2001 ROLL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS
Jason Ellis, after growing up in Belle Fourche, SD, Jason earned his bachelor’s degree in general engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He then completed a master’s and Ph.D. at the University of Iowa. While in Iowa, he met and married Kathryn Powell, who earned her master’s and Ph.D. in mathematics.
Early in her career, Jason worked for General Electric, the Army Signal Corps and the National Bureau of Standards. He then moved into academia, teaching physics first at the University of North Texas, and then joining the Arlington State College (now UTA) faculty in 1963. For more than 20 years he taught a variety of physics courses and supervised several master’s thesis.
Jason attended and organized several National Science Foundation conferences, including two held at UTA. For a brief time he also published and edited SPACETIME, a journal dealing with relativity.
Since his retirement in 1985, he has been active in the UTA Retirees Club, serving as both program chairman and president of the group. He is currently co-authoring a book focusing on procedures for eliminating back pain and other neuromuscular disorders. He has also helped produce four programming sequences, totaling more than 180 programs, for local Citizen Access cable television.
Naomi Ford was born in the West Texas town of Lockney, 50 miles north of Lubbock; Naomi attended Texas Tech University, and earned a bachelor of business administration degree in secretarial administration. She married in 1947, and she and her husband Edmond had three children-two sons and a daughter.
Naomi first came to UTA (then known Arlington State College) in 1952 when her husband Edmond joined the engineering faculty. Two decades later she started her own university career, serving as a secretary in the Engineering Dean’s Office. Over the years she worked for Dr. Richard Tucker, Dr. J.W. Dalley, Dr. Calvin Barker, and Dr. Floyd Cash. In addition to her regular duties, she assisted with the engineering scholarship program, engineering graduation and the engineering cooperative education program.
Naomi retired in January 1987 and soon joined the UTA Retirees Club. She has served as the club’s secretary-treasurer (1989-92), secretary (1992-96) and meeting notice chairman (1996-97).
One son Stephen attended UTA then graduated from Texas Tech, while her other son timothy started at Texas Tech and graduated from UTA. Daughter Emily graduated from Texas Women’s University in Denton. Naomi’s husband Edmond passed away in 1996. Today, Naomi lives in Grand Prairie and enjoys spending time with her nine grandchildren.
Armentha L. Elliott Hill came to UTA in 1972 as the first African American instructor in the School of Nursing. In 1984, she earned tenure, becoming the first African American at the University to achieve that honor as well. She retired in 1985, and in 1986 established the Armentha Elliott Hill Speakers Seminar within the school.
Since her retirement, Armentha has served tirelessly in the Retirees Club, first as vice president in 1995, then as president in 1997 and 1998. Her term as president was marked by the establishment of the Retirees Roll of Honor.
In addition to her activities with the retirees Club, Armentha is deeply involved in community service. She currently serves as a commissioner on the status of women for the city of Fort Worth; as a commissioner on the Tarrant Council on Aging; and as vice president of the Huguley Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary, among other commitments.
The widow of Fort Worth Leader Richard D. Hill Jr., Armentha was honored by the NAACP in 1999 when the Tarrant County Branch named its annual membership banquet after her husband.
Armentha and Richard had two children, Linda and Richard III. She also has two grandchildren and one great grandson.
Pam Morris, the oldest of seven children, grew up in the small Texas town of Kerens, near Corsicana. She left home to attend Trinity University in San Antonio, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in history. She also holds a master’s in library science from Texas Woman’s University.
After college she taught in San Antonio and Corsicana for several years. In 1967, as a young widow with a 4-year-old daughter, she came to UTA to work as a librarian. She stayed almost 23 years.
Her first position was a periodicals librarian, followed by assignments as business librarian in the social sciences division and as documents librarian, a position she held from 1975 until her retirement in 1990.
Pam is a long-time member of several local, state, and national professional organizations, including the Texas Library Association, the American Library Association, and the Association of College and Research Libraries.
Since her retirement, Morris has been active in the Retirees Club, serving as vice president of membership (1992-95), vice president of programs (1995-96), president (1996-97) and as a member of the Membership Telephone Committee (1997-present).
In 1968, she married Don Morris, a flight instructor at Fort Wolters in Mineral Wells. She continues to support UTA as a member of the Friends of the UTA Libraries and is also a Friend of the Arlington Public Library.