[UTA Magazine]


In Memoriam

James T. "Tim" Denison, 54, July 9 in Flower Mound. Mr. Denison graduated from UTA in 1970 with a bachelor of science degree. For 20 years he worked with Rodney D. Young Insurance Co. He and his wife, Oleta, loved to travel the country in their RV, visiting with their children and grandchildren.

James "Jim" Dulaney, 33, Jan. 19 in Dallas. Mr. Dulaney graduated from UTA in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He worked as an information systems consultant in Dallas.

Carolyn Ann Reeves Eatherly, 61, May 20 in Dallas. Ms. Eatherly graduated from UTA in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and worked as an early childhood intervention specialist with Dallas County Mental Health/Mental Retardation from 1980 to 1999. She was an advocate for the young, especially those with physical and mental disabilities.

Fernando Galan, 50, June 19 in Arlington. Dr. Galan was a professor and associate dean of the UTA School of Social Work. Prior to joining the faculty in September 2001, he served as co-director of the International Border Youth Development Project and professor of social work at The University of Texas at El Paso. He was active with the Council on Social Work Education, the National Association of Social Workers and the Texas Association of Social Work Deans and Directors. His research and publications spanned the areas of Latino mental health, border issues, substance abuse and prevention, and cross-cultural practice.

John Gilligan, 51, July 10 in Iowa. A former guard on the Mavericks basketball team, Mr. Gilligan attended UTA in the 1970s. In 1979, he joined Randy Ford in establishing J. Gilligan's, a popular gathering place in downtown Arlington for UTA students, faculty and alumni.

Claude R. "Chena" Gilstrap, 88, Aug. 9 in Palo Alto, Calif.

Gary Blake Hall, 45, June 7 in Longview. Mr. Hall graduated from UTA in 1981 with a bachelor of business administration degree. He worked as a district manager for Republic Beverage and was a lifelong wildlife enthusiast as well as an avid golfer.

Michael Barnett Hunter, July 16 in Colorado. For most of his career, Mr. Hunter practiced law in Fort Worth. Most recently, he was an assistant city attorney for the city of Dallas.

Charles Johnson, 85, July 28 in Arlington. Mr. Johnson was featured in the cover story of the spring/summer 2002 issue of UTA Magazine as the oldest UTA student. A speech major, he endeared himself to fellow students, bringing a lifetime of experiences to classroom discussions. He was a Houston native and worked as a surveyor in Fort Worth for 35 years. Mr. Johnson served in the Air Force and participated in the D-Day invasion of France during World War II.

Robert Samuel "Sam" Menefee, 49, July 14 in Parker County. Mr. Menefee graduated from UTA in 1977 with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. He worked as a certified registered nurse anesthetist at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.

Toan Van Nguyen, 41, April 27 in Dallas. Mr. Nguyen graduated from UTA in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in architecture and worked with VLK Architects.

Michael Guy O'Neill, 51, Feb. 24 in Dallas. Mr. O'Neill graduated from UTA in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He went on to earn a law degree at The University of Texas School of Law. He served a tour with the U.S. Army in Germany, then began his law practice in Dallas. He was a nationally known specialist for his work as a plaintiff's attorney dealing with securities. He was a member of PIABA and the Texas State Bar Association.

Efton Raymond Phillips, 55, July 28 in Fort Worth. Mr. Phillips graduated in 1980 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a senior design engineer for Lockheed Martin, working a combined 22 years for the company and its predecessor, General Dynamics.

Pamela Spoon Rogers, 25, Dec. 5 in Dallas. Ms. Rogers earned a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1998 and worked as a public relations account executive for Anderson Hanson in Dallas.

Mark Brian Scott, 45, July 20 in Grand Prairie. Mr. Scott graduated from UTA in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity.

Everette E. Strahan, 82, March 21 in Sherman. Mr. Strahan graduated in 1937 from North Texas Agricultural College (now UTA) and later worked 30 years at his alma mater as director of the Physical Plant. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II and was a member of the 303rd Bombardment Group known as Hell's Angels. He was a tail gunner on B-17 flights out of Molesworth, England. He was a life member of both the Knights Templar of Texas and the Moslah Temple of Fort Worth. He was also a member of the Shriners and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Tobby Joe Tackett, 33, July 28 in Fort Worth. Mr. Tackett earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from UTA in 1994. He was a customer service manager for DSC Logistics and had recently shown a paint horse, Chiquita Cool, at the American Paint Horse World Championship.

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