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
or fill out the online form.
on the names for more information.
Gordon Noah ('28)
Gilbert Myers ('35)
Edward B. Harris Jr. ('36)
Hyman Laufer ('36 M.S.)
Frances A. Hardisty ('37, '40 M.S.)
Maggie Sommerville ('37)
Mary Jane Harrison ('38)
Truett F. Holland ('38)
Rubia Opal Clement ('39)
Kate Adair Hopkins Waters ('39 M.S.)
Roy Irvin ('40)
Otis Annell Pederson ('40)
Ralph R. Buie ('41)
Joy Belle McKinnon ('41)
Jess Edith Self ('41 M.S.)
Rubye Yant ('41)
George Lumpkin Sr. ('42, '51 M.S.)
Nell Ewing Edge ('43)
Thomas Watson Kemper ('44)
B.E. Bill McKithan ('47)
Carl P. Dry ('48)
Byron Winston Dickie ('49)
B. Frank Jameson ('49)
V.G. Marshall ('48, '49 M.S.)
Corbin D. 'Ben' McPherson ('49)
Douglas Reed Myers ('49, '53 M.Ed.)
Lloyd G. Shipley ('49)
E. Bruce 'Whip' Wilson ('49)
Thomas Blanton Woody ('49)
D. Tinsley ('50)
Philora Love ('51)
Earle Blackwell Young ('51, '56 M.A.)
Mary Joan Johnson Mussina ('53)
Helen Bissaillon ('54)
Nick A. Kanakis ('54)
Virginia Alice Cochran ('57)
Laura Eloise Savell ('58)
Henry Brahinsky ('59)
Atwood ('60, '70 M.Ed.)
Rankin Bryan Bickley ('60)
Rosa May Henson Beckham ('63 Ed.D.)
Joe D. Slack ('63 M.S.)
Clyde Haynes Brown Hastings ('65, '69 M.Ed.)
George Thomas 'Tom' Kelly ('65 M.Ed., '77 Ed.D.)
James 'Blackie' Wade ('65)
David Wagnon ('65 M.Ed.)
Mary Sandra Sparkman Alexander ('66, '77 M.Ed.)
Milette Deupree McGowen ('66)
William B. Russell ('68)
Henry Clay Lewis ('69)
Lawrence Ray Clayton ('69 M.A.)
MacGregor Wood Day ('70)
Sandra Hamilton Proctor ('70)
David Michael Reeves ('70)
Sondra J. 'Sandy' Jensen Doty ('71)
Allen R. McFall ('71)
Hardie Moran Lockett ('74 M.Ed.)
Jacqueline Lee Schenck ('74)
Margaret Ann Biggerstaff ('75 M.B.E.)
Jennifer Jarrell Brantley ('76)
Geriselda Fancher Balboa ('77, '87 M.Ed.)
Lawrence Glenn Roark ('78)
Ramirez Koenig ('80 M.Ed.)
Roger L. Blythe ('81)
Gloria Hawkins Peterson ('84)
John Leslie Holt ('85, '86, '90 M.Ed.)
Deborah Marie Cole ('88, '88 M.S.)
Peters Caruth ('92 honorary)
Benjamin Jefferis ('96)
H. Russell Allen ('97)
Mark S. Moore
L. Fred Thomas
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(28), Denton. A realtor for more than 20 years, she was
the co-founder and first president of the Denton Real Estate Board.
She was the wife of long-time UNT track coach Pop
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(35), Austin. He was an executive with the Boy Scouts of
B. Harris Jr.
(36), Graham. He was the former owner and publisher of the
Graham Leader newspaper.
(36 M.S.), Dallas. He was a science teacher in Gladewater
and Kilgore high schools for more than 40 years and head of the
science department at Kilgore Junior College.
A. Hardisty (37,
40 M.S.), Bedford. She joined the Womens Army Corps
during Wold War II and served as a captain in New Guinea and the
Philippines. She was director of recreational therapy at the V.A.
Hospital in Waco from 1946 until her retirement in 1974.
(37), Denison. She taught at several Texas high schools
and, after retiring from Denison High, went on to teach English
at Grayson County Junior College.
(38), Pittsburg. She was a teacher for more than 40 years,
retiring from the Pittsburg ISD in 1969.
(38), Breckenridge. He taught in the Woodson school system
before moving to Breckenridge, where he served as a teacher, junior
high principal and coach until retiring in 1982.
(39), Dallas. She taught English at North Dallas and Jefferson
high schools, then retired early and opened her own business,
teaching adults English and speech.
- Kate Adair Hopkins Waters
(39 M.S.), Memphis. She taught school for 37 years, beginning
in Eldridge and retiring from the Corpus Christi ISD.
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Roy Irvin (40),
Midlothian. His career in public education spanned 40 years. He
retired in 1973 from Midlothian High School, where he had served
as principal for almost 30 years.
(40), Granbury. He retired in 1976 after 38 years of service
in public schools, including 18 years in Arlington where he served
as principal, curriculum director and administrative assistant
to the superintendent.
Ralph R. Buie
(41), Tyler. He majored in biology at North Texas and became
(41), Iowa Park. She was a 60-year resident of Iowa Park,
where she was a school teacher until her retirement in 1982.
(41 M.S.), Denton. She taught art in high schools in Farmersville
and Lewisville for a number of years. Her paintings and drawings
were in numerous exhibitions.
Honey Grove. She taught school for 37 years, most of those as
a first-grade teacher in Dial, Dallas, Amarillo and Hallettsville.
She taught piano lessons for many years.
Lumpkin Sr. (42,
51 M.S.), Marlin. He taught school in Marlin from 1948 until
his retirement in 1965. He was the middle school principal for
many of those years.
(43), Little Rock, Ark. She was a home economics teacher
and a retired chemist for Exxon Corp.
(44), Marshall. He was a longtime Marshall physician, specializing
in obstetrics and gynecology. During 40 years of service, he delivered
more than 5,000 babies.
(47), Gatesville. He was a valuation engineer for six years
with Missouri Pacific Railroad and for 26 years with Southern
Pacific Railroad, until his retirement in 1979.
P. Dry (48),
Fort Worth. He taught school in Fort Worth. In 1996, on his 80th
birthday, he received a key to the city from a city council member
who was a former student.
(49), Irving. He was a retired accountant.
(49), Denton. He was a member of the Million Dollar Round
Table for several years as he served the Businessmens Assurance
49 M.S.), Arlington. He retired from the Hartford Insurance
Co. to pursue his passion for gardening. He was a Master Gardener
and an international bromeliad show judge.
D. Ben McPherson
(49), Dallas. Serving in the Air Force in World War II,
he was listed as missing in action after being shot down and escaped
after a 900-mile journey through Yugoslavia. He retired from Southwestern
Bell Telephone after 34 years of service.
Reed Myers (49,
53 M.Ed.), Munday. A former football coach and school principal,
he became a superintendent at the age of 27, serving in Weinert
and Munday before retiring in 1982.
(49), Arlington. An engineer, he worked as a specialist
in antennas, propagation and radar for the former LTV Corp. for
36 years prior to retiring in 1992.
Bruce Whip Wilson (49),
Graham. Since 1959, he had owned an insurance agency in Graham.
(49), Pensacola, Fla. During World War II, he was captured
by the Japanese and held as a prisoner for 43 months. He was a
certified safety professional.
(50), Houston. He majored in accounting at North Texas.
Crawford. She taught second-grade for 37 years in the Valley Mills
Blackwell Young (51,
56 M.A.), Galveston. He attended North Texas on a track
scholarship and served as president of the student body and president
of Lambda Chi Alpha. He was a budget official at the NASA Johnson
Space Center in Houston until his retirement in 1988.
Joan Johnson Mussina
(53), Dallas. Her entire career was spent with the Dallas
ISD, beginning in 1952 as a teacher and later as a counselor,
until her retirement in 1988.
(54), Duncanville. At 43, she decided to pursue a career
as an attorney. She practiced family law in Duncanville and became
a municipal judge, serving the city of Glenn Heights.
A. Kanakis (54),
Plano. He majored in health education at North Texas.
(57), Denton. She taught elementary school in Denton until
(58), Houston. Her degree from North Texas was in health
(59), Dallas. He was a professional violinist, formerly
with the Dallas Symphony. He also served as public school orchestra
director for the Dallas ISD.
(60, 70 M.Ed.), Dallas. An award-winning teacher,
he taught science at Bryan Adams High School for 10 years, then
became head of the science cluster at Skyline from 1971 until
retiring in 1994.
(60), Dallas. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for
40 years. He was a musician and a member of the Silver Serenaders
of Texas, a singing group.
May Henson Beckham
(63 Ed.D.), Fort Worth. She was an elementary school curriculum
consultant, principal and teacher coordinator, and school coordinator
for the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.
(63 M.S.), Archer City. In addition to being recognized
as a Master Teacher by the Wichita Falls ISD, he owned and operated
a ranch in Jack County.
Haynes Brown Hastings (65,
69 M.Ed.), Arlington. She was a teacher in the Mansfield
and Walnut Bend-Rad Ware school districts, near Gainesville.
Thomas Tom Kelly
(65 M.Ed., 77 Ed.D.), Dallas. He began his career
as a math teacher and coach, later serving as assistant principal
for Hillcrest High School, then as principal for Thomas Jefferson
(65), Quanah. He coached football, track and basketball
for 25 years, leading Jacksboro to a state football championship
in 1971. Most recently, he taught at Quanah High School.
M.Ed.), Dallas. He was a former principal of Hockaday Upper School
and most recently worked at the Ursuline Academy.
Sandra Sparkman Alexander
(66, 77 M.Ed.), Irving. She had retired from the Dallas
ISD as an elementary physical education teacher.
Deupree McGowen (66),
Kilgore. She earned her degree from North Texas in elementary
B. Russell (68),
Spokane, Wash. He studied secondary education at North Texas.
(69), Dallas. He was a Dallas ISD employee for 35 years.
He also served as pastor in the Cypress District Association.
(69 M.A.), Abilene. He was the dean of the College of Liberal
Arts at Hardin-Simmons University.
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New York City. She was vice president of international merchandising
for Saks Fifth Avenue. Prior to that, she was president of the
Anne Klein Collection and had an 18-year career with Neiman Marcus.
(70), Dallas. He was the executive vice president and CEO
of Parkland Health and Hospital System. He was a former Marine.
Hamilton Proctor (70),
Granbury. She taught school at Burleson ISD for 21 years.
(70), Mesquite. He was the vice president of finance at
the Child Care Group and assistant director of general services
at Southwestern Medical Center.
J. Sandy Jensen Doty (71),
Richardson. She taught in public schools in the Houston area and
in the Richardson ISD and was on the staff of RISDs Enterprise
(71), Midland. He studied political science at North Texas,
going on to earn a law degree.
(74 M.Ed.), Dallas. He was the principal at Sarah Zumwalt
Middle School for 13 years, until he retired in 1993. In retirement,
he worked to help students earn GED certificates.
Lee Schenck (74),
El Cajon, Calif. She majored in library science at North Texas.
(75 M.B.E.), Johnson City. She was a high school and community
college teacher in business, computers and English.
(76), Irving. She was a sales consultant for the Worth Collection
as well as a sales representative for Nikken Inc.
Fancher Balboa (77,
87 M.Ed.), Dallas. She was with the Dallas ISD for 25 years,
most recently teaching at W.T. White High School.
(78), Austin. He received his degree in music education.
Ramirez Koenig (80
M.Ed.), Garland. She was an elementary school teacher. She was
also a soccer mom and coach for Garland Soccer Association.
(81), Fort Worth. He majored in art at North Texas.
(84), Dallas. She majored in early childhood education and
worked for many years in Dallas inner city public schools.
Leslie Holt (85,
86, 90 M.Ed.), Fort Worth. He received bachelors
degrees in jazz studies and music education. He taught private
saxophone and special education and played professionally in the
Dallas-Fort Worth area.
(88, 88 M.S.), Plano. She was a CPA and was employed
by Travis Wolff.
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(92 honorary), Dallas. Widow of philanthropist W.W. Caruth
Jr., she was the reigning matriarch of the family that helped
shape Dallas history.
(96), Arlington. He worked for Radio Shack Technology Services
as a computer programmer.
(97), Rowlett. He worked as an accountant for Lennar Homes
in Dallas before moving to Rowlett.
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(00), Flower Mound. He studied art at North Texas.
Shawnee, Okla., Professor Emeritus of education, 1955-1980. Clarke
came to North Texas as a professor of education and director of
teacher education and also directed the North Texas Lab School
and the university's student teaching program. He taught full
time in the secondary education division from 1975 until his retirement.
He was also interested in the performing arts. He and his late
wife, Margaret, were contributing members of the Denton Community
Theater, the Denton Light Opera Company, the Denton Civic Ballet
and the Denton Community Band, in which he played an antique tuba.
vice president for development, 1996-2001. As the chief fund raiser
at UNT, Moore led his development team to achieve the highest
level of giving in the university's history, exceeding $11 million
last year. In July 2000, the Council for the Advancement and Support
of Education bestowed a Circle of Excellence in Educational Fund-Raising
Award on the university for significant program growth. Moore
was known as a music lover, a recipe sharer, a bargain shopper,
an impeccable dresser, an avid golfer and a vacation traveler.
Before joining UNT, he spent 17 years at the foundation of his
alma mater, Kansas State University. A scholarship in his memory
has been established at the UNT Foundation.
Denton, professor of technology and cognition, 1963-2001. At UNT,
he had served as president of the Faculty Senate and chair of
the education department. At the time of his death, he was the
coordinator of the educational research program. Thomas was a
member of several professional associations, including Phi Delta
Kappa, which he had served as chapter president, chapter delegate
and area coordinator. The L. Fred Thomas Memorial Scholarship
will be awarded to graduate students who are public school teachers,
providing assistance to those who want to further their education
and remain in the teaching profession.