Alumni

Keith Johnson

Keith JohnsonKeith Johnson (’63), 77, Regents professor of trumpet and renowned trumpeter, died July 31 in Denton. He taught at UNT from 1986 to 2014 and received the Distinguished Teaching Professor Award in 2011. He performed with the Dallas Opera, the Fort Worth Symphony and more orchestras across the U.S. Keith also wrote two books, The Art of Trumpet Playing and Brass Performance and Pedagogy, and published several method books. In 2012, he won the Award of Merit from the International Trumpet Guild for his service to the trumpet profession, and in 2013, was given a Distinguished Service Award by the New Hampshire Music Festival for his 50 years as co-principal trumpet. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and before joining UNT, taught at the University of Northern Iowa. He and his wife Cecile contributed to UNT’s College of Music and were members of the President’s Council. Donations can be made to The Keith Johnson Trumpet Graduate Scholarship Endowment. Memorial services will be scheduled later.

James Brewer

James BrewerJames Brewer (’53, ’58 M.Ed.), 90, a North Texas letterman who was a member of the football coaching staff from 1990 to 1992, died June 28 in Fort Worth. He was inducted into the UNT Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995. During his years as a student-athlete, James was named all-conference in football in 1950 and 1951, earned four letters in track and three in football, and was a three-time shot put champion in the Gulf Coast Conference. He played with the Philadelphia Eagles for one year and was stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army Special Services after college. He then coached football for 45 years in Fort Worth ISD and the University of Texas at Arlington, in addition to UNT.

James Rider Krendl

JAMES RIDER KRENDL, 78, of Houston, who was a longtime benefactor of many causes at UNT with his wife, Cathy Stricklin Krendl (’67), died Aug. 21. James studied political science at Harvard College, then went on to serve in the Korean and Vietnam wars for four years, achieving the rank of captain and receiving the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam. Afterward, he attended Harvard Law School and began practicing business law. He founded the award-winning Denver-based law firm Krendl Sachnoff & Way. He and Cathy were members of the Chilton Society and UNT Alumni Association.

Alis Adkins

ALIS ADKINS (’73 Ph.D.), 83, of Denton, a faculty member in the College of Music from 1988 to 1999, died Dec. 6 in Denton. Her doctorate at North Texas earned her the distinction of being the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in the arts from a Texas university. She taught music history and appreciation and often collaborated with her husband, the late Cecil Adkins, Professor Emeritus of music, on numerous publications. Their family often performed together as the Adkins String Ensemble and received the College of Music’s Honored Alumni Award in 2013. Before coming to North Texas in 1965, she earned her bachelor’s degree at Howard Payne College and her master’s in music history and organ at the University of Texas at Austin. She studied in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 1963 to 1965, after being awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. Donations can be made to the Adkins-Dickinson String Scholarship. Survivors include children Alexandra (’96), Anthony (’93, ’08 M.B.A., M.S.), Chris­topher (’80), Madeline (’98) and Clare Cason (’91).

 

Aneel Sri Devaraju

ANEEL SRI DEVARAJU (’14), Lewisville. He graduated with a degree in electrical engineering technology and was working on his master’s at UNT. He worked as a change request management coordinator at Johnson and Johnson Vision Care Inc.; assistant system engineer at Tata Consultancy Services’ Engineering and Industrial Services (EIS) division; and a vehicle integration engineer at Fiat-Chrysler, LLC.

Joe Guerra

JOE GUERRA (’96), Dallas. He co-owned and was vice president of Rudy’s Tortillas and Food Products, his family’s business — which he ran while attending UNT. While here, he co-founded the fraternity Sigma Lambda Beta, now Lambda Theta Phi, for Latinos. Joe and his wife, Pauline (’05), also were members of the UNT Alumni Association and President’s Council, and contributed to the Guerra Family Endowment in the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism. He served on the UNT Board of Governors and volunteered with CMHT’s Hospitality Board and Campaign Action Team. Because of his family’s UNT legacy that lasted three generations, his family was given the Generations of Excellence Award in 2014. His family includes sisters Kathy Guerra Purser (’81) and Linda Guerra Dyer (’90), aunt Esperanza Espinosa (’75) and niece Rachel (’09).

Glenn E. Gomez

GLENN E. GOMEZ (’85), Rockport. An avid jazz enthusiast, he established the Glenn E. Gomez International Artists Endowment for Jazz Studies in 1994 that enabled jazz artists to visit campus and share their experiences and insights. He was a member of the Kendall Society. Additionally, Glenn served as chairman of Origin Interests Corp.

 

Duane Wallace Heatley

DUANE WALLACE HEATLEY (’72), Bells. He was a high school English teacher in Denison and Cleburne and taught at Grayson College for 39 years, retiring in 2011. He was known as a master storyteller who enjoyed history and genealogy. He is survived by his wife Joanne Heatley (’68).

Dorothy Bagby Seemann

DOROTHY BAGBY SEEMANN (’63), New Orleans. At North Texas, she served as an officer in Zeta Tan Alpha sorority and the Student Senate. She was inducted into the Mortar Board Leadership/Honor Society in recognition of the many organizations in which she served. Service became a part of her life, as she served on the board of the Community Service Center and various community art and parent organizations. She later graduated from Tulane School of Social Work and worked as a manager for the Basics Plus nonprofit organization and as a social worker at Ochsner Medical Center. She was a member of the UNT Alumni Association and kept in contact with the friends she made at North Texas.

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