Jose Guadalupe Calderón (’91 M.S., ’94 Ph.D.), of Denton, 62, died Feb. 21. He was the instructional lab manager in the Department of Chemistry from 1998 until his retirement in 2022.
A native of Mexico, he attended Texas Southmost College in Brownsville before transferring to Sul Ross State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1987. He then moved to Denton where he completed his graduate degrees in analytical chemistry.
As lab supervisor he provided training and assistance in the use of the equipment and is credited in many theses and dissertations over the years, especially for his expertise in mass spectrometry.
Jose and his wife, Alicia Re Cruz, professor of anthropology and director of women’s and gender studies, met at UNT, and their three sons are current and former UNT students: Samuel (’20 M.A.); Gabriel (’22), chemistry graduate student; and Daniel, an urban policy and planning major. Over the years, the family created and supported many programs that serve students, UNT and the Latino community.
A memorial service is scheduled at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 5, in the DeBerry Funeral Directors Chapel, 2025 W. University Dr. in Denton.