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In Memoriam

JACK R. WOOLF

Jack R. Woolf

Former President Jack R. Woolf died June 10 in Arlington. He was 90. Dr. Woolf was president of Arlington State College (now UT Arlington) from 1959-68. He was named acting president in 1958 after the sudden death of President E.H. Hereford. Woolf guided the school from a junior college to a four-year, baccalaureate degree-granting institution and supervised its transition from the Texas A&M System to The University of Texas System. He helped establish the first graduate programs and worked to achieve accreditation of five engineering baccalaureate programs. He was at the helm when the school admitted its first African-American students. During his administration, enrollment grew from 5,000 to 11,500. After stepping down as president in 1968, Woolf was named professor emeritus and remained a mechanical engineering professor until he retired in 1989. He continued to teach mechanical engineering courses until 1994. The Engineering I Building was renamed Woolf Hall in 1997. In addition to his duties at UT Arlington, he was a consultant to several universities and educational agencies. He was executive director of the Association of Texas Colleges and Universities for 10 years. He entered Texas A&M in 1941 but in 1943 went on active duty in the Army and became a commissioned officer in the Air Corps. After serving more than three years, including a year in the Philippines, he re-entered Texas A&M and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees. In 1948 he married Martha Frazar of Strawn. They moved to Indiana, where he was an instructor and graduate student at Purdue University and earned a Ph.D. in engineering.


1930s

Robert E. Monroe (’35 AS, General Studies), 100, April 19 in Celina. After retiring from a 20-year career with Conway Oil Co., Mr. Monroe was transportation director for the Denison Independent School District.

1940s

James Allen Bursey (’40 AS, Aeronautical Engineering), 94, May 2 in Granbury. Mr. Bursey was an engineer for Campbell Taggart Associated Bakeries (now the Earthgrains Co.) in Dallas. He retired after 34 years.

Harold Nesbitt Sr. (’40 AS, Industrial Aeronautical Engineering), 94, Jan. 17 in Fort Worth. Mr. Nesbitt was a cadet captain in the Corps of Cadets as a student at North Texas Agricultural College (now UT Arlington). He was an instructor in the National Defense Vocational Training conducted by NTAC during World War II before enlisting in the Navy. After the war he returned to Fort Worth and worked 15 years at General Dynamics. He then worked 26 years at Lockheed Martin and also served as aircraft maintenance officer of several squadrons at the Naval Air Station in Dallas.

Walter Henry “Kirby” Taylor (’42 AS, General Studies), 89, Jan. 19 in Fort Worth. Mr. Taylor was a sales representative for several shoe companies. He was a grandson of Henry Kirby Taylor, president of Arlington Training School (now UT Arlington) from 1913-16.

Virginia Lee Taylor (’44 AS, General Studies), 88, Feb. 21 in Bedford. Ms. Taylor retired in 1984 after 18 years of teaching fifth grade at Wilshire Elementary School in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District.

George W. Reeves (’48 AS, General Studies), 85, March 13 in Mansfield. Dr. Reeves was a dentist for many years in Arlington. He retired in 1988 as a captain in the Dental Corps, U.S. Navy Reserve, after serving 37 years. He was a past president of the UT Arlington alumni board. 

1950s

Jerry Eldredge (’52 AS, General Studies), 80, Feb. 14 in Rockwall. Mr. Eldredge had a 38-year career with Luby’s Cafeterias, starting when the company had only five restaurants. Luby’s had expanded to 200 cafeterias when he retired as area vice president.

1960s

Myrna Loy Crelia Dobbins (’61 BA, Elementary Education), 74, Jan. 28 in Granbury. Ms. Dobbins was a first- and second-grade teacher at Alexander Elementary School in Duncanville for more than 30 years, retiring in 1998.

Jackie L. Fisher (’61 BS, Physics; ’61 BS Mathematics), 75, May 30 in Wimberley. Mr. Fisher was an information technology specialist for NASA at the Manned Spacecraft Center (now the Johnson Space Center) in Houston. He worked with the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Space Shuttle, and International Space Station programs. He retired in 1997 after 34 years with the space agency.

Don M. Pritchard (’61 BS, Chemistry), 76, April 3 in Fort Worth. Mr. Pritchard worked in chemical labs at Alcon Laboratories and Bell Helicopter before selling industrial chemicals for the Oakite Products Co. for 24 years, retiring in 1995. He returned to work as a sales representative for Custom Chemicals of Texas before retiring again in 1999.

James Bradford DeBusk (’62 BS, Biology), 72, May 14 in Richardson. Dr. DeBusk operated a medical practice in Garland, working 44 years as an ob-gynOB-GYN. He delivered the first in vitro baby in the Metroplex.

Ronald Lee Paramore (’64 BBA, Business Administration), 73, Nov. 22, 2013, in Arlington. Maj. Paramore was commissioned in the Army in 1965 and served two tours in Vietnam. He received a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts. He was active in veterans’ communities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Jimmy Don Franklin (’66 BS, Civil Engineering), 69, April 11 in Midlothian. Mr. Franklin and his late wife, Peggy, spent 15 years as missionaries in China.

Vernon “Lindy” Pate (’66 BS, Physics), 76, April 27 in Lewisville, Ark. Mr. Pate enjoyed a 36-year career in the oil, gas, and pipeline construction industry building metering stations, dehydration systems, injection lines, and pump stations. He worked in 17 U.S. states and in Ecuador.

Glenn Edward Simmons (’69 BA, Mathematics), 93, Oct. 15, 2013, in Arlington. Cmdr. Simmons attended North Texas Agricultural College (now UT Arlington) in 1940 before embarking on a 28-year career in the Navy. He returned to campus to earn his bachelor’s degree.

1960s

Myrna Loy Crelia Dobbins (’61 BA, Elementary Education), 74, Jan. 28 in Granbury. Ms. Dobbins was a first- and second-grade teacher at Alexander Elementary School in Duncanville for more than 30 years, retiring in 1998.

Jackie L. Fisher (’61 BS, Physics; ’61 BS Mathematics), 75, May 30 in Wimberley. Mr. Fisher was an information technology specialist for NASA at the Manned Spacecraft Center (now the Johnson Space Center) in Houston. He worked with the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Space Shuttle, and International Space Station programs. He retired in 1997 after 34 years with the space agency.

Don M. Pritchard (’61 BS, Chemistry), 76, April 3 in Fort Worth. Mr. Pritchard worked in chemical labs at Alcon Laboratories and Bell Helicopter before selling industrial chemicals for the Oakite Products Co. for 24 years, retiring in 1995. He returned to work as a sales representative for Custom Chemicals of Texas before retiring again in 1999.

James Bradford DeBusk (’62 BS, Biology), 72, May 14 in Richardson. Dr. DeBusk operated a medical practice in Garland, working 44 years as an ob-gynOB-GYN. He delivered the first in vitro baby in the Metroplex.

Ronald Lee Paramore (’64 BBA, Business Administration), 73, Nov. 22, 2013, in Arlington. Maj. Paramore was commissioned in the Army in 1965 and served two tours in Vietnam. He received a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts. He was active in veterans’ communities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Vernon “Lindy” Pate (’66 BS, Physics), 76, April 27 in Lewisville, Ark. Mr. Pate enjoyed a 36-year career in the oil, gas, and pipeline construction industry building metering stations, dehydration systems, injection lines, and pump stations. He worked in 17 U.S. states and in Ecuador.

Glenn Edward Simmons (’69 BA, Mathematics), 93, Oct. 15, 2013, in Arlington. Cmdr. Simmons attended North Texas Agricultural College (now UT Arlington) in 1940 before embarking on a 28-year career in the Navy. He returned to campus to earn his bachelor’s degree.

1970s

James Elmer Hammons Jr. (’71 BBA, Business Administration), 71, March 18 in Fort Worth. Mr. Hammons was president and consultant for HMI Construction Services in Fort Worth.

Stephen B. Moss (’73 BBA, Accounting), 72, May 16 in Fort Worth. Mr. Moss was a certified public accountant at Weaver and Tidwell in Fort Worth for many years, retiring in 2007.

Pauline Nichols (’74 BA, English), 84, March 15 in Crowley. Ms. Nichols taught English at Nimitz High School in Irving.

Larry W. Reynolds (’74 BBA, Accounting), 67, May 23 in Madill, Okla. Mr. Reynolds worked for General Dynamics, Bell Helicopter, and the state of Texas as an auditor. He retired after 32 years with Tarrant County College.

James Barrett Aldridge (’75 BS, Biology), 60, April 26 in Fort Worth. Dr. Aldridge taught science for 30 years at Fort Worth Country Day School, specializing in biology, chemistry, and computer science.

Mary C. McBee (’77 BA, English), 71, April 11 in Duncanville. Ms. McBee retired from the Southwest Regional Command Center in Desoto in 2005 after a 24-year career as a dispatcher. 

George Edwin Dyer (’79 BBA, Accounting), 68, April 8 in Arlington. Mr. Dyer owned Anson Industries in Arlington since 1996.

Rick Harold Hulett (’79 BS, Electrical Engineering), 61, April 22 in Hood River, Ore. Mr. Hulett was an engineer for the Century Link Phone Co. in Hood River. He also performed in numerous bands and taught guitar and ukulele.

1980s

Curtis Brownlow (’80 BBA, Real Estate), 63, March 18 in Arlington. Mr. Brownlow retired as a right-of-way appraiser for the Dallas County Public Works Department after 28 years of service.

Frank Charles Bernard (’82 BBA, Accounting), 55, Feb. 12 in Arlington. Mr. Bernard was an accounting manager at Trinity Industries in Fort Worth.

Justin L. McNamee (’83 BBA, Management), 56, April 18 in Dallas. Mr. McNamee was a senior schedule analyst for the Raytheon Co. Gov. Rick Perry appointed him to the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists in recognition of his community service.

Joseph A. Rothenhoefer (’83 BBA, Management), 74, Jan. 10 in Arlington. Mr. Rothenhoefer worked for the Sweetheart Cup Corp. before founding Paige Contracting in Arlington in 1990.

Dawn McPhee Baskett (’85 BA, Political Science), 74, April 6 in Granbury. Ms. Baskett was a congressional liaison for Congressman Dick Armey.

Linda Vaught Delashmit (’85 MS, Interdisciplinary Studies), 70, March 11 in Arlington. Ms. Delashmit retired from the University of North Texas and the Arlington Independent School District. She also taught math, physics, and computer science in Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, and Pennsylvania.

1990s

David Henry Hames (’91 BBA, Accounting), 66, May 28 in Garland. Mr. Hames was a certified public accountant for Philip Courtney Hogan P.C. in Dallas.

Linda Louise Cumbie (’92 BSN, Nursing Education), 55, April 29 in North Richland Hills. Ms. Cumbie was a registered nurse; she worked at Cook Children’s Medical Center for 17 years.

Garth Ray Smith (’92 BA, Interdisciplinary Studies), 46, Jan. 30 in Arlington. Mr. Smith owned Metro Tire and Auto Service in Arlington.

Allison Young Conley (’93 MS, Social Work), 64, May 8 in Delaware Township, N.J. Ms. Conley was board chair for NORWESCAP, a nonprofit dedicated to serving low-income families in five New Jersey counties.

Karyn Mosdell (’93 MA, Political Science), 52, May 11 in Titusville, Fla. Ms. Mosdell taught at Oak Park Elementary School in Titusville.

D’Ann Michelle Tiblets Graves (’95 BBA, Accounting), 48, March 15 in Richardson. Ms. Graves enjoyed fishing, cooking, and movie nights with her family.

Lesley A. Sloan (’95 BBA, Management), 48, April 21 in Fort Worth. Mr. Sloan owned Sloan Landscape Maintenance for many years, was a past master of Webb Masonic Lodge 1454, and was active in several landscape organizations.

Anabella Coolidge Winters (’95 BA, ’98 MA, Interdisciplinary Studies), 48, Jan. 10 in Fort Worth. Ms. Winters was one of the first registered accessibility specialists in Texas under the Americans with Disabilities Act. She was a member of Student Congress at UT Arlington.

Linda B. Murphy (’96 MSN, Nursing), 67, May 6 in Dallas. Ms. Murphy was a registered nurse, working for the Dallas Independent School District, the Parkland Health System, and for the last eight years at Cook Children’s Medical Center. 

Kenneth Sears (’96 MBA, Business Administration), 61, June 20 in Arlington. Mr. Sears was a senior lecturer in the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management in the College of Business at UT Arlington. He joined the faculty in 1998 and was a continuing education instructor at UT Arlington and Tarrant County College. His research focused on the transition to Web 3.0 technology via cloud computing, dataweb technologies, and 3-D virtual business worlds.

2010s

Ross L. Cravens (’12 MCRP, City and Regional Planning), 39, March 14 in Fort Worth. Mr. Cravens was a transportation planning analyst for Kimley-Horn and Associates, a design consulting firm with offices in Irving and Fort Worth.

Faculty and Staff

Idabelle Bunch, 93, April 12 in Amarillo. Ms. Bunch was a librarian, retiring in 2003 after 20 years at UT Arlington.

Donald W. Cantwell, 83, May 11 in Arlington. Dr. Cantwell was a professor emeritus in the Department of Finance and Real Estate, serving on the UT Arlington faculty from 1959-2002.

Robert E. Longacre, 92, April 20 in Dallas. Dr. Longacre was a professor emeritus of linguistics and a member of the faculty from 1972-93. He served as president of the Linguistic Association of Canada and the United States in 1994-95 and was honored by LACUS in 2007. He was known for his seminal studies of discourse structure (text linguistics).

Wesley E. Mead, 87, May 4 in Richardson. Mr. Mead taught math and algebra at Bremond and Dallas Sunset high schools. He later was a professor of mathematics at Arlington State College (now UT Arlington) and retired as associate dean of student administration.

William A. Stacey, 79, March 6 in Arlington. Dr. Stacey was a professor emeritus in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. He came to UT Arlington in 1974 as director of the Center for Social Research.

Dorothy J. Turpin, 76, April 17 in Fort Worth. Ms. Turpin taught nursing at the John Peter Smith School of Nursing in Fort Worth (now the UT Arlington College of Nursing), retiring in 2003. She was a founding member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapter in Arlington. 

Louis W. Wilson, 78, May 30 in Arlington. Mr. Wilson worked at UT Arlington for 16 years and Bell Helicopter for 20 years. He retired in September 1997.

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