Reuben ‘Ben’ Allred

Reuben ‘Ben’ Allred, Denton :: He was a talented pianist skilled in classical and jazz music and was working on his dissertation as a music doctoral student. He was in his second season as Dallas Opera assistant chorus master and was a teaching assistant for UNT ensemble group NOVA. He earned a graduate artist certificate in music performance from UNT in 2013 and a master’s from the University of Texas at Austin.

Clara Frances Pettit

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Clara Frances Pettit (‘60), Lubbock :: She founded, owned and operated for 30 years what became the largest dietary consulting firm in West Texas. Her professional memberships included the American Dietary Association, the Texas Dietary Association and the Lubbock Dietary Association. She also belonged to the Lubbock Women's Club, the Lubbock Club, the Lubbock Country Club, and the First Christian Church and its Upper Room Sunday school class.

Raynesha Laws

Raynesha Laws, Houston :: She was a junior studying business whog began attending UNT in 2015.

Zuzu Renee Verk

Zuzu Renee Verk, Keller :: She was a student from 2013 to 2015, studying education and art, and was a member of Kappa Delta sorority.

Leroy Vaughn

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Leroy Vaughn (’99), Lewisville :: He served as deputy mayor pro tem for the city of Lewisville, where he served on the city council in 2011. He previously worked in Davis, Calif., as a firefighter and also worked as a real estate investor. He served on numerous city committees and organizations, including the Department of Aging and Disability Services. He earned a master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin.

Bradley Lynn Dehart

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Bradley Lynn Dehart (’95), San Antonio :: He worked as a teacher at North Dallas High School and the International School of the Americas in San Antonio. An avid musician, he played and sang in the bands The Barnstormers and The National Standard

Judy Dobbins

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Judy Dobbins (’93 M.P.A.), Surprise, Ariz. :: Her work as a human resources director in Texas colleges included service as associate vice chancellor of the North Harris Montgomery Community College District — now the Lone Star College System — in the north Houston area.

Harriett White

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Harriett White (’92), Fort Worth :: She worked in the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles in Austin before moving to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission in Dallas-Fort Worth. She attended Carter Metropolitan Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and participated in the Morning Glory Circle Choir founded by her grandmother. She found joy in traveling, spending time with her family and attending concerts - even following the Backstreet Boys around the country. 

Michael Francis Wurst

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Michael Francis Wurst (’81), Dallas :: He worked in real estate and financial services, and served as assistant general counsel at ORIX USA. He had a reputation as a creative business leader and attorney who always found the solution to a problem. He gave to charities and nonprofits including the UNT College of Law. In honor of his commitment to the community, the ORIX Foundation established the Mike Wurst Grant to be awarded to nonprofits that look for better ways to serve clients by working collaboratively and creating lasting impact.

Thomas L.G. Ross

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Thomas L.G. Ross (‘71), Fort Worth :: He was a retired attorney and former Tarrant County magistrate judge. He had served as president of the Tarrant County Black Bar Association, defended clients facing capital charages and worked as a court-appointed mediator.

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