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Edmond DeLatte

Edmond ‘Ed’ Daniel DeLatte, 84, who served as an associate professor of theatre in the Department of Dance and Drama from 1984 until his retirement in 1995, died Feb. 12 in Dallas. He founded the Dallas Repertory Theatre in 1969. Throughout his career he directed 70 plays and musicals. He was a member of Actor’s Equity and the Screen Actors Guild for more than 40 years and appeared in dozens of films and commercials. While he was at UNT, he received the Service Learning Award, and the Ed DeLatte Musical Theatre Scholarship was established in his honor. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Texas Christian University, a master’s degree in religious education and drama from Brite Divinity School and a Master of Fine Arts in theatre from Southern Methodist University. Donations may be made in his memory to UNT’s Ed DeLatte Musical Theatre Scholarship or Department of Dance and Theatre.

Vern Kagarice

Vern Leon Kagarice, 71, died Sept. 16 in Chautauqua, N.Y. He had been a professor of trombone and a conductor of the UNT Trombone Choir since 1983.

Prior to joining UNT, he taught trombone at Youngstown State University in Ohio, where he was principal trombonist in the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra since 1979 and traveled the globe as a clinician and recitalist.

He received awards from the International Trombone Association, where his contributions included serving as executive manager and journal editor, and conducted UNT trombone choirs that won the prestigious Emory Remington Trombone Choir Competition. He co-wrote books about trombone literature and arranged music for various brass combinations. His publishing company, Kagarice Brass Editions, became a resource of trombone and brass-related materials.

Kagarice earned a bachelor’s degree from Bethany College and master’s and doctoral degrees from Indiana University.

Survivors include his wife, Jan Kagarice (’89 M.M.), senior lecturer in trombone.

Milton Howell

Milton 'Pat' Howell, 74, former UNT associate vice president for facilities and associate vice chancellor for system facilities from 2001 to 2005, died Sept. 5 at his home in Albuquerque, N.M.

Howell was recognized by UNT in 2014 with a UNT Presidential Citation for his integral role in the planning and development of campus facilities. He played a key role in the purchase and development of a former manufacturing facility from Texas Instruments that became Discovery Park. Around the same time, he helped UNT develop the former Liberty Christian School campus along Bonnie Brae Street into athletics facilities that met NCAA standards. Howell also had a major role in the construction of the Chemistry Building, Chestnut Hall, the Pohl Recreation Center, Honors Hall and Legends Hall, among others. He spearheaded the master planning for Victory Hall, the Athletics Center and Apogee Stadium, and he worked with the Texas Department of Transportation to plan the pedestrian bridge over Interstate 35E between Fouts Field and Apogee Stadium.

He served as a consultant for the UNT System on some of the university’s large planning and construction projects after he retired.

He previously was director of facilities management at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth. He served in the Army Corps of Engineers, retiring as a colonel. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and his master’s degree from the University of Missouri-Rolla.

John Haynie

John James Haynie, 89, Professor Emeritus of music, died Sept. 30 in Denton.

He joined the music faculty in 1950 and served as professor of trumpet for 40 years, renowned for his virtuoso solos and innovative instruction. His pioneering research in the field of video-fluoroscopic studies, in which he used moving X-ray images with sound to learn more about trumpet-playing mechanics, influenced trumpet pedagogy.

In 1984, he earned the ’Fessor Graham Award, the highest honor given by the student body, and in 1996, he received UNT’s Honorary Alumnus Award. Other honors included the Award of Merit from the International Trumpet Guild and the Edwin Franko Goldman Memorial Citation from the American Bandmasters Association. In Cisco, the town where he grew up, the J.J. Haynie Band Hall was named in his honor.

Haynie wrote three method books for trumpet and in 2007 published Inside John Haynie’s Studio: A Master Teacher’s Lessons on Trumpet and Life (UNT Press). When he retired in 1990, the publishing house Alphonse Leduc gave him individual copies of its entire library of trumpet works, which he donated to the UNT Libraries.

Haynie, who began playing a bugle at the age of 5, was considered a cornet prodigy. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and after playing solos for War Bond tours across Wisconsin, participated in the Battle of the Bulge. He later earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois.

Jerome Duggan

Jerome Duggan (’55, '56 M.A.), 81, Professor Emeritus of physics, died Aug. 31 in Denton. He served on the physics faculty from 1973 to 2012. He earned his North Texas degrees in physics and a doctorate from Louisiana State University. Before coming to UNT, he was an assistant professor at the University of Georgia and then worked at the Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

He started the International Conference on the Application of Accelerators in Research and Industry in 1968 and brought the biennial conference with him to UNT, where it drew the world's top physicists to disucss the applications of particle accelerators. He attended the 23rd conference this year in San Antonio as Conference Chair Emeritus.

He received the UNT President’s Award in 1987. He was awarded a special medal at the 1995 meeting of the Particle Induced X-Ray Emission Conference in Padua, Italy. He was made a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2000.

Memorials can be made to: the Dr. Jerome L. Duggan Memorial Scholarship in Physics at the UNT Foundation, 1155 Union Circle No. 311250, Denton, TX 76203 or donate online.

Warren Watson

Warren Watson, 67, Regents Professor of management, died July 6 in Denton. He joined UNT in 1983. He was recognized nationally and internationally for his research in international business, entrepreneurship and organizational culture. He taught classes on organizational behavior and organizational design and change. He also was director of the UNT Group for Organizational Effectiveness, a business consulting service. In 2003, he developed a small business support center with the Universidad de Colima in Mexico, providing education and consulting for international small businesses. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University, two master’s degrees from East Texas State University and his doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.

Randy Wallace

Randy Wallace (’02 M.S.), 47, an associate librarian in the Eagle Commons Library, died July 1 in Denton. Wallace joined the UNT libraries in 2003 after receiving his master’s degree in library science at UNT. He also worked in the library at Discovery Park. Wallace received a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico. His interests included spending time with his children, watching the San Francisco Giants and enjoying craft beer, kayaking and many games.

Robert LaForte

Robert Sherman LaForte, 80, Professor Emeritus of history, died July 11 in Galveston. LaForte joined the history faculty in 1968 and served as chair of the department, retiring in 1998. He established the UNT archives in 1975. LaForte co-wrote several books about World War II — Remembering Pearl Harbor: Eyewitness Accounts by U.S. Military Men and Women, Building the Death Railway: The Ordeal of American POWs in Burma, 1942-45 and With Only the Will to Live: Accounts of Americans in Japanese Prison Camps, 1941-45 — as well as an authorized history of UNT’s first 100 years, Down the Corridor of Years: A Centennial History of the University of North Texas in Photographs, 1890-1990. In 2002, he donated his collection of hundreds of books by and about World War II prisoners of war to UNT’s archives. In 1994, he received the ’Fessor Graham Award, which students give to outstanding faculty members. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Pittsburg State University and a doctorate from the University of Kansas and later added a master’s degree in library science from the University of Texas. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1956.

George Cook

George L. Cook, 64, former scene shop supervisor for the Department of Dance and Theatre, died July 31. He retired in 2011. He spent much of his career behind the scenes of productions in Austin and North Texas. He built sets for movies such as The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Silkwood, served on the staff of the TV show Austin City Limits, worked as a stagehand for concerts in Austin and Dallas and helped on productions at UNT and the University of Texas at Austin.

Hugh Ayer

Hugh Ayer, 90, Professor Emeritus of history and former associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, died July 14 in Denton. Ayer taught American history at North Texas from 1958 to 1986. His duties included serving as chair of the division of social science and, in 2004, he received the Honorary Alumni Award, given to individuals who were never students at UNT but showed outstanding devotion to the university. A scholarship was set up in his name that supports entering freshmen. Ayer was active in many organizations outside UNT, serving on the Denton City Council and Planning and Zoning Board. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University and his master’s degree and doctorate from Indiana University. He taught at Culver Military Academy before coming to North Texas. As a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1943 to 1945, he served as a radio operator in the Pacific Theater, intercepting Japanese naval communications. He also served in the reserve from 1950 to 1959.

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