J.B. Spalding, 79, of Denton, who taught business statistics from 1970 to 2005 as an associate professor of information technology and decision sciences, died Nov. 6.
His specialty was statistical analysis of data and he consulted in statistical analysis in discrimination cases. He also served as associate dean for student affairs in what is now the G. Brint Ryan College of Business. In 1975-76, he was president of the Southwest Decision Sciences Institute. In 1986, he won the 'Fessor Graham Award, the highest honor given by the student body for outstanding faculty members.
Students recalled his talent for helping them to understand difficult material. But he earned his reputation as “The Count,” dressing up as a vampire to encourage blood donations at campus drives. He donated more than 10 gallons during his lifetime. His license plate even bore the word “Kount.”
He earned his bachelor’s degree at Fort Lewis College and his master’s degree and doctorate at Texas Tech University. He loved to travel and tell jokes, and his family says he did not have the gene for being embarrassed.
A celebration of life — “to honor his love of life, constant joyful attitude and love of all things silly” — will take place at 2 p.m. Jan. 14, 2023, at Faith United Methodist Church, 6060 Teasley, in Denton. You’re asked to wear colors that bring you joy.