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2006 ROLL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS

Alice Kennedy was born in Iowa and attended high school in Logan, Iowa.  This is the same high school that Dale Hansen, sports director for WFAA TV, Channel 8, attended.  She started working after high school, and married her husband, who was in the Air Force.  Her husband worked as a technical representative for Collins Radio in Iowa until they moved to Arlington 32 years ago.  In Arlington, Alice’s husband worked for Western Electronics.  She started working at UTA soon after they moved to Arlington, starting in the Mechanical Engineering departmental office. She worked seven and one half years for three different chairmen: Professor Files, Dr. Sedesta, and Dr. Lou. She transferred from Mechanical Engineering to Architecture where she was an administrative assistant to Deans George Wright and Ed Baum.  Alice has been active in the UTA Retirees’ Club since her retirement and has served as Vice President for Membership for three years.

Fay Van Dam was born on Cooper Street in Arlington.  She attended Arlington High School and graduated on May 26, 1939.  After graduation from high school, Fay started working for the dean of arts, music, and speech at North Texas Agricultural College. Her salary at that time was 25 cents per hour.   On September 1, 1941, she transferred to the Agriculture Department.  She met Earnest Van Dam in school, and they were married in 1946.  Fay and Earnest  moved to Michigan for a short time, returning to Arlington in 1948.  Fay went to work in the registrar’s office, but stopped in 1950 when her son was born.  Later, a daughter was born.  In 1964, Elton Smith, who worked in the office of the dean of engineering, called Fay and asked her to come and work in he dean’s office.  She went to work on June 4, 1964, and continued working there until her retirement in 2001. Fay’s job was more secure than the dean’s, for she saw several of them come and go during her period of her employment in the office. Fay has been a loyal member of the UTA Retirees’ Club, and she has served as Vice President for Membership for three years.  She agreed to serve another term during the 2006-2007 academic year.