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In Memoriam

Andy Anderson

Andy Anderson

70, March 17, Arlington. A beloved filmmaker and instructor, Andy Anderson has been credited with developing UTA's film and video program into a showcase degree. Anderson joined UTA in 1976 as a photography instructor. He was honored as the first Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor and as a Minnie Stevens Piper Professor. He served as chair of the Department of Art and Art History from 1995-2005 and as a writer-in-residence. An active filmmaker, screenwriter, and director, Anderson was a professor emeritus when he retired in 2011.

Arnold Petsche

Arnold Petsche

86, Sept. 27, Arlington. A longtime supporter of UTA and an honorary Distinguished Alumnus, Arnold Petsche was president of A.E. Petsche Property Co. and the retired president and chairman of the board for the A.E. Petsche Co. He founded the A.E. Petsche Co., an aerospace wire and cable distribution business, in 1966. The business grew to encompass 20 branches worldwide with sales exceeding $200 million before it was sold in 2009. In 2012 Petsche donated $1 million to establish the Arnold E. Petsche Center for Automotive Engineering at UTA. His son, Alan, and daughter-in-law, Bonnie, are both Distinguished Alumni and ardent supporters of the University.


Bobby Callan Greenlee
('62 BBA, Accounting) 82, May 20, Arlington.

Ellis C. Dawson
('63 BS, Electrical Engineering) 82, Dec. 22, 2016, Fort Worth. Dawson worked at Chance Vought (LTV) while attending night school at Arlington State College. He worked on special projects for General Dynamics (Lockheed Martin) and retired as director of F-22 Utilities and Subsystems after 40 years.

Kirby L. Duncan  
('63 BA, English) 82, March 5, Nacogdoches. He taught for 40 years at Stephen F. Austin State University, where he was known as "Flunkin' Duncan."

David Gordon
('63 BS, Engineering) 78, April 30, Dallas. He was a professor at the University of Dallas for 40 years.

Rose Mary Herrell
('65 BS, Mathematics) 92, Sept. 28, 2016, Fort Worth. An aviation engineer, she was on the team that built the first control tower at San Antonio International Airport and various other airport facilities in Texas and Louisiana.

Ronny Hurl Moore
('65 BS, Aerospace Engineering) 73, March 24, Austin. He worked for NASA.

Gerald Gregg Morris Sr.
('65 BS, Electrical Engineering) 79, Oct. 4, 2016, Salisbury, Maryland. He worked in the aerospace industry with LTV Aerospace Corp. and NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Goddard Space Flight Center, and Vandenburg Air Force Base.

Fenton Wayne Robnett
('65 BA, History) 73, Aug. 25, 2016, Garland. He taught in Dallas schools for 31 years. He established the Fenton Wayne Robnett Endowed Professorship in the College of Education.

Ron Arnold
('66 BS, Industrial Engineering) 74, May 17, San Diego. He worked as a nuclear logistics facilities engineer and retired from Lockheed Martin as an industrial engineer.

Jay Warner Jackson
('66 BS, Aerospace Engineering) 73, May 20, Bedford.

Billy Charles Pickard
('66 BBA, Business) 76, Feb. 20, Waxahachie. He was a self-employed building contractor.

Kenneth Charles Kautz
('67 BBA, Accounting) 72, July 31, 2016, Arlington. He specialized in real estate law.

A.J. "Jack" Ehrle III
('68 BBA, Business) 71, April 7, Dallas. He was a criminal defense attorney.

Edward Joseph Lunt
('68 BS, Mathematics) 71, Feb. 17, Fort Worth.

Sharon Haynes Axtell
('69 BA, Psychology) 70, Feb. 4, Dallas.

Mary Margaret DeArmond
('69 BA, English) 69, Jan. 1, Quitman.

John William Shelton
('69 BA, History) 71, April 20, Fort Worth. He played on the UTA basketball team.


Ziona Waldenberg Balaban
('70 MSSW, Social Work) 84, Jan. 24, Dallas. She was in the first graduating class of the Master of Social Work program. She worked for 20 years with the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas.

Lonnie Max Obeidin
('70 BA, History) 68, March 5, Fort Worth. He was an attorney.

Betty Jean McKnight
('71 BA, Sociology) 69, Feb. 19, Castlewood, Virginia. She was the first female computer technician with IBM in Austin.

Johnnie "Toby" Stewart Jr.
('71 AS, Electrical Engineering) 74, Jan. 10, Arlington. He worked in electrical engineering for TXU.

John M. Elliott
('72 BA, History) 73, Jan. 6, Arlington.

Gerald Patric Lillard
('72 BS, Geology) 67, Jan. 20, Houston.

Jimmy Thomas Jr.
('72 BA, History) 70, June 6, Fort Worth. He played with the San Francisco 49ers for five years.

Mary Kate Anderson
('73 BA, '76 MA, German) 66, March 28, Fort Worth.

Scott Haynes
('73 BA, Sociology) 68, May, Fort Worth. He worked in the Texas Governor's Office as an ADA specialist. Later, he worked with the Texas Workforce Commission and Easterseals.

Tak Wai "Tom" Leung
('74 BS, '76 MA, Chemistry) 67, Feb. 18, Webster.

John Phillips Shasteen
('74 BBA, Business) 74, March 1, Gun Barrel City.

Royce Brothers
('75 BBA, Business) 76, April 28, Crowley.

Milton Nicks
('78 BA, Sociology) 71, April 1, San Angelo.

Philip Bryan Garner
('79 BS, Psychology) 60, Oct. 20, 2016, Grapevine. He worked for 25 years with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. He donated 14 gallons of double red blood to Carter BloodCare.

Mary Lee Shelton Henshall
('79 BSN, Nursing) 90, Nov. 1, 2016, Burleson. She earned her degree and was valedictorian at age 42. She retired from All Saints Hospital.

Harold Dick Smith
('79 MS, Civil Engineering) 82, Aug. 4, 2016, Arlington. He retired from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Kenneth Noble Craig
('80 BS, Mechanical Engineering) 58, Aug. 29, 2016, Midland.

Lou Ann Mahaney
('80 MS, '84 PhD, Mathematics) 76, March 11, Arlington.

Stephen Craig Smith
('80 BS, Biology) 58, March 30, Durango, Colorado. He was a dentist.

Michael David Wilson
('80 BBA, Accounting) 60, May 28, Matthews, North Carolina. He was a CPA.

Douglas Benton Arrington
('81 BBA, Economics) 59, May 22, Fort Worth. He was a CPA.

Thelma Anne Jackson
('81 BA, English) 78, May 18, Wimberley.

Charles Klein
('81 MBA) 59, Sept. 18, 2016, Dallas. He practiced commercial real estate law.

Richard Emory McGary
('82 BA, Political Science) 61, Oct. 9, Richardson. He was a litigation and products liability attorney.

Derrick Jensen 
('83 BBA, Real Estate) 60, April 7, Panama City Beach, FloridaAttending UTA on a full football scholarship, Jensen played for the Oakland Raiders for eight seasons as a running back and tight end, including in two Super Bowl victories, and was a scout for the Seattle Seahawks for 22 years. The Seahawks team renamed its draft room for him.

Robert J. Chiore
('85 MBA, Business) 64, Feb. 27, Bedford. He was a financial analyst for American Airlines.

Gregory S. Clute
('86 BS, Electrical Engineering) 65, May 29, Waxahachie.

Thomas C. Rainone
('86 BA, Television/Film) 53, Nov. 28, 2016, Arlington. He was a special effects production supervisor, director, actor, and music coordinator in Hollywood.


Steven Michael Shipe
('90 BA, Interdisciplinary Studies) 49, June 3, Arlington.

Dwayne Allen Shaw
('92 BS, Industrial Engineering) 50, Nov. 21, 2016, North Richland Hills.

Steven Edward Ganner
('94 BS, Mathematics) 44, April 28, Hurst. He was a math teacher at L.D. Bell High School in Hurst.

Pamela James-Hurley
('94 BA, Journalism) 63, May 13, St. Paul, Texas.

Patty Walenty
('94 BA, Psychology) 44, Nov. 30, 2016, Keller.

John Mitchell Hallum
('95 BS, Information Systems) 56, Jan. 8, Dallas. He was employed at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and had an acting career on stage and in film.

Brandon Allen Smith
('95 BBA, Finance) 44, Nov. 14, 2016, Memphis, Tennessee.

L. Kevin McNelis
('96 PhD, Business Administration) 59, May 27, Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Iniobong " Inio" George Obadiah
('97 BSSW, '05 MSSW, Social Work) 43, March 30, Arlington. She was a graduate student in the Psychology Department.

Jette Majbrith Buckingham
('98 BA, English) 57, Sept. 22, 2016, Dallas.


Russell Franklin Lawson
('00 BBA, Accounting) 75, March 7, Dallas.

Rosemary Lopez
('00 BSN, Nursing) 52, May 12, Grand Prairie.

Brad Rogers
('03 BS, Mechanical Engineering) 58, March 20, North Richland Hills.

Jennifer Elaine Lemin
('04 BM, Music Education) 35, March 28, Arlington.

Japheth Osia Jaoko
('05 PhD, Social Work) 46, May 8, Lexington, Kentucky.

Stephen Craig Robb
('08 BS, Electrical Engineering) 31, May 22, San Diego, California. He was lead engineer for the sensor on the MQ-4C Triton unmanned air vehicle developed by Northrop Grumman. A scholarship was created in his name in the College of Engineering.
Learn more about the Stephen C. Robb Scholarship in Engineering fund at

Emily Jean Raif Sassenhagen
('08 BSN, Nursing) 33, May 4, Colleyville.


Dan Cass Harper
('10 BA, Philosophy) 29, May 19, Temple.

Cheryl Ann McCord
('11 BS, Interdisciplinary Studies) 53, May 16, Crowley.

Gregory Dean Monson
('12 BS, '16 MS, Chemistry) 33, Nov. 25, 2016, Euless. He served seven years in the U.S. Navy, with four years as a surface ship nuclear propulsion plant operator at sea aboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. He was deployed in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

Amanda Henson
('14 BS, Biology) 25, April 27, Fort Worth.

Belinda Garcia-Bonner
('16 MEd, Education) 44, March 2, Arlington. She was a second-grade teacher at Johns Elementary in Arlington.

Garrett C. Phifer
('16 BA, Broadcasting and Telecommunications) 28, Jan. 29, Arlington. Phifer worked at iHeartRadio as a radio broadcasting engineer and in his free time produced his own music in his G-Phorce Productions studio.


Earle Grady "E.G." Hamilton Jr.
97, May 8, Dallas. The Omniplan/Harrell+Hamilton Scholarship fund for graduate architecture students at UTA was named in honor of Hamilton, a renowned Dallas architect.

George Caldwell McDowell
103, April 22, Houston. McDowell studied engineering at North Texas Agricultural College before a 1933 appointment to West Point. The youngest officer on Gen. George Patton’s staff, he installed the first UNIVAC computer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Robert Reid Lynn
90, May 27, Colleyville. A member of the College of Engineering Advisory Board, he retired in May 1991 as a senior vice president of research and engineering at Bell Helicopter.


Martha M. Battle
87, April 9, Bartow, Florida. She was an assistant supervisor in the campus print shop from 1987-92.

Camille Ruttan Carruth
77, March 27, Granbury. She worked as a cashier for the UTA Police Department from 2015-17.

Nai Yuen Chen
91, March 30, Arlington. He had been a Distinguished Research Professor in Physics since 2011.

Naomi Mae Ford
91, March 1, Grand Prairie. She was senior secretary for the associate dean of engineering from 1973-87.

Carol Ann Gentry
72, Jan. 27, Lancaster. She was a research associate for the Department of Psychology from 2004-10.

John Lee "Buddy" Gerik
69, March 16, Arlington. A U.S. Navy veteran, he worked in the Military Science Department from 1998-2017.

Roger Dale Kirby
('97 MS, '07 PhD, Mathematics) 70, March 22, Fort Worth. He taught mathematics at UTA from 1993-2016. A scholarship in his name supports the TexPREP Engineering Summer Program at UTA.

Evelyn Ray Briggs Martin
84, March 10, Arlington. The 1992 Employee of the Year was a secretary in the College of Engineering and the Physical Plant from 1973-97.

Edward Rehonic
84, March 5, Grand Prairie. He was a technical staff assistant in the Geology Department from 1986-92.

Bettie Lou Stephens
84, March 12, Arlington. She was a secretary in the Department of Finance and Real Estate from 1978-87.