[UTA Magazine]


In Memoriam

FRED H. ATKINSON JR., 62, Sept. 13, in Arlington. Mr. Atkinson had been employed at Lockheed Martin since 1969, most recently as director of logistics. He served as a helicopter crew chief in the U.S. Army. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from UTA in 1979.

MARGARET ANN “PEGGY” BARNETT, 52, Sept. 19, in Fort Worth. Ms. Barnett graduated from UTA in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She was a registered nurse at North Hills Hospital, specializing in ER/trauma with 28 years of experience.

JOE WALTER CROUCH JR., 76, Aug. 31, in Crowley. Mr. Crouch retired from the dairy business in 1996 after 55 years. He was an active member of North Texas Milk Producers, Inc., serving in multiple offices. A graduate of Crowley High School, he attended UTA when it was known as North Texas Agricultural College in 1944, until called to active service in the U.S. Army during World War II. He served in the Philippines and Japan.

ANN CHARLOTTE CUMMINGS, 50, Sept. 29, in Arlington. Ms. Cummings spent 26 years at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, first as a pediatric nurse and later as a systems analyst. A graduate of Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, she attended Texas Tech University before transferring to the University of Texas Fort Worth School of Nursing. She was in the first graduating class of the institution, graduating No. 1 in 1974. She later obtained her M.B.A. from UTA in 1989.

WILLIAM C. “BILL” CUMMINS, 38, Oct. 21, in Arlington. Mr. Cummins was a physician at Mesquite Medical and Surgical Clinic. He graduated from Lamar High School in Arlington in 1982 and earned a bachelor’s degree from UTA in 1987. He graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1991. An Arlington resident for 25 years, he and his family lived in Cedar Hill.

HARRY L. CURE JR., 51, Aug. 31, in Akumal, Mexico. Mr. Cure died after suffering a heart attack while cave diving. A bankruptcy attorney, he practiced law in Fort Worth for 28 years. He was also an avid scuba diver and cave diver. A graduate of Castleberry High School, he earned his bachelor’s degree at UTA in 1972 and his law degree from Texas Tech University law school in 1974.

JAMES ROBERT “J.R.” FRANCISCO JR., 81, Aug. 1, in Fort Worth. A retired Delta Air Lines pilot, Mr. Francisco attended UTA when it was known as North Texas Agricultural College. A Fort Worth native, he graduated from Central High School, now known as Paschal High School, before coming to NTAC. A test pilot during World War II, he also flew troops and supplies in Burma and China to support the war effort. He was a Delta employee for 27 years.

WILLIAM MAX HANSEN JR., 49, Sept. 15, in Dallas. A pharmacist, Mr. Hansen graduated from Texas A&M University in 1975, then pursued a pharmacy degree from the University of Houston. He had worked as a registered pharmacist since 1979, 15 of those years at Millar Drug Co. in Grand Prairie. He obtained a master of education in teaching from UTA in 1999 and a doctor of pharmacy degree from Texas Tech University in May 2002.

TERRY LYNN HAWKINS, 51, Oct. 28, in Loving. A probation officer for the 90th Judicial District, Mr. Hawkins earned his B.B.A. from UTA in 1975. He graduated from Odessa Permian High School before coming to UTA.

INA RAE HOYLE, 65, Oct. 15, in Waxahachie. Ms. Hoyle began her career working for the Texas Rehabilitation Commission, then became an investigator with Child Protective Services in Ellis County. She was involved with every aspect of the Foster Child Program and the Mentoring Program at the Texas Baptist Home in Waxahachie. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas in 1955 and earned her bachelor’s degree in social work at UTA in 1993.

HAZEL CORINNE ECHOLS HUKILL, 83, Oct. 2, in Arlington. Ms. Hukill attended Arlington High School and earned an associate’s degree from North Texas Agricultural College (now UTA) in 1939 before receiving her bachelor’s degree at Baylor University. She was an active member of the Arlington Woman’s Club. A homemaker, she raised three sons and served as a volunteer at Arlington Memorial Hospital and the Arlington Public Library.

DAVID KEITH NAUGLE SR., 79, Sept. 14, in Fort Worth. While working at Fort Worth radio station KFJZ in his teens, Mr. Naugle was the first local announcer to air the news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He served in the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. Mr. Naugle was news anchor at KTVT/Channel 11 from 1955 to 1968 and then started his own production company and continued to do voice-overs and commercials for 30 years. He was co-host of Master Control, a syndicated religious radio program carried by more than 1,000 stations. He graduated from Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth and attended North Texas Agricultural College (now UTA) in 1942.

GLORIA JEAN “JEANNIE” PIRTLE, 58, Nov. 4, in Fort Worth. Ms. Pirtle was a licensed interior designer and worked for RadioShack as a store planner. A graduate of Eastern Hills High School in Fort Worth, she earned her bachelor’s degree in architecture-interiors from UTA in 1977.

HUBBARD ALLEN “HUB” ROWDEN, 60, Aug. 7, in Dallas. Mr. Rowden was owner and president of H&H Sales Co., Manufacturers Representatives. He earned his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from UTA in 1970 after graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas. His appreciation of art led him to open Rowden Art Gallery in Dallas in 1972. He enjoyed dove and deer hunting, and archery.

GEORGE CLIFFORD SEABORN, 69, Aug. 16, in Plano. Mr. Seaborn served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Germany during the cold war. He served as a reserve officer for the Dallas Sheriff’s Department and constable’s office for 25 years. He was the author of an early manual on high-voltage silicon rectifier design, and he held two patents. He graduated from Grand Prairie High School and earned engineering degrees from UTA (1962, BS) and Texas Tech University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Dallas.

SYLVESTER PRICE SMITH JR., 83, Nov. 1, in Dallas. Mr. Smith had a long career in banking, retiring as a vice president at First Republic Bank. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a drill instructor during World War II before being wounded in action on Iwo Jima. A graduate of Sunset High School in Dallas, he last attended North Texas Agricultural College (now UTA) in 1938 before going on to Southern Methodist University.

DAVID GLEN TAYLOR, 46, Oct. 15, in Arlington. Mr. Taylor graduated from UTA in 1980 with a bachelor of science degree. A computer analyst, he was born in Arlington in 1955.

L. WESLEY TRUSSELL, 61, Oct. 31, in Springtown. Mr. Trussell, a retired police officer, graduated from UTA in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and retired as a captain after 30 years with the city of Fort Worth. A graduate of Fort Worth’s Trimble Tech High School, he was in the U.S. Navy from 1959-63. He worked with the Tarrant County constable’s office and Fort Worth marshal’s office and was a deputy chief in the Azle Police Department.

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