Bobye J. Riney, 89, Professor Emeritus who taught home economics in what became the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism from 1973 to 1991 and was a member of the President’s Council, died April 14 in Denton. At the time of her retirement, the Dr. Bobye Riney Scholarship Endowment was established in her honor to provide financial assistance to students in CMHT.
While at North Texas, she served as director of the Division of Child Development, Consumer Economics and Home Economics Education in what was then the School of Human Resource Management. Her research areas included family economics, two-income families, women in the labor force and economics related to older Americans.
She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas Woman’s University and her doctorate from Purdue. She also attended Abilene Christian College and Southern Methodist University. Before teaching at UNT, she served as a home demonstration agent and a rural civil defense specialist with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. She enjoyed a range of hobbies, from antiquing and RVing to rooting for the Dallas Cowboys. She also was active in her church.