Alumni

Charles Reed Ellis

Charles Reed Ellis (’78), Jacksonville :: He was a geophysicist and chairman of the physics department at North Dallas High School. He was working on a Master of Fine Arts degree, with a major in studio art and a concentration in drawing and painting, in the College of Visual Arts and Design.

James Thomas (J.T.) Hollins Jr.

James Thomas (J.T.) Hollins Jr., McKinney :: He was a wide receiver for the Mean Green in the 1970s and was on the track and field team. He was inducted into the McKinney ISD Athletics Hall of Honor in 2014 for his proficiency in football, basketball and track. He worked for Honeywell, Accurate Die Cutting and Beacons before retiring from Sunbelt Plastics after 20 years. He attended North Texas from 1974 to 1977.

Frances Jean Ramirez

Frances Jean Ramirez (’76, ’81 M.Ed.), Dallas :: She worked as an educator and administrator for Springlake-Earth, Dallas, Cedar Hill and Cleburne ISDs. She sang in a choir, played the piano and organ, and volunteered with her church’s youth departments.

John O. Norman

John O. Norman (’72, ’77 M.S.), Fort Worth :: He was an associate Professor Emeritus of history at Western Michigan University, having taught Russian and Soviet history, as well as cultural history and the arts, from 1989 to 2017. He was an avid researcher who helped establish the WMU history department’s doctoral program. He also took part in a partnership that helped collect medicines and other items for the elderly in Russia. He earned his doctoral degree from Indiana University.

Cedrick Hardman

Cedrick Hardman, San Clemente, Calif. :: He was a North Texas running back and defensive lineman from 1966 to 1969, playing alongside “Mean” Joe Greene, and then spent 10 years with the San Francisco 49ers, becoming the team’s all-time sack leader. He later signed with the Oakland Raiders, where he played on the Super Bowl-winning team in 1981. He was inducted into the North Texas Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001 and named to the North Texas All-Century football team in 2013. He also worked as an actor, appearing in the movies Stir Crazy, The Candidate and House Party.

Jane Dianne (Sanders) Lanman

Jane Dianne (Sanders) Lanman (’69 M.Ed.), Cleburne :: She worked for 33 years in public education, beginning as a teacher in Birdville and Cleburne ISDs and working as director of curriculum and instruction and director of personnel at Cleburne ISD. Dianne developed and implemented numerous initiatives, including English as a Second Language, bilingual education, and drug and safety programs. She was Teacher of the Year in 1978 and Coming Home Queen in 1992.

Gary D. Schill

Gary D. Schill (’65), Mercer Island, Wash. :: At North Texas, he completed a 50-mile walk as part of President John F. Kennedy's fitness program. He also was a member of the Geography Club. After earning his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Oregon in 1973, he taught at Emporia State College in Kansas and established a construction company in Eugene, Oregon. He met his wife, Dian D. Dassing (’65) at North Texas, and they enjoyed traveling together. He is survived by his brother Danny Schill (’69).

Edward Mark Anthony

Edward Mark Anthony (’65), Fort Worth :: He graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1970 and then joined the U.S. Army, where he served as a dentist in Vietnam and at Fort Wolters in Mineral Wells. He ran a dental practice in Van for 28 years. He is survived by his wife Gail Justiss (’66), whom he met at North Texas.

Alvin Eugene “Al” Miller

Alvin Eugene “Al” Miller (’64, ’68 M.Ed.), Arlington :: He was a lifelong educator who served as an elementary school principal for 30 years in Arlington ISD. He was active in his church and loved cars and Elvis. He also was devoted to UNT as a member of the Chilton Society and Alumni Association and its board, and as an avid fan and donor to Mean Green sports. He and his wife Jo Ann also created two endowed scholarships in the College of Education.

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