Bobbie L. Wilborn, Professor Emeritus of education who taught at North Texas from 1971 to 1994 died Nov. 10 in Denton. She was a Meadows Honors Professor and chair of the Department of Counselor Education, and then the Department of Counseling, Higher Education and Development. She previously taught high school in Bellville and Silverton and was a teacher and counselor in Dallas schools.
Lalia Mae Lewis, former physical education faculty member, died Dec. 17 in Mabank. Lewis joined North Texas in 1961 as an assistant professor of physical education. She taught at Texas high schools in Electra and Wharton and, during World War II, worked in Hawaii and the Philippines as an entertainment organizer with the USO.
H.W. ‘Wib’ Kamp, Professor Emeritus of political science who worked at North Texas from 1950 to 1984, died Dec. 24 in Denton. A former chair of the Department of Political Science, he was instrumental in the formation of the political science doctoral program and the Master of Public Administration program. He also was chair of the oral history committee and served on the Faculty Senate.
Louise M. Alton, Professor Emeritus of music, died Dec. 29 in Denton. She joined the university in 1968 and taught music education and voice until retiring in 1980. She was a member of the International Society for Music Education and traveled to Australia and Europe to speak about the benefits of music education for exceptional children.
Leta Jean Pennington, retired admissions office service coordinator, died Sept. 14. She lived in Little Elm and had retired in 2006 from her job in the Eagle Student Services Center after more than 25 years of ushering students through the enrollment process at UNT. She was born in Arkansas, graduated from high school in Oklahoma and moved to Denton in 1972.
Billie Lucille Shelton Parker, former UNT regent, died Jan. 30 in Fort Worth. She was appointed to the UNT Board of Regents by Gov. Bill Clements and served from 1987 to 1993. Her husband, the late Earle Parker, was a board member of the UNT Foundation.
William A. Luker (’57 M.Ed., ’63 Ed.D.), Dean Emeritus of the School of Community Service, died June 25 in Denton. He retired in 1991 as dean of the school, which is now the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, and is credited as a major force in its development. He earned his graduate degrees at North Texas while working as a business instructor and assistant registrar.
Johnnye Louise Cope (’45), Librarian Emeritus, died Oct. 5 in San Angelo. She was born in Paint Rock and graduated from North Texas in 1945 with a bachelor’s degree in English (pictured as a student in 1943). She earned master’s degrees in English and library science from Ohio State University and the University of Michigan, respectively, and returned to UNT as a reference librarian in 1966.