Dr. Jack P. Russell

Dr. Jack P. Russell (’83 Ph.D.), Bossier City, Louisiana. As a professor at Tarleton State University from 1982 to 1999 and Northwestern State University from 1999 to 2015, he was a leader in the development of computer information systems, receiving many awards for teaching. He was a military engineer specialist in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed carpentry, gardening and grilling.

Ronald Lloyd Stephens

Ronald Lloyd Stephens (’65), Edmond, Oklahoma. While at North Texas, he enjoyed being a member of Theta Chi fraternity. He was in the insurance business for 35 years and after retirement, a realtor. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Suzanne Nance Stephens (’66), whom he met at Voertman’s bookstore.

Mary Henderson Williams

Mary Henderson Williams (’57, ’60), Denton. Mary taught elementary school in Austin and Denton. She volunteered for her church, Delta Gamma sorority, Good Samaritan Village and Denton Christian Preschool, where she also taught. She loved to travel and spend time at her cabin in Colorado.

Danny B. Whitehead

Danny B. Whitehead (’73), Sebastopol, California. He served as a pastor for United Methodist churches in Kentucky and Texas and as a hospital chaplain in Texas and California. He enjoyed skiing, flying and golfing and was active in numerous organizations.

Floyd Edward Beckel

Floyd Edward Beckel (’77), Dallas. While at North Texas, he served his fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon, as treasurer and president. A marketing major, he ran an independent jewelry business, Jewelry by Floyd, in Dallas for most of his adult life.

Thomas Gerald Campbell

Thomas Gerald Campbell (’61), La Grange. Gerald was known for his outstanding dedication to the development of musical talent in his students in Graham and Austin. Over the span of his 32-year career, he led high school bands to numerous awards, including the Regional XVIII Honor Band in Class CC. He then become a middle school principal in Giddings ISD. Outside of his musical talents, Gerald was known for his passion for cooking, gardening and photography. Active in his church, he was on a barbecue team named the “Holy Smokers.”

Judy Rains Johnston

Dr. Judy Rains Johnston (’64, ’71 M.Ed.), Dallas. She was a dedicated educator who served in Dallas ISD for 40 years and, after retirement, served as an evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Her love for education led her to various public and private schools in Garland, Richardson, Fort Worth, Highland Park and Denison ISDs. She also served as an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University-Commerce and as a part-time instructor at Dallas County Community College District. Judy enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling around the world with her husband, Bob.

Gerry McKenzie

Gerry McKenzie (’75), Fort Worth. A psychology major, he spent much of his time with family and friends and always lit up the room with his wit, humor and big smile — and a good-looking shirt, belt and boots. He also had an immense love for cars and cherished every rare one he owned. He enjoyed spending time outdoors.

Winson Cotner Hinkle

Winson Cotner Hinkle (’72), Norwood, Massachusetts. A lifelong jazz enthusiast, he served as second trombonist in the Florida Symphony Orchestra and played jazz bass in many venues. He taught jazz at Seminole Community College and the University of North Florida. He also edited and published a newsletter dedicated to jazz pianist Bill Evans. He was a former member of Local 389 and Local 9-535 of the American Federation of Musicians. He is survived by his wife Ellen Hinkle ('75 M.M.).

Franklin Plyler

Franklin Plyler (’60), Little Rock, Arkansas. After serving in the Air Force, he attended college while caring for a wife and two kids and running his own Gulf service station in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas full-time. He had a successful career in sales in the graphic arts equipment industry.