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H. Bobo Adkins ('31)
Ivan E. Johnson Jr. ('32)
Robert P. McDonald ('32)
Joe B. Abernathy ('36)
A. Douglas ('36)
Emma Orr Frank ('36)
Edwin Earl Read ('36)
William Rhoten ('38)
Doris Read Bogart ('39)
Meland Bagby Campbell ('39)
John H. Guyer ('39, '47 M.S.)
Marguerite Atteberry Avery ('40, '53 M.Ed.)
John B. Davidson ('40)
William B. 'Bill' Grace ('40)
Barnett Grayson ('43)
Charlene Lindsey Kearns ('43)
Helen J. 'Peggy' Keen Wood ('43)
Sue Mathis Frost ('44)
Genevieve 'Gene' Faulk Hawley ('45)
Grady Melton Jr. ('45, '50 M.S.)
Lawson Garland 'Jim' Sitzes Jr. ('46)
Timberlake Shannon ('47)
Henry A. Barlow ('48)
Billie Marie Emerick ('48)
Patricia Ann Patterson Gregory ('48)
James K. Highsmith ('48)
Glenn Allen Howard ('49, '57
N. Desco Jr. ('50)
Lou Ellen Wright McKenzie ('50)
Colin E. McSween ('50)
Hawkins Scarborough ('50)
Frances Margaret McBryde ('51 M.A.)
Fred Gordon Erney Jr. ('53)
William 'Bill' Joseph McClendon ('53)
Joan Evonne Bottger ('54, '57 M.Ed.)
Mary Beth Norman Baird ('55, '57
Ximeno Xerxes 'Bill' Jay Jr. ('55)
Ernst Michael Davis ('56, '62 M.A.)
Peggie Jo Ross Farley ('56)
Ray Dawson Ferguson ('56)
Thomas O. Kirkpatrick ('57, '58 M.B.A.)
Joella Brownlee H. Moore ('57, '60
Martha Mathis Waldie ('57)
William Herrera ('60)
Otho James 'Nick' Nitcholas
James R. Mielke ('61)
Bobby Ray Emberton ('62)
Birnam Royce 'B.R.' Tompkins ('62)
Robert 'Bob' Donald Porcher ('63, '68 M.A.)
James Russell Floyd ('65 M.A., '76
Steven L. Adair ('66, '68 M.Ed.)
Gerald Wayne 'Jerry' Langston ('66, '76
Edith Imogene 'Jean' Walker ('66)
Sue C. Tankersley ('67 M.M.Ed.)
Gayle Siegel Oberstein ('68)
Wendell O. Ware ('68 M.Ed.)
Herman E. Depold ('70, '71 M.S.)
Charlotte Washington McLaren Ament ('72)
Michael Lee Harlow ('72)
Charles Leon Johnson ('72)
James Melton Bailey ('73 Ed.D.)
J. Michael 'Mike' Bradford ('75)
Betty Jane Golson Bailey ('76)
Matthew Shelby ('76)
Mobley Irwin ('81 M.S.)
John Lewis Morgan
David Fillmore ('84)
Gene Fuhrman ('86)
Matthew Harris Fletcher ('92)
Larry Sackman ('95 M.B.A.)
James V. Cooke ('28)
Nina Moody Macklin Escue
Forest Sidney 'Sid' Hamilton ('37, '37
Terry Gilbert Jordan
Jack Roberts ('51, '52 M.A.)
Grant Barthe Williams
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H. Bobo Adkins
('31), College Station. She taught for more than 35 years
at Irving ISD and was named Teacher of the Year in 1971. In 1978
she moved to Bryan and taught first grade at Allen Academy.
E. Johnson Jr. ('32),
Tallahassee, Fla. He was Professor Emeritus of art education
and constructive design at Florida State University, where
he had been chair of the art department. He served in the Coast
Guard and Navy during World War II.
('32), Fort Worth. A physician, he served in the Navy during
World War II. He opened his own practice in 1946 and served on
the staffs of Harris and All Saints hospitals for more than 50
years. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from UNT in
('36), Mineral Wells. He was a special agent with the FBI from
1942 to 1976 and was one of the investigators in the assassination
of President John F. Kennedy. He met his wife, Vallie
on her first day on the North Texas campus.
('36), Dallas. She taught school for 37 years in Big Spring,
Sherman and Dallas. She sang with a group called the "Lottie
Bees," which performed at various nursing homes and retirement
('36), Fort Worth. She was a school teacher in Hill County for
more than 30 years, retiring in 1978. She was also part owner
of W. W. "Ollie" Frank Newspaper for 45 years, distributing
the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
('36), Merkel. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War
II. After coaching track and basketball, he served as high school
principal at Merkel from 1941 to 1972.
Azle. He served
in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After 40 years as
an educator, he retired in 1974 as principal of David K. Sellars
Elementary School in Fort Worth. He then spent his time taking
care of his farm, cattle and horses.
Read Bogart ('39),
Houston. She received her bachelor's degree from North
Texas in home economics.
Bagby Campbell ('39),
Albuquerque, N.M. She worked for the federal government in
Washington, D.C., Cincinnati, Oklahoma City and Amarillo. From
1959 to 1976, she was the office manager for a group of orthodontists.
H. Guyer ('39, '47
M.S.), Denton. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War
II. He worked for the Denton ISD for more than 30 years, serving
as a coach and principal at Denton High School and as assistant
superintendent for the district before retiring in 1981. He
is the namesake of Denton's John H. Guyer High School,
which is scheduled to open in 2005.
Marguerite Atteberry Avery ('40, '53
M.Ed.), Sherman. She taught special education for more than
45 years in Texas, Florida and Oregon.
B. Davidson ('40),
Belton. He was Professor Emeritus of religion at Baylor University.
Before joining Baylor in 1957, he was the pastor of Baptist
churches in Greenville, Fort Worth, Montague and Austin.
B. 'Bill' Grace ('40),
Wichita Falls. He owned a Buick dealership through the late
1950s and was a loan officer with Wichita National Bank from
1963 until his retirement in 1984.
Barnett Grayson ('43),
Houston. She taught for more than 29 years in schools in Tennessee,
Texas and Naples, Italy. She retired from the Houston ISD in
Lindsey Kearns ('43),
Dallas. She was a teacher with the Selwyn Academy and a concessions
owner at the State Fair of Texas.
J. 'Peggy' Keen Wood ('43),
Midland. She taught school and was a librarian in Brownfield
and Van Horn. After moving to Midland, she worked for Exxon
for 36 years, retiring in 1986.
Mathis Frost ('44),
Emory. She earned her degree from North Texas in health education.
- Genevieve 'Gene' Faulk
Midland. She taught special education for
17 years in Midland and Lee high schools, retiring in 1985.
She helped create programs that allowed pregnant students to
continue attending high school and special education students
to receive special diplomas by holding jobs she helped obtain
Melton Jr. ('45, '50
M.S.), Longview. He graduated from the demonstration school
at North Texas and served in the Army Air Corps during World
War II. His teaching career spanned 34 years in Texas and New
Mexico schools. He also raised shorthorn cattle and won state
awards for cattle breeding and contributions to agriculture.
Garland 'Jim' Sitzes Jr. ('46),
Pilot Point. He earned his degree from North Texas in economics
and served in the Air Force.
Timberlake Shannon ('47),
San Angelo. She earned her North Texas degree in library science
and taught in Fort Stockton, Levelland, Wall and San Angelo.
A. Barlow ('48),
Denton. He was in the Army and the Marine Corps in Okinawa
during World War II and received a Purple Heart. He studied
economics at North Texas.
Marie Emerick ('48),
Bartlesville, Okla. She earned her bachelor's degree
from North Texas in secretarial administration.
Ann Patterson Gregory ('48),
Corsicana. She was an executive director in Shaklee and was
active in several community programs, including mentoring at
K. Highsmith ('48),
Farmersville. He was the former superintendent for the Farmersville
ISD and served several terms on the Farmersville City Council
after retiring. He served in the Army during World War II.
Allen Howard ('49, '57
M.Ed.), Amarillo. He started the driver's education program
at Amarillo High School and was the first basketball coach
at Travis Junior High there. He served in the Air Force during
World War II.
N. Desco Jr. ('50),
Leonard. The owner of J. Desco & Sons, he was in the ceramic
tile and terrazzo business until he retired in 1975. He was
an officer in the Air Force Reserves and the Texas Air National
Guard from 1948 to 1956, and was especially proud of his 45
years of perfect attendance in the Rotary Club.
Ellen Wright McKenzie ('50),
Amarillo. She taught first grade in Byers for three years before
moving to Amarillo. There she sold real estate and later worked
as a homebound teacher for 19 years.
E. McSween ('50),
Sanger. He was a B-24 pilot in the Army Air Corps during World
War II. He later worked for American Airlines and retired as
Scarborough ('50), Cedar Park. He received his bachelor's
degree from North Texas in industrial arts education.
Margaret McBryde ('51 M.A.), Denton. She taught English
and music until 1931, when she met and married North Texas
biology professor James B. McBryde. She was a member of the
Ariel Club for 70 years, where she played piano solos and
duets. She was recognized by the Texas Federation of Women's
Clubs for being a member longer than anyone in the history
of that organization.
Gordon Erney Jr. ('53), Denton. He served in the Army
during the Korean War. He worked in the paper industry in
Dallas, Los Angeles and Houston and belonged to the Houston
World Affairs Council.
- William 'Bill' Joseph
McClendon ('53), Denton. He served in the Air Force
and the Air Force ROTC, receiving his commission as first
lieutenant. His career as an executive with Murphy Corp.,
Mobil Oil and Ingram Industries gave him the opportunity
to live and travel throughout the world.
Evonne Bottger ('54, '57
M.Ed.), Edmond, Okla. She taught health and physical education
and coached girls sports for 14 years in Texas public schools.
For 23 years she was a professor of health and physical education
at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Beth Norman Baird ('55, '57
M.S.), Austin. After graduating from North Texas, she worked
in medical research and maintained her interest in medicine
throughout her lifetime.
Xerxes 'Bill' Jay Jr. ('55),
Clayton, N.C. He was a graduate of the North Texas demonstration
school and served in the Korean War. He studied general business
at North Texas.
Michael Davis ('56, '62
M.A.), Sugar Land. He earned his degrees from North Texas in
biology and in 1979 was given the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Jo Ross Farley ('56),
Lafayette, La. She taught in Dallas and then in Louisiana schools.
She retired from the Lafayette Parish School Board
Dawson Ferguson ('56),
Wayne, N.J. He was a retired professional golfer. He studied
business education at North Texas.
O. Kirkpatrick ('57, '58
M.B.A.), Missoula, Mont. He earned his bachelor's degree
in personnel management and organizational behavior and his
master's in personnel and industrial relations from North
Brownlee H. Moore ('57, '60
M.S.), Grandview. She received her bachelor's in education
and a master's in elementary education supervision from
Mathis Waldie ('57),
Dallas. She taught English in the Dallas ISD for several years
before becoming an antiques dealer. Most recently she was a
dealer at Lovers Lane Antiques Market.
William Herrera ('60),
Corpus Christi. A composer, he was inducted into the Tejano
Music Hall of Fame in 1993. He had won multiple awards for
his music and was the owner of the House of Music in Corpus
James 'Nick' Nitcholas Jr. ('60),
Plano. He was a Navy veteran, an independent businessman and
active with the Texas Baptist Men disaster relief organization.
R. Mielke ('61),
Dallas. He was in the Army and in 2002 retired from the Department
of Defense after more than 30 years of service.
Casey ('62, '
63 M.S.), Beeville. He taught and coached for 26 years at schools
in Sherman, Tom Bean and Denison, and he operated Casey's
Crawfish Farm near Denison after retiring. He served in the
Texas National Guard and the Army Reserve from 1953 to 1960.
Ray Emberton ('62),
Carthage. He taught school at Carthage for 18 years while running
Bluebonnet Cleaners. He also owned and operated Emberton Motor
Co. and sang with a bluegrass band.
Royce 'B.R.' Tompkins ('62),
Plano. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in physics
from North Texas.
- Robert 'Bob' Donald
Porcher ('63, '68
M.A.), Livingston. He was a former Marine, school teacher and
real estate appraiser. He was also a member of Mensa.
Russell Floyd ('65
M.A., '76 Ph.D.), Fort Worth. He was head of the math
department at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth for several
years and later taught at Tarrant County College.
L. Adair ('66, '68
M.Ed.), Dallas. He coached baseball at SMU and Trinity Christian
Academy. He was named the American Amateur Baseball Association's
Coach of the Year in 1994 and the Dallas Morning News Coach
of the Year in 1999.
Wayne 'Jerry' Langston ('66, '76
M.Ed.), Gainesville. He spent 33 years in public education
as a teacher, principal and girls basketball coach. He was
an elementary principal at Valley View, Callisburg and Thackerville
Imogene 'Jean' Walker ('66),
Dallas. She was co-owner of one of the largest women-owned
businesses in Dallas, which included 10 title companies and
Safeco Land Title. She received her accounting degree from
C. Tankersley ('67
M.M.Ed.), Houston. She taught general music in the Houston
ISD and private piano lessons for more than 30 years. She was
active with the Metro Group of International Cultural Arts,
for which she traveled internationally.
Siegel Oberstein ('68),
Dallas. She was a real estate agent with Ebby Halliday Realtors
for 25 years after teaching in the Dallas ISD.
O. Ware ('68
M.Ed.), Big Spring. He was a teacher and principal with the
Big Spring ISD from 1962 to 1991.
E. Depold ('70, '71
M.S.), Lake George, N.Y. He served in the Air Force during
the Korean War. He was a professor at Wharton County Junior
College for 15 years and owned his own business, Grandma's
Backporch Restaurant, from 1978 to 1995.
Washington McLaren Ament ('72),
Bastrop. She was a kindergarten teacher in Irving and received
local and statewide Teacher of the Year awards. She was also
a founding member of the Irving White Oak chapter of the Daughters
of the American Revolution.
Lee Harlow ('72),
Springtown. He served in the Air Force in Thailand and as a
fighter pilot. He was a professional sculptor.
Leon Johnson ('72),
Austin. He retired from Libbey Glass, where he had worked his
way up to territory manager. He received a degree in marketing
from North Texas.
('73 Ed.D.), Bartlesville, Okla. He served in the Marine
Corps during World War II before beginning his teaching career,
which spanned more than 40 years. He retired in 1987 as superintendent
with the Fort Worth ISD.
Michael 'Mike' Bradford ('75),
Beaumont. He served as a district court judge in Jefferson
County and in 1994 was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Eastern
District. His notable cases included defending the government
in the Branch Davidian civil trial and helping lead the prosecution
in the James Byrd Jr. dragging death trials.
Jane Golson Bailey ('76), Kaufman. She studied
history at North Texas and was an educator in Dallas and
Shelby ('76), Tucson, Ariz. He was a computer
programmer with America Online and had lived in Tucson for
25 years. He received his North Texas degree in psychology.
Mobley Irwin ('81
M.S.), Dallas. She worked for the Dallas Public Library and
was recently working with the law firm
of Fulbright & Jaworski. She was a past president of the
Dallas Association of Law Librarians.
Plano. He received his degree from North Texas in marketing.
Irving. He was a lifelong resident of Irving and a salesman
for the Dallas branch
of the SMC Corp. His sister, Jan Fillmore
says he had always regretted not buying a class ring when he
attended North Texas and just last spring was able to find
one from a company that still had the NTSU mold.
Fuhrman ('86), Denton. He graduated from North
Texas with a degree in business computer information systems
and was the chief operating officer of Nortex Communications
Co. in Muenster. He and his college roommate, Brian
Bearden ('86) of Houston, lived in the same room in West Hall
for their entire 4 1/2-year stay at North Texas.
Harris Fletcher ('92), Dallas. He earned his
bachelor of science degree from UNT in criminal justice and
worked in the computer technology field.
Sackman ('95 M.B.A.), North Richland Hills.
He was employed by Bell Helicopter-Textron as an engineer
for more than 17 years.
Roanoke, Va., professor of philosophy and dean of the College
of Arts and Sciences, 1993-1997. She received her bachelor's
degree from Randolph-Macon Woman's College, a master's
from the University of South Carolina and a doctorate from
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She left
Denton to become the first female president of Wesleyan College
in Macon, Ga. In 2002 she became president of Hollins University
V. Cooke ('28), Denton, Professor Emeritus
of mathematics, 1937-1974. He earned his bachelor's degree
in math from North Texas and a master's degree and doctorate
from Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn. Before joining North
Texas, he taught math in public schools and at colleges in
Texas and Kentucky. He left North Texas to serve in the Air
Corps during World War II and returned after the war.
James Davidson, Fort Worth, Professor Emeritus of
English, 1954-1986. He took pilot ground lessons on campus
and lived in Chilton Hall before serving in Hawaii and the
Philippines during World War II. He earned bachelor's and
master's degrees from the University of Utah and his doctorate
from New York University. He wrote creative as well as scholarly
works, was a painter and pianist, and was also well known
for walking to work, a round trip of 10 miles a day between
his Denton home and campus.
Moody Macklin Escue, Denton, teacher at the North
Texas Lab School, 1955-1967. She also taught in the Denton
school district and was active with the National Education
Sidney 'Sid' Hamilton ('37, '37
M.S.), Denton, Professor Emeritus of psychology, 1936-1973.
He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees
from North Texas and his doctorate in psychology at New York
University. He served in the Navy during World War II and
also served in the Korean War. At North Texas, he was the
faculty sponsor of Psi Chi, the national psychology honor
society, and served on the organization's national
Gilbert Jordan, Austin, professor and chair of the
Department of Geography, 1969-1982. He earned his bachelor's
degree at Southern Methodist University, his master's
at the University of Texas and his doctorate at the University
of Wisconsin. He taught at Arizona State University before
joining North Texas and later served as the Walter Prescott
Webb Professor of History and Ideas at the University of
Roberts ('51, '52 M.A.), Denton, professor
of music, 1957-2004. He earned bachelor's and master's
degrees from North Texas as a student of Silvio and Isabel
Scionti and received his doctorate from the University of
Michigan. A designated Steinway artist, in 1984 he began
serving as piano coordinator at North Texas and chaired the
division of keyboard studies until 1999. He also enjoyed
a successful career as a concert performer. For many years,
he was an official pianist for the G.B. Dealey Competition
Barthe Williams, Farmers Branch, Professor Emeritus
of music, 1966-1994. He earned bachelor's and master's
degrees from the Juilliard School of Music and performed
as a tenor soloist for opera companies throughout the United
States. He recorded music for RCA Victor, MGM and Lyrichord
Records. At North Texas, he directed the Chapel Choir and
was the sponsor of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the national music
fraternity. For the past 10 years he had worked with the
Dallas Symphony Chorus as a vocal technique coach and consultant.