Alumni Remembered

Alumni Remembered

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Avis Hall
M.S. in Home Economics, 1950

Avis Hall (’50 M.S.), 104, died Feb. 21, 2017. She began her career as a home management supervisor for the Farm Security Administration before working as an instructor in North Texas’ School of Home Economics beginning in 1951. She retired in 1978 as an assistant professor and chair of the clothing and textiles department. She served on the Faculty Senate and was involved in numerous committees, helping to formulate North Texas’ first tenure policy. She also was a longtime sponsor of Phi Upsilon Omicron, the national home economics honorary society. She earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics from the University of Texas, later earning her master’s in home economics from North Texas. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Denton since 1942, and active in the United Methodist Women and its quilting group. She was a life member of the Eastern Star of Denton, the Texas Retired Teachers Association and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. She also was a member of the Shakespeare Club, the Shakespeare Forum of the Arial Club, the Women of N.T. and the Needlecraft Club, the Greater Denton Arts Council and the American Association of Retired Persons.

Billye Slaton
B.S. in Home Economics, 1951

Billye Y. Slaton (’51), Dallas :: She was a home economics teacher for 32 years, starting in the fall of 1951 and retiring in 1996, having taken off a number of years while her sons were young. She served her entire career at Marfa High School.

Frances Pettit
B.S. in Home Economics, 1960

Clara Frances Pettit (‘60) passed away June 8, 2017. She founded, owned and operated for 30 years what became the largest dietary consulting firm in West Texas. Her professional memberships included the American Dietary Association, the Texas Dietary Association and the Lubbock Dietary Association. She also belonged to the Lubbock Women's Club, the Lubbock Club, the Lubbock Country Club, and the First Christian Church and its Upper Room Sunday school class. She was married to former UNT Regent and current Mayborn Advisory Board member Burle Pettit (’60) for 60 years.