about the deaths of the following alumni was received in the Office
of Development and compiled by Susan Apple. Please send information
to University of North Texas, Alumni Records, P.O. Box 311250, Denton,
Texas 76203-1250, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
or fill out the online form.
on the names for more information.
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(28), Austin. She majored in history at North Texas.
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- Leta B. Roberson
(31), Denton. She was the first woman in Texas to receive
formal florist training. She and her husband owned Linwood Roberson
Florist in Denton.
- Dora Mae Kelly
(32), Gainesville. She taught at Angelo State University
from 1947 until retiring in 1976.
- Bernice Mitchell
(35), Denton. In 1930, she was employed as the first girl
banker in Denton, retiring as a vice president 46 years
- Helen Collier Randolph
(35), Abilene. She taught school and was a member of Delta
- Geraldine L. Schneider
(36), San Antonio. She taught in the San Antonio ISD for
- Pauline Wetherell
(36), Tempe, Ariz. Her degree from North Texas was in English.
- Malcolm Graham Ball
(38), Wichita Falls. He received his degree in industrial
- Dortha Brown Fondren
(38), Corsicana. She taught school in Corsicana for 31 years.
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(40), Houston. She majored in elementary education at North
(40), Poolville. She received her degree in elementary education.
(41, 56 M.Ed.), Tyler. She was a retired elementary
(42), Lindale. She taught elementary school for 37 years.
(42), Fort Worth. He was a chemist for General Dynamics
and Whitco of Fort Worth. He was a talented singer, whose voice
was heard throughout many churches in North Texas.
(42), Aurora, N.C. She received her degree in home economics.
(43, 48 M.S.), Alvin. He was a retired geologist employed
by Exxon Production Research Co.
(47), Greensboro, N.C. She majored in library science at
Mary Jane Lane (48), Denton.
She and her husband were the proprietors of Lanes Ice Cream
in Denton for almost 30 years.
(49), Denton. He worked for Moore Business Forms for 34
(49), Shreveport, La. He pursued a career in forensic science
and was the director of the North Louisiana Criminalistics Laboratory
(50, 51 M.S.), Fayetteville, Ark. He taught medical
and nursing students at the Medical College of Georgia for many
years and later was among the founding faculty of the Texas College
of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth.
(50), Wichita Falls. During his 38-year civil service career,
he traveled the world as a program manager and instructor, providing
critical technical guidance to military and service personnel.
(50), Waxahachie. She received her degree from North Texas
in elementary education.
(51), Iowa Park. He majored in business management.
(51), Richardson. She earned her degree in elementary education.
Maxine Todd Cansler
(52, 73 M.B.E.), Dallas. She retired from the Dallas
Public Schools Human Resources Department.
(54), Edgewood. He owned and operated Citizens Lumber Co.
in Edgewood for 40 years.
(56), Paris. After serving in the Air Force, he was a radio
personality in Texas and Arkansas and later became a stockbroker.
(57), Dallas. He was retired as the manager of Fitz and
Floyd Outlet Mall in Dallas.
(57), Grand Prairie. She was librarian at Lee Middle School
in Grand Prairie for 29 years.
(57), Fort Worth. She taught special education for the Fort
(58), Italy. He was a coach and teacher and served as principal
of Italy High School.
(58 M.S.), Dallas. She was director of the Wiley College
Extension Center in Dallas in the late 1930s, helping black high
school graduates begin college. In 1938 she began a 42-year career
in the Dallas ISD and was the first woman in DISD history to be
named school principal above the elementary level.
(60 M.Ed.), Princeton. She taught at Texas Tech and Corsicana
High School and was a counselor with the Richardson ISD.
(60), Louisville, Colo. She earned a degree in Spanish.
(61), Burleson. She retired from the Bridgeport ISD after
30 years of service.
Sen. Tom Haywood
('63 M.S.), Wichita Falls. Despite an ongoing battle with a Parkinson's-like
disease that predated his election to the Texas Senate in 1994,
Haywood was acknowledged by his colleagues as a leader and key
player in the recently concluded legislative session. His district,
District 30, includes a portion of Denton County. He supported
and worked for the passage of a number of bills favorable to the
university and the UNT System.
(65), Dallas. He owned Uniforms Unlimited and was a member
of Sigma Nu.
Elizabeth Beth Efird
(65, 78 M.S.), Dallas. She was employed by Unity Hunt
Inc. for 21 years and served as the payroll administrator for
the past 11 years.
(66), Las Cruces, N.M. He studied accounting at North Texas.
Ruth Carter Bouldin
(68 M.Ed.), Dallas. She received her degree in secondary
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(70 Ed.D.), Stephenville. He was a professor and basketball
coach at Tarleton State University.
Melvin Jim Jones
(71), Pottsboro. He worked as a postal employee in McKinney
and was a former U.S. Air Force pilot.
(72), Palestine. He was the owner and operator of Northside
Shell in Athens.
(73), Salinas. He had worked in the produce industry for
more than 30 years, most recently with SYSCO Corp.
(73), The Woodlands. She taught Latin, English and French
at Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago for five years
and then devoted her life to community service.
(74 M.A.), Youngstown, Ohio. He received his North Texas
degree in studies in aging.
(77), San Marcos. He worked in records management. He also
was a bowling instructor for more than 30 years and was the creator,
editor and publisher of Bowling This Month, a monthly bowling
(81), Dallas. He majored in accounting at North Texas.
(85 M.S.), Corinth. He received his degree in industrial
(87 honorary), Costa Rica. A retired music critic for the
Dallas Morning News, he spent 32 years as a chronicler
of music in Dallas. He was the author of several books, including
four about Maria Callas, considered the godmother of the Dallas
Franklin Dean II
(89), Houston. He taught in the Plano ISD and received numerous
outstanding teaching awards from the Texas Academy of Mathematics
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A. Chuck Bennett
(90 M.M.E.), Houston. He was choir director for Richardson
High School and Cypress Springs High School in Houston, as well
as choir master for many different churches in Dallas and Houston.
(97), Lewisville. She received her degree in general studies.
E. Bonney, Boulder, Colo., Professor Emeritus of psychology,
1935-1979. Under Bonneys leadership, what began as one psychology
course at North Texas grew to a full department. He introduced
courses in child psychology, statistics and abnormal psychology
and created a masters program in 1948. He was also one of
the first researchers in the nation to hypothesize that children
play not just to imitate adults but to express their feelings.
In the 1970s, theories like his led to the creation of the field
of play therapy. An endowed lectureship in psychology established
in his name in 1986 was elevated to a visiting professorship in
(40, 47 M.S.), Denton, Professor Emeritus of mathematics,
1950-1977. During World War II, Copp did research for the National
Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. At North Texas he taught math
at all levels, served as a major professor to masters students
preparing their theses and was the sponsor of the mathematics
honor society. He was a member of the American Mathematics Society
for more than 50 years.
Denton, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures,
1964-2001. Crystle had served as the undergraduate adviser in
the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures since 1990
and taught the departments intensive French course for the
last 25 years. In 1989, the UNT Student Association presented
him with the Fessor Graham Award, the highest honor bestowed
by the student body, for outstanding and unselfish service to
students. In 1993 he was named a Top Prof by the Mortar
Board senior honor society.
('48, '49 M.B.A.), Denton, Professor Emeritus of accounting, 1955-56
and 1961-1989. After earning degrees in accounting from North
Texas, Jones taught at San Angelo College and worked in the field
of oil and gas accounting before returning to join the faculty.
He directed the Petroleum Accounting Center from 1979 to 1981.
Jones was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public
Accountants, the American Accounting Association, the Texas Society
of Certified Public Accountants and the Dallas chapter of the
Petroleum Accountants Society, among other professional organizations.
He pursued doctoral studies at Louisiana State University.
'Buddy' Langley, Irving, UNT regent, 1989-1995. Langley,
retired president of GTE Southwest, was a key player in establishing
UNT's Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, a program that
allows talented high school students to complete their first two
years of college while earning a high school diploma. He served
as chair of the academy's advisory board from 1989 until his death.
He was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters by UNT in
1989. He and his wife, Dottie, were also named honorary alumni
of UNT in 1997 and of TAMS in 1998.
G. 'Lupe' Murchison, Dallas, UNT regent, 1981-1999. In
addition to her longtime service on the UNT Board of Regents,
Murchison was a leader in planning and supporting UNT fund-raising
events. She personally contributed to student scholarships and
donated pieces of art to the campus from her collection. She was
also a lifetime member of the President's Council. Most recently,
she was serving as an honorary chair of the university's $150
million capital campaign. To honor her longtime support, in 1998
UNT named its Performing Arts Center after Murchison and awarded
her an honorary doctor of public service and philanthropy.