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The end of January was a very sad time for the Department as we marked the passing of two dear friends, Dorothy Estes and Jim Wood. Our Department extends our deepest condolences to the surviving children, other family, and friends of the Estes family and to Nancy, the surviving children, other family, and friends of the Wood family.
Dorothy, the wife of Professor Emory D. Estes, was, among her many remarkable accomplishments, Director of Student Publications at our University (1970–96), a passionate advocate for and teacher of student journalists, the winner of the SPJ Freedom of Information Award in 1995, and a 2003 inductee into the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association, alongside such luminaries as Walter Cronkite and Bill Moyers. She was also a strong supporter of our Department who would attend our annual awards brunches in order to meet the winner of the Emory D. Estes Award; and her presence at these brunches will be greatly missed. Dorothy’s service was held on Wednesday, 31 January at St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Arlington.
Jim, the husband of Professor Nancy Wood, was a longtime scholar and educator whose interests and expertise in classical rhetoric, public speaking, debate, and film studies led him on a national career that took him to positions at the University of Oregon, Cornell University, Rutgers University, the University of Texas at El Paso, the University of Texas at Arlington, and Texas Christian University. Around twenty years ago, Jim decided to pursue his love of creative writing, which led to the publication of short stories and a novel entitled The Odd One. Jim’s service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, 10 February at the Wade Family Funeral Home in Arlington, and those members of the Department who knew Nancy and Jim well plan to attend to pay their respects to them both.