Alumni

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.

Elgie P. Seamster

Elgie P. Seamster (’63), Grand Island :: He was a member of the championship golf team while at North Texas and, as a senior at the NCAA championship, he shot the lowest score of anyone on the North Texas team with an even 144 par. After graduating, Elgie served in the Texas National Guard and ran the company Sahara Sportswear with the late Don Van Pelt (’61) until it was sold in 2000. He is survived by wife Hollie Glause (’65).

Marjorie Crenshaw

Marjorie Crenshaw (’63 M.M.), Fort Worth :: She was an avid jazz history advocate in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. She was a charter member and former president of the Fort Worth Jazz Society and mentored young musicians. She frequently attended jazz concerts and was a board member for local musician unions. A pianist, she also taught jazz and other genres of music to elementary students in Fort Worth ISD for 32 years.

Dennis Phillips

Dennis Phillips (’62, ’66 M.A.), Sydney, Australia :: After graduation, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco and then worked at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin in 1972, before teaching history and peace studies at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, from 1972 to 2000. He also coached the women’s basketball team and wrote several books about Australian sports. He is survived by his wife Jebby Prindle Phillips (’66), who he met in an international law class taught by Clovis Morrison. While at North Texas, he was president of the Baptist Student Union and a member of the Blue Key Honor Society.

G. Harvey

G. Harvey (’56), Austin :: He was known for his Western paintings and sculptures that are placed all over Texas buildings, including the Texas State Capitol, and were owned by President Lyndon B. Johnson and Texas Gov. John Connally. An industrial arts teacher, he began painting after his wife bought him tubes of paint for his birthday. He then took classes and participated in small art shows before his impressionistic works gained national attention, including a rare solo exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

Fred L. Harris

Fred L. Harris (’56), Dallas :: A Korean War veteran, Fred held executive positions with Continental Airlines, Varo and Burgess Industries. He retired as director of human resources and development from South Plains College in Levelland. He loved big band music, including the One O’Clock Lab Band. He was a member of the UNT Alumni Association.

Bill Somers Hall

Bill Somers Hall (’54), San Angelo :: He was a salesman for the Yellow Pages, insurance agencies and the San Angelo Standard-Times. He was known for telling stories, playing golf and drinking his “daily beer.” He enlisted in the U.S. Marines at age 16 and served during the Korean War. While at North Texas, he was a member of the Trojan fraternity. He met his wife Barbara Jean Hall (’54), on a blind date while at North Texas, and they married in 1954.

Barbara Jean Hall

Barbara Jean Hall (’54), San Angelo :: She was a reading specialist for about 30 years at San Angelo ISD. She won awards for her porcelain art and also painted and worked on needlecraft. She met her husband Bill Somers Hall (’54), on a blind date while at North Texas, and they married in 1954.

Sue Spratt Smith

Sue Spratt Smith (’53), Granbury :: She spent 31 years as an educator, teaching English Language Arts in Houston and Fort Worth ISDs and serving as program director for English Language Arts K-12 in Fort Worth. She received numerous honors, including the 1983 Outstanding Teacher of English by the Fort Worth Area Council of Teachers of English; a Certificate of Commendation for Outstanding Professional Performance by the Fort Worth Board of Education for her development of exemplary ELA K-12 curriculum guides, which also were recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English in 1989; and Services in the Promotion of Literacy by the Fort Worth Reading Council and the International Reading Association in 1990. She retired in 1993.

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