Alumni

Carl Contrata

Carl Contrata (’74), La Feria, graduated with a bachelor’s in psychology and later received a master’s in library science from Sam Houston State University. He spent 23 years at Santa Rosa High School in the Rio Grande Valley and was a health teacher, school librarian and varsity basketball coach before retiring in 2012. A passion for sports led Carl to officiate games with the Texas Association of Sports Officials, which honored him with a 30-year distinguished service award. He was an active traveler and an outdoor enthusiast.

Floyd Timothy “Tim” Sine

Floyd Timothy “Tim” Sine (’76), Coppell, graduated with a bachelor’s in health education from North Texas, where he met his wife, Cindy Sine (’76), and was a member of Delta Sigma Phi. He worked with the American Bankers and American National insurance companies before opening his own agency, Sine and Associates. Tim enjoyed playing golf, attending UNT home football games, watching The History Channel and the Dallas Cowboys, traveling overseas, researching his ancestry and participating in church functions. A self-taught guitar player, he performed alongside friends in a band called Grateful To Be Alive.

Robert King Bane

Dr. Robert King Bane (’60, ’65 M.Ed.), 85, Professor Emeritus of education, died June 28. He taught at UNT for 36 years.

Born in Denton and raised in Garland, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at North Texas and a doctorate in elementary education from the University of Florida. He joined the education faculty at North Texas in 1970 and became known for his outstanding support of doctoral students, especially when they were writing their dissertations, and his supervision of student teachers.

He was one of the first professors to introduce computers to the College of Education, and he developed and ran the computer lab for many years. His family says a favorite time of year for him was always Homecoming week, when he would attend the parade with his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed attending football games and Theta Chi alumni functions during the year.

With a passion for computer technology, he formed a company called Schoolhouse Software and developed a gradebook program designed for schools and teachers. He also was a movie buff and owned photography studios that specialized in portrait and wedding photography.

A celebration of his life is scheduled for July 3 at Mulkey-Bowles-Montgomery Funeral Home, 705 N. Locust St., Denton. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. and the service will begin at 11 a.m.

Linda Lou Romer

Linda Lou Romer (’68), Henderson, earned a bachelor’s in geography at North Texas and spent most of her career as a travel counselor with AAA of Texas in Houston. In 1993, she was named Travel Counselor of the Year. She volunteered with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign, as well as the M.D. Anderson Children's Art Institute and the Bear Creek Library in Houston.

Sam V. Akins

Sam V. Akins (’54), Bedford. A business major, he served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After the war, he went on to serve as senior vice president at Dallas Federal Savings, founding officer of First American Savings and president of United Bank and Trust of Grapevine. He was active in his church. While at North Texas, he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and belonged to the UNT Alumni Association’s board. He traveled to all 50 states and 16 countries. Akins was married to Malta Evans Akins (’54).

Todd S. Kisel

Todd S. Kisel (’89), Round Rock, earned a bachelor’s at UNT before working at Yellowstone National Park and, later, the Texas Association of Counties. He was an avid fly fisher and Dallas Cowboys fan.

Elaine Munch

Elaine Munch (’71), Dallas. A journalism graduate, she was an active alumna, donor and a member of the President's Council who bequeathed to the C.E. Shuford Endowment and the Mayborn School of Journalism Dean's Excellence Fund. She also contributed pieces from her wardrobe to the Texas Fashion Collection. A member of the Texas Tip Toppers social club for tall people, in 1971 she won the title of Miss Tall Texas and advanced to become Miss Tall Universe at the 25th annual convention of Tall Clubs International. She was a flight attendant for Braniff International Airlines and public relations director for Cooper Airmotive before joining Delta Air Lines. Elaine served on the board of directors for Garland Humane Society, the Humane Society of Greater Dallas, DFW Humane Society, Barn Cats, Inc. and Weimaraner Rescue. Also an animal activist, she helped found and was president of the Metroplex Animal Coalition. While serving on the City of Dallas Animal Shelter Commission, she helped launch a successful campaign funding the construction of a new, state-of-the-art animal shelter.

Thomas Frank Johnson

Thomas Frank Johnson (’72 Ed.D.), Bellville. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he worked in the counseling department at Richland Community College in Dallas after graduating from North Texas. He opened a private practice that specialized in child and adolescent patients before moving into the private sector and working in the treatment of alcoholism and post-acute physical rehabilitation of injured brains. He also studied the impact of nutrition on his patients.

Verna Hall

Verna Hall (’55), Tyler. Awarded the UNT President’s Citation in 1992, she graduated from North Texas with a bachelor’s in business. She met her husband, George Hall (’53), in elementary school and they pursued their degrees together. Verna’s passion for learning carried into her career as a secretary in the legal field as well as the oil and gas industry. She immersed herself in philanthropic and volunteer efforts and was dedicated to supporting charities and arts organizations including the United Way of Smith County, which in 1993 awarded her the Alexis de Tocqueville Award, its most distinguished recognition for philanthropy. In 2014, the organization named its leadership giving program the Verna K. Hall Leadership Circle. She was also active with the East Texas Food Bank, the Tyler Museum of Art, the East Texas Symphony Orchestra and the Texas Rose Festival’s Order of the Rose.

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