Alumni

Ken Ferstl

Ken Ferstl (’63), 78, who taught in library science for 20 years, died Sept. 20 in Denton. He first worked at UNT from 1963 to 1964 as a cataloger in Willis Library. After earning a master’s in library science from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 1967, he began teaching at UNT in 1969. He briefly worked at Emily Fowler Library in Denton and then earned a Ph.D. in library science from Indiana University Bloomington in 1977 before returning to UNT. A member of the 1890 Society, he created the Kenneth L. Ferstl Scholarship in 2005. He received the UNT School of Library and Information Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award in 1989

Bhargav Reddy Ittireddy

Bhargav Reddy Ittireddy (’18 M.S.), Minneapolis :: The College of Engineering graduate was a native of India who recently moved to Minneapolis to begin his career. Reddy is remembered for his positive outlook on life and his willingness to help others.

Katherine Marie Gallets

Katherine Marie Gallets (’10), San Antonio :: She worked briefly as a computer programmer and enjoyed traveling, reading and creating art. At UNT, she was a member of the Society of Women Engineers and graduated first in her class of computer science majors.

Bertrand Howard Batiste

Bertrand Howard "Randy" Batiste (’15 M.S.), Dallas :: He worked as assistant director of Student AccessAbility at UT-Dallas, and was known for championing campus accessibility for people with disabilities. He was paraplegic, but friends noted he never complained about his own disability.

Michelle Melancon-Dunkins

Michelle Melancon-Dunkins (’97, ’04 M.A.), Dallas :: She worked for 16 years as an English teacher and coach at Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas, where students often said she was their favorite teacher or made a difference in their lives. She also taught English at El Centro College in Dallas. She was known for her quick wit and love of literature. Survivors include her sister Janet Melancon (’89 M.P.A.)

Karen M. Brucks

Karen M. Brucks (’82 M.A., ’88 Ph.D.), Milwaukee, Wisconsin :: She was associate professor emeritus in the mathematical sciences department at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, where she had worked for 24 years. She served as department chair, as well as associate dean of natural sciences, in the College of Letters and Science.

Rahul Dewan

Rahul Dewan (’81), Columbus, Indiana :: He received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from UNT Health Science Center, then the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, in 1981. He served in the Gulf War as a colonel in the U.S. Army and also worked for Walter Reed Medical Center, Bethesda Naval Center, National Institutes of Health and Madigan Army Medical Center. He served as an oncologist for 20 years at Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus, Indiana.

Darrell Howard

Darrell Howard (’74), Tohatchi, N.M. :: He taught science and history and coached volleyball, basketball and track in schools in Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma. He was known for mentoring his students and his interest in history.

Fred Robinson

Fred Robinson, Houston :: He attended North Texas from 1974 to 1978 to study jazz, and he formed deep relationships with the denizens of Bruce Hall and his many bandmates. He also met Susie Easton (’78), his future wife. Fred served in the Air Force Band as composer/arranger from 1978 to 1992, living in Germany and Warner Robins, Georgia. He worked as a session musician on cruise ships and a handyman.

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