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Mildred Graham Short ('37)
Mary Boyd Hutcheson ('38)
Nell Peavy Pate ('38)


Sidney Brantly ('40)
Mernice E. Newton ('42, '47 M.S.)
Dorothy Jane Lindsay Burnett ('43)
Carlton L. ‘Chu' Carr ('43)
Billie Wolfe Tanner ('43, '70 M.Ed.)
George Lewis Robertson ('47, '51 M.A.)
Charlotte Francis Bohlin Doheny ('48)
Honie Lou Laster ('48)
Edward G. Chevis ('49)


Eva Hood Barnes ('50)
Walter ‘Pinky' Harpool ('50)
David Harstrom ('50, '67 M.A.)
Waneese Mackey Pyle ('50)
Cecil F. Martin ('51, '51 M.Ed.)
Nelwyn Calhoun Oberholtzer ('51)
Jack D. Scott ('51)
Natalie Hammack Woodruff ('51)
Margie Lea Sherer ('52)
Pincus Silverman ('52)
Billy Ray Bruton ('53)
Kellyanne Ball Workman ('53)
William Joseph Barton ('54)
Alfred Brank ('55)
Gerald Davis ('56)
Dennis E. Garza ('56, '66 M.Ed.)
Walter Keas ('56)
Janice Gore Worsley ('57)
Glennie Austin Reed ('58)
Edward H. Williamson ('58)
Dale Imel ('59) 


Barbara Sue Evans Hill ('61)
Marguerite Keller Works ('62)
Doug Clarke ('63, '93 M.J.)
Eula Miller Clifton ('64)
William P. Howell ('64)
Darnelle Rae Morrison Swim ('64 M.S.)
Paul Dean Tilley ('66)
Jackie Williams Dunn ('67)
Jack Hawkins ('68)
Richard D. LeVan ('69)
M. Frances Stobaugh ('69)
Evelynne Holmes-Vick ('69)


Virginia Whitcomb Brumbach ('70 Ed.D.)
Lynn Kooker Fassnacht ('70)
Joe August Aue ('71)
Rodger Gunn ('74)
Carl G. Thompson Jr. ('75)
Becky Bonner ('78)


Virginia Torres ('82)
Mary Anne Yarbrough Foreman ('83 M.J.)
Sheryl Stutzman-Thompson ('84, '86 M.A.)
Joan Meade DeDitius ('85, '89 M.J.)
Lance Dobbins ('86)
Tippi West Gerdis ('86)


Marie Rene Crisler Braker ('90)
Floyd McDaniel Jr. ('90)
Warren Carlson ('93)
Cynthia Ann Porter ('93)
Curtis Dale Dawson ('95)
Karen Easley-Sullivan ('97)


Otis Uduebor Jr. ('06)
Christina ‘Christi' Nobrega

University Community

Robert L. Banks, professor of English
Luther A. Brock ('52, '54 M.B.A.), professor of business
Rob Erdle, Regents Professor of visual arts
Donald L. Miller, Professor Emeritus of music
David R. Redden ('46, '49 M.S.), 85, Professor Emeritus of biology


1930s [ top ]

  • Mildred Graham Short ('37), Waco. She and her husband owned the Bill Short Insurance Agency in Tyler for many years.
  • Mary Boyd Hutcheson ('38), Weatherford. She was a longtime teacher in the Weatherford and Springtown schools. Her father sold his only horse so that she could complete her education.
  • Nell Peavy Pate ('38), Richardson. She earned her degree in elementary education from North Texas.

1940s [ top ]

  • Sidney Brantly ('40), Indianapolis, Ind. He was employed by B.F. Goodrich for 37 years, retiring to Indianapolis in 1979.
  • Mernice E. Newton ('42, '47 M.S.), Laredo. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946. In 1947 he joined the Laredo ISD as a physical education teacher and coach and later served as a principal and assistant superintendent. He retired in 1988 after 41 years of service.
  • Dorothy Jane Lindsay Burnett ('43), Brownfield. She earned her degree in home economics from North Texas. She moved to Brownfield in 1945 and retired from a teaching career of 31 years in 1983.
  • Carlton L. ‘Chu' Carr ('43), Rockwall. A Navy veteran of World War II, he was director of the V.A. hospital in Boise, Idaho, until his retirement in 1976. He received an Outstanding Career Award for his contributions and service to veterans. At North Texas, where he studied industrial arts education, he was captain of the football team, senior class vice president and a campus favorite. He worked for Dean Imogene Bentley Dickey during his time here.
  • Billie Wolfe Tanner ('43, '70 M.Ed.), Gainesville. She taught school in Cooke County for many years and was employed by William Tanner and Co. in Dallas. She earned her master's degree once her children were grown. She was a college favorite in 1942 and named "Who's Who" for home economics in 1943.
  • George Lewis Robertson ('47, '51 M.A.), Midland. He served in the Merchant Marines and the U.S. Marine Corps and taught and coached in Perryton and Denton. Later, he moved to Fort Worth and Midland with Gulf Oil Corp. He was an avid photographer and worked on the Yucca yearbook staff at North Texas.
  • Charlotte Francis Bohlin Doheny ('48), Media, Pa. She was married to a Navy officer and traveled with him during his service and after his retirement. For 13 years she worked as the program director for the Girl Scouts of America and later was an executive secretary. At North Texas, she was a Kappa Delta.
  • Honie Lou Laster ('48), Fort Smith, Ark. She taught English with the Ysleta ISD in El Paso for 33 years, serving as department chair for four years, and taught at the El Paso Community College for 11 years. At North Texas she earned her degree in journalism and was a member of the Green Jackets.
  • Edward G. Chevis ('49), Port Arthur. He served in the U.S. Navy as a corpsman, then transferred to the Marine Corps and served as a medic, taking part in the invasions of Kwajalein, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima. He was awarded the Purple Heart. After graduating from North Texas, he completed his studies at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and later started his 30-year practice in ophthalmology in Port Arthur. He retired in 1986.

1950s [ top ]

  • Eva Hood Barnes ('50), Austin. After graduating she taught school and later had a career in real estate. She enjoyed traveling with her family and friends and lived in Austin until moving to a ranch near Bertram a few years ago.
  • Walter ‘Pinky' Harpool ('50), Denton. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force as a pilot during World War II. He co-owned Harpool Fertilizer Co. from 1962 to 1998, when he retired and sold the business. In 1987 he was named Man of the Year in Texas Agriculture by the Texas Agriculture Extension Service.
  • David Harstrom ('50, '67 M.A.), Amarillo. He served in the U.S. Marine Air Force during World War II. After teaching history at Dallas' Bryan Adams High School for 30 years, he taught at Brown Mackie College in Salina, Kan., and the University of Wisconsin extension in Manotowac, Wis.
  • Waneese Mackey Pyle ('50), Weatherford. She taught first grade in Midland, Temple and Carrollton. She lived in Weatherford for 34 years and was a member of the Garden Club and the Weatherford public library board of directors. Survivors include her husband, Henry B. Pyle ('48).
  • Cecil F. Martin ('51, '51 M.Ed.), Denton. "Zeke" founded Martin Eagle Oil Co. and was a former mayor of Denton. At North Texas he played basketball, tennis and football, receiving all-conference honors as a quarterback three seasons in a row and playing in the 1948 Salad Bowl. He also played for the Canadian Football League's Hamilton Tigers. He was active with the UNT Lettermen's Association, was a member of the President's Council and the Athletic Council and in 1989 was inducted into the UNT Athletic Hall of Fame. He was married to his college sweetheart, Bettye Lassiter Martin ('49).
  • Nelwyn Calhoun Oberholtzer ('51), San Antonio. She taught for 26 years, including 15 years with the North East ISD. In 1988 she was selected as a PTA Honorary Texas Life Member.
  • Jack D. Scott ('51), Kerrville. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1946 to 1947. He worked for Shell Oil Co. until his retirement in 1988.
  • Natalie Hammack Woodruff ('51), Houston. She was a senior associate with Walter P. Moore Engineers and Consultants and an active member of the NT Exes Gulf Coast alumni chapter. Survivors include her daughter, Leah Hatfield ('77).
  • Margie Lea Sherer ('52), Dallas. She had a long career as a medical records administrator, working for Gainesville Memorial Hospital, Children's Medical Center of Dallas, the Texas State Department of Health and Medical City Hospital of Dallas. She retired as director of medical records at R.H.D. Memorial Hospital in Dallas after more than 15 years of service.
  • Pincus Silverman ('52), Plano. He was the first educational director of Shearith Israel in Dallas and taught at SMU, Paul Quinn College and El Centro College. "Pinky" wrote several books, including Next Drink Might Kill You, a book to help people with their struggle with alcohol.
  • Billy Ray Bruton ('53), Duncanville. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a Golden Glove boxing champion. He was an insurance claims specialist with UAC/CNA and also worked at DeSoto ISD as a teacher and coach for many years.
  • Kellyanne Ball Workman ('53), Arlington. She taught in Arlington for 35 years and during her career was named Teacher of the Year at C.B. Berry and Atherton elementary schools. She was married for 52 years to W.O. Workman Jr. ('53).
  • William Joseph Barton ('54), Center. "Bill" was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order with a 52-year affiliation. He worked as a CEO for a number of companies and traveled all over the world prior to returning to Center in 1979, where he opened a law office specializing in family law, real estate and taxation.
  • Alfred Brank ('55), Garland. He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II, receiving two Purple Hearts for his injuries at Guadalcanal and leading one of the first charges onto Iwo Jima with the 11th Amphibian Tractor Battalion. After graduating from North Texas, he served 38 years as a math teacher in the Garland ISD, retiring in 1988.
  • Gerald Davis ('56), Cedar Hill. He was a Navy veteran and retired from a 39-year career with Dresser Industries.
  • Dennis E. Garza ('56, '66 M.Ed.), Laredo. He was a music educator, counselor and administrator for schools in Brownsville, Harlingen and Laredo for 40 years. He was actively involved with several civic and community organizations.
  • Walter Keas ('56), Farmer's Branch. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1946 to 1949. He owned and operated Keas Construction Co. from 1969 until his retirement.
  • Janice Gore Worsley ('57), Weatherford. She earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from North Texas.
  • Glennie Austin Reed ('58), Carrollton. She was employed by Moore Business Forms in Denton for a number of years. She began her teaching career in Abilene and taught second grade for 33 years.
  • Edward H. Williamson ('58), East Brunswick, N.J. He retired in 1992 as chair of the English department at Roselle Park High School in Roselle, N.J., where he had taught since 1964, and was a professor of English at Union County College from 1995 to 2005. He loved theater, especially Broadway productions.
  • Dale Imel ('59), Pampa. He coached football, basketball and track for several years in Texas public schools before moving into the oil and gas industry. At North Texas, he earned four letters in cross country and track from 1951 to 1955 and was captain of the track team during his senior year. He won the mile run at the Border Olympics three straight seasons and competed in the National AAU championships in the 5,000-meter run. He was inducted into UNT's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. 

1960s [ top ]

  • Barbara Sue Evans Hill ('61), Dallas. She was named a Yucca Beauty in 1958 and was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority at North Texas.
  • Marguerite Keller Works ('62), Montgomery. "Anne" earned her degree at North Texas in English. She was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.
  • Doug Clarke ('63, '93 M.J.), Fort Worth. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve. In 1964 he began 30 years of service with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, working as a police reporter, night city editor, feature writer, columnist and obituary writer. Also, he had been a spokesperson for the Fort Worth Police Department and a teacher at Tarrant County College, Southwestern Adventist University and Texas Christian University, where he was pursuing a doctorate.
  • Eula Miller Clifton ('64), Denton. She moved to Denton as the bride of the late Ernest Smith Clifton Sr., professor and longtime chair of the English department. She had studied voice and piano and taught music in the public schools.
  • William P. Howell ('64), Benicia, Calif. After graduating from North Texas, he went to work for the Gulf Oil Co. He then joined Chevron Oil Co., where he was supervisor of dealer and consumer affairs. He retired after 36 years of service.
  • Darnelle Rae Morrison Swim ('64 M.S.), Bella Vista Ark. She taught in the Birdville ISD for more than 30 years. She enjoyed pottery, reading and travel.
  • Paul Dean Tilley ('66), Houston. He earned a business degree at North Texas and went on to become a CPA, concentrating in the area of real estate.
  • Jackie Williams Dunn ('67), Grapevine. She taught music in the Dallas area before raising her three daughters. At North Texas she was a member of Delta Gamma and president of Sigma Alpha Iota. She also was named a Yucca Beauty. Survivors include her husband, Bryan Dunn ('67).
  • Jack Hawkins ('68), Mesquite. He earned his bachelor's degree in management from North Texas and retired from Lone Star Gas.
  • Richard D. LeVan ('69), Granbury. He was a retired homebuilder who earned his degree in management from North Texas.
  • M. Frances Stobaugh ('69), Gainesville. She worked for Atlantic Richfield in Dallas for 15 years in its accounting department and later worked for Weber Aircraft and Gainesville Foundry, where she computerized the accounting systems.
  • Evelynne Holmes-Vick ('69), Dallas. She had worked at KAKE Radio and Television and WACO Broadcasting, taught in the Waco ISD and was an employee counselor at Texas State Technical College. She also was appointed to the Texas Board of Dental Examiners by Gov. Mark White, served as a special assistant to Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and was administrator of technical programs in the Texas Department of Agriculture with Jim Hightower ('65) and Gov. Rick Perry.

1970s [ top ]

  • Virginia Whitcomb Brumbach ('70 Ed.D.), Garland. She taught for 60 years. Prior to a 30-year tenure as an English professor at Eastfield College in the Dallas County Community College District, she taught at schools and colleges including the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Pan American University and North Texas.
  • Lynn Kooker Fassnacht ('70), Akron, Ohio. She taught elementary school and was a counselor before changing to the field of computer training. She was working as a senior virtual learning producer for ACS at the time of her death. She was a third-generation North Texan who began kindergarten at the Lab School. At North Texas she was a Delta Zeta and played the French horn. Her father was the late Earl Kooker, Professor Emeritus of psychology.
  • Joe August Aue ('71), Ennis. He was a teacher for more than 30 years, serving in schools at Edgewood, Duncanville, Red Oak, Cedar Hill and Palmer. He had been at Palmer High School since 1998, teaching geometry and calculus. Survivors include his wife, Sophie Aue ('71).
  • Rodger Gunn ('74), Dallas. He served in the Army Security Agency for four years and worked for 40 years for the city of Dallas court services.
  • Carl G. Thompson Jr. ('75), Des Moines, Iowa. He served for 30 years with the John Deere Co., retiring in 2004.
  • Becky Bonner ('78), Dallas. She taught school in Dallas and Richardson for 25 years. She also worked with veterinarians and the SPCA to find homes for stray animals and was known for aiding the elderly and people with disabilities.

1980s [ top ]

  • Virginia Torres ('82), Fort Worth. She was a compliance officer with the state medical board in Austin for more than a decade.
  • Mary Anne Yarbrough Foreman ('83 M.J.), Bluff Dale. She was a senior communication specialist for Tarleton State University, where she worked for 23 years, and a wedding photographer. She helped establish the Xi Nu chapter of the Delta Zeta sorority at Tarleton and was a charter member. She was also a member of Kappa Tau Alpha, the honorary journalism society.
  • Sheryl Stutzman-Thompson ('84, '86 M.A.), Little Elm. She taught communications at the high school level after earning her degrees from North Texas. She later earned her paralegal certificate and worked for the IRS for several years until she decided to stay at home with her children. She was active in the homeschooling community.
  • Joan Meade DeDitius ('85, '89 M.J.), Dallas. Born and raised in Ireland, she was the founder and director of the Irish American Cultural Institute's Dallas-Fort Worth chapter and a member of its national board of directors. She taught and lectured on Irish poet William Butler Yeats at Richland College, the University of Dallas and in the Dallas community and worked in public television at PBS Channel 13.
  • Lance Dobbins ('86), Plano. He earned his North Texas degree in administrative management and was the owner of Dobbins Designs in Plano.
  • Tippi West Gerdis ('86), Lincoln, Neb. She was a special education teacher in Texas and Nebraska and spent most of her career as a special education diagnostician. She had recently become a real estate agent. At North Texas she was a Meadows Scholar and a member of Alpha Phi sorority and Lambda Chi Alpha Crescents. She returned every year for Homecoming.

1990s [ top ]

  • Marie Rene Crisler Braker ('90), Austin. She worked as a counselor for troubled children and for ADM as a product marketing manager. In addition to UNT she attended the University of Surrey Advanced Technology Institute at Guildford, England.
  • Floyd McDaniel Jr. ('90), Cedar Park. "Marty" moved to Austin to pursue a career in engineering and worked at Samsung. Survivors include his wife, Susan Kirby McDaniel ('88), and his father, Floyd McDaniel Sr., chair of the Department of Physics.
  • Warren Carlson ('93), Houston. He earned his bachelor's degree in music from UNT.
  • Cynthia Ann Porter ('93), Garland. She worked for EDS as a software engineer, taught computer classes and served as the corporate librarian.
  • Curtis Dale Dawson ('95), Woodbridge, Va. He earned his bachelor's degree in composition and language from UNT.
  • Karen Easley-Sullivan ('97), Denton. She was a financial aid counselor at UNT from 1987 to 2004.

2000s [ top ]

  • Otis Uduebor Jr. ('06), Rowlett. He was UNT's Homecoming King in 2005 and a student leader. He earned his degree in radio/television/film in August.
  • Christina ‘Christi' Nobrega, Keller. She was a senior majoring in organizational behavior and human resource management. She was interested in dance, especially jazz, hip-hop and ballet, and played the piano.

University Community [ top ]

  • Robert L. Banks, Lake Dallas, professor of English, 1958-1988. A native of Atlanta, Ga., he was an ensign in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving in the Pacific aboard the U.S.S. Caldwell. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Georgia and pursued doctoral studies at Vanderbilt University from 1958 to 1961. He contributed to the first Harbrace College Handbook and created and taught a course in modern American drama. He had a longtime interest in theater, regularly attending shows in New York and London.
  • Luther A. Brock ('52, '54 M.B.A.), Denton, professor of business, 1961-1983. After earning bachelor's and master's degrees from North Texas, he taught at West Texas State University and the University of Southwestern Louisiana before joining the North Texas faculty. He earned his doctorate from Louisiana State University in 1963. Brock taught business communications and was a regular columnist for Direct Marketing and Southwest Advertising and Marketing. He began his own writing and consulting firm, the Letter Doctor, in 1970.
  • Rob Erdle, Denton, Regents Professor of visual arts, since 1976. An acclaimed watercolorist, Erdle was the youngest artist to receive an award and full portfolio acceptance from the National Watercolor Society, at age 24. He earned his bachelor's degree from California State University at Fresno and a master's from Bowling Green State University. Over his 35-year career, he was featured in 50 solo shows in the United States, Europe and Asia and was a group exhibitor in more than 170. With the opening of his 1995 one-man show at the Shanghai State Art Museum, he became the first solo artist to exhibit in China from the West since 1960. Last year the Visual Arts Society of Texas announced the Rob Erdle Watercolor Painting Award Fund, an endowment established by the UNT School of Visual Arts to support future watercolor students. Erdle's wife, Millie Giles, is a lecturer in art at UNT.
  • Donald L. Miller, Peoria, Ariz., Professor Emeritus of music, 1979-1992. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Miller earned bachelor's and master's degrees in violin and pursued doctoral studies in administration, all at the University of Michigan. He was a high school orchestra director and taught music at Eastern Michigan University and the University of Illinois before joining the faculty at North Texas, where he led the string education program. He contributed numerous publications to the field of string education, coordinated string and orchestra festivals at North Texas and served as a string clinician and performed in Europe.
  • David R. Redden ('46, '49 M.S.), Denton, Professor Emeritus of biology, 1955-1984. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, earning a Bronze Star in the Po Valley Campaign in Italy. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in biology from North Texas and later received his doctorate at Baylor University Medical School and Graduate Research Institute. At UNT he served as chair of the Pre-Professional Advisory Committee for 25 years, helping to place students into medical, dental and veterinary schools. He also was an adjunct faculty member at the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth. The David R. Redden Biological Sciences Endowment was established in 2000 to provide scholarships for pre-med, pre-dental or pre-vet students.


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