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Topic: Frogs We Will Miss

Spring 2016

Dr. Karyn Purvis
1949-2016

Internationally renowned child development expert Dr. Karyn Sue Brand Purvis ’97 (MS ’01 PhD ’03) devoted her life and academic pursuits to helping “children from hard places,” a phrase she coined to describe youngsters affected by trauma, abuse and neglect. “There’s not a child she cannot heal,” psychology professor Dr. David Cross, her longtime mentor

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Carlos Gonzalez chemist, TCU PhD

Summer 2015

Carlos Gonzalez ’63 (MS) ’67 (Ph.D.)
1933-2015

Carlos “Chuck” Gonzalez ’63 (MS) ’67 (Ph.D.), a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve in Vietnam, defended one of the first doctoral dissertations in chemistry at TCU. He died in January after battling lung cancer. The research chemist and professor was the son of Spanish immigrants. He grew up in Manhattan, near the edge of

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Summer 2015

Howard Payne ’48
1925-2015

Donning a velvet purple suit and hat every December, Howard Payne was TCU’s Santa Claus, spreading cheer before finals, to a generation of Horned Frogs from the 1980s to 2010s. He died in June at the age of 90. Alongside wife Mildred Erby Payne, who portrayed Mrs. Claus, he made his annual entrance at the

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Summer 2015

Allene Jones ’63
1933-2015

In September 1962, Allene Parks Jones was a registered nurse. She was working at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in south Fort Worth when she learned TCU planned to integrate. Dressed in a short-sleeved yellow dress and heels the color of straw, 29-year-old Jones was older than most students. While a few stole glances

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