UNT friends

Florence L. “Flip” Manne

Florence L. “Flip” Manne, Sunland, California. She was a member of the President’s Council for establishing the UNT College of Music’s Shelly Manne Memorial Scholarship Fund, honoring her husband, musician Sheldon “Shelly” Manne. A talented dancer, Flip pursued her dreams in New York City, where she performed with the Radio City Rockettes. She also served as the president of the Los Angeles Jazz Society, establishing the Shelly Manne New Talent Award in 1984.

Shelley Alexander

Shelley Alexander, Corinth, a member of UNT’s Kendall Society, died Sept. 14. She and her husband, John Alexander (’91), established the College of Engineering Senior Projects Innovation Resource Endowment (EN-SPIRE) to help support senior design projects. The couple, who in 2019 received the university’s Ulys Knight Spirit Award, resided for three decades in Denton County. Following a life-altering incident nearly four decades ago, Shelley showed incredible resilience by relearning to walk and talk through rigorous rehabilitation. Her dedication to volunteering at Scottish Rite Children's Hospital earned her the Dallas Disabled Outstanding Volunteer of the Year award. An avid Mean Green fan, she wore spirit clothing almost daily, and her family, friends and fellow fans celebrated her life in the HUB Club at DATCU Stadium. Memorial gifts in Shelley's honor may be made to the EN-SPIRE Fund in the UNT College of Engineering or by check to "UNT Foundation" with "EN-SPIRE Fund - Shelley Alexander" on the memo line, mailed to UNT Foundation, 1155 Union Circle #311250, Denton, TX, 76203.

Ellen Grace “Gracie” Fuhrman,

Ellen Grace “Gracie” Fuhrman, Muenster. A member of UNT’s President’s Council, she and her husband, Alvin, founded The Gene Fuhrman Memorial Scholarship Endowment in Computer Science and The Gene Fuhrman Memorial Scholarship Endowment in Telecommunications Electronics in memory of their son, Gene Fuhrman (’86). Gracie had a 60-plus-year career in the telephone industry, including at Muenster Telephone, in which she and Alvin purchased an interest in 1961. She embraced travel, family and friendships.

Bettie Parker Gustafson

Bettie Parker Gustafson, 84, of Millington, Tennessee, a member of the President’s Council since 2011, died March 9. A talented musician, Bettie and her family established The Anna Louise Robertson Estes Memorial Scholarship in the College of Music in 2009. Bettie attended Northeast Mississippi Community College, spent many years as a Girl Scout leader and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of 1812. She loved shopping for antiques, Elvis Presley, traveling out West and genealogy. She also was an active member of her church, playing the piano and singing with the choir.

Sharifa Karim Maswood

Sharifa Karim Maswood, of Berlin, Connecticut, a President’s Council member and the establishing donor of The Syed Imran Maswood Memorial Fund in Materials Science and Engineering, died May 3, 2022. She established the scholarship in memory of her son, Syed Imran Maswood (’95, ’00 M.S), who died in 2011. Sharifa was a professor of social sciences at Dhaka Tejgaon College in Bangladesh and later was nominated to the senate of Dhaka University. During this time, she founded a non-governmental organization to support war-affected women in Bangladesh. She migrated to the U.S. in 1992.

Howard Schultz

Howard Schultz, 94, who was a Chilton Society member for his generous contributions to UNT, died June 17 in Dallas. He was one of the establishing donors of The Schultz Family Scholarship in Jewish Studies. Additionally, his daughter and son-in-law, Jaynie Schultz and Ron Romaner, established The Howard H. Schultz Scholarship in Jewish Studies on his behalf. He was an entrepreneur and philanthropist who was known for giving back to the Dallas area. He also served in the U.S. Air Force as a band member and graduated from Cornell University in 1950. A biography of Schultz titled Schultz's Ledger: Parlaying Errors into Success on the Path to the American Dream, was published in 2019.

Ross Vick Jr.

Ross Vick Jr., 87, a Kendall Society member for his generous contributions to UNT, died June 1 in Dallas. Ross and his wife, Fran, established the Al and Joanna Hurley Graduate Endowment to give scholarships to graduate students focusing on military history. His wife also co-founded the UNT Press and both of them created the UNT Press Endowment Fund to show their support. He was a lifetime member of the UNT Alumni Association. He was known for being one of the best fast pitch softball players of his time and was inducted into the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Hall of Fame in 2015. He had a career in banking and was part of the processing operations for the first computer-based credit card in Texas.

Shirley Wood

Shirley Wood, 84, a strong supporter of UNT, died May 7 in Decatur. She and her husband, James F. Wood, were members of the UNT President’s Council for their generous contributions to the university throughout the years. The Woods built James Wood Motors facility in Decatur and the James Wood AutoPark in Denton.

Dr. John P. ‘Jack’ Eberts

Dr. John P. ‘Jack’ Eberts, 86, who was a member of the President’s Council for his generous contributions to UNT, died Feb. 27 in Temple. He and his wife, Joyce Eberts (’60), made donations and left two planned gifts to the Gamma Nu chapter of Delta Gamma, where Joyce was a member. He was a radiologist who served at the U.S. Army Hospital on Okinawa during the Vietnam War and worked for Scott & White for many years. He also served on the faculty at the Texas A&M College of Medicine.

Frank Dudowicz

Frank Dudowicz, 75, a member of the UNT Foundation Board of Directors and the G. Brint Ryan College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board, died May 1 in Denton. He worked in marketing, business development and branding at Scott Paper Co., Campbell Soup Co. and Quaker State Motor Oil before establishing and expanding the Kwik Kar Auto Service business in Denton and Aubrey, which he and his wife, Marta, owned and operated for 17 years. As ardent supporters of UNT and UNT athletics, they established The Marta and Frank Dudowicz Endowed Scholarship, which honors exemplary student athletes attending graduate school in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business. They also were founding members of the Diamond Eagles Society. Frank enjoyed being involved in local politics and giving back to the city of Denton. Memorials may be made to the G. Brint Ryan College of Business Communications Support Fund (University of North Texas Division of Advancement, 1155 Union Circle #311250, Denton, Texas 76203) or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.