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Alumni denoted by an asterisk (*) are members of the North Texas Exes


*Lawrence B. Harkless, San Bernardino, Calif., who attended North Texas from 1968 to 1971, is the founding dean of the new College of Podiatric Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif. For more than 30 years, he directed the podiatric residency program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he earned an international reputation as a leading expert on diabetes and the diabetic foot. In September, he received the 2008 Georgetown Distinguished Achievement Award in Diabetic Limb Salvage.

Sharon Lowry ('76 M.A., '80 Ph.D.), Denton, was elected citations editor of the Texas Wesleyan Law Review for 2008-09.

Ken Nelson, New York, N.Y., was named co-business manager of Leigh-Taylor Smith, Miss New York 2008, by the Miss New York organization board of directors. He is handling Smith's bookings and appearances and is participating on her preparation team for the 2009 Miss America Pageant.

Dennis Walters, Jupiter, Fla., one of golf's most popular and best-traveled trick shot entertainers, received the 2008 PGA Distinguished Service Award, the association's highest annual honor. Dennis was elected a PGA Honorary Member in 1992. He enjoyed a stellar amateur golf career and attended North Texas on a golf scholarship, but his dream of a professional golf career ended after a paralyzing accident in 1974. He has since taken the Dennis Walters Golf Show to 49 states and performed more than 2,600 programs. His life story was recounted in the 2002 book, In My Dreams I Walk With You.


Vernon D. King, Baytown, has been named Who's Who in America 2009, Who's Who in American Education 2009, Who's Who in the World 2009 and The Cambridge Who's Who 2007-2008.

James P. McNulty, Santa Clarita, Calif., was selected teacher of the year for 2008 by Defense Acquisition University. He is a professor of systems acquisition management who began teaching with DAU in 2003, after retiring from the U.S. Air Force with more than 29 years of service.


Donald C. Taylor and Randi Rhodes Taylor ('84), Decatur, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in June. They have two sons, Drew, 22, who is studying criminal justice at UNT, and Dylan, 18, a senior at Decatur High School. Donald is in oil field services sales and Randi is the assistant to the senior pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise.


Jean Hernandez ('79 M.Ed.), Seattle, Wash., was named vice president for instruction at South Seattle Community College. She has more than 25 years experience as a teacher, counselor, director and administrator, and most recently held the position of executive vice president for student learning at Cascadia Community College.


Robert Darden (M.J.), Waco, was named 2008 Centennial Professor and 2008 Outstanding Research Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Baylor University's May 2008 commencement. He was the keynote speaker in October at Princeton University's "American Made: The History of Black Gospel Music" symposium, hosted by the Center for African American Studies.


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