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David Brock, 51, May 12 in Bedford. Mr. Brock earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from UTA in 1976 and his master?s in religious education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1981. He was a lay minister at First Baptist Church of Hurst and a co-founder and member of the Post-Polio Support Group of Fort Worth.

Robert Brian Cain, 41, May 9 in Sanger. Mr. Cain earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M in 1985 and a master's degree in environmental engineering from UTA in 1994. He worked on several area construction projects before joining TXI in 1991; he continued there as a senior environmental engineer until 2002. He was also a Sports Car Club of America certified race driver and instructor. 

Gary Wayne Canada, 57, April 19 in Keller. Mr. Canada was a retired air traffic controller, working for 30 years at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. He came back to school and earned his bachelor's degree in real estate in 1992, graduating alongside his son, David. An avid Civil War re-enactor, he took the role of captain in the 19th Texas Infantry, the same unit his great-grandfather served in during the Civil War.

Janis Sue Carnahan, 77, April 20 in Dallas. Ms. Carnahan last attended North Texas Agricultural College (now UTA) in 1947. She dedicated her life to her family and raised four daughters. She studied genealogy and researched many years to collect the family's history.

Betty Jean Childress, 58, May 8 in Fort Worth. Ms. Childress earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from UTA in 1992. She worked as a charge nurse in both Arlington and Fort Worth. She gained her greatest satisfaction and peace in life by helping others.

Rudy Day, 87, April 1 in Dallas. Mr. Day last attended North Texas Agricultural College (now UTA) in 1935. In 1949, he started his own equipment company, Moody, Day & Lotspeich Co., and along with his partners maintained the company (later known as Moody-Day Co.) until they sold it in 1980. He served several terms on the Dallas City Plan Commission.

Maxine Elliott Deering, 82, June 26 in Arlington. Ms. Deering worked as a secretary in the UTA President's Office for 26 years, retiring in 1985. She last attended North Texas Agricultural College (now UTA) in 1941. She served as president of the women's division of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and president of the High Noon Business and Professional Women?s Club and was on the board of directors of the Arlington Soroptimist Club, the Fielder Museum, Arlington Arts Council Auxiliary, Encore Club and Theatre Arlington.

Brian DuBois, 48, March 17 in Arlington. Mr. DuBois was an avid fan of UTA athletics. Often called "Super Fan," he earned two degrees at UTA, a bachelor's in history in 1990 and a bachelor's in communication in 1995. A nameplate that reads "In Honor of Brian DuBois, Super Fan" has been added to a designated seat at three athletic venues--Texas Hall, Clay Gould Ballpark and Allan Saxe Field. A brick in the walk at Clay Gould Ballpark will read, "In Memory of Brian DuBois, Super Fan."

Rosemary Normile Edwards, 54, June 18 in Bedford. Dr. Edwards earned four degrees from UTA--a bachelor's in math in 1971, followed by three electrical engineering degrees: bachelor's in 1987, master's in 1991 and Ph.D. in 1996. She had worked as a senior engineer at Raytheon E-systems and was most recently employed as an electrical engineer at L-3 Communication in Greenville.

Carl Don Ellis, 65, June 8 in Bosque County. Dr. Ellis earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Arlington State College (now UTA) in 1962. He graduated from the Baylor College of Dentistry in 1968. After serving in the Coast Guard with the U.S. Public Health Service in Alaska, he moved to Arlington, where he had a private dental practice for 17 years. He then returned to the Baylor College of Dentistry, where he was a professor and director of the Department of General Dentistry. In 2001, he retired and moved to his ranch in Bosque County.

Paul Glenn Erickson, 44, April 26 in Kennedale. Dr. Erickson was a physician and medical director of the John Peter Smith Health Network?s Stop Six Clinic in Fort Worth. A National Merit Scholar, he was accepted to medical school after only two years at UTA, where he received his bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1981. He did his medical studies at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the Medical College of Virginia. He also served as a medical missionary to Mexico and Nicaragua.

Christopher Neal Forrest, 30, March 29 in Dallas. Mr. Forrest earned a bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering from UTA in 2000, graduating magna cum laude. He was a member of Kappa Kappa Psi and played in the UTA Orchestra. He designed and installed computer systems from Saudi Arabia to Korea and also worked on wireless communication designs for Nortel Networks.

Emil Carl Freiwald Jr., 60, May 3 in Benbrook. Mr. Freiwald earned two degrees from UTA--a bachelor's in architecture in 1971 and a master's in urban affairs in 1975. For the past 15 years, he owned and operated DevCon, where he was project manager of development and construction. He served in the Air Force and also worked for Carter & Burgess in Fort Worth.

Clarence Gilbert Genseke, 85, May 18 in Irving. Mr. Genseke last attended North Texas Agricultural College (now UTA) in 1939. During World War II, he worked in the defense industry at the Pan-Tex Ordinance Plant in Amarillo and Howard Hughes Tool Co. in Houston. After the war, he worked in the aluminum window and glass business for Continental Motors, Universal Corp., Brown Window Co., and Payne and Howard.

Jeanette Cox Glenn, 85, May 9 in Fort Worth. Ms. Glenn earned her associate's degree from North Texas Agricultural College (now UTA) in 1937 and her bachelor's degree in education from North Texas State Teacher's College (now UNT) in 1939. She taught home economics for many years in public schools in Azle, Dallas and Fort Worth.

Cindy Stong Hack, 52, June 4 in Lake Worth. Ms. Hack was the UTA coordinator of the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office; she had worked in the EOAA office since 1997. From 1994 to 1997, she was an auditor in the UTA Internal Audit Office. She retired in December 2003 as a lieutenant colonel from the Air Force Reserves Air University, where she taught at the Cadet Officer School.

Joyce Holmes, 66, March 16 in Arlington. Ms. Holmes retired from UTA in 1994 after 13 years as a receptionist and PBX operator in Telecommunications Services. She had been an Arlington resident since 1961. A native of South Bend, Ind., she spent the past several years researching her family's Hungarian/Polish roots.

Horace Ben Houston Jr., 83, May 29 in Ashland, Ky. Mr. Houston earned his associate's degree at North Texas Agricultural College (now UTA) in 1940. He learned to fly while attending college and in 1941 volunteered to serve in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He later transferred to the Army Air Forces, where he was a reconnaissance photo pilot. He earned the rank of major and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, he earned a law degree from Southern Methodist University and went on to practice law in Dallas. He also served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1951 to 1956 and again from 1962 to 1964.

Gregory Lee Hunter, 54, June 18 in Grand Prairie. Originally from New York, Mr. Hunter played basketball for UTA from 1970 to 1972, leading the team in scoring his senior season. He graduated from Dallas Baptist University in 1974 with a degree in criminal justice and joined the Grand Prairie Police Department in 1973. He was the department's first black sworn police officer. Except for 1981-83, he served with the GPPD until his death. He received numerous awards, including being named the Grand Prairie Police Association Support Officer of the Year in 1997. He was promoted to sergeant in March 1999.

Jerry Alexander Jeter, 48, March 22 in Irving. Mr. Jeter was a certified public accountant, earning his bachelor's degree from UTA in 1990. At his death, he was an area manager for Fresenius Medical Care. He received a degree in business at Texas A&M-Commerce before earning his accounting degree at UTA.

Robert L. Littlefield, 82, Dec. 20 in North Richland Hills. Dr. Littlefield was a retired English professor. He taught at UTA for 33 years before retiring in 1986. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from North Texas State (now UNT) and a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University.

Frank Anthony Lopez, 48, April 22 in Fort Worth. Mr. Lopez was a deputy district clerk for Tarrant County. He earned his bachelor's degree in marketing from UTA in 1993 and was employed with the Tarrant County District Clerk's Office for more than 20 years.

Andy Moore, 38, May 7 in Arlington. A senior systems analyst, Mr. Moore earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from UTA in 1988, majoring in real estate. Born in Mexia, he grew up in Irving.

Dennis K. Morton, 64, April 13 in Forreston. Mr. Morton earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Arlington State College (now UTA) in 1962. He was a retired bank insurance professional and holder of several professional designations. He also served as secretary of the Nash-Forreston Water Board.

James "Jim" Donald Roessler, 49, March 28 in Arlington. Mr. Roessler earned his bachelor's degree in marketing from UTA in 1979. He was president of Kappa Alpha fraternity at UTA. He had been employed as a partner with College Publishing since 1981. In 1984, he received one of the 10 Outstanding Young Men of America Leadership Awards.

Jacquelyn "Jackie" Kay Rowe, 69, May 12 in Arlington. Ms. Rowe relocated many times with her military husband, Bill, during the early years of their marriage. They had five children, and in 1977 she decided to further her nursing career. She earned her master's degree in nursing from UTA in 1981 and became an associate professor of nursing at Tarrant County College.

Brenda Sue Smith, 40, March 8 in Forney. Ms. Smith received her bachelor's degree in social work from UTA in 1988. She taught at Buckner Academy in the Dallas Independent School District for the past four years. Previously, she was a social worker with Lutheran Social Services.

Ralph Edward Springer, 52, June 18 in Fort Worth. Mr. Springer earned a bachelor's degree in architecture in 1974 from UTA and also received an M.B.A. from UTA in 1978. He was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity. He worked 24 years with IBM, where he advanced to the position of sales director.

Chester Oswald Tackett Jr., 80, June 11 in Fort Worth. Mr. Tackett saw combat duty in the South Pacific with the Navy during World War II. He last attended Arlington State College (now UTA) in 1950 before earning his bachelor's degree from Texas Christian University in 1952. He worked in life insurance sales and also at General Dynamics as supervisor of electronics before going into the property and casualty insurance business. In 1974, he formed Tackett Associates Insurance Co.

Margaret Ann Wilkerson, 52, May 7 in Fort Worth. Ms. Wilkerson earned two degrees from UTA--a bachelor's in mathematics and computer science in 1973 and a master's in computer science in 1976--and an M.B.A. in finance from Texas Christian University. She worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Frito-Lay, Dun & Bradstreet, Viasoft and IBM before becoming a certified project manager at Lockheed Martin. She also earned her pilot's license and loved scuba diving and country-western dancing.

Ruthe Lewin Winegarten, 74, June 14 in Austin. Ms. Winegarten received her master's degree in social work from UTA in 1970. Before moving to Austin in 1978, she worked for social causes in Dallas, including the Anti-Defamation League and the Jewish Welfare Federation. She served as research historian for the Texas Women's History Project in 1979. She wrote 18 books, two of which won the Liz Carpenter Award for best book of the year on Texas women.

Pershing Joe "PY" Yium, 73, June 1 in Dallas. Mr. Yium spent more than 47 years at The Dallas Morning News, going from a messenger as a teen-ager to advertising makeup manager. He served in the Navy from 1949 to 1953 before earning his associate?s degree from Arlington State College (now UTA) in 1958. In 1960, he received his bachelor's degree from North Texas State College (now UNT). He retired from the newspaper in 1996.

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