Alumni

Leila Jaynes Meacham

Photo of Leila Jaynes Meacham Leila Jaynes Meacham (’63), San Antonio. She was the author of several New York Times bestselling books, including Roses, Tumbleweeds, Somerset and Dragonfly. Meacham earned her degree in education and worked as a high school English teacher, where she first dabbled in writing romance books. After she retired, she took up writing “when I ran out of all the things I waited to do until retirement.”

Billy Maxwell

Photo of Billy Maxwell playing golfBilly Maxwell, Jacksonville, Florida. He played on three of North Texas’ national collegiate championship teams in the 1950s before pursuing his own successful career as a professional golfer – which included seven PGA championships.

Golf had been a lifelong passion for Billy, who grew up near the fourth hole of a golf course in Abilene. While at North Texas, he played with the legendary lineup of Don January, Buster Reed and Joe Conrad. He also captured the 1951 U.S. Amateur — the first Texan to achieve that honor. He won the professional championships from 1955 to 1962 and also served as a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup. He retired in the early 1970s and began operating Hyde Park Golf Club in 1971 in Jacksonville.

In a 1980 article, the North Texan said he was “still the devilish little redhead he was in the early 1950s” who was “known for telling it like it is.” He was inducted into the UNT Athletics Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 1982. He was married to Mary Maxwell (’59), who died in 1999.

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David Harold Saunders

David Harold Saunders (’76, ’86 D.M.A.), Eden Prairie, Minnesota. At North Texas, he was a graduate assistant to maestro Anshel Brusilow. He earned a doctorate in conducting, but translated his skills to working with people using technology. He founded the North Texas Youth Orchestra in the early 1980s. In New York, he was instrumental in getting New York City back online after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He was a mentor and volunteer.

Nicholas Nathaniel Slaughter

Nicholas Nathaniel Slaughter (’20), Prosper. He was set to graduate with his bachelor's degree in business and served as a senior airman in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He was described as “an amazing young man” who loved his family and friends while being an exemplary role model to his nieces and nephews and a source of support for others. As a high school student, he played football, a sport he loved.

Alexandra Pace

Alexandra Pace (’14), Denton. At North Texas, she was a member of Phi Sigma Pi. She earned her master’s degree in applied sociology at the University of Texas at Dallas. She worked in digital marketing and was a certified personal trainer and yoga instructor. Alex had a keen sense of humor, and enjoyed learning, reading and all outdoor activities.

Riley Gale

Riley Gale (’10), Dallas. He was the lead singer of the metal trash band Power Trip, which he formed in 2008 while a student. Power Trip went from a local DFW band to tours around the world and it earned a Grammy Award nomination this year. Riley earned his technical writing degree from UNT and always had a passion for writing.

David Freeman

David Freeman (’03 M.Ed.), Corpus Christi. He was superintendent of Flour Bluff ISD since 2019. Prior to this position, he served as associate superintendent in Wichita Falls and superintendent in Montague and London ISDs. He started his career as a teacher, coach and administrator for Clear Creek, Woodville, Dallas, Keller, Muenster ISD and Saint Jo ISDs. He was board president of the Boys and Girls Club of the Coastal Bend.

Kimberly Kay White Pullin

Kimberly Kay White Pullin (’94), Allen. She began her career as an educator with Dallas ISD and later became a human resource administrator and realtor. Kimberly was a member of Delta Sigma Theta. She was an avid volunteer and sports fan. She had suffered injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident in 2013, but always retained a positive outlook. Survivors include her husband Ryan (’92).

Richard Faulk

Richard Faulk (’74), Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He graduated from UNT with a degree in music, then earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University. He had a successful legal career in Dallas, Houston and Washington, D.C., and even argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. He composed music for his church and family. He and his wife, Candace, established The Richard and Candace Faulk Young Composers Fund to assist students studying composition and produce an annual Richard and Candace Faulk concert. They were members of the Chilton Society.

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