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Edwin Dale Odom, professor emeritus of history

Edwin Dale Odom, 86, a professor emeritus of history, died May 26 in Denton.

Odom specialized in teaching United States economic history for 35 years.

After retiring in 1994, he continued to teach every other semester at UNT until the Spring 2003. He was also an instructor at Victoria College, Tulane University and Carrollton High School.

He was a member and served as chairman of the Denton County Historical Commission from 1971 to 1979 and was listed in Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, The Directory of Scholars and other directories of distinguished persons.

Alongside his wife, LaVerne Masten Odom, he was the author and publisher of “An Illustrated History of Denton County, Texas: From Peters Colony to Metroplex” published in 1996. He was also the author of many scholarly articles and book chapters.

LaVerne Odom died April 25.

Dale Odom graduated from North Texas State College, now UNT, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degree. He received his doctorate of history from Tulane University of Louisiana.

He is survived by three siblings, two children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

—Jordan Ottaway, student assistant, University Relations, Communications and Marketing

Posted on: Mon 08 June 2015

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