UNT friends

Francis ‘Frank’ T. Kostohryz

Francis ‘Frank’ T. Kostohryz, 88, a longtime supporter of the College of Music, died Oct. 2 in Memphis. He established the CEFT Frank J. & Hermine Hurta Kostohryz Residency in Czech Music and Culture at UNT and was a member of the McConnell Society. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and served in the U.S. Navy as a submarine medical officer, general practitioner, radiologist and chief of radiology from 1956 to 1980.

James Avery

James Avery, 96, the jewelry maker and member of the Chilton Society, died April 30. A lifelong jazz enthusiast, Avery arranged for the One O’Clock Lab Band to perform at the Kerrville hospital fundraiser in 2009. That same year he established The Jazz Leadership Fund in honor of lab band directors Neil Slater and Jim Riggs. The fund provides scholarships for instrumental jazz majors as well as support for students’ recording and touring. He earned a bachelor of fine arts in industrial design from the University of Illinois. During World War II, he commanded 44 missions in a B-26 bomber as a member of the Army Air Forces. After the war, Avery began making jewelry while teaching. He sold his products on consignment, which led to the founding of James Avery Artisan Jewelry, which has more than 80 stores in five states.

Carolyn Dunnigan

Carolyn Dunnigan, 75, of Dallas, died Feb. 12 in Dallas. She was a member of The President’s Council and a longtime supporter of UNT with her husband David Dunnigan (’64). She began her career as a staff writer for The Dallas Morning News in 1965. She was active in her community, serving as president of the Rosemont Elementary School PTA, executive vice president of the Greater Dallas Planning Council, administrative director of the Dallas Assembly and the Dallas Friday Group, a board member of Kessler-Stevens Book Club, The Well Community, Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts, and a member of Kessler Park United Methodist Church. She received one of the first early Headliner awards from the Press Club of Dallas and was the first female member and first female president of the Oak Cliff Lions Club.

Elizabeth Mary Bator

Elizabeth Mary Bator, 63, of Wichita Falls, died Jan. 9 in Wichita Falls. She was a math professor from 1983 to 2009. She enjoyed playing tennis, bowling and volunteering with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Denton program. She was a member of the American Mathematical Society. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Montclair State College and Ph.D. from Penn State University.

William David Love Appling

William David Love Appling, 83, of Denton, died Oct. 16 in Denton. He was a math professor from 1963 to 2003. He taught math at Duke University from 1960 to 1963. He served in the U.S. Army. He was popular with students and was known for his intelligence and keen sense of humor. He was a member of the American Mathematical Society. He earned his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.

Joel Brown

Joel Brown (’03, ’09 M.B.A.), 36, of Roanoke, communications supervisor for the UNT Police Department, died Jan. 14. He was a 911 dispatcher for 16 years and received the Silent Hero award from the Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications and the UNT Police Department Civilian Employee of the Year for his work. Survivors include his wife Melinda “Mindy” Wolf Brown (’02) and three children ages 12, 10, and 7.

Patsy Patterson

Patsy Patterson, 88, a longtime supporter of UNT, died Aug. 29 in Denton. She was a past co-owner of the Denton Record-Chronicle and served in various high-level positions there. She was a member of the Matthews Society and she started the Friends of the Symphony program at UNT to raise money for the symphony. She has endowed several scholarships in the UNT College of Music, including The Patsy C. and Fred W. Patterson String and Voice Scholarship, The Fred and Patsy Patterson Orchestra Endowed Scholarship, and The Patsy C. and Fred W. Patterson College of Music Scholarship Enrichment Fund. She also pledged to support UNT's National Merit Finalists and helped to raise $500,000 for the Chi Omega Sorority house. She was active in the Denton community, serving as president of the Arts Guild, the Denton Community Theater and the Denton Benefit League.

Holden Stucky

Holden Gassaway Stucky, Denton :: He was a junior studying philosophy and had graduated from the Selwyn School, where he was an AP Scholar. He enjoyed cooking, was a craft beer connoisseur, loved cats and was known for traveling the campus on his longboard. As a youth, he sang with the Amarillo Boy Choir, participated in Boy Scouts and performed in Denton Community Theatre and Selwyn School productions.

Christian Scherff

Christian Scherff, Colleyville :: He was enrolled as a freshman biology major with dreams of becoming a doctor. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing baseball and working on sports cars, even building an award-winning diesel truck for his father.

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