Faculty

Eugene Osadchy

Cellist Eugene Osadchy, 68, a professor of cello at UNT since 1999, died Oct. 3. He was hailed by the New York Times as having "the most refined and balanced string playing" and was called "a paragon of Russian élan" by the Vancouver Sun. He served as a principal cellist with the Plano Symphony, Dallas Chamber Orchestra and Richardson Symphony and regularly performed and gave master classes around the world.

He was born in Kiev to a family of professional musicians and started his own musical education at the age of 5 on the piano and a year later on the cello. After graduating from The Special Music School for Talented and Gifted Children, he continued his education at the Kiev State Conservatory of Music, graduating with honors, and became a Laureate of the Republic of Ukraine Cello Competition.

He also recorded with the award-winning CBC Radio Orchestra, composed film scores, made more than 100 arrangements for various cello ensembles and presented an annual Summer Cello Clinic in Dallas. He and pianist Anastasia Markina won critical acclaim for their CD Russian Romances: Joys and Sorrows in 2010 (Medtner's Insomnia, op. 37, no. 1 from that album) and released a CD of German Lieder, Nacht und Träume, in 2014.

Milan Reban

Milan Reban, 87, Professor Emeritus of political science who taught comparative and international politics for more than 40 years at UNT and lectured at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, died Sept. 13. Milan was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and fled to Germany in 1949 to escape the Communist takeover and be with his father. Together, they emigrated to Florida, where Milan finished high school and became a U.S. citizen. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, and continued his education as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Vanderbilt University, where he received his master’s degree, and then at Michigan State University, where he received his doctorate. He joined UNT in 1967 and retired in 2008. Much of his research focused on ethnicity and nationalism in East and Central Europe and the U.S.S.R.

He supported international education, leading countless study trips over the years, and enjoyed live music, discussing politics, and supporting Democratic campaigns and human rights causes. Known for his humor, kindness and fascinating stories, he talked about some of his childhood experiences and how they influenced his life in a 2019 podcast with OLLI at UNT.

Bob Wade

Bob Wade, 76, of Austin, a former art professor known for his elaborate and large sculptures, died Dec. 24 in Austin. He worked at North Texas in the 1970s, but his work became so popular that he was able to work on his art full time. Nicknamed “Daddy- O,” he specialized in making some of the world’s biggest objects, such as 40-feet tall cowboy boots at the North Star Mall in San Antonio and a 70-foot saxophone at the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art in Houston. He also was featured in the Whitney Biennial in 1969 and 1973. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his master’s at the University of California at Berkeley.

Ray W. Johnson II

Ray W. Johnson II, 90, of Denton, who oversaw the counseling psychology program when it was accredited in 1978, died Jan. 8 in Denton. He worked at North Texas from 1965 to 1999. He received his bachelor’s degree from Central Missouri State College, and master’s degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Missouri. Memorials may be made to the Ray W. Johnson Counseling Psychology Scholarship Fund.

Rita Huber

Rita Huber, 84, of Denton, who served as a secretary in the biochemistry program at UNT for more than 20 years, died Feb. 5 in Denton. She raised her four children while her husband, Charles “Chuck” Huber, was deployed in the U.S. Air Force, then they moved to Denton in 1976 to begin new careers.

Jack R. Haynes

Jack R. Haynes (’57, ’58 M.A.), 87, of Denton, Professor Emeritus of psychology who worked at UNT from 1963 to 2001, died Feb. 2. In 1995, he was part of the committee that founded The Merl Bonney Endowed Fund in Psychology. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, and earned his degrees from Texas Chris- tian University. Survivors include his daughter, Kyla Welch (’90).

Virginia Dick

Virginia Dick (’57, ’64 M.A.), 83, of Bridgeport, an adjunct professor of hospitality management from 2000 to 2007, died Feb. 23 in Denton. She received her doctorate in home economics from Oklahoma State University, then taught at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Texas Woman’s University and UNT. She was a published author of educational materials and a consultant to nursing homes and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Barbara Ann Mathis Tarbutton

Barbara Ann Mathis Tarbutton (’61, ’90 Ph.D.), Brookhaven, Mississippi. She taught voice at high schools, colleges and universities in Texas, Alaska, Florida and Mississippi, then for 22 years at Lamar University in Beaumont before she retired. She spoke at many colleges in the U.S. and Europe about vocal cord pathology, a subject in which she was considered an expert. The soprano sang The Star- Spangled Banner for President Lyndon B. Johnson and performed in renowned places such as Carnegie Hall and The Vienna Opera House.

Emmett Reese Baker

Emmett Reese Baker (’61, ’63 M.Ed.), Denton. He had a 35-year career in Ponder ISD, going from teacher to superintendent before becoming an adjunct professor at UNT in 1996. He recruited and trained teachers for I-Teach Texas. As a basketball player at North Texas, his favorite memory was playing against future NBA legend Oscar Robertson.

Robert Fred Kern

Robert Fred Kern, 75, of Dallas, Professor Emeritus of music and specialist in piano education at UNT from 1980 to 2011, died Aug. 14. Previously, he was a professor at William Rainey Harper College and Northwestern University. Kern earned a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University, master’s degrees from Illinois Wesleyan and Northwestern University, and a doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado. He was an author and co-author of seven piano methods and contributed more than 500 original compositions and arrangements to several pedagogical publications. He taught clinics all around the country, as well as in Canada and Taiwan. He was inducted into the Illinois State University Woonsok Kim College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame in 2014, and he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.

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