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.
[ top ]
(27 M.S., 39), Gatesville. He was a schoolteacher
and principal for 45 years. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard
during World War II.
(28, 57 M.A.),
an Antonio. Her 47-year teaching career included works at Harlandale
and Highlands high schools.
(28), Winnsboro. She taught high school English for 42 years,
including more than 25 years at W.W. Samuell High School in Dallas.
[ top ]
Franklin. She retired from teaching after 21 years, working at
Hamilton, Sweeny and Franklin high schools.
(32), San Antonio. He was a U.S. Army dentist for 24 years
and later served as chief of dental surgery at the San Antonio
State Tuberculosis Hospital.
Cockerill Dittert (33),
El Campo. She taught in Dawson, Rains and Gaines counties and
retired from the El Campo ISD. At North Texas, she was president
of the Latin Club.
Wilkinson Low (34),
Lufkin. She began work as a landscape specialist with the Agricultural
Extension Service in 1945 and went on to become assistant director
of extension and head of the Department of Home Economics at Texas
(36), Dallas. She taught art for many years and after retirement
pursued her interests in drawing, painting, design and travel.
(36), Glendale, Ariz. She taught school in Ranger for 17
years and later taught biology and nutrition at Lee College in
Baytown. She was a world traveler and visited more than 40 countries.
J. Pete Stewart
(38), Fairview. She taught school for several years in West
Texas and then became a real estate broker until her retirement.
(39), Frost. She retired in 1970 after teaching in Denison,
Groves and Beaumont schools.
(39), Palestine. He served in the Army Air Corps during
World War II and retired in 1978 from the Missouri Pacific-Great
Northern, Union Pacific Railroad.
[ top ]
Elnora Leach Denton
(40), Van Alstyne. She taught school for many years in Van
Alstyne, Melissa and Palmer.
J. Ginny Barber Veazey
(40), Terrell. She was active as a leader in both Boy Scouts
and Girls Scouts and was a member of the Order of the Eastern
Star. While at North Texas, she played the violin in the Symphony
Wesley Yarbro Sr.
(40), Fort Worth. After serving as a pilot during World
War II, he worked as an auditor and formed his own company as
a CPA and financial consultant. He was an authority on oil and
(41), Dallas. She taught school for 40 years, including
21 years as a fourth-grade teacher at Rosemont Elementary School
in Dallas. She was an avid gardener.
(41), Fort Thomas, Ky. She was a primary school teacher
for 40 years, first teaching in Wichita Falls and then in Dallas.
(41), Borger. She was a teacher and administrator for the
Borger school district for 43 years.
(41, 58 M.S.), Moody. She taught for 45 years, teaching
fifth and sixth grades, and later helped her sister on the family
(42), Dallas. She taught in public schools in Texas for
many years and then worked for Lone Star Gas as a home economist.
(42 M.M.), Nacogdoches. He was in the Army Air Corps during
World War II and later served in the Texas National Guard. He
retired from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1990, where
he had served as director of teacher certification and professor
of secondary education.
(43 M.Ed.), Corsicana. During her career, she taught classes
from the kindergarten to college levels. She also taught English
as a second language. After retiring in 1975 she was active in
civic affairs, painting and gardening.
Nell Elliott Watson
(43), Blossom. She retired after teaching homemaking for
26 years. She taught Sunday school for more than 55 years and
played the piano for more than 30 years at the Blossom First Methodist
(46), Arlington. She taught math for 22 years and after
retirement was a computer programmer for her husbands insurance
(47), New Braunfels. She received her degree in music education
from North Texas.
(47), Corsicana. He joined the Marines during World War
II and was selected as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Band.
After attending North Texas, Judson worked in the insurance business
(47), Beaumont. He was a professor of voice and opera at
Lamar University for 43 years and was the founding director of
the Beaumont Civic-Lamar Tech Opera Theatre. He met and married
his wife, Ruth Henderson, while a student at North Texas.
(47), San Antonio. He taught and coached football for a
number of years in West Texas before moving to San Antonio to
become a trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety. He
later taught history and drivers education.
(48), Ponca City, Okla. She received her degree in elementary
education from North Texas.
(48), Caldwell. She was a librarian and teacher for more
than 30 years.
(48), Fort Worth. He was in the U.S. Army during World War
II and was a prisoner of war in Germany. He worked as a salesman
for State Life Insurance Co. until retirement.
(49 M.S.), Mineral Wells. He served in the U.S. Army in
World War II and was a retired coach, teacher and rancher.
(49), Columbia, Mo. He was a Professor Emeritus in the School
of Engineering at the University of Missouri, retiring after a
teaching and research career.
Lee Robertson Martin
(’49), Midland. She taught school and then went on to work in
the State Library in Santa Fe, N.M. After moving back to Texas,
she was active in the PTA.
(49), Big Sandy. He served as a naval aviator during World
War II. He retired from Mobil Oil Corp. in 1983 and was later
elected to the Harmony ISD school board.
(49, 51 M.B.Ed.), Brunswick. She served as captain
in the Womens Army Corps during World War II and the Korean
War. After graduating from North Texas, she was a guidance counselor
(49), Spring Branch. For more than 20 years, she was a real
estate agent in the West Houston area.
(50), Van. He served in the Army in World War II and was
retired from Tyler Pipe.
(50), Burkburnett. He retired from the personnel office
in civil service at Sheppard Air Force Base after 30 years of
(50), Pilot Point. He practiced dentistry in Irving for
many years before retiring to Pilot Point.
(50), Mart. He served as a U.S. Air Force pilot during the
Korean War. He practiced medicine until his retirement in 1996.
Sue Johnson Umphres
(50), Stephenville. She received a degree in home economics
from North Texas and went on to teach.
(51), Lancaster. He was stationed at Edwards Air Force Base
during the Korean War and remained there for 30 years in civil
service, working in special instrumentation in test pilot school.
(52, 56 M.S.), Lewisville. He served in the Navy during
World War II and worked as a coach, teacher, principal and superintendent,
retiring from the Lewisville ISD.
(53), Moody. She devoted 44 years to the education profession,
teaching first grade in Mercedes, Eagle Pass and Port Arthur and
retiring from the Waco school district.
(55), Mineola. He served two years in the Army in Japan
after college and went on to run the family furniture business
until retirement. He then traveled extensively, always with his
(56 M.S.), Eagle Lake. She taught first grade in the Highland
Park school district for most of her teaching career.
D. Pinky Canuteson
(57), Dallas. He worked in various accounting positions
for 30 years at Dallas Power and Light Co. He had played football
at Clifton High School and was recognized in 2000 as one of the
top players in the history of Central Texas high school football.
Donald Harris Sr.
(57), McKinney. He served in the Army during the Korean
War. After retirement from Crown Zellerbach/James River Corp.
and the Dole Food Co., he returned to cattle ranching.
H. Bud Hopkins
(57), Arlington. He served in the 101st Airborne Division
during World War II. After graduating from North Texas, he began
work as a high school basketball coach and finished his career
in Fort Worth, where he worked as a teacher and administrator
until his retirement.
C. Hogan Hopkins
(57), Arlington. She worked as an art and gifted-talented
teacher in the Fort Worth ISD. She met her husband, Herman H.
Hopkins, while at North Texas.
(57), Irving. He was a member of Theta Chi fraternity while
at North Texas. He owned and operated Jewell Printing Co. in Dallas
for more than 20 years.
(57), Austin. He was an officer of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity
while at North Texas. He spent 14 years in the airline industry
and many years as a recruiter for private companies.
B. Sam Houston
(58), Bedford. He retired from General Dynamics after 30
years in the engineering department. At North Texas he was a member
of Kappa Sigma fraternity.
(59), Sherman. She was a speech pathologist for the Rehabilitation
Center for Children and Adults for 21 years. She was also a church
pianist and was active in the Sherman Community Players and the
(60), San Marcos. He taught school for many years. He and
his wife worked as missionaries with the Navajo in New Mexico
in the early 1960s.
Ray Couch Hussong (60),
Kaufman. She taught first grade in Mesquite for 26 years after
receiving her degree in business education from North Texas.
(61), Pottsboro. She taught for many years in the Richardson,
Birdville and Richland school districts.
(62), Plainview. She taught school in McCamey, Spearman
and White Deer before retiring in 1975.
Ruth West Pearson
(63), Corsicana. She was a lifelong music teacher.
(65), Plano. He was a relocation specialist for Remax and
a Vietnam veteran.
(66), Athens. She taught school for 22 years in the Athens
(66, 72 M.Ed.), Arlington. He was a science teacher
at Arlington High School and received numerous honors during his
22-year teaching career.
(67 M.S.), Valley View. He was a World War II B-17 combat
pilot, completing 28 missions. He retired from the Air Force in
1963 as a lieutenant colonel and began a 20-year career as a mathematics
teacher, principal and superintendent.
(68), Waxahachie. He was employed as an accountant in Minneapolis
for 20 years after receiving his degree in accounting from North
(69), San Antonio. She was a flight attendant and then went
on to teach health and special education in the Dallas, New Orleans
and Lyle school districts.
(69), Terrell. He was a freelance television actor until
the time of his death.
[ top ]
Michael Keller (70), Fulshear. He was a CPA and former
president and treasurer of the board of directors of the Katy
Edmund Simbeck Sr.
(70), Denton. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and
retired after 30 years of teaching.
Sheldon Spence (71), Skellytown. He worked in marketing
in the oil and gas industry after receiving his degree in business
at North Texas.
(73 M.Ed.), Hico. She taught for 27 years, retiring from
Haltom High School in 1994.
(74), Saginaw. He received his degree in industrial arts
from North Texas and was employed by Whip Industries as a computer
numerical control programmer.
(74), Crowley. He was a teacher in the Crowley ISD and most
recently taught community education and staff development and
served as web master and instructional technology leader.
(75), Browns Summit, N.C. She received her degree in secondary
education from North Texas.
(77), Plano. She had taught for five years in the Irving
ISD and was a preschool teacher at Holy Covenant United Methodist
Church in Carrollton. At North Texas she was a member of Omicron,
which became Pi Beta Phi sorority.
Victor McClinton II
(77), Dallas. He began his teaching career at St. Lukes
Catholic School in Irving and taught in Dallas before returning
to the Irving ISD.
[ top ]
(80), Duncan, Okla. He was a matrix administrator for Halliburton
Energy Services, working more than 20 years with computer systems
for the company. He studied accounting and information systems
at North Texas.
B. Bill Jones
(82), Pinos Altos, N.M. As a photojournalist, he worked
on the North Texas Daily, the Denton Record-Chronicle
and the Lufkin Daily News. Later he became a radiology
and CT technician, working in Austin, Alpine and Silver City,
(83 Ed.D.), Hurst. He was a former youth director, minister
of education and consultant for the North Texas and Central Texas
conferences of the United Methodist Church. He taught history
at community colleges in Dallas and Fort Worth.
(83 M.Ed.), Dallas. She was a bookkeeper, secretary and
teacher for years. She then worked for the Dallas County Agriculture/Horticultural
Office until her retirement, when she became a Master Gardener.
(83), Sherman. She was a fourth-grade teacher at Crutchfield
(84), Plano. He was in the Naval Air Force and was a sonar
and radar operator during the Vietnam War. He was employed as
a computer operator after graduating from North Texas.
[ top ]
(92), Lawrenceville, Ga. He was director of safety for Frito-Lay
in the Southeast and won numerous national awards for his expertise
in the trucking industry.
(92), Carrollton. He worked as a manager for Peterbilt Motors
(93 Ph.D.), Denton. She was a music teacher for Lakeview
Elementary School in Trophy Club and prior to that taught in Krum.
[ top ]
(01 M.S.), Dallas. He was a Marine for several years and
was employed by Carlson Capital LP. He was also a trainer for
the K-9 Unit of the Denton Police Department and other area departments.
Salado, Director Emeritus of the Center for Texas Studies at UNT,
1986-1991. Greene came to Dallas in 1960, writing first for the
Dallas Times Herald and later for the Dallas Morning
News. His weekly "Texas Sketches" column for the
Morning News began in 1983. A fellow of the Texas Institute
of Letters and the Texas State Historical Association, he served
as resident professor of Texas studies at UNT and coordinating
director of the Center for Texas Studies. Professor James Ward
Lee, who served as director of the center, called him "the
acknowledged dean of Texas letters." Of the more than 20
books Greene wrote, six were published by the UNT Press, which
he helped to establish in 1987. The press's A.C. Greene Series
of books on Texana commemorates his legacy.
, Denton, associate professor of library and information sciences,
1995-2002. Rorvig was nationally recognized as a pioneer in the
field of information retrieval. From 1990 to 1995, while serving
as an adjunct professor at UNT, he worked as a computer engineer
for NASA at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston. His
research focused on deciphering large amounts of information and
finding new ways to piece it together. He produced four U.S. patents
on information retrieval algorithms. Rorvig earned a bachelor's
degree in English at Seattle University, a master's in library
service from Columbia University and a doctorate in information
studies from the University of California at Berkeley. At UNT,
he led the master's program in information systems.