In memoriam

Dayton S. Beasley, 59, Oct. 5 in Dallas. Mr. Beasley graduated from UTA in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He worked for Exxon before purchasing Cloud’s Pleez-ing Sandwiches in Longview in 1975.

Kathryn Alice Chappell, 89, Aug. 22 in Plano. Ms. Chappell last attended North Texas Agricultural College (now UTA) in 1934. She then attended Texas Western University (now U.T. El Paso) before going to work at Oak Cliff Bank and Trust in Dallas. She retired from Bank of the Southwest in Dallas after 24 years of service.

Robert T. Cooper, 69, Sept. 17 in Austin. Mr. Cooper was a retired stockbroker. A 1950 graduate of Arlington High School and a 1961 graduate of Arlington State College (now UTA), he served as a lieutenant in the Navy. 

Phillip “Rajumon” Daniel, 52, Aug. 19 in Carrollton. Mr. Daniel earned his bachelor’s degree in microbiology at UTA in 1983. He was employed at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas as a medical technologist since 1980. A native of India, he came to the United States in 1976.

John E. “Jack” Field, 74, Sept. 5 in Mansfield. A Korean War veteran, Mr. Field served in the Army’s 1st Cavalry Division from 1951-53. He earned his associate’s degree from Arlington State College (now UTA) in 1956 and then earned a bachelor’s degree from SMU in 1959. From 1960 to 1990, he was a nuclear engineer in the Lawrence Livermore Laboratories in Livermore, Calif. Following his retirement, he returned to Texas to live in Mansfield.

Nathan L. Galloway, 87, Aug. 16 in Grand Prairie. Mr. Galloway last attended North Texas Agricultural College (now UTA) in 1936 before going on to SMU. He served in World War II as company commander of a heavy weapon unit in Europe and Japan. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Army Reserve after 20 years of service. He was associated with Noble Hurley Brick and Tile for 33 years until his retirement. His daughter, Suzanne Gault, is an assistant professor at Tarrant County College, and her husband, Frank, is an assistant professor and director of career services in the UTA College of Education.

B.D. Griffin, 70, Sept. 28 in River Oaks. Mr. Griffin served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. He graduated from UTA in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and served three terms as Tarrant County commissioner from 1975-86. An accomplished fiddler, he played at the Grand Ole Opry in the 1960s. He was honored as a hero of the Cowtown Society of Western Music in Fort Worth in 1999.

Michael Lee Harlow, 56, Aug. 18 in Springtown. Mr. Harlow, a professional sculptor, earned his master of business administration degree from UTA in 1982 after receiving his bachelor’s in psychology from the University of North Texas. He served in Thailand and as a fighter pilot in the Air Force. He was honorably discharged as a first lieutenant.

Robert Henry Jakubik, 51, Nov. 17 in Dallas. Mr. Jakubik earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from UTA in 1974. He spent 26 years as a Dallas firefighter, including the last three years as section chief in charge of special operations specializing in hazardous materials. He spent most of his career at Station No. 4 in downtown Dallas.

Mary Ann Keating, 48, Aug. 20 in Austin. Ms. Keating earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from UTA in 1977. A lifelong resident of Fort Worth, she served as orthopedic nurse and nurse auditor at St. Joseph Hospital, St. Paul Medical Center and Southwestern Medical School. She was active in choir and the singles group at Holy Family Catholic Church in Fort Worth and Holy Family Nazareth Catholic Church in Irving.

Robert Lewandowski, 71, Aug. 13 in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. The Rev. Lewandowski, known as “Father Bob,” was the Catholic campus minister at UTA, the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University since 1990. He celebrated weekly Mass and counseled students at all three schools. He was also parish priest at Our Lady of Assumption in Fort Worth from 1983 to 1990. He graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio in 1954 and was ordained into the priesthood in 1964.

Gordon E. Martin, 77, Oct. 26 in Arlington. A Fort Worth native, Mr. Martin enlisted in the Navy during World War II. After discharge, he attended North Texas Agricultural College (now UTA) for two years, last attending in 1948, before earning a business degree from TCU. He worked for Mobil Oil Co. in Houston for 36 years before moving back to Arlington.

Gary Richard Matzner, 63, Sept. 13 in Burleson. Mr. Matzner served in the Air Force from 1962 to 1966 before earning his bachelor’s degree in political science from UTA in 1974. In 1993, he retired from General Dynamics-Lockheed Martin after 25 years of service. He then earned a teaching certificate from UTA and taught at Corrections Corp. of America in Venus, the Crossroads Learning Center in Burleson and Loflin Middle School in Joshua.

Frieda B. Nothnagle, 81, Sept. 28 in Arlington. Ms. Nothnagle took great pride in her bachelor’s degree in general studies, received from UTA in 1983 at the age of 61. She was active in the Arlington Choral Society. She and her husband traveled extensively around the United States and abroad.

Elbert C. “Al” Page, 91, Oct. 3 in Mansfield. Mr. Page served as a captain in the Army during World War II. He began teaching accounting at UTA in 1967 and taught until 1977 when he retired as an assistant professor. He served as office manager and CPA for several local automobile dealerships.

William H. “Bill” Phipps, 83, Aug. 10 in Arlington. A retired engineer, Mr. Phipps last attended Arlington State College (now UTA) in 1950. He earned his bachelor’s degree in architectural construction from Texas A&M in 1952. Later that year, he went to work for the Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Worth, transferring to the Southwest Division in Dallas in 1957. He received the Bronze Star and Silver Star for valor and service during World War II.

Nona S. Poston, 90, Sept. 18 in Fort Worth. A retired journalist, Ms. Poston graduated from UTA in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communication. For 20 years before her husband Murray’s death in 1993, the Postons traveled the world working for a wholesale travel agency, published travel articles and interviewed many famous people, including Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat.

Laurie Ann Provost, 46, Aug. 5 in Arlington. Ms. Provost earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from UTA in 1979. A graduate of Arlington High School, she was a claims representative for several companies in the Fort Worth-Dallas area, most recently at American Airlines and AIG Aviation. She lived in Lewisville.

Charles M. “Charlie” Qualls, 73, Aug. 24 in Amarillo. Mr. Qualls played football at Arlington State College (now UTA) when it was a two-year school in 1949 and 1950. He was a member of the coaching staff for the UTA football team from 1966-68, serving as defensive coordinator. UTA won two Southland Conference football titles during those three seasons and in 1967 won the Division II national championship with a Pecan Bowl victory over North Dakota State. After leaving UTA, he served as head football coach at North Mesquite High and later was athletic administrator for the Mesquite Independent School District.

Ned Ethridge Riddle, 81, Oct. 13 in Dallas. Mr. Riddle last attended North Texas Agricultural College (now UTA) in 1942, when he edited the yearbook, the Junior Aggie. He served in the Pacific during World War II. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, he began a career with The Dallas Morning News where he created the internationally syndicated cartoon “Mr. Tweedy.” His cartoons were published in 300 newspapers in both the United States and several foreign countries, delighting readers for 34 years. “Mr. Tweedy” was syndicated in 1954 and ran until 1988, when Mr. Riddle retired as a cartoonist.

Alma Johnson Russell, 83, Sept. 17 in Fort Worth. Ms. Russell last attended North Texas Agricultural College (now UTA) in 1940, majoring in art and education. She taught ballroom dancing through the YMCA and later opened Alma Johnson Dance Studio. She opened her second business, Alma Russell Medical Personnel, when many her age were considering retirement.

James Rex Scott, 63, Oct. 5 in Watauga. Mr. Scott was a veteran of the Navy, serving aboard the USS Benner. He graduated from UTA in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He was a builder-developer for the last 30 years and an avid bluegrass music fan.

William J. “Bill” Shelton, 76, Oct. 28 in Fort Worth. Dr. Shelton spent two years in the Navy during World War II before attending North Texas Agricultural College (now UTA), finishing in 1947. He earned his doctorate of optometry from Pacific University in Oregon. He practiced optometry in the TCU area until his retirement in 1995.

Augusta Faye Bunch Sitton, 84, Oct. 26 in Hurst. Ms. Sitton last attended North Texas Agricultural College (now UTA) in 1938. She worked for Conoco, Inc., both in Ponca City, Okla., and in Fort Worth, for 35 years before retiring.

Thomas L. Stone, 47, Aug. 2 in Hawaii. Mr. Stone earned his M.B.A. from UTA in 1987. After 21 years with Union Pacific Corp. in Omaha, Neb., he became chief financial officer for PennWell Corp. in Tulsa, Okla., a position he held at the time of his death.

Kirk Harold Stuart, 47, Aug. 22 in Dallas. Mr. Stuart received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from UTA in 1977. He then earned a law degree from Texas Wesleyan University. From 1977 to 1999 he was a member of the Dallas Police Department, retiring at the rank of lieutenant. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Parish in Dallas and the Knights of Columbus.

Dusan Taborsky, 55, Aug. 28 in Arlington. A real estate appraiser, Mr. Taborsky earned his bachelor’s in business administration degree from UTA in 1974. He was a Vietnam War veteran and a member of the Arlington Board of Realtors. He was also a member of the Kappa Sigma Alumni Association at UTA.

James Hudson “Jim” Tucker, 73, Aug. 25 in Arlington. Mr. Tucker was a longtime radio and TV personality in Fort Worth. He last attended North Texas Agricultural College (now UTA) in 1948. He also attended U.T. Austin where he majored in radio production. During the Korean War, he was in the Army, stationed in Washington state, where he was a chaplain’s aide for the duration of his enlistment. He worked with radio stations KCUL and KXOL in Fort Worth, eventually being promoted to program director at KXOL. He moved to Miami to become program director for a major radio station there. Upon returning to Texas, he went to work for KTVT/Channel 11 in Fort Worth until his retirement in 1985.

Stephen A. Underwood, 67, Oct. 4 in Arlington. Dr. Underwood began teaching in the UTA College of Engineering in 1975, retiring as an associate professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department in 1991. He continued to do research at the University until 2002. He was a registered professional engineer.

Robert M. Utay, 63, Sept. 22 in Richardson. Mr. Utay graduated from Arlington State College (now UTA) in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He worked as controller for Primrose Oil Co. in Dallas. He was active with Friends of the Richardson Public Library, a member of Temple Shalom and helped with the Hearts and Helpers program.

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