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In Memoriam

John Patterson

John Patterson

Former Associate Dean of the College of Engineering John Patterson passed away February 10 in Arlington. He was 75. Dr. Patterson earned his bachelor of science in electrical engineering in 1962 from UTA and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at UT Austin in 1964 and 1966, respectively. In 1991, he was named a UTA Distinguished Alumnus. He was head of research and development for Tandy Corporation and spent six years as vice president at Cooperative Computing in Austin. In 2000, he became associate dean of UTA’s College of Engineering.

Thomas Porter

Thomas Porter

Professor Emeritus Thomas Porter passed away Feb. 13, 2015, in Arlington. He was 87. Dr. Porter was dean of the UTA College of Liberal Arts from 1978-93. He was also an English professor, teaching courses in Shakespeare, English and American literature, film, drama, religious studies, and Latin. Before coming to UTA, he served in the priesthood and was dean of arts and sciences at the University of Detroit. He wrote two books and numerous scholarly articles. After retiring in 2004, he received the title of professor emeritus and volunteered as an English teacher at St. Ignatius College Prep School in Chicago.


John David Patterson (’62 BS, Electrical Engineering) 75, Feb. 10, Arlington. He had a lengthy career Tandy Corp., where he was senior vice president. He also served as associate dean of the College of Engineering. Mary Ann Mayfield Youngblood (’64 BA, English) 76, Oct. 30, 2015, Dallas. She taught English for 26 years in Dallas County Community Colleges. Horace Dan Duncan (’66 BS, Industrial Engineering) 73, March 20, 2015, Arlington. Mr. Duncan was director of construction and maintenance for the Fort Worth Independent School District for more than 30 years. Billy King (’66 BS, Electrical Engineering) 72, March 22, 2015, Fort Worth. Mr. King worked at LTV and Graham Magnetics, and as a contracted employee for various companies. In the 1990s, he launched his own company, Carlisle Memory Products Group, an international data recovery firm. Gary Sam Coplin (’67 BS, Electrical Engineering) 70, Feb. 4, Bellaire. He served in the U.S. Navy.


Joe Robert Taylor (’71 BBA, Accounting) 83, March 2, 2015, Fort Worth. Mr. Taylor was as an accountant for Pittsburgh Plate Glass, Mangum Radiator, Goodman Produce, and Trail Master. Phillip G. Wright (’72 BS, Architecture) 73, Feb. 25, 2015, La Porte. Mr. Wright was a registered architect and a builder of small boats. He was publisher of Yachtline magazine. Wayne Anthony Fleming (’73 BS, Biology) 67, Feb. 7, Dallas. He worked 35 years with Irving-based National Chemsearch, where he became director of research and development for biotechnology. Larry Schlesinger (’75 BFA, Art) 66, March 7, 2015, Denton. Mr. Schlesinger worked at Refinish Sales in Arlington for 17 years and at Color Service in Denton for 22 years. Barbara E. Wrachford (’76 BA, English) 62, Dec. 29, 2015, Copperas Cove.


Sharron Havens (’80 BSN, Nursing) 77, Dec. 7, 2015, Lindale. A registered nurse, she received the 2010 Terese Lasser Award from the American Cancer Society for her volunteer service. Randy A. Rayburn (’88 BA, Communications) 50, Jan. 30, Tucson, Ariz. A member of Pi Kappa Epsilon, he was a personnel recruiter. William Edward Neslage II (‘90 BBA, Management) 48, Nov. 12, San Angelo. A member of Phi Delta Theta, he worked for Magnolia Coca-Cola. Cindy Buchanan (’83 BBA, Management) 55, March 12, 2015, Dallas. Ms. Buchanan was an independent health, wellness, and fitness professional. Holly Anne Hughes (’86 MBA, Business Administration) 58, March 1, 2015, Memphis, Tenn. Ms. Hughes was a commercial real estate appraiser. Rachel Little (’86, BS Computer Science) 51, Jan. 20, Dallas. Charmain Stewart (’86 BSN, Nursing) 80, March 26, 2015, Wichita Falls. Ms. Stewart worked for several years at Bethania Hospital in Wichita Falls as a registered nurse and nursing supervisor. Virginia Ann Wirth (’86 BFA) 60, Dec. 12, 2015, Grand Prairie. She worked as a teacher at Shady Grove Christian Academy and high school principal and headmaster at Stonegate Christian Academy. Jerral Bryan Jackson (’87 BBA, Finance) 51, Feb. 4. An avid outdoorsman, he spent the last 15 years living by the ocean. Norma Ramos (’87 BA, Psychology) Jan. 14, Fort Worth. She had a long career in banking and served as district manager at JPMorgan Chase.

David Lee Morison (’88 BBA, Finance) 53, March 1, 2015, Denison. He served for more than 30 years in the Air National Guard as a navigator of a C-130 and flew several missions during Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He then served in the Air Force Reserves and retired from the military with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. 


Jack W. Martin (’90 BBA, Management) 55, Feb. 27, 2015, Dallas. Mr. Martin worked in the insurance industry and spent several years working for the UT Southwestern Medical School Research Library. Donald Ray Taylor (’90 MS, Computer Science Engineering) 74, Nov. 12, 2015, Austin. He worked at ASOMA Instruments developing recycling instrumentation, Weed Instruments, and Spectro/Ametek. James C. Ochs Jr. (’98 MS, Social Work) 66, March 10, 2015, Dallas. Mr. Ochs was a licensed chemical dependency counselor, licensed clinical social worker, and a certified legal assistant. 


Thomas Cax Lansford III (’03 BS, Information Systems) 46, April 7, 2015, Fort Worth. Mr. Lansford was a computer administrator for UICI Marketing in Fort Worth. Haimanot Robinson (’04 BSN, Nursing) 62, March 1, 2015, Harker Heights, Texas. She served as a registered nurse for 23 years, spending much of that time at Harker Heights Hospital. Melinda Denise Broxson (’05 BA, Sociology) 32, Feb. 27, 2015, Dallas. Ms. Broxson was a student finance consultant for DeVry University in Irving.


Matthew Christopher Guyer (’12, BBA, Marketing/Management) 30, March 5, 2015, Fairfax, Va. He served two tours in Iraq in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2003-2007. After graduation, he worked for the Veteran's Administration and with the Strategic System Programs of the U.S. Navy in Fairfax, Va.


Ben Agger, 63, July 14, Arlington. Dr. Agger served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts 1994-98. Vincent Paul Apilado, 79, Nov. 28, 2015, Arlington. He served as chairman of finance and real estate, retiring in 2010. Preston James Chandler Jr., 75, Sept. 2, Richardson. A plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Chandler was an associate clinical professor for the nurse practitioner program. John "Jack" Gibson, 87, Dec. 28, 2015, Lubbock. He was a professor of radio, television, and speech.

Arlie Vernon "A.V." Goyne Jr., 94, Feb. 27, Arlington. Dr. Goyne taught in the English department for more than 30 years. Mary Hamilton, 58, March 9, 2015, Fort Worth. She was a police dispatcher for the UTA Police Department from 2009 to 2015. Armentha Elliott Hill, 91, July 19, 2015, Fort Worth. Known as "Dr. Micki," she joined UTA in 1972 as the first African American instructor in the School of Nursing, retiring in 1985. Mary “Ski” Jane Hunter, 78, Nov. 26, 2015, Highland Park. Dr. Hunter was a tenured professor in the School of Social Work, retiring in May 2013 after 42 years. Nazneen Sada Mayadas, 82, June 1, 2015, Arlington. She was a professor emeritus in the School of Social Work, teaching at UTA 1972-2006. Desheng "Dennis" Meng, Jan. 6, Arlington. An associate professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, he joined the College of Engineering in January 2014. Peggy Swanson Sommers, 79, March 5, 2016, Arlington. She was a John and Judy Goolsby Distinguished Professor in the Department of Finance and Real Estate. Joe Daniel “Dan” Spears, 78, Feb. 13, Detroit, Texas. He taught architecture for 35 years. Richard "Dick" Yantis, 72, Feb. 19, Dublin, Texas. In his 31 years at the UTA, he coordinated university publications.


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