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Tommy Koonce, assistant professor, Industrial Technology Department

Tommy Koonce, 77, a former assistant professor in the Industrial Technology Department, later renamed the Department of Engineering Techology, died April 1 in Denton.

He taught for 27 years, beginning in 1968 and retiring in 1995, in the Industrial Technology Department. He earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial arts at North Texas State University in 1959, a master’s degree in education in 1962 and a doctorate in industrial technology from the University of Missouri-Colombia in 1968.

He helped construct the ceremonial mace at the 1971 inauguration for campus President Calvin C. Nolen, and he was named Texas Industrial Arts Association Distinguished Teacher of the Year in 1980. He also sponsored student organizations such as the Associated General Contractors.

Koonce is survived by his wife, Patricia; his brother; his three sons, seven grandchildren and one great-grandson.


Posted on: Thu 10 April 2014

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