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Information about the deaths of the following alumni was received in the Office of Development. Please send information to University of North Texas, Alumni Records, P.O. Box 311250, Denton, Texas 76203-1250, send e-mail to or fill out the online form.

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John T. Dunn (’31)
Steva Ross Harris (’34, ’50 M.A.)
William Fred Galbraith Jr. (’37)
Estelle McCaslin Whitley (’37, ’38 M.A.)
Wilma Claussen Tripp (’38)



Carroll Ellis (’41)
Belva McCoy Harlow (’41)
Nell Van Zandt Ornee (’41)
Ruth M. Gage Williamson (’43)
Jewell J. Copeland (’44)
William W. ‘Bill’ Chappell (’47)
Thelma Thomas (’47)
Marian ‘Wardene’ Churchill (’49)
Jacqueline Langham Eagle (’49)


John P. Favors (’50 M.S.)
Travis Hilliard (’50)
Cleo Bell Huggins Martin (’50)
Patricia Pearce Barnes (’51)
Earl O. Clark Jr. (’54)
Robert E. Hamilton Jr. (’57)
Harry A. Kinsfather (’57)
J.M. Wood (’57, ’59 M.M.Ed.)



Sara ‘Sally’ Riley Echols (’61)
Frank Ellis Guthrie (’62)
William Travis Kirk Jr. (’62)
Maxine Mae Poulter Bodine (’63 M.Ed.)
Edward C. Mello (’65 M.S.)
Irvin Williams (’66 M.S.)
Roy G. Pence (’67)
Barbara Sikes (’67)
Linda Kay Boren (’68)
Wilburn O. ‘Ech’ Echols (’68)



Allen ‘Dale’ Meadows (’71)
Kathy Ann Morrissey (’73)
Edward ‘Eddie’ Hutchinson Pine (’74)
Wanda Cox Proctor (’74, ’79 Ph.D.)
Margo Flanery (’76)
Jon Tergerson (’76)
Alta Mae Davis Reber (’78 M.S.)
Susan E. Gordon (’79 Ph.D.)



Glenda Collins (’80 D.M.A.)
James S. Mark (’85)
Rhoda C. O’Neal (’85 M.S.)
Caryl Herfort (’86)
Carolyn Jean Wagoner (’86 M.Ed.)
Laurie Porth Walker (’86 M.S.)
Virginia Farish Lozano (’89)


Misty Butler (’01)


University Community

Dorothy Virginia Botkin
Leon F. Brown
Earl W. Kooker (’48 M.S.)


1930s [ top ]

  • John T. Dunn (’31), Decatur. He was the owner of Dunn’s Hardware in Decatur for 57 years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge.
  • Steva Ross Harris (’34, ’50 M.A.), Denton. She was a retired public school teacher.
  • William Fred Galbraith Jr. (’37), Elgin. He received his degree from North Texas in Bible.
  • Estelle McCaslin Whitley (’37, ’38 M.A.), Denton. She taught school for 39 years in Archer City, Port Arthur, White Oak, Pilot Point and Nacogdoches.
  • Wilma Claussen Tripp (’38), Denton. She was a founding member of the Phoreffs sorority on campus.

1940s [ top ]

  • Carroll Ellis (’41), Nashville, Tenn. He studied political science at North Texas.
  • Belva McCoy Harlow (’41), Waco. She taught school in El Campo and later assisted her husband in their commercial building business. A talented pianist and organist, she entertained many senior adult groups throughout Central Texas.
  • Nell Van Zandt Ornee (’41), Fort Worth. She was a librarian at Texas Christian University before being named dean of the library at Texas Wesleyan College.
  • Ruth M. Gage Williamson (’43), Argyle. She studied business at North Texas and was involved with the Denton County Emergency Foster Care program.
  • Jewell J. Copeland (’44), Houston. She received her degree from North Texas in library science.
  • William W. ‘Bill’ Chappell (’47), Kaufman. He was chosen as a College Favorite at North Texas. He served in the Army during World War II and returned to finish his business administration degree. He joined IBM and lived in New York City until his retirement.
  • Thelma Thomas (’47), Petersburg. She studied general business at North Texas.
  • Marian ‘Wardene’ Churchill (’49), Fort Worth. She was a teacher at William James and Leonard Middle School during her 32 years with the Fort Worth ISD. She taught physical education and science.
  • Jacqueline Langham Eagle (’49), Fort Worth. She was active in the West Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce and was named Female News Maker of the Year.

1950s [ top ]

  • John P. Favors (’50 M.S.), Denton. He served on the faculty at Denton High School for 24 years until his retirement. During World War II, he served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army.
  • Travis Hilliard (’50), Arlington. He taught school in Desdemona and Olden and was the superintendent in Olden and Gordon. He also served as county school superintendent in Palo Pinto County and school tax assessor.
  • Cleo Bell Huggins Martin (’50), Denton. She was a member of the Work and Study Club and the Shakespeare Club in Denton.
  • Patricia Pearce Barnes (’51), Irving. She taught school in El Campo before teaching in Irving for 15 years.
  • Earl O. Clark Jr. (’54), Temple. He studied management while attending North Texas.
  • Robert E. Hamilton Jr. (’57), Houston. He studied marketing while at North Texas and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
  • Harry A. Kinsfather (’57), Bloomfield, N.M. He graduated from Whitesboro High School before attending North Texas.
  • J.M. Wood (’57, ’59 M.M.Ed.), Ridgeland, Miss. He served in the church music ministry, working in Baptist churches in Oklahoma, Kansas and Mississippi for 47 years.

1960s [ top ]

  • Sara ‘Sally’ Riley Echols (’61), Gainesville. She was a public school teacher for 27 years, teaching subjects ranging from high school English and typing to elementary special education.
  • Frank Ellis Guthrie (’62), Garland. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and joined the crew of the Nuclear Cruiser Long Beach, which was stationed in Tonkin Bay during the Vietnam War.
  • William Travis Kirk Jr. (’62), El Paso. He was a partner in an El Paso law firm and an active member of the legal community, serving as the secretary of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee.
  • Maxine Mae Poulter Bodine (’63 M.Ed.), Branson, Mo. She was on the faculty at Dallas Baptist University and later was active in community and charitable endeavors.
  • Edward C. Mello (’65 M.S.), Vineyard Haven, Mass. He studied public address and communication at North Texas.
  • Irvin Williams (’66 M.S.), Dallas. He retired in 1991 as principal of B.F. Darrell Elementary School and had been assistant principal at Harrell Budd, Elisha M. Pease and Edna Rowe elementary schools.
  • Roy G. Pence (’67), Willis. He worked for Borden Foods until 1976 when he began his 26-year career as an agent with State Farm Insurance Co.
  • Barbara Sikes (’67), Dallas. She had taught in the Dallas ISD since 1967. At Barbara Manns High School she was twice chosen teacher of the year. She also taught at Holmes Middle School and North Dallas and Samuell high schools.
  • Linda Kay Boren (’68), Kerrville. She taught in public schools in Dallas, Corpus Christi, Bandera and Kerrville for 23 years.
  • Wilburn O. ‘Ech’ Echols (’68), Gainesville. His lifelong Texas teaching career included work at Greenville, Olney, Grapevine and Gainesville. He was superintendent of the Gainesville ISD from 1961 until his retirement in 1979. He also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

1970s [ top ]

  • Allen ‘Dale’ Meadows (’71), Dallas. He joined the Dallas Police Department in 1971, first working undercover and later becoming a crime scene investigator in DPD’s Northeast Division. In 1978 he formed Dallas Security Systems Inc.
  • Kathy Ann Morrissey (’73), Richardson. She received her degree in journalism from North Texas.
  • Edward ‘Eddie’ Hutchinson Pine (’74), Fort Worth. He was the owner of Edward H. Pine Insurance and vice president of William Rigg Co. He served in the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam.
  • Wanda Cox Proctor (’74, ’79 Ph.D.), Temple. Following her retirement from public education, she taught and did testing at the Art Institute of Dallas.
  • Margo Flanery (’76), Frisco. She was employed by Macy’s department store at the Galleria in Dallas.
  • Jon Tergerson (’76), Cameron. He taught and coached in several Texas cities, spending the last 10 years in the Waco area.
  • Alta Mae Davis Reber (’78 M.S.), Denton. She worked in the Center for Studies in Aging at North Texas and wrote Nutrition and Aging. She later was a dietary consultant for nursing homes.
  • Susan E. Gordon (’79 Ph.D.), Dallas. She taught senior English for several years during the 1960s in Dallas. She volunteered as a teacher of English as a second language, helped immigrants earn citizenship and worked as a corporate consultant.

1980s [ top ]

  • Glenda Collins (’80 D.M.A.), Marshall. She was a professor in the music department of East Texas Baptist University for 25 years and taught organ, piano and music theory.
  • James S. Mark (’85), Dallas. He was an accomplished artist and studied business at North Texas.
  • Rhoda C. O’Neal (’85 M.S.), Dallas. She had worked with the Resolution Trust Commission and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in Dallas and was a professor of accounting at Brookhaven Community College.
  • Caryl Herfort (’86), Austin. She was co-owner of Roto Printing in Austin and had been a writer for the Dallas Observer.
  • Carolyn Jean Wagoner (’86 M.Ed.), Dallas. She taught second grade in the Dallas ISD for 32 years.
  • Laurie Porth Walker (’86 M.S.), Richardson. She worked for 15 years at Ericsson as a senior tax accountant.
  • Virginia Farish Lozano (’89), Denton. She received her degree from North Texas in elementary education.

2000s [ top ]

  • Misty Butler (’01), Denton. She received her degree from UNT in biology and had worked at Foley’s for three years.

University Community [ top ]

  • Dorothy Virginia Botkin, Middlesboro, Ky., Professor Emeritus of music, 1958-1995. Botkin attended the University of Louisville for pre-medical studies before deciding to pursue a career in music. She received her bachelor of science degree from the Juilliard School and her master of music degree from Indiana University. She taught at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton and Del Mar College in Corpus Christi before joining the faculty at North Texas. During the Vietnam War, she made several tours of Southeast Asia to perform concerts for American troops stationed there. She retired from North Texas as a Regents Professor and served as a visiting professor of music at Indiana University until 1999.
  • Leon F. Brown, Denton, Professor Emeritus of music, 1946-1983. Brown was the university’s first trombone instructor and organized its brass choir, which he directed for 25 years. He began his career as a high school band director in Guymon, Okla., and taught at the U.S. Navy School of Music in Washington, D.C., before joining the North Texas faculty. In 1983, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the International Trombone Association, which he helped found. He published about 75 songs and arrangements throughout his career. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
  • Earl W. Kooker (’48 M.S.), Denton, Professor Emeritus of psychology, 1951-1985. Kooker received his bachelor’s degree from Central College in Pella, Iowa, and served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II. He received his master’s from North Texas and his doctorate from the University of Iowa. His professional affiliations included the American Psychological Association, the Association for Exceptional Children, Phi Delta Kappa and Sigma Xi. He was an active sponsor of Psi Chi, a psychology honor society, and volunteered for RSVP at the Community Food Center, Teenage Emergency Care for Children’s Protective Services and the Presbyterian College Campus Ministry.


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