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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.

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.

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