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Mary ‘Janie’ Robinson

Headshot of Mary ‘Janie’ RobinsonMary ‘Janie’ Robinson, 78, of Denton, who worked as a financial aid counselor from 1990 to 2005, died Jan. 24. She is remembered for her positive attitude and smile as she helped many students secure their education through her work at UNT. She was a volunteer for local libraries, an active member of her church and a participant in dancing, exercising and volunteer activities at the Denton Senior Center.

Lindsey Moore Fields

Photo of Lindsay Moore Fields Lindsey Moore Fields (’04, ’06 M.S., ’11 M.Ed.), who worked in various positions for 15 years at UNT, died April 24. Her allegiance to the Mean Green and college education began early. A trombone player, she played for the Green Brigade her freshman year – then went on to earn three degrees here. At UNT, she worked as an academic advisor and counselor; coordinator for academic initiatives and assessment; adjunct faculty; and assistant director for residence life. She also was a graduate teaching fellow while studying for her Ph.D. in higher education. In December 2020, she began working for Collin College as an advisor for their early college program – and even persuaded the carhops at Sonic to pursue college, according to her LinkedIn posts. Survivors include her husband, Matthew Fields, principal data warehouse architect for the Data, Analytics and Institutional Research (DAIR) team. Services are at 1:30 p.m. May 6 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 600 S. Jupiter in Richardson.

Aletha ‘Darlene’ Breed

Aletha ‘Darlene’ Breed, 73, who worked as an administrative assistant in the College of Education from 1991 to 1998, died Feb. 24 in Azle. She also worked as a reports secretary for ARCO, teacher and principal at Outreach of Love Christian Academy, and writer and editor for Kenneth Copeland Ministries.

She was active in her church, where she served as a marriage counselor, licensed minister, communications manager and financial record keeper.

Karen Denise Galubenski

Karen Denise Galubenski, 67, who served as an academic advisor in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business, died Oct. 17 in Denton. She worked at UNT for 33 years — first as a graduate advisor for the college and then in undergraduate advising — before retiring in 2017.

She was instrumental in the naming of the academic advisor and counselor network on campus, winning the naming contest with her suggestion of “University Counselor Advising Network,” or UCAN, which is still the name today.

Co-workers remember her as a true friend who enjoyed helping students and seeing them succeed. She loved telling students at orientation that she began working at UNT before most of them were born, and she was proud of the souvenirs they brought back to her from different countries they’d visited. She was known as “the office Mom” who always had stamps, safety pins and other items you might need. She also was a Mean Green volleyball and basketball fan.

At home, she was a devoted mother and grandmother, who especially loved receiving hugs from her nine grandchildren.

Karen Denise Galubenski

Woodrow ‘Wayne’ Hassell

Woodrow ‘Wayne’ Hassell, 81, who was a technical engineer and lecturer in the Department of Media Arts from 1988 through the 1990s, died Oct. 6 in Krum. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1965 and worked at numerous Dallas-Fort Worth TV stations in production as well as at TWU as media services coordinator. When he joined what was then UNT’s Department of Radio, Television and Film in 1988, it was the year North Texas Television was founded and the Super-VHS videotape format was being adopted. As the subject of a student’s thesis documentary in 1995, he said he became interested in TV as a career when he visited the WBAP studios as a young boy. After high school, he got a job there in the mailroom and worked his way up.

Woodrow ‘Wayne’ Hassell

Elva Lucille Layne

Lucille LayneElva Lucille Hershberger Layne, 96, of Denton, who worked in the biology department as a senior secretary in the 1980s, died Aug. 29. She was a member of the President’s Council and generously donated to The James L. Carrico Memorial Fund and the Chemistry Centennial Celebration Scholarship. She was active in her church and had a passion for music, composing several hymns and attending music classes at UNT. She also enjoyed gardening, cooking and traveling. She was preceded in death by her husband Douglas Layne (’49,’50 M.A.).

Barbara Jungjohan

Photo of Barbara JungjohanBarbara Jungjohan, 79, a student affairs administrator and advocate for students with disabilities during her time at North Texas, died Aug. 21 in Denton.

In her work at UNT from 1970 to 1998, she directed many different student services and programs -- including student employment, student retention programs, cooperative education, the women's center and services for mature students, as well as disability accommodation. She also oversaw the annual Honors Day ceremonies. She was named associate vice president for student affairs in 1992 and dean of students in 1995.

“She is the catalyst for programs on campus for the disabled,” former dean of students Joe Stewart said in a 1985 North Texan profile of her. “Barbara is a highly motivated, high-energy individual. She operates on all eight cylinders.”

In 1981, she received a Governor's Citation from the Texas Rehabilitation Commission for her outstanding contributions. She co-wrote the book College Facilities and Services for the Disabled, which won an award from the President's Committee on Employment of the Disabled.

She also belonged to the National Rehabilitation Association, Texas Rehabilitation Association, Association of Higher Education and Disability, and the Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators, as well as the Denton committee for employing people with disabilities.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Texas Woman’s University and her master’s degree from Baylor University.

Jungjohan was active in her church and was known for knitting hats for children and cancer survivors. She is remembered on campus for her quick smile and compassionate concern for students.

Nancy Ellen Warnell

Photo of Nancy Warnell Nancy Ellen Warnell (’15), 66, who was a medical laboratory technologist in the Student Health and Wellness Center from 2006 to 2021, died Aug. 30 in Fort Worth.

Nancy helped set up the laboratory when the Health Center moved to Chestnut Hall and served as lead technologist for three years. Nancy played a critical role in the center’s ability to treat COVID-19 patients and acquire the necessary equipment and materials to test for the virus on-campus. Although she retired in 2021, she returned as a part-time employee this summer to assist with drive-through COVID-19 testing for new student orientations.

She previously worked at various hospitals around the Fort Worth area.

Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the funeral service is at 1 p.m., both on Sept. 3, at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Burial is at Justin Cemetery.

Mark Luenser

Photo of Mark LuenserMark Luenser (’91), 58, of Coppell, senior food service manager for UNT Dining Services since 2015, died July 13 in Dallas.

Luenser, who earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing at UNT, oversaw The Corner Store, WhichWich and Jamba Juice on campus. He previously worked in management and supervisory positions at Quad Seal Holdings LLC, Staybright Electric, Tuesday Morning and The Storage Works. He also had been a loan officer for the Small Business Administration and director of visitor services for the Dallas Zoological Society. He was active in his church and loved spending time with his family.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m., with a rosary at 7 p.m., July 20 at Rolling Oaks Funeral Home, 400 Freeport Parkway in Coppell. The funeral is at 2 p.m. July 21 at St. Ann Catholic Parish, 180 Samuel Blvd. in Coppell.

Johnny Dillon

Johnny Dillon, 55, of Denton, assistant groundskeeper in Facilities, died June 12. He worked at UNT since 2016 with landscaping and mowing.

He enjoyed attending church, walking and playing with his three children, and listening to the music of Hank Williams Jr.

Services are 2 p.m. June 18 at DeBerry Funeral Home, 2025 W. University Dr. in Denton.

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