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Leroy Whitby Sr.

Leroy Whitby Sr., 71, of Denton died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, in Farmers Branch.

He was born March 29, 1929 in Brinkley, Ark., to Rebecca Parks and Petrick Whitby.

He was a member of St. David's Episcopal Church in Denton.

Service will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, at St. David's Episcopal Church in Denton. The Rev. R. Roy Baines Jr. will
officiate. Burial will be in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Denton. Peoples Funeral Home in Denton is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include a son, Leroy Whitby Jr. of Carrollton; four daughters, Barbara Amanchuku, Debra Peterson, Shundra Whitby and Kimberly Whitby, all of Denton; two brothers, Albert Whitby and Otis Whitby, both of Brinkley, Ark.; a sister, Bertha Mae Patterson of Cleveland, Ohio; and eight grandchildren.

Dillard Yarbrough

Dillard Yarbrough, 81, of Denton died Friday morning at Denton Regional Medical Center.

He was born March 3, 1919, in Grand Saline to William McKinley Yarbrough and Durah Mae Sinclair Yarbrough. He married Peggy F. Poppell on Feb. 14, 1950, in San Antonio.

He was a photographer in Denton for 35 years and was the owner of Dee's Studio on the Square. He served in the U.S. Army for seven years during World War II; he served in Patton's Army during the Battle of Normandy. He also served two years in the U.S. Navy.

Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 12, in the chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors. The Rev. Bill Black will officiate. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Danny Yarbrough, Michael Tyson, Joe Shortino, Chad Can, Shawn Cagle and Slade Cagle.

Survivors include his wife of Denton; three daughters, Deeann Can of Denton, Linda Tyson of Denton, and Pam Shortino of Garland; a son, Jimmy Walker of Nevado, Calif.; and three grandchildren.

Margaret Busby

Little Elm -- Margaret Jeanette Busby, 67, of Little Elm died Friday, June 9, 2000, at Medical City in Dallas.

She was born Sept. 5, 1932, in Dallas to Frank and Lennie Havard Patterson. She married Gene Busby in August 1949 in
Dallas.

She was a nurse with Chandler Nursing Center in Chandler. She was a member of the Baptist faith.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, June 12, at Oak Grove Cemetery. Cantrell Funeral Home of Frisco is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today, June 11, at the funeral home.

Survivors include her husband of Little Elm; three sons, Danny Busby of Decatur, Roy Busby of Aubrey, and Bobby Busby of Little Elm; two daughters, Cathie Busby of Little Elm and Amy Connell of Germany; her mother, Lennie Lessard of Pottsboro; a sister, Betty Crain of Hemphill; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Walter Kenas

Mt. Pleasant -- Walter Ray Kenas, 72, of Mt. Pleasant, formerly of Denton and Weatherford, died Friday, June 9, 2000, at Christus St. Michael Hospital in Texarkana.

He was born April 17, 1928, in Sanger to Walter Kenas and Mabel Anthony Kenas. He married Pearl Wright on Aug. 6, 1999, in Mt. Pleasant.

He was retired from General Motors. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Mt. Pleasant.

Service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, in the chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors of Denton. Clint Davis will officiate. Burial will be at Blue Mound Cemetery north of Denton.

Pallbearers will be Steve Copeland, Ray Havins, Ray Ellison, Ricky Palmer, Billy Palmer and Sherman Smith.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, June 12, at the funeral home.

Survivors include his wife of Mt. Pleasant; two daughters, Linda Burton of Aztec, N.M., and Sharon Terry of Durango, Colo.; a stepdaughter, Brenda Skidmore of Mt. Pleasant; a son, Stanley Kenas of Weatherford; a stepson, Terry Wright of Round Rock; a brother, Billy Kenas of Denton; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 52 years, Laura Watkins Kenas.

Junior Whisenant

Pilot Point -- Junior Whisenant, 72, of Pilot Point died Friday, June 9, 2000, at his home.

He was born Dec. 23, 1927, in Grayson County to Medford and Belle Branum Whisenant Sr. He married Lucille Cook on July 14, 1945, in Pilot Point.

He was retired from the city of Pilot Point, where he worked as a licensed wastewater plant operator. He was a resident of Pilot Point for 70 years, and he served on the Pilot Point City Council. He was a former member of the Masonic Lodge. For 26 years, he served as an observer for the National Climatic Data Center.

Service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 12, in the chapel at Huff/Slay Funeral Home in Pilot Point. The Rev. Luther Slay
officiated. Burial will be in Pilot Point Community Cemetery in Pilot Point.

Pallbearers will be Marcus Hollar, Eric McKnight, Shane Whisenant, Justin Whisenant, Aaron Ford and J.P. Whisenant.

Visitation will be from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. today, June 11, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Pilot Point Community Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of Pilot Point; a son, Mike Whisenant of Pilot Point; three daughters, Diane McKinney of Las Vegas, Nev., Susie McKnight of Sanger and Jennie Hollar of Pilot Point; two brothers, Bobby Whisenant of Pilot Point and Buddy Whisenant of Fort Worth; three sisters, Liz Shearer of Pilot Point, Evelyn Hoffman of Fort Worth and Mollie Sowards of Fort Worth; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Virginia Nelson, formerly of Denton.

Monday, June 12, 2000

Barbara Maxey

Dallas - Barbara Jean Maxey, 47, of Dallas, died Friday, June 9, 2000, in Dallas. 

She was born Sept. 3, 1952, in Saginaw, Mich., to Juanita Boles. She was a housekeeper. 

Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, at Goen-Hudgens Funeral Home in Denton. The Rev. James Spivey will officiate. Services will be held at a later date. 

Survivors include her mother of Saginaw, Mich.; a son, James Maxey of Saginaw, Mich.; two sisters, Barbara Ann Bates and Shirley Jean Hughes, both of Saginaw, Mich.; and an aunt. 

Anthony N. Gray

Anthony Nolan Gray, born February 9, 1973, passed away June 1, 2000. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer O. Gray Sr. of Dallas, Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. William E. Woods of Denton, Texas. He is survived by his parents, Brucy C. Gray and Ethel P. Gray of Cedar Hill, Texas; his sisters, Catherine E. Gray of Rockville, Md., and Deidra E. Gray-Weaver of Bethesda, Md.; and many uncles, aunts and cousins. Anthony was a loving and sensitive individual with an eclectic mix of interests, including music, outdoor activities, and scouting, where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Anthony was also selected as a model scout to appear on a mural of scouting which was displayed at the National Scout Headquarters in Irving, Texas, for a number of years. Friends remember Anthony as having a pure heart, and touching many people with his thoughtfulness and love. Anthony graduated from Rockville High School in Rockville, Md., where he was a member of the Twinbrook Baptist Church. He attended the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, Mountain View College in Dallas, and North Lake College in Irving. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. today, Monday, June 12, 2000, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1302 S. Clark Road, Duncanville, Texas. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, National Office, 1325 Walnut Hill Lane, Irving, Texas 75062.

Mildred Franczvai

Lewisville - Mildred Franczvai, 89, of Lewisville, died Friday, June 9, 2000, at her residence. 

She was born Feb. 15, 1911, in Dresden, Ohio, to Harry and Daisy Lugenbeal Brown. She married Leo Franczvai on Dec. 25, 1940, in Newark, Ohio. He is deceased. 

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Tuesday, June 13, at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home in Lewisville. 

Survivors include son, Bob Franczvai of Nocona Hills; daughter, Carol Boyer of Chicago, Ill.; and five grandchildren.

Kathryn Kaszynski

Lewisville - Kathryn Raney Kaszynski, 76, of Lewisville, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at Medical Plaza Hospital in Forth Worth. 

She was born Feb. 3, 1924, in Dallas, to Edwin D. and Clarice Elizabeth Sherbut Raney. She married Eric B. Kazynski. He is deceased. 

Ms. Kaszynski retired from a career with Harpool Seed Company in Denton. She was president and vice president of the Lewisville chapter of AARP and was active in the regional meetings. She was also active in the Lewisville Senior Citizens Center. 

Ms. Kaszynski was a member of the Church of the Apostles where she was active in the Order of St. Luke. 

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, June 14, at The Church of the Apostles in Coppell. Burial will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery in Dallas. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Apostles, 322 S. MacArthur Blvd., Coppell, Texas, 75019. 

Survivors include two sons, Eric B. Kaszynski Jr. of Denton and Joseph Kaszynski of Lewisville; two daughters, Kathryn Wald of Tucson, Ariz., and Mary B. Kaszynski of Austin; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Helen M. Jones

Helen M. Jones, 88, of Pampa, died Tuesday, June 13, 2000, in Denton. 

She was born May 12, 1912, in Butler, Pa. She married M.A. Jones. He is deceased. 

Ms. Jones was a long time Pampa resident who moved to Denton to be closer to family. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Denton. 

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 16, at Fairview Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at the 
Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Home in Pampa. 

Visitation will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Home in Pampa. 

DeBerry Funeral Directors are in charge of local arrangements. 

Donations may be made to the Susan B. Komen Cancer Foundation or the American Cancer Society. 

Ms. Jones was preceded in death by two daughters, Mildred Jones and Virginia Morgan. Survivors include three sons; five daughters; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

John L. Meador Jr.

Aubrey - John Lawrence Meador Jr., 66, of Aubrey, died Sunday, June 11, 2000. 

Mr. Meador was born in Aubrey on Aug. 27, 1933, to J. L. and Jewell Marie (Dobson) Meador. He was married to Sheron Brock on July 5, 1988, in Reno, Nev. 

He graduated from Dallas Crozier Tech High School in January 1953, and attended East Texas State University in Commerce. He was a member of Alexander C. Garrett Masonic Lodge #1216, Dallas, Dallas Scottish Rite and Hella Temple Shrine. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 until 1956. He was employed by Safeway for 18 years in the main office in Garland. For a number of years he ran drag cars in the Stock Eliminator division until 1962, and ran the first aluminum motor in a 1959 Pontiac. He was a member of the Dallas Police Reserve for five years. He became a salesman for Belden, Napa Division of what is now the Federal Mogul Co. 

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 15, 2000, in the chapel of Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz and Son Funeral Home in Denton with the Rev. Charles Rodolico officiating. Interment will follow at Green Valley Cemetery in Aubrey. The family will be at the funeral home for visitation from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, June 14, 2000. 

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Disease Association, 2910 Swiss Ave., Dallas, Texas 75204; Ann's Haven Hospice, 216 W. Mulberry, Denton, Texas 76201. 

Pallbearers will be: Jerry Denning, Corbin Tayloe, Watus Simpson, Mike Walls, Bob Huggell and Jim Iuele. 

Survivors inlude his wife, Sheron Meador of Aubrey; and stepson, Jason Alan Carter of Lewisville. 

Michael Lynn Hager

Michael Lynn Hager, 35, of Denton, died Wednesday, June 14, 2000, at Medical Center of Lewisville. 

He was born April 14, 1965, in Duncan, Okla. He married Stacy Rowlett on Nov. 30, 1985, in Duncan, Okla. He attended the University of Oklahoma. 

Mr. Hager was an inventory control specialist for Fleming Companies. 

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Moore, Okla. 

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 17, at Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton. Richard Foster will officiate. Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Memorials may be made to University of Oklahoma Hematology Dept., Anemia Research, in care of Dr. Sylvia Bottomley. 

Survivors include his wife of Denton; daughter, Caitlyn Hager of Denton; son, Bradley Hager of Denton; mother and stepfather, Mary Sue and Roland Lee Cook; and stepbrother, Roland Lee Cook Jr. 

Floyd L. Harvey

Floyd L. Harvey, 91, of Denton, died Wednesday, June 14, 2000, at Good Samaritan Village in Denton. 

He was born Dec. 6, 1908, in Cashion, Okla., to Lester L. and Etha (Bradley) Harvey. He married Beulah Morgan in Hewitt, Okla., on March 30, 1929. 

He retired after 31 years in the development department at Lockheed-Martin in Fort Worth. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Lone Grove, Okla. 

Mr. Harvey was a member of Primitive Baptist Church of Fort Worth. 

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 16, in the chapel of Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz and Son Funeral Home with Rev. Kirk McClendon officiating. Burial will follow at Moore Memorial Garden in Arlington. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, June 15, at the funeral home. 

Pallbearers will be Rick Harvey, Derrick Harvey, Adam Floyd, Perry Garrett, Chris Garrett, Marshall Day and Barry Molhalland. 

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Bill Harvey of Denton and Glen Harvey of Grandbury; three brothers, Leonard Harvey of Hemet, Calif., Rowe Harvey of San Diego, Calif., Ambrose Harvey of Wilson, Okla.; two sisters, Vannie Scott of Buena Park, Calif., and Odessa Kirkland of Amarillo, Lorene Belcher of Grants Pass, Ore., and Marie Hughes of Shawnee, Okla.; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. 

Gary Duwane Morris

Gary Duwane Morris, 41, of Sanger, died Wednesday, June 14, 2000, at Denton Community Hospital. 

He was born May 22, 1959, in Fullerton, Calif., to Clyde Duwane and Elizabeth Curina (Wright) Morris. He married Dana Kay Stout on June 16, 1984, in Denton. 

Mr. Morris was a graduate of Northwest High School and attended Tarrant County Junior College. He was employed as a planner by Sanmina Cable Company in Carrollton. 

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Sanger, and the Promise Keepers. 

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at First Baptist Church of Sanger. Dr. E.L. "Skip" McNeal will officiate. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton. 

Pallbearers will be Russ Rutherford, Stan Lovelace, Brian Tanner, David Brigdon, Rick Stephens and Dan Stout. 

The family will be at Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz and Son Funeral Home in Denton from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 16, for visitation. 

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Sanger building fund. 

Survivors include his wife, two daughters, Ashley and Amber Morris, and son, Matthew Morris, all of Denton; mother of Justin; sister, Synthia Morris of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and grandmother, Bessie Morris of Denton. 

Charlene F. Spain

Decatur - Charlene F. Spain, 75, of Decatur, died Wednesday, June 14, at Decatur Community Hospital. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. tonight, Thursday, June 15, in the chapel of Coker Funeral Home in Decatur. 

Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, June 16, at the funeral home. 

Mary Stevens

Decatur - Mary Thelma Potter Stevens, 75, of Decatur, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at All Saints Hospital in Fort Worth. 

She was born August 16, 1924, in Decatur. She married Billy Stevens. He is deceased. 

Mrs. Stevens was retired from LTV, an aircraft manufacturer, and was a member of United Auto Workers. 

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 16, at Fairview Cemetery. Ben Phillips will officiate. 

The family will be at Coker Funeral Home in Decatur from 7 to 8 p.m. tonight, Thursday, June 15, for visitation. 

Survivors include a son, Stanley Johnson of Sapulpa, Okla.; a daughter, Nonni Marie Johnson; two brothers, Jackie Potter and Marvin Potter, both of Decatur; two sisters, Venita Brown of Decatur and Betty Brooks of Morgan; and 14 nieces and nephews. One brother, James Lee Potter, is deceased. 

Friday, June 16, 2000

Edouard J. LeFleur

Sanger - Edouard Jeremiah LeFleur, 11 months, of Sanger, died Wednesday, June 14, 2000, at his residence. 

He was born July 4, 1999, in Denton, to Eddie and Nancy LeFleur of Sanger. 

His family attended University Evangelical Methodist Church in Denton. 

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 17, in the chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors with the Rev. David Sharp officiating. Burial will be at Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman. 

Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today, Friday, July 16, at DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton. 

Memorials can be made to the Edouard LeFleur Memorial Fund at the Sanger Bank, P.O. Box 1029, Sanger, Texas 76266. 

Survivors include his parents; grandparents, Rosann and Larry Reynolds of Keller and Rose Reller of Des Moines, Iowa; great-grandparents, Bernice Newcomb of North Richland Hills, Evelyn Reynolds of Denison and Frances Fox of Des Moines, Iowa; two brothers, Etienne Jacob LeFleur of Sanger and Chris Nicholas LeFleur of Menlo, Iowa; and three sisters, Katie LeFleur of Sanger, Jessica LeFleur of Sanger and Heather LeFleur of Menlo, Iowa. His grandfather, Albert Cleo LeFleur, and great-grandparents, Robert Reynolds, Donald T. Newcomb and Cleo Edouard LeFleur, are deceased. 

Gary Duwane Morris

Sanger - Gary Duwane Morris, 41, of Sanger, died Wednesday, June 14, 2000, at Denton Community Hospital. 

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at First Baptist Church of Sanger. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton. 

Memorials may be made to the Gary D. Morris Memorial Fund, c/o Denton Area Teachers Credit Union. 

Eleanor F. Rudick 

Eleanor F. Rudick, 84, died Monday, June 12, 2000, in Denton. 

She was born July 11, 1915, in New York City, N.Y. 

Ms. Rudick spent her life first as a nurse and then teaching at Columbia University, City College of New York, and Pace University. After retirement, she volunteered at Headstart, TWU CARES, the League of Women Voters, and The Arc of Denton County. She was devoted to children and pediatrics in which she remained active throughout her life. 

Survivors include two sons, Michael Rudick and his wife, Victoria, of Copper Canyon, and Donald Rudick of Saint Mary's, Pa.; sister, Ruth Troiani and her husband, Dominic; four granddaughters, Danielle, Nicole, Briana and Lauren; and two great-grandchildren, Jacob and Samantha. She will be deeply missed by those whose lives she touched: family, friends, and students. 

It was Eleanor's wish that any memorial donations be made to Cook Children's Hospital. 

Metrocrest Funeral Home of Carrollton was in charge of arrangements. 
 

Mildred Watt 

Mildred (Millie) Watt, affectionately known by her family as "Nonny," passed away on June 15, 2000, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Born on June 11, 1924, in Brooklyn, N.Y., she studied business at New York University, and later achieved great success in the insurance industry. Her strong will, ambition, sense of adventure, love for her grandchildren and giving spirit inspired many. Nonny is survived by her son Howard Watt and wife Maggie; daughter Marion Brown and husband Jerry; grandchildren Mindy Lynn Malooly and husband Mark; Jacob Watt, Sarah Watt and Lance Watt; and her sister, Irma Rosenthal. She is preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin and Jenny Lowenstein. 

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, June 16, in the chapel of Sparkman/Hillcrest, Northwest Hwy., Rabbi Geoffrey Dennis officiating. Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nonny's name to: Congregation Kol Ami, 1887 Timber Creek Rd., Flower Mound, Texas 75028. 

Bob Allen Rogers

Fort Worth - Bob Allen Rogers, 60, of Fort Worth, died Thursday, June 15, 2000, in a local hospital. 

Mr. Rogers began his professional life working in his father's grocery store on Fort Worth's south side. With that experience and a night school diploma obtained after he left Pascal High to marry, he became manager of a retail chain store in Amarillo at age 20. 

He rose very rapidly in that industry, managing stores and groups of stores throughout the South and Midwest. He joined his brother Jimmy Rogers in the single-family housing industry in the late 1960s in order to bring his family home to Texas. He was co-owner of Colony Homes, then the largest single-family home-builder in North Texas. In 1977, he opened companies concentrating in land and apartment development, construction and management, among them Colony Construction, M&R Associates and R&R Investments. He owned or controlled more than 80 multi-unit residential properties in Texas, Oklahoma, Virginia and Florida. 

He served in various positions in his state and local Home Builder's Associations, including chair of the rural housing committee of the National Association of Home Builders, and trustee of its multi-family housing council. He was also Lifetime Director of NAHB. He was a founder, director and president of the Rural Rental Housing Association of Texas. He also was a founding member of the Rural Rental Housing Association of Virginia. 

Earlier in his life he was a member and supporter of the Rosemont Church of Christ in Fort Worth. He is preceded in death by his mother, Pearl; father, Carson; and brother, Grover. 

Services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Robertson Mueller Harper Funeral Directors in Forth Worth. 

The family respectfully requests that contributions be made to the Wegener's Granolomatosis Support Group, P.O. Box 28660, Kansas City, Mo. 64188-8660. 

Survivors include wife, Cheryl Adams Rogers of Fort Worth; three daughters, Susan Ann Rogers and her husband, Doug Swanson, Kristi Lynn Day and her husband, Walter, and Robin Williams and her husband, Brent; brother, Jimmy Rogers of Colleyville; sister, Chloedonn Fincher of Bedford; sister-in-law, Betty Rogers of Burleson; former wife, Ruby Jane Rogers Williams of Lake Fork; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Charlene F. Spain

Decatur - Charlene Faye Spain, 75, of Decatur, died Wednesday, June 14, 2000, at Decatur Community Hospital. 

She was born Dec. 14, 1924, in Decatur. 

She was a retired loan officer and vice president of Olney Savings & Loan in Decatur. 

Ms. Spain was a member of First Baptist Church in Decatur. 

Services will be held at 3 p.m. today, Friday, June 16, in the chapel of Coker Funeral Home in Decatur with Jerry Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. 

Survivors include sister, Eula Mae Spain Mouser of Grapevine; niece, Terry Dobson and her husband, Eddie, and son, Aaron, of Grapevine; and nephew, Clif Mouser, his wife, Diane, and children Lindsay, David and Cara of Waco. 

Richard Dufallo

Denton - Richard Dufallo, one of America's leading exponents of 20th-century music, died June 16, 200, of cancer in Denton, Texas. During his career, he conducted more than 80 major orchestras and festivals in the U.S., Canada, and 12 European countries and premiered a host of major works by acclaimed American and European composers. 

Former assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic, Maestro Dufallo worked closely with Leonard Bernstein from 1965 to 1975. During this time, he made his opera debut with the New York City Opera and succeeded Darius Milhaud as artistic director of the Conference on Contemporary Music at the Aspen Festival in Colorado. American symphony orchestras that performed under his baton include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Buffalo Philharmonic, with which he enjoyed a three-year association as assistant conductor. 

Maestro Dufallo conducted more than 25 world premieres, including Stockhausen's "Carre" in London, The Hague and Paris; Jacob Druckman's "Lamia" with the Berlin Philharmonic, and Sir Peter Maxwell Davis' opera "The Lighthouse: at the Edinburgh Festival. Other European performances include Robert Beaser's "Piano Concerto" with the Philharmonique de Monte Carlo with his wife, Pamela Mia Paul, a Steinway Artist and member of the piano faculty at the University of North Texas, the Rome premiere of Elliott Carter's "A Mirror on Which to Dwell," the world premiere of "Trance Formations" by Robert Zuidam at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, and th ePolish premiere of Bruce MacCombie's "Chelsea Tango." 

Named permanent guest conductor of the Gelder's Orchestra in Holland, Maestro Dufallo made his European debut in 1970 in Paris with the Orchestra Telephonique Francais. Other major European orchestras that have performed under his baton include the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony and Royal Philharmonic. Equally at home with Mozart and Mahler, Dufallo's programming frequently included works by Bernstein, Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Charles Ives, and Igor Stravinsky. 

In February 2000, Maestro Dufallo conducted the Dutch Radio Symphony as part of a 26-hour series, "Of Beauty and Consolation," which was taped by VPRO Dutch television and broadcast in Europe in April. The two-and-one-half-hour performance (with no intermission) included original text (by the conductor), which he spoke between each pieces. Other recent appearances include tours with the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, a tour of Holland and Belgium with the Dutch Radio Philharmonic, the world premiere of "The Food of Love" by Peter Schat with the Noord Nederlands Orkest, and debuts with the Orkest van het Oosten (1997-98), and Israel Sinfonietta and Limburg Symphony Orchestra (1998-99). 

His internationally acclaimed publication, "Trackings: Composers Speak with Richard Dufallo" (Oxford University Press), includes conversations with 26 of the world's leading composers> Maestro Dufallo has been recorded on Sony, Composer's Voice, CRI American Masters, Fontec Records, Channel Crossings, and Globe. 

A native of Whiting, Ind., Maestro Dufallo was born Jan. 30, 1933. He is survived by his wife, pianist Pamela Mia Paul, sons Basil Dufallo, a classics scholar, of Seattle, and Cornelius Dufallo, a violinist in the Flux Quartet, of New York; daughter Rene Kirby of Los Angeles, Calif.; and a sister, Kathryn Traczyk of East Chicago, Ind. 

No service is planned. 

Memorials may be made to the Richard Dufallo Scholarship Fund, University of North Texas, P. O. Box 311367, Denton, Texas 76203. 

Michael Lynn Hager

Denton - Michael Lynn Hager, 35, of Denton, died Wednesday, June 14, 2000, at Medical Center of Lewisville. 

He was born April 14, 2965, in Duncan, Okla. He married Stacy Rowlett on Nov. 30, 1985, in Duncan, Okla. He attended Oklahoma State University. 

Mr. Hager was an inventory control specialist for Fleming Companies. 

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Moore, Okla. 

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 17, at Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton. Richard Foster will officiate. Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Memorials may be made to University of Oklahoma Hematology Dept., Anemia Research, in care of Dr. Sylvia Bottomley. 

Survivors include his wife of Denton; daughter, Caitlyn Hager of Denton; son, Bradley Hager of Denton; mother and stepfather, Mary Sue and Roland Lee Cook; and stepbrother, Roland Lee Cook Jr.


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