Faculty

Walter Scott “Mickey” Sandefur III

Walter Scott “Mickey” Sandefur III, of Denton, a professor of teacher education and administration for 43 years, died Nov. 30 in Denton. He specialized in curriculum and instruction, consulting with many school districts. He also served as interim associate dean of Academic Affairs. He was an active member of his church, an avid hunter and fisherman, and was a basketball and baseball coach for his children’s teams. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean War. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwest State University of Louisiana and a doctorate from the University of Arkansas.

Allen Bradley

Allen Bradley, 66, of Gainesville, died Dec. 24. He worked as an information technology manager for UNT and the UNT System. He owned a computer business before working at UNT. He enjoyed woodworking, restoring old Bibles and bookbinding. He taught Bible Study at Gainesville State School.

Rod Rust

Rod Rust, 90, of Ocean City, N.J., who was head coach at UNT for six seasons in the 1960s, died Oct. 23 in Ocean City, N.J. During his time at North Texas, he worked with “Mean” Joe Greene, Ron Shanklin and Chuck Beatty. He then went on to coach professionally in the U.S. and Canada from 1987 to 2005. This experience included working as linebackers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1976 and head coach of the New England Patriots in 1990. He also worked as a defensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons. Rust was a member of the New England Patriots team when they made it to their first Super Bowl in 1985. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Iowa State University. He was a member of the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Daisy Rogers

Daisy Rogers, 96, of Denton, a longtime supporter of UNT, died Oct. 19 in Denton. Daisy was married to the late Robert J. Rogers, Professor Emeritus of music, for 68 years and was a homemaker and active community member, baking thousands of cookies for numerous organizations and volunteering for the UNT College of Music Library. She was a member of the President’s Council and Diamond Eagles Giving Society. Memorials for Daisy Rogers can be made to the Robert J. Rogers Piano Scholarship.

Alan H. Goldfield

Alan H. Goldfield, 75, of Corinth, a longtime supporter of UNT, died Oct. 14. He was a member of The McConnell Society since 2010 and supported Mean Green Athletics in many ways, such as contributing to the campaign for a new football stadium.

James L. Danielson

James L. Danielson, 80, of Moorhead Minn., a former assistant professor of political science, died Sept. 20 in Moorhead, Minn. He worked at North Texas from 1967 to 1988. He finished his career at Minnesota State University. He was a member of the Moorhead City Council and the Fargo-Moorhead Master Chorale and was an avid baker and fisher. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Rosemary Heffley

Rosemary Heffley (’65), 75, of Dallas, who worked as a lecturer in the UNT College of Music, died Jan. 29. She served as lecturer and conductor of the Concert Choir at UNT from 1997 to 2002 after teaching at Texas Christian University, Southern Methodist University and Mesquite High School. She founded the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas and the Mesquite Civic Chorus. She served as president of the Texas Choral Directors Association from 1979 to 1981.

Russell Lee Welch

Russell Lee Welch, 75, senior lecturer in the Department of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law, died April 19 in Denton. He first taught at North Texas from 1983 to 1988, when he left to open a law practice. He came back as a part-time lecturer in 1997 and became a full-time senior lecturer in 2013. He taught courses on the legal and ethical environment of business, corporation law, international law, and logistics and aviation law. He also served as the announcer at the G. Brint Ryan College of Business commencement ceremonies.

He was active in the Denton arts and music scene. He was a captain in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1968, then went on to earn his bachelor’s and law degrees from Texas Tech University and his M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Don Cleveland

Don Cleveland, 83, of Denton, Professor Emeritus of information science, died April 17 in Denton. During his time at UNT from 1977 to 2004, he was a strong proponent of technology for information sciences. He created one of the earliest computer labs and encouraged his students to use technology and conduct research. He also developed the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in information science and brought the program to Houston.

He received grants from the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine and consulted for organizations such as the American Heart Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rockefeller Foundation, Texas Library Association, Texas Instruments, IBM and Electronic Data Systems. He also developed a science and technology network for 17 African countries for a project funded by the World Health Organization.

He was a prolific writer, including eight books and a novel.

He served in the U.S. Army for two years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Howard Payne College, a master’s in library science from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s in computer science and mathematics from Texas A&M University and his doctoral degree from Case Western Reserve University.

With his wife, Ana Cleveland, Regents Professor of information science, he was an active supporter of Denton and UNT and was involved with the Denton Community Health Clinic, which named its Health Champion Award after the couple. He also was a lifetime member of the UNT Alumni Association. Donations may be made to the Donald B. and Ana D. Cleveland Houston Endowed Scholarship and the Donald B. and Ana D. Cleveland Medical Informatics Endowed Scholarship.

A memorial service is planned for the fall.

Ken Ferstl

Ken Ferstl (’63), 78, who taught in library science for 20 years, died Sept. 20 in Denton. He first worked at UNT from 1963 to 1964 as a cataloger in Willis Library. After earning a master’s in library science from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 1967, he began teaching at UNT in 1969. He briefly worked at Emily Fowler Library in Denton and then earned a Ph.D. in library science from Indiana University Bloomington in 1977 before returning to UNT. A member of the 1890 Society, he created the Kenneth L. Ferstl Scholarship in 2005. He received the UNT School of Library and Information Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award in 1989

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