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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.

Alice Miller

Alice Miller, 96, who gave generously to UNT along with her husband, the late Jim Miller, Dean Emeritus in the College of Education, died March 29 in Willow Park. Alice, a former nurse, and Jim moved to Denton in 1976 after he accepted a position at UNT. After she earned a degree in fashion design and textiles at Texas Woman’s University, she worked as a designer for FOSHA, a high-end women’s clothing company in Dallas. She also enjoyed painting, especially with oil paint, and participated in local art shows in Denton. Her final wish was to have memorial tributes made to the Dean Emeritus J.R. Miller Scholarship or the E. LaMar Hoke Memorial Scholarship at UNT.

Pearl Bilger

Pearl Bilger, 79, who was a member of the President’s Council for her generous contributions to UNT, died Feb. 5 in Arlington. Bilger and her husband, Harry Bilger, established the Dr. Marlys Lamar Scholarship to benefit students who want to pursue counseling psychology. They also have a planned gift that will support students in the Department of Psychology. She served as a teacher in numerous parts of the U.S. and settled in Denton with her husband upon their retirement.

Fred Patterson

Photo of Fred PattersonFred Patterson, who was a member of the College of Music Support Council as well as the Matthews Society, died Feb. 19 in Denton. He was the owner of the Denton-Record Chronicle until his retirement in 1999 and was frequently praised for his support of Denton’s arts. He co-founded the Redbud Festival, which is now known as the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, as well as the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival, and he helped in the establishment of the building for the Greater Denton Arts Council – which was later named the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts in honor of Fred and Roy Appleton Jr., general manager of the Record-Chronicle. Fred and his late wife, Patsy, were avid supporters of UNT’s College of Music and established three scholarships: The Patsy C. and Fred W. Patterson College of Music Scholarship Enrichment Fund, The Patsy C. and Fred W. Patterson String and Voice Scholarship, and the Fred and Patsy Patterson Orchestra Endowed Scholarship. He was active in several initiatives for UNT, including spearheading fund-raising efforts and serving on search committees, and also was a member of the President's Council and the North Texas Athletics Trustees. He received a UNT presidential citation in 1985.