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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.

R. Sheldon Newman

Photo of R. Sheldon NewmanR. Sheldon Newman, 87, Denton, a supervisor in the facilities department for 20 years and a local counterculture icon in the 1960s and 1970s, died May 18. He spent eight years in the U.S. Air Force and then hitchhiked around the country. While enrolled in the mid-’60s at UNT as a library sciences student, he was elected president of the campus chapter of Students for a Democratic Society and led protests against the Vietnam War. He worked as a day laborer in the automobile yards and founded “The Family,” a group of like-minded individuals around Fry Street, and his idea of The Church of Changes, a church of no rules or walls but a desire to help others. He established the Family Feed Store, an organic grains and vegetables co-op that allowed patrons to pay what they could afford, and Earthware, a secondhand clothing store. He returned to work at UNT in the 1980s and ’90s as a custodial supervisor. As a Fry Street regular, he was one of the subjects painted into the iconic mural at Jim’s Diner.

Patricia ‘Pat’ Anne Carroll Roberts

Photo of Patricia ‘Pat’ Anne Carroll RobertsPatricia ‘Pat’ Anne Carroll Roberts, 89, who had served as a program specialist manager in the Center for Continuing Education and Conference Management at UNT, died April 13 in Houston. She was married to James Andrew Roberts, a longtime UNT physics professor, for 64 years before his death in 2019. In her time at UNT, she worked with the Elderhostel program — planning, organizing and implementing weekly activities — and managed many conferences and workshops on campus through the years, in areas ranging from history, music, creative writing and counseling to municipal clerk certification.

Gene Qualls

Photo of Gene Qualls Gene Qualls, 84, a longtime clerk in the Registrar’s office who worked at UNT from 1979 to 2003, died April 29 in Denton. He was active in his church and a friend of Pat Boone, whom he met while attending North Texas in the 1950s. Gene was known for sporting his 1967 Impala around town and wearing bright suits and ties. He made friends everywhere he went.

Bryan Roy Galloway

Bryan Roy GallowayBryan Roy Galloway, 82, of Denton, who worked with UNT System IT Shared Services in the telecommunications department from 1996 to 2013, died May 1. He served in the U.S. Army in the 1960s. Before joining UNT, he worked as a central office equipment installer for Verizon (formerly GTE) for 30 years and traveled to Mexico City for a two-year project to convert the city’s telecommunications equipment from analog to digital. He was active in his church.

Roxana Bejarano Hughes

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Roxana Bejarano Hughes (’97 M.S.), 57, an instructional lab supervisor in UNT's biology department, died April 25 in Denton. A native of Bolivia, she earned her bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the Federal University of Rio Grande in Brazil. She then trained as a medical microbiologist in Argentina and worked in Bolivia. She earned her master’s under the late G. Roland Vela at UNT, where she researched the distribution of the bacterium Vela discovered. She remembered fondly how he and other professors came to her house so she could defend her thesis while pregnant and on bed rest. She was certified as a medical laboratory scientist in microbiology at Tarleton State University and maintained her certification over the years. She also worked for the Centers for Disease Control. She had worked in UNT’s biology department since 2002, where she loved working with her students and teaching assistants. She co-wrote the book Microorganisms: A Laboratory Manual with her husband, Lee Hughes (’87, ’93 M.S., ’98 Ph.D.), associate professor of biological sciences, and attended or presented at the American Society for Microbiology conference each year. She loved good food, good company and traveling. Her greatest joys were her two sons, Drake (’20) and Diego, a student at UNT.

Burlyce Logan

Photo of Burlyce Logan in the hallway of the Hurley Administration BuildingBurlyce Logan (’11), Denton. She was one of the first Black students who attended North Texas when it desegregated in 1956, and then dropped out – but returned and earned her bachelor’s degree in applied arts and sciences at age 73. When she first attended North Texas, Logan enjoyed her music classes but left after two years because of the harsh prejudice from other students. She moved to California and Oregon, where she worked as a banker and secretary, before returning to Denton in 1996. She worked in various places, including as an administrative assistant in the internal audit department at UNT from 2001 to 2002. Read more about her life in these 2011 articles from The New York Times and the North Texan. A funeral service will take place at Peoples Funeral Home at 2:30 p.m. April 30 in Denton.

Nelson Haggerty

Photo of Nelson HaggertyNelson Haggerty, 47, the director of basketball strategy and operations who helped steer the Mean Green men’s basketball team to two Conference USA championships and its first victory in the NCAA Tournament, died April 16.

“Our hearts hurt for Nelson's family, our men's basketball family, the UNT community and everyone Nelson positively impacted during his life and career,” Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker said. “Nelson had many special gifts and talents. He was full of positive energy and encouragement, and he will be missed dearly.”

Nelson joined the Mean Green in 2019 after serving as head coach for Midwestern State for eight seasons, becoming the Lone Star Conference Coach of the Year twice after leading the team to five NCAA Tournaments and a No. 1 national ranking.

He previously served as associate head coach at MSU and coached at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas; North Shore Senior High School in Houston; Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas; and the University of Central Missouri.

He graduated from Baylor University, where he was an all-conference point guard and had a program-record 699 career assists.

UNT Athletics is organizing support for his wife and children. A public memorial service is scheduled at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at First Denton, 1100 Malone St.

Lillian Linebarger

Lillian LinebargerLillian Linebarger (’57), 84, of Denton, who worked at UNT from 1972 to 2000, died Feb. 21. She had served on the occupational and vocational education faculty and as a program administrator and project director for grant writing. She earned her bachelor’s degree in home economics from North Texas, then received her master’s and doctoral degrees from Texas Woman’s University. She taught in Georgia, Fort Worth and other Texas cities, and her skills as a grant writer helped earn millions of dollars for UNT and other universities. She also was involved with Women in New Roles, an academic excellence literacy program for families learning English, and assisted many female doctoral students in developing academic skills for the American higher education system. Survivors include her husband, Professor Emeritus of English James Linebarger.

Dorothy Deane Sills

Picture of Dorothy SillsDorothy Deane Sills (‘45), 95, who worked in the UNT libraries for many years, died Feb. 5 in Denton. As a UNT undergraduate, she earned her degree in home economics and taught high school in Hearne before returning to Denton. She also earned a master's degree from Texas Woman's University. She worked as a library assistant at UNT in the 1970s in what was then the Library Science Library. That library was transferred into the main collection at Willis, where Dorothy worked until her retirement in 2003. She's remembered as a quiet person who was known to put her home economics skills to good use for a co-worker — baking birthday cakes.

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