[UTA Magazine]


In Memoriam

JASON DEAN ADAMS, 30, Dec. 4, 2001, in Mansfield. Mr. Adams graduated from UTA in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. He was vice president of production at Main Street Theater in Mansfield, where he acted, choreographed and directed.

LUKE ADAMS, 60, Jan. 14 in Garland. Mr. Adams played football at Arlington State College (now UTA) from 1961-63. He went on to work as a golf pro and own Broadway Gold, Silver and Jewelry in Garland.

DALLAS EUGENE ARMSTRONG JR., 40, Nov. 15 in Irving. A wheelchair track and field competitor while attending UTA from 1984-88, Mr. Armstrong was active in the Wheelchair Olympics and in wheelchair rugby and track events. He appeared in the Tom Cruise movie Born on the Fourth of July, which was filmed in Dallas.

JANET DEMPSEY BARRICK, 47, Jan. 14 in Austin. Ms. Barrick graduated from UTA in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in English.

NELL MARIE McCARTER BENTSEN, 76, Jan. 22 in McAllen. Ms. Bentsen graduated from Arlington High School in 1942 and attended North Texas Agricultural College (now UTA) from 1942-44 prior to graduating from U.T. Austin with a degree in music education. She married Donald L. Bentsen in 1946 in Arlington. She lived in McAllen for more than 55 years.

STEPHEN BERNFELD, 57, Jan. 16 in Arlington. Dr. Bernfeld earned his bachelor’s degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1965 and his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland in 1969. He had been a member of the UTA mathematics faculty since 1975.

EDWARD BOST, 91, Nov. 23 in Arlington. Mr. Bost was an assistant professor of engineering technology at UTA from 1959 until his retirement in 1972. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in 1936 and a master’s from Texas Christian University in 1950. He taught and coached at several Texas schools, including Arlington, Trinidad, Italy and Maypearl. He participated in many senior track and field events well into his 80s.

W.A. “DUB” BROWN, 67, Dec. 14 in Port Arthur. Mr. Brown was sports information director at UTA from 1964-72 and editor of the Port Arthur News from 1985 until his retirement in 1992. After retiring from the newspaper, he won a seat on the Port Arthur City Council. In a journalism career spanning 36 years, he also worked at newspapers in Denton, San Angelo, Fort Worth, Tyler and Waco. In January, the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors remembered Mr. Brown for his “commitment to journalism’s highest standards and abiding interest in the communities that they serve.”

DOUGLAS DONALD BURNETT, 40, Jan. 9 in Arlington. Mr. Burnett graduated from Arlington High School, then earned his bachelor’s degree in business entrepreneurship at Baylor University. He received his master’s degree in information systems from UTA in 1999 while working for Head Strong Corp.

AGNES LUCILLE BURRESS, 93, Jan. 3 in Arlington. Ms. Burress was an executive secretary to one of the vice presidents of Texas and Pacific Coal and Oil in Fort Worth for more than 25 years until she retired in the mid-1960s. An 85-year resident of Arlington, she was a graduate of Arlington High School, North Texas Agricultural College (now UTA) and Mary-Hardin Baylor. She last attended NTAC in 1929.

LUCILLE COLEMAN, 88, Nov. 14 in Arlington. Ms. Coleman retired from UTA in 1979 as a baker; she was known as the Muffin Lady. She previously worked in the cafeteria at Berry Elementary School in Arlington.

GREGORY COTTON, 66, March 9 in Dallas. Mr. Cotton graduated from UTA in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He was a graduate of Kilgore Colored High School and served in the U.S. Navy.

JIMMIE R. “JIM” COX, 74, Nov. 23 in Grand Saline. Mr. Cox graduated from Arlington State College (now UTA) in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in history and journalism. He worked as a writer, editor and columnist for 21 years at the Star-Telegram, where he received numerous state and national awards for editorial writing. In 1978, he joined the James Robison Evangelistic Association, now Life Outreach International, as executive editor. He was an ordained and licensed minister and author of several books.

EARL OWEN CULLUM, 89, Jan. 31 in Dallas. Col. Cullum served in the military police during World War II, followed by 30 years each as an FBI special agent and as an Army reservist. He was a graduate of North Dallas High School and last attended North Texas Agricultural College (now UTA) in 1933. He also attended Texas A&M and later earned a law degree at the Chicago School of Law but never worked as a lawyer. In 1939, he joined the Dallas Police Department.

ROBERT J. “BOB” DARRAH SR., 64, Jan. 5 in Dallas. Mr. Darrah was a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army reserves and had a 28-year career at TXU, from which he retired in 1992 as a senior buyer. One of the16 cadets who marched from Arlington State College (now UTA) to Fort Hood in June 1960, he earned a bachelor’s degree from ASC in 1963.

MARY LOU “MAMA LOU” D’ESPOSITO, 73, Dec. 16 in Fort Worth. Ms. Esposito began teaching at UTA in 1964 as an assistant professor and chair of physical education for women. She was promoted to associate professor in 1970. She retired in May 1988 but continued part time through August 1992. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas Woman’s University.

GLORIA DULANEY, 67, Feb. 8 in Arlington. Ms. Dulaney was an accounting clerk in the central receiving office at UTA. She had been at UTA since 1986, working with central receiving, capital asset management and accounting and business services.

JUDGE JOHN BROWN FITE, 85, Feb. 2 in Glen Rose. Mr. Fite was the founder and chairman of Century 21 Judge Fite Co., which has 18 offices in the Fort Worth-Dallas area. He was a graduate of Sunset High School in Oak Cliff and last attended North Texas Agricultural College (now UTA) in 1935. He worked in real estate in the late 1930s and early ’40s before joining the Army during World War II. He earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. After military service, he came back to Texas and the real estate business.

SCOTT STEELE HANSON, 34, Nov. 14 in DeSoto. Mr. Hanson earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from UTA in 1995. A 1986 graduate of DeSoto High School, he was a licensed HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) technician.

SHIRLEY HUGHES, 70, Dec. 11 in Dallas. Ms. Hughes was an administrative secretary for the Department of Educational Administration in UTA’s School of Education. She worked in the School of Education from 1999 through 2002.

ALBERT LEE LEHMBERG JR., 50, Feb. 19 in Dallas. Mr. Lehmberg was an Albertsons employee for more than 30 years and earned a bachelor’s degree from UTA in accounting in 1979. A Fort Worth native, he graduated from Western Hills High School and lived in the Benbrook area until moving to Dallas two years ago.

FLORENCE ELIZABETH PENDER MAHAN, 89, Dec. 16 in Arlington. A retired artist, Ms. Mahan last attended North Texas Agricultural College (now UTA) in 1934. Many of her paintings were selected for album covers for a New York recording company. She also served as executive assistant for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

MICHAEL S. McCARTY, 40, March 12 in Dallas. Mr. McCarty earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from UTA in 1994. He was a graduate of Jesuit High School in Dallas.

NICHOLAS “NIC” ADAM MURZIN, 33, Dec. 17 in Dallas. Mr. Murzin graduated in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in political science from UTA, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. He served in the Marine Corps before working for Fidelity Investments as a service trading manager.

LANCE POPE, 37, Dec. 17 in Terrell. Mr. Pope graduated from UTA in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. He was the owner and special effects artist of Haunted Verdun Manor, a Halloween attraction in the Forney/Terrell area. Aside from Verdun Manor, he had performed as numerous costumed characters at Six Flags Over Texas.

STEPHEN LAWRENCE QUINN, 37, Feb. 18 in Southlake. A manager at Lockheed Martin since 1989, Mr. Quinn earned a bachelor’s degree in management from UTA in 1989.

HELEN BETTY RISENHOOVER, 69, March 6 in Arlington. Ms. Risenhoover was employed by the UTA Office of Public Affairs from 1986 until 1999. She worked in various media positions, including as a freelance writer for The Dallas Morning News and a contributing writer for UTA Magazine. She held bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. She was married to Texas Rangers broadcaster Dick Risenhoover, who died in 1978.

SELINA ROSALES, 24, Dec. 1 in Fort Worth. Ms. Rosales earned her bachelor’s degree in advertising from UTA in 2000. She was an associate in the promotions department at WBAP Radio and a graduate of Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth.

FRANK JOSEPH SHERROD, 49, Feb. 19 in Dallas. Mr. Sherrod earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from UTA in 1985—he was editor of The Shorthorn, the University newspaper—and a master’s degree in accounting from UTA in 1988. He was a certified public accountant and formerly employed by Spicer & Oppenheim and The Burgess Co., both in Dallas. He was a graduate of Western Hills High School in Fort Worth.

BUFORD MORRIS SMITH, 68, Jan. 19 in Huntsville. Mr. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in management from UTA in 1985 and was employed by Texas Instruments from 1962 until his retirement in 1994. He was a lifelong resident of Waxahachie until moving to Huntsville in 1999.

JEROME SMITH SR., 74, Jan. 17 in Euless. Mr. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UTA in 1988. An aircraft maintenance supervisor, he worked for American Airlines for 35 years before retiring in 1995. He served in the Army during the Korean War.

FRED STEELE STOVALL, 59, Nov. 9 in Arlington. Mr. Stovall earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and history from UTA in 1967. An underwriter for Reliance Insurance Co., he enjoyed performing volunteer work in the community and was a member of the Kimbell Art Museum.

JOHN EUGENE WALSH, 86, Jan. 3 in Fort Worth. Mr. Walsh was a retired postal transportation officer. He joined the Railway Mail Service in 1936 and except for serving in Europe as an infantry officer in World War II remained in the U.S. Postal Service until 1971, when he retired as chief of the Railway Branch, Dallas Postal Region. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University and a master’s in English from UTA in 1973. He published several short stories, one-act plays and poems.

DENNIS REY WALTON, 58, March 4 in Arlington. Mr. Walton graduated from Castleberry High School in Fort Worth in 1963. He served three years in the Army, Airborne Special Services, before graduating from UTA in 1973 with a degree in accounting. He worked as an investigator in private industry and as a special agent for the U.S. government.

IDA NAR WILLIS, 86, Feb. 28 in Dallas. Ms. Willis graduated from Forest Avenue High School in Dallas in 1934. She last attended North Texas Agricultural College (now UTA) in 1936. She was active in the Camp Fire Girls organization and the Order of Eastern Star.

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