Bobby Neil Haney (’58), Imperial, Calif. :: He taught every elementary school grade and served for 18 years as principal of Ben Hulse Elementary School in Imperial, earning a master’s degree from Pepperdine University. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. At North Texas, he was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. His wife, Sue Chapman Haney (’59), also attended North Texas.
Jack Gillean Roach (’57), Fort Worth :: He was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and met his wife, Marilyn Rutschman (’57), at North Texas. He co-founded Skyline Industries Inc. and for 40 years was a board member of Goodwill Industries, where he served as president and chair of the building and grounds committee and was the first recipient of the Jack G. Roach Award for Outstanding Service. He also served on the boards of Meals on Wheels and the Fort Worth Air Power Council and was a supporter of the President’s Council at UNT.
Weldon E. ‘Dean’ Renfro (’55), Granbury :: At North Texas, he was a member of the Geezles and a four-year letterman in football. He also lettered in track, served as the track team captain and was a finalist in the 100 and 200 at the 1953 NAIA meet. He was a second-round draft pick of the Baltimore Colts and played in the Canadian Football League for the Calgary Stampeders.
William ‘Bill’ Keith Mackey (’55, ’65 M.S.), Chama, N.M. :: He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1953. At North Texas, he was student government president. He and his wife, Carol McCune (’56, ’65 M.Ed.), taught in Pampa for almost 30 years. His teaching field was industrial arts and he was a woodworker and craftsman. In later years he learned blacksmithing.
Gene L. Pflug (’51), Dallas :: Known as the "Boy with the Flying Feet," he began his career at age 7 and turned professional tap dancer at the age of 14, appearing in 33 Dallas Summer Musicals. He was selected for a college scholarship at North Texas to travel with ’Fessor Graham, staging shows and performing on weekends with the Aces of Collegeland.
Ralph Spencer (’50), White Oak :: He served in the U.S. Maritime Services and the U.S. Marine Corps. He earned his degree in industrial arts and was executive vice president for Associates Corp. of North America. He was a Geezle at North Texas. Survivors include his wife, Lou Ellen Allison (’50), and brother, Richard Spencer (’52).
Lou Brent Kubena (’55), Hallettsville :: She earned her degree in English with a minor in music from North Texas and later received her master’s from the University of Houston-Victoria. She taught music at Hallettsville Elementary School for 22 years and also taught kindergarten and special education for several years. She was music director, organist, pianist and choir director for Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville for more than 40 years.
Alexander L. Pickens (’52 M.A.), Honolulu, Hawaii :: He was a Professor Emeritus at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he had taught art education and served as assistant to the dean for college development. He earned a doctorate from Columbia University and taught at the University of Michigan and the University of Georgia before moving to Hawaii in 1962. He was a philanthropist who continued to raise money for scholarships and endowments until his retirement in 2001.
Darlene Morris Kissinger (’52), Olney :: She taught at Ropesville and Brownfield before moving to Midland, where she taught for five years at Midland High School and 25 years at Midland Lee High School as a business teacher. She retired in 1986 to care for her mother and then remained on her small ranch caring for the property and livestock. She was a member of Delta Chi Delta and a lifetime member of the Texas State Teachers Association. Her husband, Norris Kissinger ('54 M.B.A.), died in 1983.
Audrey Hudgins Foster (’50, ’62 M.M.Ed), Dallas :: She earned her degrees in music education and served the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD from 1962 to 1988, retiring as coordinator of fine arts.