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Melvin Moffitt Jr.

Melvin Howard Moffitt Jr. (’92 M.S.), Double Oak :: He served in the U.S. Army where he received the Army Commendation Medal, the Purple Heart for wounds received in action and the Bronze Star. He was a member of the President’s Council at UNT and established the Dr. Jon Young Endowed Fund to support graduate students in educational psychology at the College of Education.

Alois Kubica

Alois Frank Kubica, Kerrville :: He worked as a CPA and retired as the CFO of Pioneer Resources in Midland. He was a member of UNT’s Kendall Society and donated to the accounting department in the College of Business. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Vivian Castleberry

Vivian Castleberry, 95, who broke barriers for women in journalism and supported UNT by founding the Castleberry Peace Institute, died Oct. 4 in Dallas. She began her career as a child by interviewing her neighbors in Larue for her own newspaper she wrote by hand. She wrote for the student newspapers in high school and at Southern Methodist University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree.

After graduation, she worked for a publishing company until she got an offer in 1956 to work for the Dallas Times Herald. She worked there on and off, between pregnancies, as home furnishings editor, women’s news editor and section editor. During her 28 years at the Times Herald, she tackled subjects that hadn’t been covered before — such as breast cancer, domestic abuse and disabilities — leading to numerous awards and honors. She later was the first woman named to the newspaper’s editorial board.

After retiring from the Times Herald in 1984, she was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. Three years later, she founded the nonprofit organization Peacemakers Inc. She had been a pacifist since she was a child, when her father had to cope with an injury sustained during World War I. As part of Peacemakers, she traveled to Russia several times as a “grassroots citizen diplomat” to attend conferences and interview Russians on their efforts to bring democracy to their country. She also chaired the Peacemakers’ First International Women’s Peace Conference in 1988.

Her activism led to the 2010 founding of the Castleberry Peace Institute, a collaboration between Peacemakers and UNT’s peace studies program. The institute sponsors cutting-edge research and educational programs on the causes of war and peace and is the only peace science research institute in the southern U.S. She was awarded the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism’s most prestigious honor, the C.E. Shuford Hall of Honor Award. She also was the subject of a 2009 KERA documentary in the Texas Trailblazer series and was the author of several books.

Lawrence Montaigne

Lawrence Montaigne (’84, ’85 M.A.), 86, died March 17 in Henderson, Nev. He worked as an associate professor of film at UNT in the 1980s. He spent the majority of his life working as an actor, dancer and stuntman. He appeared in such movies as The Great Escape and Escape to Witch Mountain and is best known for his appearances on the original Star Trek TV series – including roles as the first Romulan on the show in the “Balance of Terror” episode and as a Vulcan in the “Amok Time” episode and the “Of Gods and Men” mini-series. He wrote for Walt Disney Productions and penned his own autobiography, A Vulcan Odyssey. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Ronda Johnson

Ronda Janeene Johnson, 53, died Jan. 23 in Denton. She was born in Fort Myers, Florida. For 13 years, she was a manager for classroom support services at UNT, an area that designs, repairs and re-designs classroom technology. She retired in 2016.

Mary Huey

Mary Evelyn Blagg Huey, 95, died June 27 in Denton. She served as a faculty member in the UNT government department from 1947 to 1971. She then moved on to become dean of the graduate school at Texas Woman’s University in 1971 and was TWU president from 1976 to 1986 – the first woman and only TWU alum to serve in that position. She was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 1984, and the Blagg-Huey Library at TWU is named in her honor.

She earned her bachelor's degree in English and music and a master's degree in English literature from what was then Texas State College for Women, now TWU. She taught English at the college from 1943 to 1945 and was assistant director of the Bureau of Public Administration at the University of Mississippi from 1946 to 1947. She also earned a master's degree in public administration from the University of Kentucky and took a leave of absence from the North Texas faculty from 1951 to 1954 to earn a Ph.D. in political science from Duke University.

She and her husband, the late Griffin B. Huey (’42), were members of the UNT President’s Council and supported the College of Arts and Sciences. At UNT, she established the Griffin Burns Huey Honors Scholarship in honor of her husband and the Henry G. Huey Honors Scholarship in honor of her son.

Services are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 1, at First Presbyterian Church in Denton, 1114 W. University Drive.

Alice Hanselman

Alice Tatom Hanselman, 78, of Denton died Feb. 28 in Denton. She worked as an administrative assistant for UNT’s Texas Center for Educational Technology from 1986 until her retirement in 2005. She was a native of Indiana and a member of the First Church of the Nazarene.

Avis Hall

Avis Hall (’50 M.S.), 104, died Feb. 21. She began her career as a home management supervisor for the Farm Security Administration before working as an instructor in North Texas’ School of Home Economics beginning in 1951. She retired in 1978 as an assistant professor and chair of the clothing and textiles department. She served on the Faculty Senate and was involved in numerous committees, helping to formulate North Texas’ first tenure policy. She also was a longtime sponsor of Phi Upsilon Omicron, the national home economics honorary society. She earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics from the University of Texas, later earning her master’s in home economics from North Texas. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Denton since 1942, and active in the United Methodist Women and its quilting group. She was a life member of the Eastern Star of Denton, the Texas Retired Teachers Association and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. She also was a member of the Shakespeare Club, the Shakespeare Forum of the Arial Club, the Women of N.T. and the Needlecraft Club, the Greater Denton Arts Council and the American Association of Retired Persons.

John Crawford

John Crawford, 80, of Coppell, a professor of marketing and logistics who worked at UNT from 1981 to 2015, died Feb. 19 in Plano. He taught capstone marketing courses for M.B.A. students and graduating seniors. He loved to travel and served as a visiting faculty member in places including Norway and Edinburgh, Scotland, where he was born. He was one of the first faculty members to lead a study abroad trip for the College of Business. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of New South Wales and an M.B.A. from Macquarie University, both in Australia. He earned his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. His colleagues remember his ability to find humor in nearly every situation.

Victoria Corum

Victoria Moya Corum died Jan. 13 in Denton. She was an administrative assistant at facilities for 23 years before retiring in 2015. She grew up in Raymonville and was a graduate of Texas Woman's University. She will be remembered for her strength and independence – especially after working when she became a paraplegic in 1986 after a series of back surgeries.

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