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Joseph Richmond

Joseph Lee Richmond, 65, director of transportation from 2003 to 2012, died Feb. 22 in Wimberley. At UNT, he was in charge of the opening of the Highland Street parking garage and expansion of the bike-sharing, web-based ride-sharing and car-sharing programs. He also was responsible for designing and implementing the campus shuttle service and other transportation programs. Before joining UNT, he worked for 18 years with Capital Metro in Austin. In 2013, he retired as director of transportation services at Texas State University. He was a graduate of West Texas State. Survivors include his wife, Jennifer (’06 M.A.), and two sons, Grant (’07, ’09 M.S.) and Travis (’07).

Karla Lynch

Karla Lynch (’84, ’92 M.S.), 53, adjunct lecturer in the economics department, died Feb. 21 in Denton. She earned her degrees in finance and economics and taught many semesters at UNT and at North Central Texas College from 1992 until her death. She was remembered as a master teacher and a caring mentor. She also enjoyed cooking and gardening. She is survived by her husband, Robert Lynch (’81, ’97 M.S.). The economics department is establishing a scholarship fund in her honor.

John Kamerick

John J. Kamerick, 95, president of North Texas from 1968 to 1970, died April 13 in Sarasota, Fla. He was a strong proponent of faculty governance policies and was instrumental in establishing the Faculty Senate with substantial policy-making authority. He also instituted some of North Texas’ first black history courses, paved the way for a campus chapter of the NAACP and hired the university’s first black administrator. Kamerick spoke passionately during his tenure about the university’s need to add high-quality graduate programs while ensuring undergraduate programs continued to improve. He left to become president of the University of Northern Iowa. He received a bachelor’s degree from St. Ambrose University and earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa.

Rebecca Hall

Rebecca ‘Becky’ Lynn Hall, 59, died March 31 in Denton. A native of Denton, she was the travel coordinator for the UNT athletics department and administrative assistant to the athletic director from 2007 until her death. She was well-known by coaches, players and fans for her willingness to help. She enjoyed reading and spending time with her family.

C. Ray Gough

C. Ray Gough (’40, ’41 M.A.), 95, Professor Emeritus of art, died April 12 in Denton. Gough, who worked at North Texas from 1950 to 1979, is considered the founder of the interior design program in the College of Visual Arts and Design. He led the program to receive accreditation in 1977 — making North Texas one of the first universities in the country to earn that distinction. He and his wife, Georgia Leach Gough (’46 M.F.A.), also a Professor Emeritus of Art, established the Georgia and Ray Gough Scholarship. He also started the annual Ray Gough Lecture in interior design. He maintained an architectural practice while teaching and was active in the community. He was honored by the Governor’s Conference of the Arts and received the UNT Green Glory Award. He earned his degrees in art at North Texas. After serving in World War II as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, he earned a second bachelor’s degree in architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, studying with Mies Van der Rohe. Memorials may be made to the Georgia and Ray Gough Scholarship.

Claude Cheek

Claude Wallace Cheek, 89, former associate professor of special education, died May 25. He taught at UNT from 1972 to 1992 and was chosen as an Honor Professor in 1980. He was a member of several national education and Texas MHMR committees. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he received a Purple Heart for his service in the Battle of Okinawa and continued his education on the G.I. Bill, earning bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Wichita State University. Before joining UNT, he held director positions at the Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia, the Institute of Logopedics in Wichita and the North East ISD in San Antonio and was chair of special education at Lamar University in Beaumont. His hobbies included watercolor painting, gardening and developing orchids. He also was a member of the UNT Retired Instructor and Personnel Committee.

Deborah Arnold

Deborah Stewart Arnold, 63, former senior associate director of financial aid, died Feb. 25 in Denton. She worked in the student financial aid and scholarships department at UNT for more than 30 years, retiring in 2013. She served as president of the Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators from 1999 to 2000 and was a part of the financial aid community in universities around Texas. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from East Texas Baptist University.

Charldean Newell

Charldean Newell (’60, ’62 M.A.), 75, Regents Professor Emerita of public administration, died Nov. 22 in Denton. She retired from UNT in 2002 after 37 years on the faculty. She served as chair of the political science department, as associate vice president for academic affairs and as assistant to the chancellor for planning. She was a mentor to hundreds of students and colleagues. Even after her retirement, she wrote textbooks, taught courses for the International City/County Management Association and served in a number of charity efforts. She also was the founding director of special projects for the Federation of North Texas Area Universities. She co-wrote four books and more than 50 articles and chapters. She earned her North Texas degrees in journalism and government and a doctorate in government from the University of Texas in 1968.

Clark Nelson

Clark ‘Corky’ Nelson, 75, one of the winningest coaches in North Texas football history, died Nov. 17 in Temple. He was head football coach from 1982 to 1990 and also served as athletic director in 1990. He was inducted into the UNT Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013 after bringing order to Mean Green football in the 1980s. His teams won the Southland Conference championship in 1983, when he was named conference coach of the year, and went to the Division I-AA playoffs three times. After playing college football for Southwest Texas State, he began his coaching career at the high school level and also coached at Baylor University and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. He is survived by his wife, Judy Buckles Nelson (’80 M.S.), a former women's basketball coach at UNT.

Andy Everest

Andy Everest, 90, died Dec. 21 in Arlington. He served at assistant head football coach from 1973 to 1978 and athletic director from 1979 to 1981. He was inducted to the UNT Hall of Fame in 2004 for his work at UNT, which includes coaching the Mean Green football team to several winning seasons and raising $220,000 in a 1981 fundraising campaign for new athletic facilities. He served as head football coach at the University of California at Santa Barbara and held positions at Southern Methodist University, Stanford, Foothill College and the University of Utah, as well as with the Italian professional league and the New Orleans Saints. He was also inducted to the All-American Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1997 as an outstanding assistant coach. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, then attended Texas Western, now the University of Texas at El Paso, where he was a star player on the football team. When he graduated in 1951, he had offers from four NFL teams, but he decided to take a job as a high school teacher and coach because it paid better.

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