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Maliyakal 'Jay' Jayakumar
Maliyakal "Jay" Jayakumar, 62, of Denton, associate professor of information technology and decision sciences, died Sept. 11 in Kochi, India. He began working at UNT in 1994, teaching business statistical analysis and management science courses, and was a member of the Decision Sciences Institute and the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science.
Clay Douglas Rivenbark Jr.
Clay Douglas Rivenbark Jr., 62, of Dallas, an adjunct professor in the Mayborn School of Journalism, died Sept. 5. He taught applied design at UNT. He had a 35-year career in graphic design that included working as an owner and creative director of M2 Design; teaching at the Rocky College of Art and Design in Denver; and serving as School of Design coordinator for the Art Institute of Dallas.
James W. 'Bill' Giese
James W. "Bill" Giese, 94, Professor Emeritus of accounting, died Sept. 5 in Denton. He taught at UNT from 1966 to 1985 after working at the University of Texas and Idaho State University. After retiring from UNT in 1985, he was active in the Denton community as a member of many city, school and organization boards and committees.
Jerry Dake, 80, a longtime employee in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business, died Aug. 28 in Denton. Since 2001, he served in numerous positions, including executive lecturer and managing director of the Center for Quality and Productivity, executive director and director of the Center for Decision and Information Technologies, and senior lecturer for the Department of Information Technology and Decision Sciences. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 2 at DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton.
Richard Alexander Harris Jr.
Richard Alexander Harris Jr. (’62), 79, former UNT associate vice president for computing and UNT System chief technology officer, of Denton, died Aug. 4 in Sparta, Ill. During his 43 years at UNT, he was instrumental in creating and leading computing and technology services. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Mulkey-Bowles-Montgomery Funeral Home, 705 N. Locust, in Denton. A Celebration of Life is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 14 at Denton Country Club, 1213 Country Club Road, in Argyle.
Anna Ricco, of Carrollton, a longtime supporter of UNT, died June 1. She served on UNT advisory boards for the College of Music, the Mayborn School of Journalism and the G. Brint Ryan College of Business alongside her husband, Nicholas Ricco Sr. (’61).
Nicholas D. Ricco Sr.
Nicholas D. Ricco Sr. (’61) a longtime supporter of UNT, died May 4 in Plano. He served on advisory boards and contributed to the College of Music, the Mayborn School of Journalism and the G. Brint Ryan College of Business, where he is a member of the Hall of Fame. He also contributed to Emerald Eagle Honors and other programs, and was among the first financial supporters of the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. With his wife, Anna, he mentored hundreds of UNT students through the years, was a member of the McConnell Society and created UNT’s Ricco Ethics Scholarship competition in 2011. In 2015, he was awarded the prestigious Mayborn Medallion for his commitment to his alma mater. The Cmdr. Nicholas and Anna Ricco Music Dean’s Suite was dedicated in 2018.
Professor Emeritus Don Cleveland 83, of Denton, died April 17. During his time at UNT from 1977 to 2004, he was a strong proponent of technology for information sciences. He created one of the earliest computer labs and encouraged his students to use technology and conduct research. He also developed the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in information science and brought the program to Houston.
A memorial service is planned for the fall.
Russell Lee Welch
Russell Lee Welch, 75, senior lecturer in the Department of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law, died April 19 in Denton. He first taught at North Texas from 1983 to 1988, when he left to open a law practice. He came back as a part-time lecturer in 1997 and became a full-time senior lecturer in 2013. He taught courses on the legal and ethical environment of business, corporation law, international law, and logistics and aviation law. He also served as the announcer at the G. Brint Ryan College of Business commencement ceremonies.