Alumni

Larry Smith

LARRY SMITH (’68, ’70 Ph.D.), Richardson. He was a chemist who worked for American Hoechst Co. and Sun Oil Co. He also served as director of research administration and technology management and was an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University. After retiring in 2008, he ran Knotsmith, in which he made custom braided lanyards. While at North Texas, Larry was a member of Alpha Chi Sigma and served as president his senior year. He also met his wife Lee Ellen (’66) during chemistry lab their freshman year. Larry taught Chemistry 131 during his last year of graduate school at North Texas.

John Kramer

JOHN KRAMER (’62), Kingsbury. He played football at North Texas for three years on a scholarship. He was a member of Geezles fraternity. He spent 32 years teaching and coaching in the San Antonio and Houston areas. He retired in 1999 from Converse Judson ISD in San Antonio.

Bruce Bullock

BRUCE BULLOCK (’62, ’71 D.M.A.), Shreveport, Louisiana. He was a longtime clarinetist who performed with symphony orchestras across the nation and as principal clarinetist of the Amarillo Symphony. He also served as a faculty member at Amarillo College, the University of South Florida, Northeast Louisiana University, University of Iowa and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, where he worked for 22 years until he retired in 2005. At North Texas, he studied under Lee Gibson and worked on his dissertation on Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto. He earned his master’s degree at Yale University.

John Rivers Roden

JOHN RIVERS RODEN (’50), Bedford. In 1943, he joined the Navy and served in WWII. An industrial arts major, he worked as a pneumatic temperature control pipefitter and belonged to the Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union No. 146. He was part of the Hurst Amateur Radio Club and was an avid fisherman. He and his wife traveled across the U.S. in their RV.

Mildred Collier Lancaster

MILDRED COLLIER LANCASTER (’50), Troy. While a physical education major at North Texas, she played piano for dance classes and entertained troops during WWII. She was one of the first female coaches in central Texas and spent 32 years teaching and coaching in Troy, Rock Springs, Holland and Temple schools. She created the Temple High School girls athletic programs, fought for equality for girls sports, and provided leadership with school integration during the 1960s. Her track, volleyball and basketball teams competed in district, regional and state championships. In 2005, the Temple High School girls fast-pitch softball field was dedicated to Coach Lancaster to commemorate 50 years of support for athletics. She also enjoyed playing the piano, organ and accordion and performed at nursing homes. She was a member of the UNT Alumni Association.

Lyle Mays

LYLE MAYS, Los Angeles. As a student in the 1970s, he composed and arranged the music for the One O’Clock Lab Band’s album Lab ’75, which was nominated for a Grammy Award. He went on to be nominated for 23 Grammys – winning 11 as a member of the Pat Methany Group, known for its jazz fusion music, and receiving a nomination for his first solo album. Besides releasing five solo albums, he co-composed the music for the movie The Falcon and the Snowman. He also performed with Joni Mitchell and the group Earth, Wind & Fire. In 2010, he returned to UNT to give a master class and perform in concert as part of the Glenn E. Gomez International Artists Endowment for Jazz Studies. A native of Wisconsin, he was inducted into the Wisconsin Area Music Industry’s Hall of Fame.

Linda Schertz

Linda Schertz (’72), 68, of Denton, Professor Emeritus of education, died Jan. 22. She was a member of the President’s Council. She worked at UNT from 2001 to 2005. Linda earned her degrees from North Texas, Texas Woman’s University and the University of Texas at Austin. She taught at Angelo State University, TWU and Texas Wesleyan University. She authored textbooks and children’s books and traveled in China, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, Poland and South Africa as a member of early childhood education delegations. Linda was recognized three times as Houston ISD Outstanding Young Educator and Teacher of the Year, served as a member and counselor for the International Honor Society for Educators and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She was married to Terry Schertz (’76) and established The Terry H. Schertz Endowment Fund.

Richard E. Johnston

Richard E. Johnston ('95), Professor Emeritus of political science, died Feb. 20. He was a prisoner of war in German camps during World War II, shot down on Valentine’s Day 1945 while piloting a P38 as a member of the U.S. Army Corps. He earned his bachelor’s degree at East Central State College, his master’s degree at the University of Chicago and his master’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin. He taught at Louisiana State University for five years before coming to North Texas in 1967. An expert on the Supreme Court and judicial system, he retired in 2003.

Tommy Jones

Tommy Jones ('58), of Sanger, a fire and line safety officer in risk management services for 18 years, died June 23 in Sanger. Before working for UNT, he worked for the Coppell Fire Department as a firefighter and EMT for 15 years. He played a key role in UNT’s homecoming and gameday activities, overseeing the Fourth of July fireworks show and many other campus activities. He is survived by his wife, Tennie, who works for risk management services.

Clay Cundiff

Clay Cundiff ('51), of Pilot Point, a network engineer for IT Shared Services, died Oct. 21, 2018, in Pilot Point. He was a member of the U.S. Navy for 11 years and belonged to the Knights of Columbus. He began working at UNT in 2011.

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