James G. Eagle (’50), Fort Worth :: He played football at North Texas, achieving Little All- American honors, and later was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. He was known for his fun-loving spirit, and as an Eagle himself, he was proud of the fact that every team he played on had an Eagle as its mascot. He was involved in coaching and various community organizations and owned Jim Eagle Turf Industries, helping to build and improve golf courses and athletic fields around the country.
Garrett Hobert Brammer Jr. (’48), Gainesville :: He was a P-51 fighter pilot in the Air Corps during World War II, then returned to complete his degree at North Texas, where he met his wife, Billie Couch (’47). At age 90, he was in his office every day at Brammer Pipe and Steel.
Annabell Talley Poore (’43), Arlington :: She earned her degree in business at North Texas and was a teacher and pharmaceutical technician.
J. Carter Murphy (’43, ’46), Dallas :: He was a Professor Emeritus of economics at Southern Methodist University, active on the faculty there from 1961 to 1990. He had served as director of graduate studies in the economics department and as department chair. He received degrees in music and economics from North Texas and a doctorate from the University of Chicago.
Roy Simon VanHoove (’42), Electra :: He was the first college graduate in his family, who had sacrificed for him to attend North Texas. He remembered living in a boarding house and eating one meal a day while earning his degree in speech. After earning a master’s in speech pathology from the University of Texas, he did doctoral work at the University of Iowa. He was the director of special education for the Lubbock public schools for many years and eventually moved to Travis State School in Austin as director of in-service training.
Fred McCain (’48, ’49 M.S.), a major force in the development of the athletics program at UNT, died Feb. 26 in Denton. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he returned as quarterback for North Texas, playing on the 1946 team that went to the Optimist Bowl and leading the 1947 team to an appearance in the Salad Bowl and a 10-win season that is still a school record.
Charles M. ‘Chuck’ Foster Jr. (’71 M.B.A.), retired associate professor in the Department of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law, died Nov. 29 in Dallas. He served on the faculty for more than 40 years, retiring in 2011. He earned a law degree from Southern Methodist University and taught business law courses in the department, publishing articles on compliance programs and consumer bankruptcy.
Michael Jerome Adkins, Mobile, Ala. :: He loved art, graphic design and photography and studied fashion design at UNT from 2005 to 2009. He also attended Faulkner State Community College in Bay Minette, Ala., and American InterContinental University in Atlanta, Ga. His classmates remember him as a kind and talented person.
Jason Lindgren (’05, ’06 M.B.A.), Midland :: He was a four-year letterman in golf, playing at UNT from 2002 to 2006. He had six top-25 finishes in his golf career. He was a member of the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner's List, Dean's List and All-Academic Team and was also a GCAA All-American Scholar in his junior year. After graduation, he worked in the financial industry in Dallas and Houston and then became treasurer of Warren Equipment Co. in Midland. He was married to Stephanie Teresa Shasteen (’06).
John Peter Wagstaff (’94), Seoul, South Korea :: He earned his degree in music theory and was active in the radio, television and film department and the communications department. He directed a feature film, The Reluctant Hitman, which was screened at film festivals and distributed. After working in the film industry, he began his teaching career at various schools in Texas and South Korea. He was playing music and looking forward to starting his second year of teaching English at a private academy in Seoul.