Alumni

Richard Alexander Harris Jr.

Richard Alexander Harris Jr. (’62), 79, former UNT associate vice president for computing and UNT System chief technology officer, of Denton, died Aug. 4 in Sparta, Ill. During his 43 years at UNT, he was instrumental in creating and leading computing and technology services.

After completing his bachelor's degree in mathematics at North Texas, he was one of the university's first computer operators and programmers when he started working as a graduate assistant in 1962. The next year, he was appointed acting director of the Academic Computing Center and taught programming courses. In 1964, he became director of computer systems and led the Academic Computing Center and the Administrative Data Processing Center, which merged in 1970 as the university’s Computing Center. He retired as associate vice president for computing and chief technology officer in 2005.

He was selected as the 2004 Dallas-Fort Worth Area Information Technology Executive of the Year by the Society for Information Management after his leadership in implementing the UNT System's web-based, multi-campus Enterprise Information System ahead of schedule and under budget.

Richard was an active supporter of UNT along with his wife, Joneel (’75 M.S., ’99 Ph.D.), who served as registrar and associate vice president for enrollment management until her retirement in 2006. Members of the President’s Council and the UNT Alumni Association, they funded the Richard and Joneel Harris Scholarship in Higher Education in the College of Education for graduate students with a minor in research or technology. In his free time, Richard ran a ranch with his brother, played Pokémon Go and enjoyed traveling in his RV, often to compete in and win trapshooting events. He was in Sparta to attend the Grand American World Trapshooting Championships when he passed away. His motto was, "It's never too late to have a happy childhood."

Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Mulkey-Bowles-Montgomery Funeral Home, 705 N. Locust, in Denton. A Celebration of Life is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 14 at Denton Country Club, 1213 Country Club Road, in Argyle. Memorials may be made to the Richard and Joneel Harris Scholarship.

Joshua Gulley

Joshua Gulley, Denton :: He was in the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences program from 2017 to 2018. He graduated in aviation mechanics from Texas State Technical College in 2015. He was an avid sports fan. His mother, Donna Jackson, works for IT Shared Services.

Joshua Akers

Joshua Akers, Plano :: He was working toward his petroleum engineering degree and was a member of The Association of Energy Engineers, Kappa Alpha and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He played football while in high school and served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years. He enjoyed woodworking, gaming and was known for his “dad jokes.”

Jonathan David Bostick

Jonathan David Bostick (’06), Houston :: Originally an English major, he took a dance class at UNT and decided to pursue dance professionally. He danced with companies in Utah, Arkansas and Texas, on cruise ships and in a Texas Lottery Commercial. He also tried out for the show So You Think You Can Dance, choreographed his own works and taught at various dance schools.

Patricia (Pat) Marie (Foley) Klammer

Patricia (Pat) Marie (Foley) Klammer (’85 M.S.), Denton :: A former elementary school teacher and homemaker, she pursued her accounting degree so she could help her husband Thomas Klammer, Regents Professor Emeritus of accounting, transcribe an accounting book he was co-writing. She eventually became a certified public accountant, started her own tax accounting firm and ran it until she sold it in 2007. Pat enjoyed traveling, playing tennis and golf, and volunteering. She was a lifetime member of the UNT Alumni Association. Memorials may be made to the UNT Foundation for the Klammer Family Endowed Scholarship. Survivors include son David (’94, ’94 M.S.).

William Cupit

William Cupit (’79 M.S.), Van Alstyne :: Cupit was born with cerebral palsy and refused to let that stand in his way. He worked his first paying job at 14 and was the first in his family to earn a college degree. He then became one of the first graduates of UNT’s master’s program in rehabilitation counseling and obtained his professional counselor’s license. He worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor and program specialist for the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston with the Texas Rehabilitation Commission for 21 years. He was named its employee of the year in 1987. He also received the Alumnus of the Year award from UNT’s Department of Addiction, Rehabilitation and Social Work in 1999. He also owned a farm, his lifelong dream since he was in FFA in high school.

Charles Reed Ellis

Charles Reed Ellis (’78), Jacksonville :: He was a geophysicist and chairman of the physics department at North Dallas High School. He was working on a Master of Fine Arts degree, with a major in studio art and a concentration in drawing and painting, in the College of Visual Arts and Design.

James Thomas (J.T.) Hollins Jr.

James Thomas (J.T.) Hollins Jr., McKinney :: He was a wide receiver for the Mean Green in the 1970s and was on the track and field team. He was inducted into the McKinney ISD Athletics Hall of Honor in 2014 for his proficiency in football, basketball and track. He worked for Honeywell, Accurate Die Cutting and Beacons before retiring from Sunbelt Plastics after 20 years. He attended North Texas from 1974 to 1977.

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