Notable Alumni

Dr. Frank Spencer
Frank Spencer ('44)
Deceased 1925-2018

Retired chair of surgery at New York University; created techniques that paved the way for modern cardiac surgery. He also is a former president of the American College of Surgeons and a recipient of the Navy's Legion of Merit

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B.W. Stevenson

Singer-songwriter of the hit "My Maria"

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Howard Swindle ('68)
Deceased 1945-2004

Journalist, author, Pulitzer Prize winner

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Hilda Tagle
Hilda Tagle ('71 M.S.)

Senior United States District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (1998-present); first Latina to serve as a federal judge in Texas

Dana Tanamachi ('07)

Chalk artist whose work has been on the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine and Time and a 2020 U.S. postage stamp

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Michael J. Truncale
Michael J. Truncale ('80 M.B.A.)

United States District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District (2019-present)

Ron Tutt
Ron Tutt
Deceased 1938-2021 Drummer who played with Elvis Presley and Neil Diamond
Charn Uswachoke ('73 M.B.A.)

Entrepreneur; Developed the semiconductor industry in Thailand and served as a Senator in Thailand

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Libby Villari
Libby Villari ('80)

Actress; appeared in the movies Boyhood, What's Eating Gilbert Grape and Boys Don't Cry, and the TV show Friday Night Lights

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Kerry Von Erich
Kevin Von Erich

Former wrestler with World Class Championship Wrestling ; former fullback for the Mean Green football team

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Ronald Waranch ('54)
Deceased 1931-2010

California homebuilder, winner of the Horatio Alger Award for overcoming humble beginnings and adversity to achieve personal and professional success

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Pauletta Washington
Pauletta Washington

Musician and actress who appeared in Genius: Aretha and She's Gotta Have It

Brian Waters

Former NFL guard, 2009 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year and six-time Pro Bowler

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Peter Weller ('70)

Actor; starred in Robocop, Star Trek: Into Darkness and Buckaroo Bonzai; Director who has helmed episodes of Hawaii Five-O, Sons of Anarchy and House M.D.

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Jason West ('96)

Co-creator of video game Call of Duty, one of the leading video game franchises

Noble Willingham ('53)
Deceased 1931-2004

Actor; appeared in Walker, Texas Ranger

Jeff Wilson Jr.
Jeff Wilson Jr.
Running back for the San Francisco 49ers
Eli Young Band James Young ('02), Chris Thompson ('04), Mike Eli ('04) and Jon Jones ('04)

Academy of Country Music-winning Eli Young Band members, James Young ('02), Chris Thompson ('04), Mike Eli ('04) and Jon Jones ('04); formed the country quartet as UNT students
 

Wende Zomnir
Wende Zomnir ('89)

Co-founder and creative director for Urban Decay, a popular cosmetics company

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