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Hayden Fry, 90, the legendary head coach and athletic director who led the Mean Green football team to winning records in the 1970s, orchestrated a storied victory over Tennessee and implemented the unforgettable Flying Worm logo, died Dec. 17. He came to North Texas in 1973 from Southern Methodist University and left after the 1978 season for a long and successful coaching career at the University of Iowa. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and also served as the inspiration for the lead character in the 1980s TV show "Coach."
James Andrew Roberts
James Andrew "Jim" Roberts, 87, of Sanger, who taught physics at UNT for more than 50 years, died Nov. 7. As a professor of physics, he was still serving on the faculty at UNT and said he continued to teach into his 80s because he enjoyed working with students. He was an advocate for helping public school teachers receive the training and tools they needed to better teach science and mathematics, and he founded and served for more than 30 years as project director for UNT’s Collaborative Group for the Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science Teaching.
Janet Koch Ellis
Janet Koch Ellis (’74 M.A., ’81 Ph.D.), 89, of Denton, Professor Emerita of behavior analysis, a program she was instrumental in developing at UNT, died Oct. 28. In her 30 years at UNT, she worked closely with many students in her lab, and her published lab work results led to some of the first reports on functional analysis in public schools in the world. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. on Dec. 14 at her home.
Horace Brock, 92, Professor Emeritus of accounting and one of the driving forces in building the national reputation of UNT’s accounting program, died Oct. 26 in Denton. Known globally as the premier expert in oil and gas accounting, he taught at UNT from 1954 to 1991. He and his late wife, Euline Brock (’74 Ph.D.), were strong supporters of the university. A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 2 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Oak Street in Denton. The family encourages people attending between Homecoming activities to wear “Mean Green” apparel.
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.