Alumni

Ronald Jay Redden

Ronald Jay Redden (’76), Kingwood. While at North Texas, he was an officer in Kappa Sigma fraternity, Inter-fraternity Council President and twice NTSU Greek of the Year. Ron graduated from the Baylor College of Dentistry earning his D.D.S. in 1980 and went on to earn a reputation as an unparalleled anesthesiologist and a trailblazer in dental anesthesiology. He practiced in Denton while teaching pharmacology at Texas Woman’s University before switching to the discipline of dental anesthesiology. Ron served his residency at the Medical College of Virginia and graduated in 1990. He taught at the University of Texas Dental Branch and later headed its Section of Anesthesiology in the Department of Oral Surgery. During this time, he also served for 18 years as a staff anesthesiologist at LBJ General Hospital. In 1997, he founded a private practice in dental anesthesia, Anesthesia Alternatives PLLC, in Houston. He continued teaching and published more than 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and authored chapters in textbooks and teaching manuals for the Texas Dental Association specialized courses. He served as President of the Texas Dental Society of Anesthesiology from 1998 to 2000, as an examiner of the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology and as a director of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists. As a leader in their national organization, he was a major contributor in enabling dental anesthesiology to gain specialty recognition by the American Dental Association, finally accomplished in 2019. Ron was honored as an Outstanding Alumni in the UNT Department of Biological Sciences. He was a lifetime member of the UNT Alumni Association. He also was an accomplished trombonist and a certified Peace Officer serving voluntarily as a Deputy in the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Paul Hamm

Paul Hamm (’70), Fate. Paul was an educator and administrator in Rockwall Independent School District until his retirement in 2005, although he worked as a substitute teacher until 2015. Paul served in the U.S. Navy in the mid-1960s, working on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was active in his church; a volunteer for the Rockwall County Helping Hands, Rockwall County Library and American Red Cross; a musician and writer; and an avid traveler who visited all 50 states.

Pauline Roberts Anthony

Pauline Roberts Anthony (’54, ’70 M.M.E.), Dallas. She taught public school music and piano in Grand Prairie before moving to Quitman, where she and her husband James (’52, ’55 M.M.E.) owned a title company. She was an avid wildflower identifier and a dedicated bird watcher. Her interest in Texas wildflowers and bird watching was satisfied by many motor home trips after retirement. She traveled extensively, visiting Venezuela, Mexico, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, England, Japan and several countries in Europe.

Raymond Clement

Raymond Clement (’61, ’61 M.Ed.), Bowie. He was a member of the history-making 1956 North Texas football team that was the first to integrate. He also met his wife, Deloris Fleming (’61), here. He then served in the National Guard during the Vietnam War and went on to have a 40-year career as an educator and coach for the Bowie Jackrabbits. He was known as a positive leader and mentor for multiple generations.

Lynna Kay Counts

Lynna Kay Counts (’66), Dallas. She combined her love for theater and education by teaching speech, drama and English at El Paso and Dallas schools. She wrote a children’s play, The King’s Decree, and directed dozens of stage productions. She was named the 1971 National Speech Teacher of the Year for the Southern Speech Teachers Association when she lived in El Paso. While at North Texas, she was a member of the National Theater Honor Society, Alpha Psi Omega.

Meat Loaf

Meat Loaf, 74, who went from a student at North Texas to a Grammy Award-winning musician known for his epic rock songs, died Jan. 20.

“I am saddened to hear of Meat Loaf's passing,” UNT President Neal Smatresk said. “Meat Loaf was a tremendously talented performer and one of UNT's most notable alumni. He will be remembered for his incredible body of work, which spanned decades and ranged from unforgettable performances on the big screen and TV to record-breaking hit songs that continue to grow his fanbase to this day. I know his legacy will be — just as he was — larger than life, and he will always be a cherished member of our Mean Green Family.”

Meat Loaf, whose birth name was Marvin Lee Aday, was a Dallas native who attended North Texas in 1966 before he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music.

He recorded some of the biggest rock hits of all time, including Paradise by the Dashboard Light, Two Out of Three Ain't Bad and I Will Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That), which won the 1994 Grammy for Best Rock Performance.

Bat Out of Hell, released in 1977, was one of the best-selling albums of all time. He also appeared in more than 65 movies, including The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Fight Club and Wayne’s World. He also wrote his autobiography, To Hell and Back, in 1999.

Miles Allen Rutherford

Miles Allen Rutherford (’54), Sugar Land. While at North Texas, he was a member of the Marketing Club, and was a founding member of the Delta Epsilon chapter of the Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity, where he met lifelong friends. Miles worked as a CPA, working for accounting firms in Houston, and was a member of the Texas Society of CPAs.

James Dellis Swanson

James Dellis Swanson (’69), Bonham. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years in the 1950s -- entertaining his fellow troops by singing popular Elvis Presley songs and playing his guitar. After he returned home, he earned his bachelor’s degree in English, taught elementary school and oversaw rental properties while caring for his family. He remained active all his life, taking 4-mile bike rides and long walks every day. His survivors include his wife, Jackie Wilson Swanson (’89 Ph.D.).

William “Sonny” Oates

William “Sonny” Oates (’64), Dallas. He was a member of the Chilton Society alongside his wife, Marilyn. Together, they established The William D. and Marilyn B. Oates Endowment in the Department of Management. After graduating, he moved to Rochester, New York, to begin his career at Eastman Kodak before returning to Texas and establishing several successful businesses nationally and internationally.

R.L. Crawford

R.L. Crawford (’63), Lewisville, died Jan. 17. He was devoted to UNT from his days as a student to his generous contributions as a donor and his service on the Board of Regents.

As a student, he was a football player and member of the Geezles fraternity. He was a member of the UNT Alumni Association since 1985 and a member of the Board of Regents from 1989 to 1995. He also served as chairman and emeritus director of the UNT Foundation Board.

He supported the College of Music, Athletics, the Diamond Eagles Excellence Fund and the Golden Eagles Scholarship Fund and was a member of the President’s Council and Chief Executives Round Table. He received the President’s Citation in 1996 and was presented with the Outstanding Service Award in 2012, along with his wife, Brenda Rogers Crawford (’63), whom he met at North Texas.

His career with Northwestern Mutual began as the result of a campus interview in 1963 and he founded Crawford Financial Group, which operates as Northwestern Mutual in Denton. He received many honors, including Lifetime Member of the Million Dollar Roundtable, a trade association for financial professionals. He also was active in numerous organizations, including the Dallas United Way.

He is survived by his wife and their two sons, R.L. ‘Trey’ Crawford III (’88) and F. Guy Crawford (’92).

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