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Jasmine Rudd Burks (’29, ’39 M.A.)
Maxine Louise Clayton Howorth (’30)
Mable Larrinda Self Sligh (’32)
Frances Jane Ratliff Pearson (’33)
Dovie V. Holtzclaw Taylor (’33)
Stella Mae Whitlow (’36)
Ilene Glass Bowen (’37)
Kathleen Meachum Philips (’37)
Lena Robertson Hogg (’38)
Mary Tom Ray Price (’38, ’40 M.Ed.)
Margaret Coggins Smith (’38)
Julia Darnall (’39, ’49 M.A.)
Jean Haynie Pridgeon (’39)
Velma Ruth Harris Allen (’40)
Katherine Camp (’40)
Loretta Bennett Putman (’40)
Mary Sue Evans Brian (’41)
Margaret Schrickel Huff (’41)
Thomas Vinson Tipps (’42)
Edward Madison Watkins (’43)
A. Weldon Brumbelow (’47)
Mary Christal (’48)
C. Noel Ferguson (’48)
Kenneth D. Lambert (’48, ’53 M.Ed.)
Mildred Joy Nobles (’48)
Harry Vaughn Goss (’49)
Jack Kenneth Hickey Sr. (’49)
The Rev. Fred McGee (’50, ’51 M.Ed.)
Helen Sturdevant Penn (’50)
Patsy Ruth Mitchell Sloan (’50)
Willie Pauline Amyx Dosier (’52)
Marylynn Durham Gist (’52)
Charles Martin Haugland (’52)
Cecil J. Matthews (’54)
Patricia Nan Neel Kreipe (’57)
John Hugh Roberts (’57)
John H. Watkins (’57)
Edythe Sloan Harlan (’58)
A.W. ‘Dub’ Harville (’62)
Barbara Marlene Mouser (’62)
Linda Rowe Fancher (’63)
Anton L. Wiley (’64)
James Ray Hannon (’66, ’71 M.B.A.)
Robert R. Leffel (’66)
Jennie Grace Earnhart Alexander (’67)
J.B. ‘Bugs’ Tate (’67 M.S.)
Warren William Jann (’68, ’83 M.S.)
Louise Johnson Ramig (’68)
Rebecca Madden Fruman (’69)
Margie Lavoyce Harvey (’70)
Marguerite Funderburgh (’71)
Michael Wayne Mulkey (’71)
Susan Dianne Tiner Owens (’71)
Terry L. Ritchey (’71)
Jeffrey Luther Anderson (’72)
Elaine T. Mourgos Maxwell (’72)
Jean Ann Dixon (’73, ’91 M.Ed.)
Gary Thomas West (’73)
Alberta ‘Bertie’ Stalnaker Jackson (’74)
Lana Kay Cooper Broom (’76)
Albert E. Hudson (’76 M.S.)
Tony L. Haden (’77, ’80 M.S.)
Sylvia Wolens (’78, ’85 Ph.D.)
Philip W. Ratcliff (’83 M.J.)
Jonathan ‘Ethan’ Tracy Atkinson (’84)
Tommy I. Folks Jr.
Harold W. ‘Bud’ Kinamon Jr. (’97 M.B.A.)
Eric Martin Bailey
Suzanne E. Curtin (’00)
Mitchell Ellis (’00)
Lawrence Juliano (’02)
Jeffrey P. Kalldin (’02)
The Rev. Gilbert L. Samples (’02 M.A.)
Pearla Marquez (’03 M.A.)
Wendy Jeanette Galvan Flynn
Raymond Bruce Jacobs
Daniel Gavin Powell
Gerald Anthony White
Will Hill Acker Jr.
LaCola Hanks Barlow (’37, ’39 M.A.)
W. David Bayless Sr. (’47)
Ronald Bell (’67, ’71 M.Ed.)
George A. Christy
Louise Evans (’38, ’39 M.S.)
Antonio ‘Tony’ Garcia (’48, ’49 M.A.)
Sandra Kay Hartline (’89)
Jerry C. McCain (’39, ’40, M.S., ’59 Ed.D.)
Harold Treston Perry
Julian C. Stanley
Sean Webster (’04 M.S.)
William B. Whiddon (’82)
1920s [ top ]
- Jasmine Rudd Burks (’29, ’39 M.A.), Denton. She attended the North Texas Demonstration School and while attending North Texas served on the Campus Chat newspaper and was a yell leader, a Green Jacket and a campus beauty. She taught school in Henrietta, Navarro and Denton. In 1949 she and her neighbor opened Young Moderns, a children’s shop that was in business for 14 years.
1930s [ top ]
- Maxine Louise Clayton Howorth (’30), Fort Worth. She was a teacher for 45 years, the last 20 of which were spent in the same first-grade classroom at South Hills Elementary in Fort Worth until her retirement in 1975. She volunteered some 12,000 hours for more than 21 years at Harris Methodist Fort Worth hospital.
- Mable Larrinda Self Sligh (’32), Waco. She taught school in Santo, Elm Mott and Ross. She was a Girl Scout who later spent many years as a leader, and she was active in the Waco Council of Garden Clubs for 40 years.
- Frances Jane Ratliff Pearson (’33), Beaumont. She taught second grade for 25 years at Jones and Bancroft schools in Orange. Her collection of more than 1,000 books was her favorite pastime.
- Dovie V. Holtzclaw Taylor (’33), Fort Worth. She taught fourth grade at Meadowbrook Elementary for 36 years and retired from the Fort Worth ISD. She enjoyed traveling and square dancing.
- Stella Mae Whitlow (’36), Albuquerque, N.M. She taught in Thorndale before starting her 41-year career as a second-grade teacher in Taylor. She helped to establish the Bartlett Public Library and to enroll the town in the Texas Highway Wildflower Seeding program. She was 103.
- Ilene Glass Bowen (’37), Longview. She taught at schools in Pine Tree, Hallsville and Longview, where she had lived since 1948.
- Kathleen Meachum Philips (’37), North Richland Hills. She taught for 35 years in several Texas schools including Alla Hubbard, Pottsboro and Celina, where she lived most of her life.
- Lena Robertson Hogg (’38), Gilmer. She taught English and business courses in several rural East Texas schools and ended her career at East Texas Baptist University.
- Mary Tom Ray Price (’38, ’40 M.Ed.), Denton. She graduated from North Texas at age 18, one of the youngest college graduates in Texas at that time. She then embarked on a 39-year teaching career, the last 28 as a world history teacher in Denton.
- Margaret Coggins Smith (’38), Garland. She taught for 37 years in schools in Trinidad, Edgewood and Wilmer-Hutchins, and served the longest at Wills Point from 1946 until her retirement in 1979.
- Julia Darnall (’39, ’49 M.A.), Dallas. She taught in Texas for 45 years, 34 of which were spent as a government and American history teacher at Richardson High School. She volunteered as a docent for 20 years at Dallas’ Old City Park and was the granddaughter of pioneers who settled in North Texas in the mid-1800s.
- Jean Haynie Pridgeon (’39), Terrell. She earned her bachelor’s degree in home economics from North Texas.
1940s [ top ]
- Velma Ruth Harris Allen (’40), Fort Worth. She taught school for 38 years in the Fort Worth area.
- Katherine Camp (’40), Whitney. She taught school in De Lamar, Huron and Blum from 1933 to 1942. She then worked as an office clerk at Nabisco Foods in Waco for 37 years before retiring in 1979 as operations supervisor.
- Loretta Bennett Putman (’40) Purdon. She taught public school for 43 years, serving in Brushie Prairie, Raleigh, Purdon and Dawson. She continued teaching as a substitute teacher in Dawson after her retirement.
- Mary Sue Evans Brian (’41), Dallas. She was a public school teacher for more than 40 years, most of those in the Dallas ISD. She and her husband were the owners of Brian Cleaners in Preston Center. She also worked with international students at SMU and traveled extensively.
- Margaret Schrickel Huff (’41), Arlington. She was a public school teacher and a member of the Arlington Women’s Club for more than 30 years.
- Thomas Vinson Tipps (’42), Carrollton. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard and graduated from the U.S. Navy Flight School in Pensacola, Fla., receiving his wings in 1944. He flew coastal patrol over the Pacific Northwest until the end of the war.
- Edward Madison Watkins (’43), Longmont, Colo. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He performed self-taught magic tricks for the troops and later supported himself as a magician. In 1960 he started Slides Unlimited, which made visual presentations, until retiring in 1997.
- A. Weldon Brumbelow (’47), Odessa. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and worked in a variety of positions at Phillips Petroleum Co., retiring in 1983 after 42 years of service. Survivors include his wife, Marivonne Jones Brumbelow (’47), whom he met at North Texas.
- Mary Christal (’48), San Antonio. She earned her bachelor’s degree in home economics from North Texas.
- C. Noel Ferguson (’48), Amarillo. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946. He retired from Employers Insurance of Texas after 38 years of service.
- Kenneth D. Lambert (’48, ’53 M.Ed.), Abilene. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. In 1992 he retired from Baylor Dental College as director of purchasing. He had been an officer for many years in the Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma divisions of the National Association of Educational Buyers.
- Mildred Joy Nobles (’48), Arlington. She taught school in Alvord, Amarillo and Fort Worth.
- Harry Vaughn Goss (’49), Denton. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He retired from Union Carbide Corp. as a regional manager.
- Jack Kenneth Hickey Sr. (’49), Marshall. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He became a certified public accountant in 1964 and worked in the banking industry. He retired from M Bank in 1985 as senior vice president, comptroller and CPA.
1950s [ top ]
- The Rev. Fred McGee (’50, ’51 M.Ed.), Mesquite. He earned degrees from North Texas in history and elementary education. He was a member of the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.
- Helen Sturdevant Penn (’50), San Antonio. She worked for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Paleontology and Stratigraphy Branch in Denver, Colo., and taught school in San Antonio from 1958 until her retirement in 1987.
- Patsy Ruth Mitchell Sloan (’50), Denton. She served for 24 years as a librarian and a teacher in Muenster.
- Willie Pauline Amyx Dosier (’52), Rhome. She attended the North Texas Demonstration School and later taught at schools in Hood, Spring Grove, Coppell and Grapevine until her retirement in 1974.
- Marylynn Durham Gist (’52), Lancaster. She taught school for 24 years and retired in 1985.
- Charles Martin Haugland (’52), El Paso. He served in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Minneapolis during World War II. He was a salesman for Penland Distributors until retirement and was also a competitive swimmer and enjoyed square dancing. Survivors include his wife, Helen Shield Haugland (’51).
- Cecil J. Matthews (’54), Howe. He began teaching math and industrial arts at Piner Junior High in 1954, and taught drafting at Sherman High School for most of his teaching career. He farmed in the Howe area and loved to travel.
- Patricia Nan Neel Kreipe (’57), Weatherford. She received a bachelor’s degree from North Texas in education and a master’s degree from Tarleton State University.
- John Hugh Roberts (’57), Austin. He began his career in 1957 at Mack Massey’s Pontiac store in Denton and eventually owned and operated his own dealerships in Silver City, N.M., Austin, Dallas and Irving. At one point his BMW dealership in Dallas was the largest-volume seller of BMWs in the nation.
- John H. Watkins (’57), Farmington, N.M. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a retired office manager for an oil field.
- Edythe Sloan Harlan (’58), San Antonio. She was considered a miracle baby after surviving a birth weight of 1.5 pounds in 1911. She taught at schools in Arkansas and Irving before moving to San Antonio in 1958, where she taught speech and English. She visited Europe several times and at age 88 joined friends on a road trip across the United States.
1960s [ top ]
- A.W. ‘Dub’ Harville (’62), Cuthand. He served in the U.S. Air Force in North Africa for four years and was a school teacher and coach, retiring from Trinity High School in Euless in 1991. For the past 14 years he was the caretaker of Cuthand Cemetery.
- Barbara Marlene Mouser (’62), Graham. She taught English for two years in Ardmore, Okla., for 19 years in Wichita Falls and for seven years in Graham before retiring in 1990.
- Linda Rowe Fancher (’63), Granbury. She taught school after earning her degree in elementary education from North Texas.
- Anton L. Wiley (’64), Arlington. He served in the U.S. Army before attending North Texas. He lived most of his life in Dallas, where he worked in medical sales and later real estate.
- James Ray Hannon (’66, ’71 M.B.A.), San Antonio. He served in the U.S. Navy and was employed by the city of San Antonio as an information systems manager for eight years. He purchased Brown’s Mexican Food in 1981 and operated it with his wife for 23 years.
- Robert R. Leffel (’66), Salado. He was a teacher and administrator for schools in Arlington, Dallas, Lewisville, Pecos and Round Rock, and taught at Texas State Technical Institute in Waco and Central Texas College-Fort Hood. Also, he worked for the Texas Education Agency and taught several courses on Navy ships in the Pacific Fleet.
- Jennie Grace Earnhart Alexander (’67), Whitesboro. She taught in Sherman for 20 years and in Whitesboro for five years before retiring in 1990.
- J.B. ‘Bugs’ Tate (’67 M.S.), DeSoto. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Later, he taught in Waxahachie, Dallas and DeSoto. He also farmed and ranched, and he served on the school and library boards in DeSoto as well as on the Dallas County Appraisal Review Board.
- Warren William Jann (’68, ’83 M.S.), Fort Worth. He was a retired nursing home administrator who earned his degrees from North Texas in psychology and gerontology. In October he received a doctoral degree in clinical hypnotherapy.
- Louise Johnson Ramig (’68), Fort Worth. She taught math and Latin in the Fort Worth ISD.
- Rebecca Madden Fruman (’69), Dallas. She had worked in the technical writing and insurance fields and as a teacher and librarian. She was a foster parent to more than 30 children.
1970s [ top ]
- Margie Lavoyce Harvey (’70), Fort Worth. She was a substitute teacher in the Birdville ISD for many years and served on the Carter Blood Center Donor Council.
- Marguerite Funderburgh (’71), Fort Worth. She retired from the Fort Worth public schools as a nurse and loved to travel.
- Michael Wayne Mulkey (’71), Dallas. He enjoyed painting, art and working with flowers.
- Susan Dianne Tiner Owens (’71), Maysville, Okla. She earned her bachelor’s degree in library science from North Texas.
- Terry L. Ritchey (’71), Highland Village. He served for four years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a member of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association. Later, he was a pilot for Braniff Airways and Ryan International Air.
- Jeffrey Luther Anderson (’72), Krum. He was a carpenter and enjoyed playing golf.
- Elaine T. Mourgos Maxwell (’72), Dallas. She taught second grade for 33 years. She also managed the front desk at a dance club for 15 years and was the receptionist at Lakewood Country Club for 25 years.
- Jean Ann Dixon (’73, ’91 M.Ed.), Dallas. She worked from 1973 to 1982 in cell biology research at the University of Texas Health Science Center and later was a full-time psychotherapist in Dallas. She went on numerous mission trips, her last to China where she taught and counseled women.
- Gary Thomas West (’73), Dallas. He worked in the insurance industry. In 1982 he joined the Green, Martin & Miles Agency (now TexasBancPartners) as a partner. In 2001 he was named president and served in that role until his death.
- Alberta ‘Bertie’ Stalnaker Jackson (’74), Paris. She founded and operated Dallas Dietetics Inc., consulting with small hospitals and nursing homes to maintain compliance with state regulations.
- Lana Kay Cooper Broom (’76), Granbury. She was a school teacher in Granbury, Glen Rose, Early and Mineral Wells.
- Albert E. Hudson (’76 M.S.), Salado. He earned his graduate degree in counseling and student services from North Texas.
- Tony L. Haden (’77, ’80 M.S.), Kerrville. He founded the adult day center at St. John’s Lutheran Church in San Antonio and later served as an associate professor at Southwest Texas State University and the University of Texas at Austin. In Kerrville, he was involved with the building of a specialized Alzheimer’s facility.
- Sylvia Wolens (’78, ’85 Ph.D.), Boca Raton, Fla. She served as a docent at the Kimbell Art Museum and the Museum of Modern Art and as a consultant at the Amon Carter Museum. She was a caseworker for Family Service, a rehabilitation director at Goodwill Industries, program director of the Jewish Community Center and an older adult coordinator at Tarrant County College.
1980s [ top ]
- Philip W. Ratcliff (’83 M.J.), Bartlett, Tenn. He worked as a news reporter and public relations specialist and later was a college professor.
- Jonathan ‘Ethan’ Tracy Atkinson (’84), Houston. He was a professional jazz and classical guitarist. He spent more than 21 years in the Ethan Atkinson Jazz Combo, performing in Europe and the Caribbean. He also played with local bands and Broadway touring companies and taught students at his own studio, the College of the Mainland, St. Mark Lutheran School and the School of the Woods.
1990s [ top ]
- Tommy I. Folks Jr., Amarillo. He attended North Texas from 1992 to 1994 before enlisting in the U.S. Army and later joining the Texas Army National Guard. He served on the Iraq-Kuwait border and in Germany, South Korea and Afghanistan before his death in Baghdad in October.
- Harold W. ‘Bud’ Kinamon Jr. (’97 M.B.A.), Dallas. He entered the U.S. Army in 1987 and served in Germany. He was deployed to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm and was a drill sergeant in the reserves before returning to active duty. He was stationed at Dayton, Ohio.
- Eric Martin Bailey, Denton. He was the director of Denton High School’s theatre arts department. He attended graduate classes at UNT from 1996 to 1998.
2000s [ top ]
- Suzanne E. Curtin (’00), West Chester, Pa. She taught English in Pusan, South Korea, and in Taipei, Taiwan. When she was not teaching she took trips to Europe, Asia, Australia, Central America and Mexico, often backpacking.
- Mitchell Ellis (’00), The Colony. He was a motorcycle and theater buff who earned his bachelor’s degree from UNT in theatre arts.
- Lawrence Juliano (’02), Dallas. He obtained several college degrees after the age of 40 and had worked as a substance abuse counselor at Green Oaks Behavioral Health Care Services and the Dallas County Judicial Treatment Center. He also was a talented guitarist.
- Jeffrey P. Kalldin (’02), Dallas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from UNT.
- The Rev. Gilbert L. Samples (’02 M.A.), Gainesville. He had been the pastor of Bethany Chapel Christian Fellowship Church in Gainesville for 19 years. He earned his master’s degree in history at UNT and was a teaching fellow working on his doctorate.
- Pearla Marquez (’03 M.A.), Weslaco. She earned her master’s degree at UNT in English, specializing in Shakespearean literature, and was working on her doctorate. She taught composition and literature classes as a teaching fellow in the English department.
- Wendy Jeanette Galvan Flynn, Dallas. She was a senior general studies major who attended UNT between 1992 and 2005.
- James-Cesar Huntsman, Dallas. He was a UNT freshman studying visual arts.
- Raymond Bruce Jacobs, Commerce. He was a UNT freshman majoring in history.
- Erik Kettenbeil, Double Oak. He was a senior English major at UNT and a member of the Writers Club.
- Daniel Gavin Powell, Denton. He was a senior math major at UNT.
- Anthony Rael, Lake Dallas. He was a freshman at UNT studying English.
- Gerald Anthony White, Denton. He was a teaching assistant in the School of Visual Arts, working on his master’s degree.
University Community [ top ]
- Lewis Abernathy, Denton, professor and chair of the Department of Economics, 1963-1999. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Mississippi and his doctoral degree from the University of Oklahoma, where he also taught. Between earning degrees, he joined the U.S. Navy, obtaining the rank of lieutenant junior grade. At North Texas, Abernathy was director of the Manpower and Industrial Relations Institute and the Institute of Applied Economics. In 1984, he became chair of the Department of Economics and also served as director of the Labor Education Program from 1990 to 1995 and as director of the Institute for Labor and Industrial Relations from 1991 to 1995. Memorials may be made to the UNT Foundation/Abernathy Scholarship Account, in care of the Department of Economics, P.O. Box 311457, Denton, Texas 76203.
- Will Hill Acker Jr., Dallas, instructor of English, 1960-1988. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he earned his bachelor’s degree from East Texas State College and his master’s degree from SMU. A member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Acker performed in radio, television and motion pictures and appeared in more than 80 commercials. He was also an award-winning poet. At North Texas he sponsored chapters of the Newman Club and Phi Kappa Theta, two national Catholic organizations.
- Charles Balcar, San Antonio, adjunct faculty member in economics, 1998-2001. He worked in city government in San Antonio, Cibolo, Bexar County and Dallas County and taught at Palo Alto College and the University of Texas at San Antonio in addition to UNT. He was working on his dissertation for a doctorate in political economics at the University of Texas at Dallas.
- LaCola Hanks Barlow (’37, ’39 M.A.), Denton, assistant to the director of placement, 1951-1974. She was a national committee woman of the States Rights Party, a member of the Literature Department of the Shakespeare Club and vice president of the City Federation.
- W. David Bayless Sr. (’47), Denison, member of the UNT Board of Regents, 1991-1997. Bayless, whose father was the superintendent of North Texas’ post office, spent much of his childhood on campus. He enlisted in the Marine Corps during World War II and later served in the Korean War. He was chair of the board of the Bayless-Hall Insurance Co. in Denison, where he had lived for 46 years. At North Texas he was a life member of the President’s Council as well as a regent. He served on the UNT Foundation Board and formed the Texoma Eagles UNT alumni chapter, serving as its first president. He was honored with UNT’s Outstanding Alumnus Service Award in 1991 and UNT’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1999. He and his wife, Patsy, have a bronze plaque on UNT’s Wall of Honor, recognizing their gifts to the university. The entrance rotunda of Chestnut Hall (currently under construction) will be named in Bayless’ honor.
- Ronald Bell (’67, ’71 M.Ed.), Richmond, assistant football coach, 1971-1976. After leaving North Texas, Bell served as head coach at Clear Lake High School and at Fort Bend Dulles, where the team advanced to the state playoffs six times in his 13 years. He was head coach and athletic director at Nacogdoches before becoming the athletic director at Alief ISD in 1996, a position he held at the time of his death. He was named the Houston Touchdown Club Coach of the Year in 1991 and was inducted into the Greater Houston Football Coaches Association Hall of Honor in 1997. He also had served as director of the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association.
- George A. Christy, Denton, Professor Emeritus of business administration, 1965-1986. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and worked as a magazine editor, public relations writer and stock broker before beginning his teaching career. After retiring in 1986, he continued to teach part-time at UNT through 1990 and taught continuing education courses through 1997. Christy earned his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, his master’s from the University of Illinois and his doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. He served on the Dallas Morning News Board of Economists and wrote articles for the paper’s business section and other publications. He was a life member of the Financial Management Association and former president of the Southwestern Finance Association.
- Louise Evans (’38, ’39 M.S.), Denton, librarian, 1937-1981. In addition to her degrees in business administration and business education, Evans earned a library certification from North Texas in 1946. Prior to her retirement she served as assistant director of acquisitions for the university library. Last year, she contributed $130,000 to UNT for the construction of a waterfall feature near Highland Avenue, which will complement the restored fountain in the Willis Library Mall. The waterfall feature will be named in her honor.
- Antonio ‘Tony’ Garcia (’48, ’49 M.A.), Denton, assistant professor of government, 1949-1956. Born in West Virginia to parents who had emigrated from Spain, Garcia was known as the first alumnus and faculty member at North Texas to have a Hispanic surname. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1941 to 1946 and from 1951 to 1952. At North Texas he was a teaching fellow in government before teaching full time in the department. He did doctoral work at the University of Texas and the University of California at Berkeley. After leaving North Texas, Garcia took an administrative position with General Motors, where he worked for 25 years. He was director of the technical division at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview from 1982 to 1987, where his wife, Carolyn ('53, '58 M.Ed.), says he drew on his experiences as a teacher, factory foreman and coal miner.
- Sandra Kay Hartline (’89), Krum, assistant director for administration at UNT’s Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, with UNT since 1993. Hartline joined the university as administrative secretary to the dean of the College of Education and in 1996 became an administrative assistant in the TAMS director’s office. She became assistant director for administration in 2001, assisting TAMS students with financial aid and housing and arranging each spring commencement.
- Jerry C. McCain (’39, ’40 M.S., ’59 Ed.D.), Denton, Professor Emeritus of education, 1947-1981. He earned an associate’s degree from Gainesville Junior College in 1937 and then earned three education degrees from North Texas. He taught in Fort Worth high schools for seven years before joining the faculty at North Texas, where he was head of the metals area in the industrial arts division. He received several honors during his career, including North Texas’ Outstanding Teacher Award in 1977 and the Texas Industrial Arts Association Distinguished Leadership Award in 1981, which was given in recognition of his contributions to the industrial arts profession throughout the state. He served the TIAA as president and vice president and was also a member of the North Texas Industrial Arts Association, the American Council of Industrial Arts Teacher Educators, and the Phi Delta Kappa and Iota Lambda Sigma honor societies, among other organizations.
- Harold Treston Perry, Denton, assistant professor of education, 1964-1968. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Louisiana State University and his doctoral degree from the University of Florida. He was a psychologist, a former Denton City Council member and a founding member of the Greater Denton Arts Council. He also loved to fish and was instrumental in establishing the greenbelt between Lake Ray Roberts and Lewisville Lake.
- Julian C. Stanley, Columbia, Md., recipient of a 1990 honorary doctor of educational excellence degree from UNT. Stanley, who researched the effects of accelerated instruction on gifted children, served on the advisory board of the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science at UNT. A psychology professor at Johns Hopkins from 1967 to 1999, he founded the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins and similar centers at other universities. Although he retired from his professorship in 1999, he remained involved with the Center for Talented Youth until his death.
- Sean Webster (’04 M.S.), Denison, adjunct faculty member in geography, 2004-2005. He retired as a lieutenant commander from the U.S. Navy, where he had worked as an electrician. At UNT he was a teaching assistant in the Department of Geography and an adjunct professor before accepting a full-time faculty position at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla. Samples from his rock collection are displayed in UNT’s Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building.
- William B. Whiddon (’82), San Pedro, Calif., astronomy lab instructor, 1975-1982. He taught astronomy labs at the North Texas observatory before joining TRW (later acquired by Northrop Grumman Space Technology). He earned a graduate certificate in astronautical engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles and for most of his career worked as a systems engineer on satellite programs. At the time of his death he was chief engineer for the James Webb Space Telescope. With his wife, Nina Trisdale Whiddon (’79), he photographed total solar eclipses throughout the world, including the 2003 eclipse over Antarctica. They returned to Antarctica in 2005 with a meteorite search team and traveled to the South Pole. One of Whiddon’s photographs of Comet Hale-Bopp appears in Robert Burnham’s book Great Comets.