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(’31), Decatur. He was the owner of Dunn’s Hardware
in Decatur for 57 years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge.
(’34, ’50 M.A.), Denton. She was a retired public
Fred Galbraith Jr.
(’37), Elgin. He received his degree from North Texas in
(’37, ’38 M.A.), Denton. She taught school for 39
years in Archer City, Port Arthur, White Oak, Pilot Point and
(’38), Denton. She was a founding member of the Phoreffs
sorority on campus.
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(’41), Nashville, Tenn. He studied political science at
(’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.
Van Zandt Ornee
(’41), Fort Worth. She was a librarian at Texas Christian
University before being named dean of the library at Texas Wesleyan
M. Gage Williamson
(’43), Argyle. She studied business at North Texas and was
involved with the Denton County Emergency Foster Care program.
(’44), Houston. She received her degree from North Texas
in library science.
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.
(’47), Petersburg. She studied general business at North
(’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.
(’49), Fort Worth. She was active in the West Texas Women’s
Chamber of Commerce and was named Female News Maker of the Year.
(’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.
(’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
Bell Huggins Martin
(’50), Denton. She was a member of the Work and Study Club
and the Shakespeare Club in Denton.
(’51), Irving. She taught school in El Campo before teaching
in Irving for 15 years.
O. Clark Jr.
(’54), Temple. He studied management while attending North
E. Hamilton Jr.
(’57), Houston. He studied marketing while at North Texas
and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
(’57), Bloomfield, N.M. He graduated from Whitesboro High
School before attending North Texas.
(’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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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
(’65 M.S.), Vineyard Haven, Mass. He studied public address
and communication at North Texas.
(’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.
(’67), Willis. He worked for Borden Foods until 1976 when
he began his 26-year career as an agent with State Farm Insurance
(’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.
(’68), Kerrville. She taught in public schools in Dallas,
Corpus Christi, Bandera and Kerrville for 23 years.
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.
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‘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.
‘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.
(’74, ’79 Ph.D.), Temple. Following her retirement
from public education, she taught and did testing at the Art Institute
(’76), Frisco. She was employed by Macy’s department
store at the Galleria in Dallas.
(’76), Cameron. He taught and coached in several Texas cities,
spending the last 10 years in the Waco area.
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.
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.
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(’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.
(’85), Dallas. He was an accomplished artist and studied
business at North Texas.
(’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.
(’86), Austin. She was co-owner of Roto Printing in Austin
and had been a writer for the Dallas Observer.
(’86 M.Ed.), Dallas. She taught second grade in the Dallas
ISD for 32 years.
(’86 M.S.), Richardson. She worked for 15 years at Ericsson
as a senior tax accountant.
(’89), Denton. She received her degree from North Texas
in elementary education.
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(’01), Denton. She received her degree from UNT in biology
and had worked at Foley’s for three years.
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.
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.
(’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.