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('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
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
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.
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.
('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.
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.
Canton. She owned and operated Eubank Funeral Home & Haven
of Memories Memorial Park. She also operated an ambulance service
and several stores in Canton.
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.
Elizabeth Hanna Parish ('41),
Arcadia, Okla. She received her bachelor's degree in
home economics from North Texas.
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.
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.
Mae Cantrell Wollard ('43),
Flower Mound. She taught school at Vaughan, Abbott, Hillsboro
and Whitney, retiring after
47 years of service.
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.
A. Braly Janes ('46),
Brentwood, Tenn. She studied speech at North Texas and was
active in the College Players.
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.
Allen Craw Jr. ('48),
St. Helena, Calif. He was a professor of music at Southwestern
University in Keene and La Sierra University in Riverside,
nearly 40 years.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Taylor Laney ('52
M.S.), Coppell. She received her master's degree in elementary
school supervision from North Texas.
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.
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
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.
Winfree Miller ('53),
Kennesaw, Ga. She was a teacher in the Fort Worth school system.
At North Texas, she was president of Chi Omega.
C. Mosley ('55),
Athens. She received her bachelor's degree in library
science from North Texas.
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.
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.
R. Gardiner ('59), Dallas. He studied management at
North Texas and operated Town Square Locksmiths before retiring.
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.
Doyle McCarrell (61), Longview. He was an Army veteran
and retired in 2002 from Action Stainless and Alloys Inc.
L. Grover ('63), Dallas. He received his bachelor's
degree in mathematics from North Texas.
Henry 'Hank' Riddle ('67),
Mineola. He was a songwriter and had worked for Loretta Lynn.
At North Texas he studied political science.
Mitchell McMillen ('68),
Farmers Branch. She was employed by Citgo Petroleum Corp. Her
degree from North Texas was in elementary education.
Williamson Peteet ('68),
Denton. She was office manager for Texas Monarch Management
of Denton. She studied English at North Texas.
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
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
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.
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.
G. Wallace ('70),
Athens. He received his bachelor's degree in political
science from North Texas.
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.
J. Reiter ('72),
Sanger. He was self-employed and a veteran. At North Texas,
he studied German.
M. McInroy ('73),
Athens. She received her bachelor's degree in library
science from North Texas.
Ward, Ark. He was the regional sales manager with DSI, a division
of American Media, for Arkansas, southern Missouri and western
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.
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.
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.
Maria Wright ('81, '85
M.S., '02 M.S.), Denton. She was a teaching assistant
in the UNT psychology department, working toward her doctorate
Jan Nichols ('86),
Denton. She was employed at Denton State School and had worked
for the Department of the Navy in Jacksonville, Fla.
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 www.paulupdate.com.
A. Tarasuk ('88),
Dallas. He worked in the telecommunications industry for most
of his career and later became an artist.
Allan Ouellette ('90),
Bedford. He was employed with AMR Dallas as a critical care
paramedic and had previously worked on the LifeStar helicopter.
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.
A. Johnson Garcia ('91
M.M.), Billings, Mont. She received her master's degree
from North Texas in flute with a minor in musicology.
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.
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
Steely Bennett ('98),
Dallas. He taught art at Armstrong Elementary School and was
a support teacher at Hyer Elementary School, both in the Highland
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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