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('33), Brady. He was a pilot in the U.S. Navy during World
War II, where he achieved the rank of lieutenant. He retired
after 28 years
as the postmaster in Aubrey.
Ruth Sewell Perkins
('34), Midland. She received her bachelor's degree
from North Texas in elementary education.
('35, '40 M.S.), Denton. He was a retired band director
and music store owner. A trombonist, he was one of the original
of 'Fessor Graham's stage band at North Texas.
Jean Tannahill Robertson
('35), Fort Worth. She taught full time at Sam Houston
State Teachers College and Mary Hardin Baylor and is credited
with establishing the home economics department at Lamar University
Warner Porter III ('36),
Pilot Point. He served in the Pacific during World War II and
was discharged from the Navy with the rank of captain.
He taught in Corsicana and Fort Worth and was an administrator
with the Fort Worth and Galveston school districts, retiring
after 43 years in public education.
Eugene Beene ('38),
Nixon. He was superintendent of Sunray, Claude, Canadian and
Stamford school districts and was also the special education
administrator in Eastland, Hill and Gonzales counties.
Shipp Johnson ('38),
Arlington. She taught in Stephenville, Grapevine and Fort Worth,
retiring after 40 years as a teacher.
Meredith Phillips ('39),
Fort Worth. He was an industrial arts and
science teacher at Meadowbrook Junior High School in the
Fort Worth ISD.
Dallas. She was a teacher for 33 years, serving most of that
time at John Quincy Adams Elementary School in Dallas. She
played piano, taught Sunday school and wrote the annual Christmas
play for the church she attended for more than 50 years.
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Lester Baird ('40, '64
M.Ed.), Denton. She was a teacher in Denton and other school
districts for 34 years.
Melora High Evans
('40), Godley. She taught in Johnson County and at South
San, Ogden and Brewer schools for 41 years. She was a member
of the auxiliary of Baptist Child and Family Services.
('40), Waco. He served in the Marines for four years in
the Pacific during World War II. He owned Judson Glass Co., retiring
('43), Lake Kiowa. He served in the Navy in the Atlantic
during World War II. He was a high school coach at Electra, Pilot
Point and Bryson and served as a public school administrator
in Ponder, Sanger and Richardson.
Buckner Mathers Jr.
('49), Dallas. He was a B-17 Air Force pilot in England during
World War II and flew C-46s during the Korean War. He worked
for General Cable Corp. as a
national sales manager.
Anne Perryman Gatlin
('550), Nashville, Tenn. She received her bachelor's
degree from North Texas in speech and drama and was a retired
('50), Denton. He received his bachelor's degree
from North Texas in physics.
('52, '57 M.Ed.), Grand Prairie. During World War
II, he served in the Merchant Marine for four years. He taught
in the Dallas ISD for 20 years before retiring
to become a full-time cattle rancher.
('53), San Antonio. He received his bachelor's degree
from North Texas in general business.
('55), Abilene. He was employed with State Farm Insurance
Co. for 35 years and was a rancher. He was also an avid golfer and had played on the golf team at North Texas.
('56), Corvallis, Ore. One of the first Sanger High School
alumni to be on the school's Wall of Fame, he was a professor
of botany and a biology researcher.
('57), Irving. He practiced law for more than 20 years
in Irving. He was active in amateur theater, commercials and movies in the Dallas and Irving areas.
('57), Dallas. He served in the Navy during the Korean
War. After retiring from Texas Instruments with 27 years of service,
he was appointed chair of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.
He later taught criminal justice at Collin County Community College and volunteered as a reserve
officer with the Dallas Police Department.
L. DeArmond Ball ('58),
Dallas. She received her bachelor's degree from North
Texas in elementary education and taught school in Sherman
R. Goddard ('61
M.S.), Tyler. He was an officer in the U.S. Navy during the
Korean War and retired as a commander in the Naval Reserve
after 20 years of service. He taught math and computer science
at Tarleton State University, Texas A&M University and
East Texas State University and retired in 1984 from the University
of Texas at Tyler.
('62, '65 M.S.), Dallas. She taught school at Pleasant
Grove and was a principal at three Dallas schools before retiring
('63), Ennis. He was a teacher at Ennis High School for 34 years, teaching U.S. government
and world geography. He also kept football statistics for the school.
('66, '71 M.Ed.), Fort Worth. He received his bachelor's
and master's degrees in education from North Texas.
('68), Dallas. He was a partner in the Dallas law firm
Howie & Sweeney and was named Trial Lawyer of the Year in
2002 by the Dallas Bar Association. He was named a Distinguished
Alumnus of UNT in 2002 and also served on the UNT President's
('69), Dallas. He was employed at Centennial Fine Wine and
Spirits after working for his family business, Lipton Staple
Co., for 30 years.
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Irving. She began teaching fifth grade at Brandenburg Elementary
School in 1970, transferring to Lamar Middle School in 1979.
She retired from the Irving ISD in 1999.
Alan Hoffman ('71),
Carrollton. He received his bachelor's degree from North
Texas in marketing.
- James ‘Jim' L.
Garland. He served as an aviation electronics technician
in the U.S. Navy. For more than 20 years he was employed by
VALIC as a retirement plan
- Joysue ‘Jac' Gans
McNutt ('79 M.S.), Bedford. During World War
II she was an Army civil servant. After earning her degrees
she taught junior high science in Hereford and was a school
counselor with the Dallas ISD.
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Roseanne Thomas (80), Dallas. She served in the
Navy from 1983 to 1988 and was employed at EDS and U.S.
Sprint before becoming a mainframe computer tape librarian
at Fidelity Investments.
Wesley Black ('85), Round Rock. He received his bachelor's
degree from North Texas in computer science with a minor
M. Boswell ('88),
Richardson. He was senior manager of marketing and training
for Taqua in Richardson and was a member of Scuba Diving of
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L. Walker ('90
Ph.D.), Houston. Her career in physical
therapy spanned three decades. She had taught at the Denton
and Houston campuses
of Texas Woman's University since 1975 and served as
director of post-professional studies at the Houston campus.
M.S.), Denton. He was a longtime employee of the city of Denton,
working as a public information officer and more recently as
Ellis Merrell ('02
M.M.), Salisbury, N.C. His master of music degree in music
performance was awarded posthumously in May 2002. He had worked
with the community music program at UNT.
B. Barton, Denton,
Professor Emeritus of economics, 1938-1973. Barton served in
the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945 in a tank destroyer unit. He
attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned
a bachelor's degree in 1930, a master's in 1932 and a
doctorate in 1937. He taught high school before joining the
North Texas faculty and served as an economist and a consultant
for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. One of the leading
labor economists in the Southwest during the 1940s and '50s,
he was nationally known for his research on worker's
compensation. In 1965 he was instrumental in starting UNT's
Labor and Industrial Relations Institute.
Woodruff Cartwright ('29),
Weatherford, North Texas regent, 1949-1955. Cartwright was
the first woman member of the board of regents and a UNT Distinguished
Alumna. U.S. presidents and Texas governors called upon her
skills as a civic leader to serve on boards and committees.
She was former mayor of Tin Top, an abandoned community she
restored. As chair of buildings and grounds at North Texas,
she transplanted hundreds of trees around Fouts Field from
her ranch in Parker County. She also brought stones to form
a rock garden between Willis Library and the Music Building.
Her friends referred to her as "Amazing Grace."
Fort Worth. Together with her husband, William W. Collins Jr.
('37, '38 M.S.), she established scholarships at
UNT and was a life member of the UNT President's Council.
During World War II, she worked for the ration board in Sherman,
as a secretary for a heavy equipment manufacturer in Fort Worth
and at the Naval Ordnance Depot in Pocatello, Idaho. She later
worked as a placement specialist with Cloud Employment Agency
in Dallas and was also vice president and secretary for the
Binkley-Collins Foundation, which supports education.
Denton, professor on modified service and former co-chair of
the UNT English department, 1962-2002. He began his teaching
career in the Oklahoma public schools and served in the Army
before pursuing his graduate degrees. He earned his bachelor's
degree at East Central State College in Ada, Okla., and his
master's and doctoral degrees in English from the University
of Oklahoma. At North Texas he taught courses in American,
British and world literature and specialized in psychological
criticism. He wrote The Art Theme in Joyce Cary's First
Trilogy and also published two collections of his poetry.
McKinney, Professor Emeritus of music, 1966-1994. Rainbow,
who helped start UNT's doctoral program in music education
in 1971, was the first full-time double bass teacher at North
Texas. He received his bachelor's and master's
degrees from the University of Northern Iowa and his doctorate
in music education at the University of Iowa. As a performer
in the 1940s, he played with the Al Donahue Orchestra, Teresa
Brewer, Dennis Day and the Freddy Martin Orchestra. He was
also a bassist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for 25
years. A UNT scholarship has been established in his name.
Rev. William Brevard Rogers,
Denton, campus minister, 1955-1959. He was a Presbyterian chaplain
who ministered to students at North Texas and taught
classes in the Bible department. He wrote articles in scholarly
journals and periodicals, including "Curricular Religious
Studies in the Public Universities of Texas." He also
wrote two books about his experiences as a combat pilot in
the Pacific during World War II — he received the Distinguished
Flying Cross and the Air Medal for his service. He earned bachelor's
degrees from Davidson College and Princeton Theological Seminary
and his master of theology and doctor of theology degrees from
Union Theological Seminary in Virginia.
P. Sholty ('63, '97
Ph.D.), Dallas, adjunct faculty member in the Department of
English, 1988-2002. After earning her bachelor's degree
from North Texas, Sholty received her master's degree
in medieval literature from Marquette University. She returned
to UNT to earn her doctorate and taught writing and literature
classes off and on here for 14 years. During her career, she
published several short stories and contributed to the Encyclopedia
of the Novel and the Chaucer Encyclopedia. A scholarship in
her memory has been established at the UNT Foundation.