. Bill McNamara (59)
Dee Barton (60)
Claude Wendell Bolton (61 M.Ed.)
George Edgar Eddie Evans (61)
Newell Franklin Barrett Oler (63)
Raynell Mitchell (64)
Ruth Yvonne Parks Stubbs (66, 85 M.Ed.)
Melvin Derr (67)
H. Duane Temple (68)
Dana Tubb Bozarth (69)
Katie LaRoe (69, 87 M.Ed.)
Dixon Kerr (71 M.Ed.)
Susan Ludwick (71)
Hugh Thomas Tommy Massey (72)
Phyllis Asplund (73 M.Ed.)
Calvin Fenton (73)
Floyd Doc Allen (74 Ed.D.)
Bobby Joe Fry (74)
Lawrence Glenn Roark (78)
Susan Armstrong Birchard (81)
Mitchell Lamm (81)
Stanley Marcus (82 honorary)
Sally Anderson (84, 84 M.S.)
Margie Lois Davis (86)
Robert Craig Brown (87)
Stephen Henry Price (88 M.S.)
Marie Schwartz (91)
Jason W. Barefoot (92)
Gualberto D. Besinaiz (92 M.M.E.)
Ileana Si Fuentes (94 M.S.)
Mark Wayne Hack (96)
Craig Stinson (00)
Bhanu Kiran Bontha (01 M.S.)
James Riddlesperger (37)
Arthur P. Schoep
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(28), Grass Valley, Calif. She died at the age of 103. Her
degree was in secondary education.
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Denton. She was a teacher in Houston for many years and a member
of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Daughters
of the Republic of Texas.
(32), Dubuque, Iowa. She received her degree from North
Texas in elementary education.
San Angelo. She studied elementary education at North Texas.
(37), Cypress. He retired as general manager and CEO of
the Dallas Teachers Credit Union after 31 years. He was the first
president of the National Credit Union Executive Society and was
elected to its hall of fame.
Griffin Taylor (37),
Nacogdoches. He practiced family medicine and obstetrics for 39
years until retiring. The labor and delivery unit of Nacogdoches
Memorial Hospital was named in his honor.
Mae Witt (37),
Denton. She was a retired teacher from the Denton ISD.
(39, 46 M.S.), Galveston. He served as principal of
Ball High School in Galveston and South Park High School in Beaumont.
He retired as assistant superintendent of schools for the Beaumont
(39), Azle. She received her degree in elementary education
and taught for 42 years.
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W. Daws Jr.
(40), Denton. He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service,
where he was a letter carrier and clerk in the Denton office.
He served in the Army during World War II and received six Bronze
(40, 41), Hurst. She retired from teaching in 1978
after 41 years. She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa.
(42, 49 M.S.), Denton. He worked his way through North
Texas as a student firefighter in Denton, later serving as a driver
and captain of Denton Fire Department Station No. 3. He taught
history and coached and later was the principal of Robert E. Lee
Elementary School until his retirement in 1980.
(42), Plano. He taught at the University of Texas at Arlington
for 31 years, retiring in 1988. He was a veteran of World War
II and served in the Pacific.
(47), Denton. He received his degree in industrial arts
from North Texas. During World War II he served in the U.S. Air
Ann Swan Ham
(48), Jacksboro. She taught at the Jacksboro Elementary
School for 22 years, retiring at the end of the 1996 school term.
(48), Hoffman. He was a teacher and school administrator
from 1948 until his retirement in 1976. During World War II he
served in the Air Force and flew combat missions as a top turret
gunner and flight engineer.
Jean Jones Phillips
(48, 63 M.S.), Saint Jo. She taught home economics
in Saint Jo for 39 years.
(50), Bellaire. He was a lifelong entrepreneur. He served
in the Marine Corps during World War II.
(50), Silsbee. She taught for many years in Silsbee. She
was married for 51 years to Billy Dinkle, a UNT football letterman.
Belle Allen Sams Fountain
(50, 68 M.Ed.), Corpus Christi. She retired in 1991
from the child development program of Southwest ISD in Bexar County.
(51), Big Sandy. She was a secretary with Dallas Insurance
(51), Flower Mound. He served as a public school administrator
for more than 30 years. He was a private pilot and was a colonel
in the Confederate Air Force, an organization that flies and maintains
World War II aircraft.
(51, 54 M.M.), Doraville, Ga. He studied music and
music education while at North Texas.
(51), Panhandle. She received her degree in art.
(52), Marble Falls. He retired as executive vice president
of Bee County College in 1985.
(52), Garland. He received his degree in industrial arts
education from North Texas. He was a World War II veteran who
served in Germany, France and Austria.
(52), Dallas. She was involved in Alpha Delta Pi, serving
as president of the Dallas Alumnae Association from 1968 to 1969.
(52 M.S.), Dallas. He was the first Hispanic school principal
in Dallas, serving as principal of the former Benito Juarez Elementary
School in West Dallas from 1962 to 1967.
(52 M.S.), Dallas. She retired as a librarian with the Dallas
(55), Bowie. He was a charter member of the Texas Boys Choir
and a member of Lambda Chi Alpha.
(55, 55 M.S.), Dallas. An international expert on
foundation problems and expansive soil behavior, he was the author
of eight books on the subject. His books are used as textbooks
in various universities and engineering schools around the country.
(58), Fort Worth. He received his degree in business from
F. Bill McNamara
(59), Dallas. He was a State Farm insurance agent for 33
years. He was a member of Theta Chi.
(60), Brandon, Miss. He was a former trombonist, drummer and
arranger for the Stan Kenton Orchestra and composer of popular
movie and television scores. Two of his original songs, Waltz
of the Prophets and Turtle Talk, were on Kentons 1961 Grammy
Award-winning album Adventures in Jazz. Barton was composer
in residence at Jackson State University. In 2000 he was among
the first inductees into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame.
(61 M.Ed.), Fort Worth. He was a retired math teacher and
consultant for Fort Worth ISD and a data processing coordinator
for Education Service Center Region 11.
Edgar Eddie Evans
(61), Dallas. He worked for his fathers business,
E.B. Mott Co., prior to moving to London in 1970. He returned
to Dallas in 1981 and became active in the Democratic Party.
Franklin Barrett Oler
(63), Dallas. He played piano at the Wyndham Anatole (formerly
the Loews Anatole) in Dallas from the late 1970s to the early
1990s. He had several popular recordings and owned a production
company, NOME Co., that produced 22 CDs ranging from popular World
War II hits to Christmas tunes.
(64), Odessa. She taught for the Ector County ISD until
her retirement in 1998.
Yvonne Parks Stubbs
(66, 85 M.Ed.), Richardson. She practiced dental hygiene
for several years and later taught part time at Dallas Christian
Sherman. He taught voice and theater at Grayson College and East
Texas State University while teaching private voice and piano
in Sherman. He performed with symphony orchestras around the world.
(68), Houston. He was a minister and was chair of the music
department, registrar and dean of Southern Bible College in Houston.
(69), Hurst. She taught for 16 years with the Hurst-Euless-Bedford
ISD and then transferred to Bell High School, where she taught
English until retiring in 1989.
(69, 87 M.Ed.), Plano. She was with the Richardson
ISD from 1978 until 1997.
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(71 M.Ed.), Argyle. He was the founder and a former minister
of the Argyle Church of Christ. He was also a counselor for the
Fort Worth ISD.
(71), Ruidoso, N.M. She received her degree in elementary
Thomas Tommy Massey
(72), Crosbyton. He was an X-ray supervisor at several area
hospitals and also worked as a reserve deputy sheriff.
(73 M.Ed.), Irving. She taught at Irving High School, Nimitz
High School and Marcus High School and retired from Lewisville
ISD in 1994.
(73), Weatherford. He was an attorney and practiced in Dallas
for many years. Most recently he taught economics and social studies
at Mineral Wells High School and Weatherford College.
(74 Ed.D.), Dallas. He was the recipient of Fulbright Scholarships
to Japan, Thailand and Greece. He taught English at North Texas,
El Centro College and Richland College.
Joe Fry (74),
Denison. He was an economist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
for 22 years.
(78), Austin. He studied music at UNT and played the euphonium
with many groups, including the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus
band and the Creative Opportunity Orchestra. He made musically
tuned wind chimes through the company he founded, Music of the
Spheres, and was an accomplished art photographer.
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(80), New York City. He worked as an artist and fashion
designer and had lived in London and Barcelona before settling
in New York.
(81), La Grange. She received her degree in speech pathology
and audiology from North Texas, graduating summa cum laude. She
was employed by Smithville ISD.
(81), Arlington. He earned his degree in journalism and
worked for many years as a posting-listing regional manager for
Eller Media in Arlington.
(82 honorary), Dallas. He was chair emeritus of the Neiman Marcus
Stores, co-founder of what is now the UNT Texas Fashion Collection
and author of four UNT Press books. He delivered the dedication
address at the opening of the Art Building in 1972 and, over the
years, donated works of art to the School of Visual Arts and designer
garments to the Texas Fashion Collection. He also published fine
press miniature books, many of which he donated to the UNT Libraries.
84 M.S.), Coppell. A CPA, she was a controller at North
(86), Decatur. She received her degree in elementary education
from North Texas.
(87), Lake Winnebago, Mo. He taught and coached for several
years. He had just begun Brown Brothers Construction Co. Inc.,
a general contracting company.
(88 M.S.), Rusk. He worked for the Texas Rehabilitation
Commission and Crockett State School as a caseworker.
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(91), Plano. She received a degree in business from North
Texas and went on to a successful career in insurance.
(92), Denton. He received his degree in fashion design from
(92 M.M.E.), Tom Bean. He was a band director for 19 years.
During his teaching career in Tom Bean the band received the UIL
Sweepstakes Award six consecutive years.
Si Fuentes (94
M.S.), El Paso. She received her degree in industrial-technical
merchandising and fabric analytics. Her career in product quality
control and testing included positions at J.C. Penney, The Limited
Co. and Chicos.
(96), Farmers Branch. He worked as a lead computer programmer
at Rushcreek Software in Las Colinas.
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(00), Grapevine. He received his degree in advertising from
North Texas. He was an advertising account executive.
(01 M.S.), Denton. He received his degree in computer science
from North Texas.
Francis Bullitt Lowry,
Denton, professor of history, 1964-2002. He received his bachelors
degree from Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., and earned
his masters degree and doctorate in history from Duke University.
At North Texas he taught European, military and diplomatic history.
Dedicated to the historic preservation of Denton, he helped create
the Denton Historic Landmark Commission, serving as its first
chair in 1980. He also chaired the Denton County Historical Commission
and wrote several works on the history of the city. He received
numerous awards from the Texas Historical Commission, including
the John Ben Shepperd Award for the best chair of a Texas county
historical commission in 1987.
(37), Denton, Professor Emeritus of political science, 1950-1978.
During his tenure at North Texas, he founded the International
Students Association and received the Fessor Graham Award and
the Distinguished Teaching Award, among other honors. Born in
Malakoff, he earned an A.A. degree at Lon Morris College in Jacksonville
and later graduated from North Texas with a bachelors degree
in history. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.
After retiring from North Texas, he served three terms on the
Denton City Council, worked with the North Central Texas Council
of Governments and in 1986 was elected to the first Texas Silver
P. Schoep, Denton, Professor Emeritus
of music, 1967-1990. He first joined the North Texas faculty as
an instructor of music in 1948, serving for two years before continuing
his education. He returned in 1967 as a professor of music, directing
the opera and teaching choral conducting, voice and diction. He
was the host of the monthly radio program Music from North Texas,
which aired on KERA and WRR from 1979 to 1989. Schoep performed
with opera companies and symphonies all over the United States
and was a contributing editor for Opera Canada, reviewing
the Dallas and Fort Worth opera seasons. He was also music director
at First Presbyterian Church in Denton for many years.