Alumni

Sara Carolyn Davis Nicholson

Sara Carolyn Davis Nicholson (’69), Tampa :: She was a member of Phi Delta Kappa while teaching. She was a past president of Amaryllis Garden Circle, Tampa Federation of Garden Clubs, Friday Morning Musicale and West Hillsboro Retired Educators. She was published in Texas Curricular magazine.      

Sandra Windsor

Sandra Windsor (’65), Farmersville :: She was a lifelong educator, starting as a special education teacher and working her way up to assistant principal in Dallas ISD. She was a caregiver for family members and rescuer of lost pets. She is preceded in death by her mother Dortha Brown Fondren (’38). Survivors include David Fondren (’74, ’77 M.Ed.).

Nancy Sue Keil

Nancy Sue Keil (’63), Rockwall :: At North Texas, she was a member of Sigma Delta Chi, Alpha Lambda Delta and the Alpha Iota chapter of Pi Delta Phi. She worked as a reporter for the Beaumont Journal, then worked as an editor for The Daily Oklahoman and taught journalism classes at the University of Oklahoma. On March 29, 1971, she was designated as Honorary Mayor of Oklahoma City. Nancy later worked as editor for The Miami Herald, then moved back to Texas in 1980 to be closer to family and work as a copy editor for The Dallas Morning News before retiring in 2006. She was a member of the Oklahoma chapter of Sigma Delta Chi, and enjoyed reading, traveling and watching the Texas Rangers. She was a member of the UNT Alumni Association.

Don Graham

Don Graham (’62, ’64 M.A.), Austin :: A longtime professor of English at the University of Texas and a critic for Texas Monthly, he is credited for bringing national awareness of Texas literature. He began working as an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania before going to UT, where he had earned his doctorate, and taught the longstanding “Life and Literature of the Southwest” course. His books include Cowboys and Cadillacs: How Hollywood Looks at Texas, No Name on the Bullet and Lone Star Literature. He won several awards from UT for his teaching, and in 2006, he won first place from the City and Regional Magazine Association in the category of General Criticism. He was named a UNT Distinguished Alumnus in 1997 and a UNT Outstanding Centennial Alumnus in 1990.

Sue Hays

Sue Hays (’60), Denton :: cheered for sports teams as a Green Jacket, and later met Henry Hays (’59, ’60 M.B.A.), whom she married in 1959, at a social dance class. Sue taught fourth grade and was active in the Denton community. She was a member and president of the Denton Benefit League and Ariel Club and was involved with the Denton Women’s Club, Denton City Federation of Women’s Clubs Foundation, City County Day Nursery, Girl Scouts and the Denton Community Theatre. She and Henry, former dean of the College of Business, were active supporters of UNT, serving as members of the President’s Council and donating to the colleges of business and music. Survivors include their son Joel (’98 M.Ed.) and daughter-in-law Stacy (’99 M.Ed.).

Edward Earl Barham

Edward Earl Barham (’59), Odessa :: At North Texas, he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He married Gradene Bingham (’58) in 1957. He spent his career working in the oil industry — first for B&B Construction, an oil field service company, then for D&B Oil Company and the Ed Barham Operating Investment Firm. He was on the executive board and president of the Permian Basin International Oil Show. He was an Odessa City Councilman and a member and president of the Colorado River Municipal Water District. He also was a private pilot.

Shirley Patterson

Shirley Patterson (’55), Albuquerque :: She specialized in gerontology as a social work professor at the University of Kansas, the University of New Mexico, New Mexico Highlands University, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Arizona State University. A longtime activist, she participated in the war on poverty by opening the Crossroads Counseling Center in Mission, Kansas; co-edited two volumes of Turning Points in Women’s Lives after organizing the “The Gathering of Women” in 2005; and led the National Organization for Women chapter in Sun Cities, Arizona.

Ken Smith

Ken Smith (’54), Tyler, At North Texas, he worked as a radio disc jockey, was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and met his wife, Reba Fay Roland (’59). After graduating, he and Reba moved to Tyler, where Ken continued working as a disc jockey before working for Peoples National Bank. In 1963, he began his career as a pharmaceutical sales representative for SmithKline and French, climbing to the position of executive pharmaceutical consultant before retiring in 1997. He was active in his children’s and grandchildren’s extracurricular events. He loved hunting and fishing.

Raymond Miles

Raymond Miles (’54, ’58 M.B.A.), Albany, Calif., While he studied for his journalism degree at North Texas, he worked nights for the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railroad — where he observed how the workers were supervised, eventually leading him to launch the strategic management concept. He served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, earned an M.B.A. at UNT and a Ph.D. at Stanford, and researched strategic management as a professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He co-wrote the breakthrough book, Organizational Strategy, Structure and Process, in 1978. In the 1980s, he served as Haas’ dean, expanding the faculty and supporting new programs.

Joe Preston Haynes

Joe Preston Haynes (’51, ’56 M.A.), Tyler, He enjoyed a longtime career in the aerospace industry working for LTV and at Langley Air Force Base before eventually retiring from Lockheed at NASA in Houston. He was active in his church and in the Masonic and Eastern Star organizations and as a volunteer for the National Shriner’s Hospital. He and his late wife, Esther (’53), also sang the national anthem at numerous Houston Astros games, and he played trumpet for the Dallas Texans marching band. He was a lifetime member of the UNT Alumni Association. He is preceded in death by his mother, Louise Preston Haynes (’24).

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