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Hulon Sharpton

Hulon Jones Sharpton, 63, a maintenance technician in the UNT Facilities department since 2009, died Aug. 29 in Denton. Sharpton was known to be able to fix anything, especially air conditioners. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and a charter member of the Decatur Country Club as an avid golfer.

David Sundquist

David Hall Sundquist, 74, Professor Emeritus of voice, died Aug. 8 in Denton. He worked at UNT from 1989 to 2012. He was a tenor who sang in operas across the nation. He spent much of his career in the 1970s and 1980s in Europe, performing in famous operas in Austria and France. His roles were filmed for French television and he won first place in the Salzburg Opera Film Prize Competition. He attended the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University. He served in the U.S. Army Band and Chorus. He sang in the church choir of the First Methodist Church in Denton and enjoyed playing golf and bowling.

Peter Scott III

Peter Mark Scott III, 61, who served as an adjunct professor of sacred music from 2004 to 2014, died Oct. 17, 2014, in Fort Worth. He was a Nordan Fine Arts Scholar at Texas Christian University. He also served as the minister of music and organist at St. Stephen Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth for 39 years. In 2000, he was granted a sabbatical leave, which he spent in America, Great Britain and France, for the purpose of studying plainsong. He earned his degrees in organ performance and church music from TCU.

Don Rives

Don L. Rives (’56), 80, a former member of UNT’s Board of Regents, died March 27 in Austin. He served as the assistant district attorney for Harrison County in 1959, specializing in real estate and probate law. As a member of the Constitutional Revision Committee of Texas, he was appointed to help rewrite the Texas State Constitution. In 1974, he moved to Austin to serve as executive assistant to Lt. Gov. William P. Hobby.

He returned to his alma mater when Gov. Ann Richards appointed him to serve on UNT’s Board of Regents from 1992 to 1997. He later served on the UNT Athletic Council. He graduated from North Texas summa cum laude with a double major in government and history and earned his juris doctor from the University of Texas Law School. He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1959.

Edwin Odom

Edwin Dale Odom (’55, ’56 M.A.), 86, Professor Emeritus of history, died May 26 in Denton. Odom specialized in teaching U.S. economic history for 35 years. After retiring in 1994, he continued to teach every other semester at UNT until 2003. He also was an instructor at Victoria College, Tulane University and Carrollton High School. He received degrees in history from North Texas and a doctorate of history from Tulane University.

He was a member and served as chair of the Denton County Historical Commission from 1971 to 1979 and was listed in Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, The Directory of Scholars and other directories of distinguished persons. He also was the author of many scholarly articles and book chapters. He wrote and published An Illustrated History of Denton County, Texas: From Peters Colony to Metroplex with his wife, LaVerne Masten Odom, who worked for the history department for several years and died earlier this year.

Laurel Miller

Laurel Miller, 81, Denton, Professor Emeritus of voice, who worked at UNT from 1977 to 2004, died Oct. 25, 2014, in Denton. She worked as a professional singer and teacher, appearing in operas in Boston, Dallas, Houston, New York City and Philadelphia, as well as the Czech Republic. She specialized in the performance of 20th century, oratorio and chamber works. She was an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, serving as president of the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter. She belonged to the boards of the Deep Ellum Opera Theatre and the Denton Bach Society. She received her bachelor’s and master’s in vocal performance from Juilliard.

David McGuire

David Charles McGuire, 92, Professor Emeritus of music and coordinator of graduate studies in music education from 1962 to 1987, died March 27 in Denton. He conducted the women’s chorus and served as the organizational director of the percussion ensemble before the college had a full-time percussion faculty member. Students named him an “Honor Professor.” He was a member of the Texas Alliance for Arts in Education. He attended Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., and served in the U.S. Army during World War II before completing his bachelor’s degree in music education at Southwestern in 1947.

He earned a master’s degree in music education in 1948 from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in music education from Indiana University in 1959. He directed public school bands in Kansas and Colorado, and directed wind and percussion ensembles and the music education program at Beloit College in Wisconsin. Memorials may be made to the David C. and Katherine I. McGuire Music Education Scholarship fund at UNT.

Barbara MacDonald

Barbara Ann Cowan MacDonald, 60, retired assistant director of financial aid and scholarships, who worked at UNT for more than 25 years, died July 8. Barbara enjoyed gardening, reading and was passionate about her work and most especially, her family. Barbara was the recipient of the Star Performer Award, the Staff Contribution award and the Outstanding Employee Award. A memorial service was conducted at the Goolsby Chapel on campus. Memorials may be made to the Ms. Barbara Ann MacDonald scholarship fund in the Department of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law.

Joe Dameron

Joe Dameron, 85, Professor Emeritus of education, died Aug. 18 in Sun City, Ariz. He taught at UNT from 1968 to 1990. While at UNT, he was one of the only people to twice be elected and serve as president of the Texas Counseling Association, the largest state counseling association in the U.S. He was the first author and editor of an American Counseling Association monograph, The Professional Counselor: Competencies, Performance Guidelines and Assessment, describing all major facets of counselor and guidance associate work behaviors.

He was involved in various professional organizations, serving as president of the Texas Personnel and Guidance Association, the Texas Association of Counseling and Development and the Texas Association for Humanistic Education and Development. He earned his bachelor’s degree from William Jewell College and his master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.

Steven Vocelka

Steven Vocelka, 65, a computer operations director with information technology shared services, died April 1 in Allen. He was a long-time ITTS team leader and served as director of operations and infrastructure services. He worked for 17 years at UNT and the UNT System, after he and his wife had operated Software Etc. for 17 years. He was a University of Missouri graduate.