Kyla A. Foster

Kyla A. Foster (’13), Highland Village. A lifelong animal lover and an artist, Kyla attended UNT and discovered a love for science as well. She majored in biology with dreams of pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.

Kevin Shippey

Kevin Shippey (’85), McKinney. The business major worked for several companies, including Compu-Com, T-Mobile, and Conifer Health Solutions. He loved sports and was a passionate UNT football and Dallas Cowboys football fan. He was a member of Kappa Sigma.

Mattie Lou Roberts Gullett

Mattie Lou Roberts Gullett (’48), Canton. She taught business courses at Canton High School for 25 years, then kept books for the family business until the early 1990s. While at North Texas, she worked in a senior dormitory but was an unwelcome underclassman. She said she received no respect until she made public her secret talent as a palm reader and "predicted" the abrupt elopement of one of the residents, which happened soon after.

Cliff Cardwell

Cliff Cardwell (’65), Rockwall. He was a member of Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity. After graduation, he joined the Air Force Reserves. He worked in purchasing with Braniff Airways and Dalfort Aviation. He was an avid traveler, visiting all 254 Texas county courthouses and all 50 states. He and his wife, Linda Allen Cardwell ('66), were married for 56 years.

Bruce Anthony August Jr.

Bruce Anthony August Jr. (’10 M.Ed.), Dallas. He spent his career helping students in higher education. A former correctional officer, he was director of the Multicultural Center at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he also was pursuing a doctoral degree in public affairs. Bruce was a frequent volunteer who served on the board of the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education, as a representative for the UTD Staff Council, and as the founding and immediate past president of the Black Faculty and Staff Alliance Employee Resource Group there. He was active in his church and loved to cook and grill.

Don January

Photo of Don JanuaryDon January (’53), 93, of Dallas, who played from 1950 to 1952 on the final three of UNT’s four consecutive NCAA Champion golf teams and then went on to a successful career in the PGA, died May 7.

Don was the last surviving member of the team that also included Billy Maxwell, Buster Reed and Joe Conrad -- considered one of the best collegiate golf lineups in history.

Don notched 10 PGA Tour victories, including the 1967 PGA Championship. He earned 23 victories on the Senior PGA Tour, including two PGA Seniors’ championships, and designed golf courses.

North Texas was part of his life ever since legendary golf coach Fred Cobb recruited him to the team. As part of his golf scholarship, he taught a beginning golf P.E. course where he met his wife, Patricia ‘Pat’ Rushing (’53), a student in his class. In addition to his star performance on the golf course, Don was president of Talons and a member of Kappa Alpha and the T Club.

He stayed true to his school. The annual Don January Golf Classic, which takes place in the spring, was established in 1980 in his honor to support Mean Green student-athletes. He was a member of the UNT Athletic Hall of Fame and received UNT’s Distinguished Alumnus and Outstanding Alumni Service awards. He also was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the Texas Golf Hall of Fame.

Don served in the U.S. Air Force before embarking on his PGA career.

Read more about Don January from the North Texan archives:

1980 profile

2011 Family Legacy article

Read Yucca articles about Don January and the golf team:

Roy Lee Bass

Roy Lee Bass, Denison. He retired as a supervisor for Texas Instruments after working there for 39 years. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing. He was active in his church and known for his friendliness toward strangers as well as family and friends. He attended North Texas from 1955 to 1958 and is survived by his wife Joy Mason Bass (’58).

Nancy McLeod Rogers

Nancy McLeod Rogers ('68), Oxford, Mississippi. A respected staff member at the University of Mississippi from 1976 to 1999, she served as assistant director of international programs – and mentor and surrogate parent to thousands of international students. She built lasting relationships with the students and even fostered a son of a former student during the Yugoslav Wars. She was an elder for her church, an active member of the Rotary Club and an artist who frequently painted the landscapes of the Old River in Perdido Key, Florida.

Juanita “Lyane” Overall Willey

Juanita “Lyane” Overall Willey (’54, ’62 M.A.), Mountain Home, Arkansas. She was a graduate of the campus Lab School before earning her degrees in art at North Texas. She also was a member of the Chilton Society. She enjoyed weaving and fiber work, which was frequently selected and exhibited in shows in Texas and around the country. Her passion for art led her to become a teacher in Texas for 32 years. She taught art at various levels, from elementary school students to university students as an instructor at UNT. Lyane also served as a member and officer for many different arts and education organizations. She met her husband, the late William Riley Willey III (’51, ’67 M.S.), while in college. He once served as assistant director of UNT Press, and they co-owned Penny Press Inc. in Denton, Fort Worth and Arlington.

Clarence 'Ras' Allen III

Clarence 'Ras' Allen III (’67), Midlothian. He attended North Texas on a golf scholarship, serving as captain of the golf team from 1965 to 1967. Ras played in many amateur tournaments in Texas and was the lowest qualifying amateur golfer in the United States for the 1966 U.S. Open. He played on the PGA Tour from 1968 to 1974 – participating in four U.S. Opens, two PGA Championships and two Colonial National Invitations. He twice won the Northern Texas PGA tournament. He worked at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York and then served as head golf professional, director of golf and club manager at several prominent courses in the U.S. He was a big Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers fan, and he was always willing to help others.