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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, fax to (940) 565-4519, send e-mail to or fill out the online form.

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Emory C. Smith ('29)



Glenna Hope Harris ('31)
Mary McClurkan Lyles ('33)
Steva Ross Whitehead Harris ('34, '50 M.A.)

Exa Faye Hutton Penman ('34)
Weldon H. Wright ('35)
Robert J. Harris Sr. ('39)


Maurice Eubank ('41)
Hazel Mae Taylor Hollinger
Margaret Elizabeth Hanna Parish ('41)
Mavis Marie King ('43)
Irma J. Wankan Rice ('43)
Alpha Mae Cantrell Wollard ('43)
Monroe F. Kruse ('44)
Dorothy A. Braly Janes ('46)
Marjorie Lester Felderhoff ('47)
Howard Allen Craw Jr. ('48)



John M. Braly ('50)
Earl Tom Keel Jr. ('50 M.M.E.)
Joseph Wells Windhamn ('50)
Christine Sheppard LaRue Norton ('51)

Leroy Thompson ('51 M.B.A.)
Evelyn Taylor Laney ('52 M.S.)
Francis H. Thompson ('52)
Jane Claudette Meador Cook ('53)
Frances Joyce McCarthy ('53)
Marilyn Winfree Miller ('53)
Routh C. Mosley ('55)
Ina Janelle Phillips ('56, '61 M.Ed.)
Diane L. McParland Adair ('58, '64 M.Ed.)
Gilbert R. Gardiner ('59)



Dovie Jean Woods Webber ('60, '73 M.A.)
William Doyle McCarrell ('61)
Carl L. Grover ('63)
Winston Henry 'Hank' Riddle ('67)
Hermione Mitchell McMillen ('68)
Linda Williamson Peteet
Barbara Taylor Pollak ('69 M.L.S.)
Dwight O. Thompson
('69, '70 M.Ed.)



Carol Ann Hamilton Christian ('70)
John Robert Maher ('70)
Teddy G. Wallace ('70)
Sharon L. Skaggs Gentry ('71)
Marvin J. Reiter ('72)
Moira M. McInroy ('73)
Robert Ware ('73)
David Homer Reidling ('75)
Tammie Puryear Cooke ('78)


Gary W. Norris ('81)
Anna Maria Wright ('81, '85 M.S., '02 M.S.)
Jimmie Jan Nichols ('86)
Paul McCulloch ('87)
Andrew A. Tarasuk ('88)



Lucien Allan Ouellette ('90)
William Randolph Rutherford Jr. ('90 M.Ed.)
Kimberly A. Johnson Garcia ('91 M.M.)
Lesley Denise Alt McClung ('91 M.Ed.)
John David 'J.D.' White ('91)
Robert Steely Bennett ('98)
Allen O. Laster III
('99 M.Ed.)


Ryan Eric Delaney ('02)

University Community

Orrin Smith Kiker Jr.
Charles Joseph Kleinsteuber
Robert Lewandowski
Martin Staples Shockley


1920s [ top ]

  • Emory C. Smith ('29), Gettysburg, Pa. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars. After retiring in 1974 from the Navy JAG office with the rank of captain, he worked for 10 years at Foster Associates in Washington, D.C. He was the author of many NATO treaty articles and also taught law at the American University and Georgetown University's School of Law.

1930s [ top ]

  • Glenna Hope Harris ('31), Denton. She was a teacher for 35 years in Denton and Little Elm public schools. After retirement, she owned and operated apartment buildings near the North Texas campus.
  • Mary McClurkan Lyles ('33), Denton. She was a retired employee of the payroll department at North Texas and regularly attended campus activities and sporting events. She was awarded UNT's Outstanding Service Award in 1985.
  • Steva Ross Whitehead Harris ('34, '50 M.A.), Denton. She taught at high schools in Ponder, Krum, Lewisville and Hebron before joining the North Texas Lab School. She retired in 1970 after 30 years of teaching.
  • Exa Faye Hutton Penman ('34), Lake Charles, La. She retired from the Pampa ISD in 1974 after 31 years of teaching English at Pampa Junior High School. Her teaching career spanned 40 years.
  • Weldon H. Wright ('35), Lawrenceville, Ga. He received his bachelor's degree in history from North Texas and attended reunions with his friends from the class of 1935 until his health began to fail. He was retired from the U.S. Navy.
  • Robert J. Harris Sr. ('39), Fort Worth. He was a retired high school physics and math teacher. He served as an officer in North Africa, Sardinia, France and Germany during World War II and retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel.

1940s [ top ]

  • Maurice Eubank ('41), Canton. She owned and operated Eubank Funeral Home & Haven of Memories Memorial Park. She also operated an ambulance service and several stores in Canton.
  • Hazel Mae Taylor Hollinger ('41), Killeen. A trumpet player at North Texas, she taught music at schools in Friendswood, Judson, Kilgore and Killeen. She also gave private piano and organ lessons in her home.
  • Margaret Elizabeth Hanna Parish ('41), Arcadia, Okla. She received her bachelor's degree in home economics from North Texas.
  • Mavis Marie King ('43), Fort Worth. She was retired from the Fort Worth ISD, where she taught special education and music. She was one of the district's first special education teachers.
  • Irma J. Wankan Rice ('43), Denton. She was a retired executive secretary for the Presbyterian Synod in Denton. She worked at Hartlee Field during World War II and later for a Dallas law firm.
  • Alpha Mae Cantrell Wollard ('43), Flower Mound. She taught school at Vaughan, Abbott, Hillsboro and Whitney, retiring after 47 years of service.
  • Monroe F. Kruse ('44), West. He spent 42 years in education as a teacher and school administrator, including 30 years as superintendent for the West ISD. After retiring from the education field, he worked in the banking industry.
  • Dorothy A. Braly Janes ('46), Brentwood, Tenn. She studied speech at North Texas and was active in the College Players.
  • Marjorie Lester Felderhoff ('47), Gainesville. She taught school for more than 20 years, 17 years in Gainesville. Upon retiring from teaching, she began a career in real estate.
  • Howard Allen Craw Jr. ('48), St. Helena, Calif. He was a professor of music at Southwestern University in Keene and La Sierra University in Riverside, Calif., for nearly 40 years.

1950s [ top ]

  • John M. Braly ('50), Denton. He was a Presbyterian minister who had served at churches in New Jersey, Florida, Dallas and Fort Worth. After retiring from full-time work, he served as an interim pastor and as a chaplain for retirement centers in the area. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.
  • Earl Tom Keel Jr. (50 M.M.E.), Grand Prairie. He conducted the choral department at Grand Prairie High School for 18 years before becoming director of fine arts for the Grand Prairie ISD. He later was dean of the College of Fine Arts at Dallas Baptist University.
  • Joseph Wells Windham ('50), Lexington, Ky. He was a gunner during World War II, flying 51 missions in the Normandy and Rome-Arno campaigns. A printer, he retired from the Austin American-Statesman after 30 years of service.
  • Christine Sheppard LaRue Norton ('51), College Station. She and her husband built several businesses together, including motels in Galveston and Rosenberg and a restaurant in College Station. She also operated a funeral home.
  • Leroy Thompson ('51 M.B.A.), Dallas. He served as a sergeant in the Army Air Corps before attending North Texas. He worked in the dairy and insurance industries and was also an entertainer and recording artist. He was the founder of the Pioneers of Country Music.
  • Evelyn Taylor Laney ('52 M.S.), Coppell. She received her master's degree in elementary school supervision from North Texas.
  • Francis H. Thompson ('52), Bowling Green, Ky. He taught history and coached in Texas public schools for 11 years and then taught for 30 years at Western Kentucky University. He wrote The Frustration of Politics, an account of Harry Truman's presidency in the McCarthy era.
  • Jane Claudette Meador Cook ('53), Dallas. She taught school in Fort Worth and Pasadena in the '50s and continued teaching informally through her church and volunteer work.
  • Frances Joyce McCarthy ('53), Midland. After receiving her degree in health education, she taught at the high school level and coached volleyball in Fort Stockton. She was a member of the Green Jackets at North Texas.
  • Marilyn Winfree Miller ('53), Kennesaw, Ga. She was a teacher in the Fort Worth school system. At North Texas, she was president of Chi Omega.
  • Routh C. Mosley ('55), Athens. She received her bachelor's degree in library science from North Texas.
  • Ina Janelle Phillips ('56, '61 M.Ed.), Dallas. She was a teacher and elementary school principal in the Dallas ISD for more than 40 years. After retiring in 1990, she traveled throughout the Americas and Europe and became an avid bridge player.
  • Diane L. McParland Adair ('58, '64 M.Ed.), Dallas. She was retired from the Carrollton/Farmers Branch ISD, where she had taught third and fourth grades. She was a fourth-generation Californian, descended from a founding family of San Francisco.
  • Gilbert R. Gardiner ('59), Dallas. He studied management at North Texas and operated Town Square Locksmiths before retiring.

1960s [ top ]

  • Dovie Jean Woods Webber ('60, '73 M.A.), Fort Worth. She was a graduate of the North Texas library service program and a member of Alpha Lambda Sigma. She spent more than 35 years in the health care industry as a facility owner, service provider and consultant.
  • William Doyle McCarrell (61), Longview. He was an Army veteran and retired in 2002 from Action Stainless and Alloys Inc. in Carrollton.
  • Carl L. Grover ('63), Dallas. He received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from North Texas.
  • Winston Henry 'Hank' Riddle ('67), Mineola. He was a songwriter and had worked for Loretta Lynn. At North Texas he studied political science.
  • Hermione Mitchell McMillen ('68), Farmers Branch. She was employed by Citgo Petroleum Corp. Her degree from North Texas was in elementary education.
  • Linda Williamson Peteet ('68), Denton. She was office manager for Texas Monarch Management of Denton. She studied English at North Texas.
  • Barbara Taylor Pollak ('69 M.L.S.), Dallas. She was interested in art history and children's literature and worked for many years as a volunteer librarian at the Dallas Museum of Art.
  • Dwight O. Thompson ('69, '70 M.Ed.), Bonsall, Calif. He taught at Texas Woman's University for six years before moving to California in 1985. He received one of 50 national Samuel Adams Awards for his community service in 1998.

1970s [ top ]

  • Carol Ann Hamilton Christian ('70), Cedar Hill. She was a teacher at Trinity Christian School for 14 years and then taught at Life Charter School of Dallas. She also gave piano lessons in her home.
  • John Robert Maher ('70), Dallas. He was employed at AFLAC. Previously, he worked for El Chico Restaurants for 15 years and was founder of Enchiladas Restaurants, which he operated for 15 years.
  • Teddy G. Wallace ('70), Athens. He received his bachelor's degree in political science from North Texas.
  • Sharon L. Skaggs Gentry ('71), Plano. She taught elementary school for 31 years in Denison, Midland and Plano schools and was named Teacher of the Year at Robinson Elementary in Plano. She was also the author of two books, The Heart of Me and Teacher's Mentor.
  • Marvin J. Reiter ('72), Sanger. He was self-employed and a veteran. At North Texas, he studied German.
  • Moira M. McInroy ('73), Athens. She received her bachelor's degree in library science from North Texas.
  • Robert Ware ('73), Ward, Ark. He was the regional sales manager with DSI, a division of American Media, for Arkansas, southern Missouri and western Tennessee.
  • David Homer Reidling ('75), Richardson. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War and with the U.S. Agency for International Development. He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service.
  • Tammie Puryear Cooke ('78), Mansfield. She worked for the oil and gas industry and as a technical business analyst for Insurnational and UICI. She also held a real estate license and teaching certificate.

1980s [ top ]

  • Gary W. Norris ('81), Plano. He studied accounting and information systems at North Texas and worked for Electronic Data Systems. He and his wife, Gloria Andrade-Norris ('81, '98 M.Ed.), were married on campus at the University Ministry Center.
  • Anna Maria Wright ('81, '85 M.S., '02 M.S.), Denton. She was a teaching assistant in the UNT psychology department, working toward her doctorate in psychology.
  • Jimmie Jan Nichols ('86), Denton. She was employed at Denton State School and had worked for the Department of the Navy in Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Paul McCulloch ('87), Friendswood. He was president of Sigma Nu fraternity and did stand-up comedy in Dallas while he attended North Texas. He was a board certified personal injury trial lawyer. More information is available at
  • Andrew A. Tarasuk ('88), Dallas. He worked in the telecommunications industry for most of his career and later became an artist.

1990s [ top ]

  • Lucien Allan Ouellette ('90), Bedford. He was employed with AMR Dallas as a critical care paramedic and had previously worked on the LifeStar helicopter.
  • William Randolph Rutherford Jr. ('90 M.Ed.), Carrollton. During his varied career, he was a journalist, owned his own medical staffing services firm and was a licensed substance abuse counselor.
  • Kimberly A. Johnson Garcia ('91 M.M.), Billings, Mont. She received her master's degree from North Texas in flute with a minor in musicology.
  • Lesley Denise Alt McClung ('91 M.Ed.), Cedar Hill. She was director of special education at Duncanville High School and helped train teachers when the school adopted new technology.
  • John David 'J.D.' White ('91), Dallas. An artist, he created exhibits for the Grace Cultural Museum in Abilene and for the Science Place in Dallas, including the large dinosaur there. His credits include the films Bottle Rocket, Johnny Skidmarks, Any Given Sunday, Permanent Midnight and Universal Soldier 2, sets for the Barney TV show and many commercials.
  • Robert Steely Bennett ('98), Dallas. He taught art at Armstrong Elementary School and was a support teacher at Hyer Elementary School, both in the Highland Park ISD.
  • Allen O. Laster III ('99 M.Ed.), Whitney. He was employed by Hill College for the past 20 years as a vocational instructor and director. He was also a reserve deputy sheriff for Hill County.

2000s [ top ]

  • Ryan Eric Delaney ('02), Tyler. He was employed as part of the studio crew at KLTV in Tyler. He worked in classroom support services at UNT for four years while earning his degree in radio/television/film.

University Community [ top ]

  • Orrin Smith Kiker Jr., Lewisville, assistant professor of journalism, 1960-1997. He joined the university as a news service photographer, journalism instructor and student publications photography adviser. He dropped his news service duties in 1971 and was asked to plan the photojournalism sequence in the Department of Journalism. In 1961-62 he was called to active duty with the National Guard, serving as a photographer. His photographs have appeared in Newsweek (1967), Sports Illustrated (1975) and other magazines. He earned an associate's degree from Paris Junior College and bachelor's and master's degrees from East Texas State University.
  • Charles Joseph Kleinsteuber, West Rockport, Maine, associate professor of harp and theory, 1967-1982. He began his diverse career during World War II, playing in the Navy Band and Navy Symphony in Washington, D.C., while studying with famed harpist Carlos Salzedo. Before coming to North Texas, he taught harp at Stephens College in Missouri, Ball State Teachers College in Indiana and the University of Illinois. Kleinsteuber performed with the Dallas Symphony and the Dallas Summer Musicals and was active in the recording industry in the Dallas area. A Venus harp has been donated to UNT in his memory by W&W Musical Instrument Co. of Chicago.
  • Robert Lewandowski, Denton, Catholic chaplain, 1990-2003. Known as "Father Bob," he counseled students and held masses at UNT as well as at Texas Woman's University and the University of Texas at Arlington. He had been in the ministry for more than 50 years and was famous for the fish fries he hosted twice a year. He attended the Regina Mundi Seminary in Fribourg, Switzerland, and held a master's degree from Loyola Institute. He began his pastoral work in St. Louis and was the parish priest at Our Lady of Assumption in Fort Worth before beginning his service as chaplain.
  • Martin Staples Shockley, Allenspark, Colo., Professor Emeritus of English, 1950-1974. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Richmond, a master's from Duke University and his doctorate from the University of North Carolina. Before joining the North Texas faculty, he taught at the Citadel, the University of Oklahoma, Carleton College and Evansville College. He was also a Fulbright professor at the University of Capetown in South Africa and a visiting professor at Sul Ross University. Shockley, who was especially interested in the literature of the Southwest, wrote two textbooks and published poetry, fiction, essays and scholarly articles. He was involved in various political causes throughout the century, including defending targets of McCarthyism and fighting racism.



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