Orenda Spikes

Orenda Spikes, Garland :: She was an English teacher at Highland Park Middle School, devoted to teaching her students writing and technology skills. She was attending UNT as a master’s student in the College of Information.

Ty Hightower

Ty Hightower, Hurst :: He was a junior majoring in operations and supply chain management. As a student at Grapevine High School, he played on the school’s golf team.

Lee Breaux

Lee Breaux, Little Elm :: He was last enrolled in 2016 as a junior emergency and administration planning major. He joined the U.S. Army when he was 17 after graduating early from high school.

Claire Barber

Claire Barber, Irving :: She majored in journalism and minored in international studies at UNT and also worked as a Housing Ambassador for the housing department. She was a dedicated vegetarian and environmentalist who will be remembered for her love of life.

Lorinda ‘Lori’ Stillwell Phillips

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Lorinda ‘Lori’ Stillwell Phillips (’10 Ph.D.), Slagle, La. :: She earned degrees from Texas A&M University, Texas State University and the University of West Alabama before earning her doctorate at UNT. She taught in schools in Texas and Louisiana as well as at Tarrant County Community College and Tarleton State University. She also worked as a counselor.  She was adamant in educating others about metastatic breast cancer and was crowned the Vernon Parish Relay for Life Survivor Queen in 2016 and 2017.

Rula Quawas

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Rula Quawas (’95 Ph.D.) :: She was a champion of women’s advancement in her native Jordan and formerly served as dean of faculty languages at the University of Jordan. She focused her academic career and free time on promoting women’s rights and exposing the sexual harassment she and her students faced daily. She was a Fulbright scholar and received the Meritorious Honor Award for Leadership and Dedication from Jordan in 2009.

Gerald ‘Scott’ Richards

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Gerald ‘Scott’ Richards (’84 M.B.A.), Southlake :: He was a certified public accountant with Ernst & Young, a vice president at MBNA America and Progressive Waste Solutions, and a consultant at RGP. While at UNT, he was named Outstanding Graduate Student by the accounting faculty. He enjoyed the outdoors and sports.

Ed Blaylock

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Ed Blaylock (’82), Dallas :: He was a well-known voice actor who performed large roles in the Fullmetal Alchemist franchise, One Piece, Barakamon and Overlord, as well as minor roles in Attack on Titan, Tokyo Ghoul, Blood Blockade Battlefront, Dragon Ball, Toriko, Fairy Tail and more. When not voice acting, he was the weekday evening announcer for WRR 101 in Dallas. He performed in Dallas stage plays and living history re-enactments and worked as a boom operator for movies shot in the U.S. and Europe.

Agnes Genevieve Landwermeyer Farrell

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Agnes Genevieve Landwermeyer Farrell (’93 M.S.), Fort Worth :: She grew up in Oak Cliff, working at her father’s printing company. She worked for the Reconstruction Finance Corp. in the 1940s and then raised a family of six children. She later earned her master’s degree in library science from UNT and worked in the Duncanville Public Library.

Celeste Williams

Celeste Williams, Arlington :: She was managing editor for sports and features at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for nearly 20 years. During her tenure, the paper won multiple awards for excellence in sports journalism. She served on the board for the Association for Women in Sports Media. She also loved gardening and animals and worked tirelessly to raise money for children’s charities.

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