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Frederick Lee England (MBA ’70)


Frederick Lee England

October 8, 1929-April 7, 2022

IN THE CARE OF Garden Oaks Funeral Home & Crematory

Frederick Lee England, a long-time resident of the Houston area, died peacefully at home on Thursday, April 7, 2022. He was born in 1929 at home, in Onawa, Iowa. He grew up in Orange City, Iowa, the child of a postman and a college professor. Fred received his degree in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State College and received his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Houston. Fred served as an officer in the United States Navy on the USS Iowa. Fred had a remarkable 43-year career with Texaco which took him to locations in Texas, California, Germany, England, Columbia, and countless others. Fred loved his family. Fred provided for and supported his children in their many endeavors. He enjoyed a good routine which included waking up early, reading the paper, doing the crossword puzzle, and a daily phone call with his children. He loved a good meal especially if it included a coupon and his family. Fred enjoyed taking his family on vacations, especially to the Colorado Rockies. He was blessed by over 50 years of marriage to his wife Marilyn. They had a beautiful life together including memorable trips, such as traveling to Hawaii for their 40th Anniversary. They loved dancing together and were members of a square dancing club after his retirement. His deep love for her and attention to detail were especially apparent throughout the twelve years of her debilitating illness. Fred was an active member of various congregations including Memorial Drive Lutheran Church where he was a member for over 50 years, serving in various capacities. He found great comfort in his faith, especially through Sunday School classes, gathering around meals, and singing. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harry Lee England and Esther Theora Cooper England, by his brother Harry Gene England and by his wife Marilyn Mae Wolfsdorf England. He is survived by his children Frederick Mark (Sheri) England, Marilyn Elizabeth England, and granddaughter Abigail Grace England. The family is thankful for Alicia Torres, Isabel Gil, Ariana Sanchez, and all who cared for Fred in the final season of his life. A Graveside Service will be held at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home and Cemetery, 13001 Katy Freeway on Monday, April 11 at 3PM with the Rev. Dr. Beth Marie Halvorsen officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ the King Lutheran Church West Campus 12211 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77024 or Lutheran World Relief

Larry Charles Hunter (JD ’76)

Larry Charles Hunter, 69, passed from this life into the grace of God our father with his wife and two children, their spouses and grandchildren at his side in the early morning hours of Sunday, April 10, 2022 at Baptist Hospital Beaumont . He was born on July 8, 1952 in Texarkana, Texas and was a lifelong resident of Vidor. Larry graduated from Vidor High School in 1970, Lamar University in 1973 and The University of Houston Law School in 1976. He married Becky Jean Smith in 1974. He started his law practice alongside B.E. Wharton, then partnered with Buddy Hahn at Hahn Hunter, followed by a sole practice at Law Offices of Larry C. Hunter, partnered with Courtney Burch at Hunter Burch, LLP, followed by a partnership at Provost Umphrey Law Firm and then a partnership at Ferguson Law firm up until his death. He had the honor and privilege of being a part of a case argued in front of the Supreme Court of the United States. Larry was involved in his community, in legal circles, and most of all with his family. As an attorney, he had the privilege of helping many clients with all their legal needs and any who suffered from injuries. Many were already good friends or became friends after meeting with him. He loved the law and loved being an attorney and felt honored to help people. Larry had a strong sense of justice and strived to secure it for his clients. Larry’s friends joked about how often he would tell them how much he loved his wife, especially after a scotch or two, his favorite beverage. He loved his children and grandchildren to the max, always assuring them the latest toys and gadgets. Larry’s life was full. He worked hard and traveled to many interesting destinations. He loved good food and great scenery. From scuba diving to snow skiing to motorcycling riding, hunting and fishing, he did it all with his family and friends. His motto was always “Work Hard, Play Hard”. He will be mourned by his many close friends, as well as his loving family. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Dorothy Hunter, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Luther and Ercell Smith. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Becky Hunter, his daughter, Melissa Hunter Ashlin and her husband Grant Ashlin, and his son, Grant Hunter and his wife Catherine Hunter, his sister Janet Cooksley and husband Robert Cooksley, sister-in-law Kathy Woods and husband Ronnie Woods, as well as his grandchildren, Madison Hunter, Taft Hunter, Reid Ashlin and Rhett Ashlin, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church in Vidor on Friday, April 15, 2022 at 10:00am with visitation beginning at 9am with Reverend Terry Wright and Reverend Patrick Miller officiating. His family would like to publicly thank Dr. Leldon Sweet, Dr. Michael Smith, Dr. Michael Oszczakiewicz, Dr. Stevens, Dr. Dean and all of the ICU staff at Baptist Hospital for the excellent medical care given to Larry during his short hospital stay. Most of all, they would like to thank their loving extended family and friends for the outpouring of love and support during this most difficult time. They feel blessed for the time they had with their loving husband, father.

Francis Ke Liu (MS ’66)


Francis Ke Liu April 18, 1938 April 2, 2022 IN THE CARE OF Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors Francis “Frank” Ke Liu, beloved husband, cherished father, loyal brother, and dear friend to many, passed away peacefully at his home in Houston, Texas, on Saturday, the 2nd of April, 2022. He was 83 years of age. Frank was born in Jinan, Shandong Province of China on the 18th of April 1938 the youngest son of three in the Year of the Tiger. His Tiger traits of courage, vitality, tenacity, and luck came to define every stage of his storied life. His family moved to Taiwan in the 1940’s and he studied Engineering at the prestigious National Taiwan University. Engineering brought him to the U.S. in the 1960’s, where he received a Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of Houston. In 1964, Frank’s life changed when he met the love of his life, Mary. They began as pen pals and ended up writing hundreds of love letters over several years. Frank had a way with words, composing beautiful love poems, and it was his magnetism that wooed Mary all the way from Taiwan to join him in Houston and eventually marry. They established roots in Houston and inspired the rest of their family to join them. It is Frank’s legacy and pioneer spirit that led to multiple generations setting up roots of their own in Texas to what it is today an enormous, eclectic, extended family. Frank’s career as a civil engineer in the oil and gas industry led him to work at many companies Brown & Root, Conoco, Bechtel, Saudi Aramco, and Fluor. His projects set world records, notably the largest record weight on wheels and record offshore lift. His career also took his adventurous spirit to live all over the world England, Holland, Saudi Arabia, which fueled his passion for travel and collecting. Frank was an intrepid traveler road tripping across the U.S. in the 60’s as newlyweds (never without his super 8 and film cameras) and taking his family along to see the world. From his travels, he became an avid collector of curios. To him, objects were more than just things. They captured moments in time and told a story of his journey through the world. From antique European clocks to magic carpets from the Middle East, Chinese terracotta teapots to petrified arrow heads from the Arabian desert, these collections showcase his curiosity and wonder. Frank was a gentle, soft spoken man of few words, but friends and family remember his kind, sweet, patient, carefree nature and a life filled with luck. Always surrounded by his wife, his children, his family Frank’s life was as abundant as his collections, filling his home and heart with love. Even in his last 15 years living with Parkinson’s, his fighting Tiger spirit proved to be brave, fearless, and resilient a true testament of how much he loved life and all of us. He will be so dearly missed by his family and friends. Frank is survived by his wife Mary, who stood by his side for 54 years with unwavering love and support; his daughter Julie and her husband Vinh; his son Allen and his wife Xiaodi; and his brother David and his wife Kehui. He is preceded in death by his parents Wei Ko and Yun Zhi, and his sister Mei and her husband Pei Ming.

Theodore J. Nedderman (MS ’73)

Theodore Joseph Nedderman, 75, of Wake Forest, NC, passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2022. He was born September 2, 1946 in Stamford CT to the late Theodore Stepnowski, and late Frances Ciejka Nedderman. Ted graduated in 1964 from Bethel High School, from the University of Connecticut in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, and from the University of Houston in 1973 with a Master of Chemical Engineering degree. After retirement, he went back to school at Central Connecticut State University, and in 2013 passed the CPA Exam. He was drafted into the US Army on January 13, 1969. He graduated from NCO school on September 2, 1969. Ted arrived in Vietnam 12/18/1969. He was a distinguished graduate of the Americal Division Recondo School, and graduated as a Ranger on May 2, 1970. Ted received an Army commendation medal and a Bronze Star with a V device in May of 1970. When he left the Army in November of 1970, his rank was Staff Sergeant. At age 14, he was introduced to the stock market by his Uncle Sal, and from that time on he developed a fascination with the stock market. He enjoyed buying and selling stocks. Ted was treasurer of the Sagemont Civic Club for many years in Houston, TX, and was a Chemical Engineer for Shell Oil for 37 years. He coached both of his children’s soccer teams, and helped with coaching one of his grandson’s soccer teams. After he stopped coaching, he enjoyed attending as many of his daughter and grandkid’s soccer games as he could with his wife, Nancy. In Connecticut and North Carolina he helped proctor and certify ballot results of local elections, and served as secretary of his HOA board. When he lived in Texas, he enjoyed camping with family and close friends at the Frio River in Concan, TX. He also enjoyed taking an annual trip to see friends and relatives on the East Coast. After retirement he enjoyed talking with people about his military service and attended annual get togethers in Washington, DC with his former platoon members from Vietnam. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by his step-father, William Nedderman. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of almost 54 years; Nancy Zielinski Nedderman of Wake Forest, NC, his son Thomas Nedderman and wife Jen of San Antonio, TX, his daughter Carolyn Solak and husband Jeff of Wake Forest, NC, and his grandchildren Madison, Hunter, Carter, Mia, Vianey, Hailey, and Gabriella. Visitation will be held at 10AM Saturday, April 16,2022 in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home, 405 S. Main Street, Wake Forest, NC, followed by a memorial service at 11AM to celebrate Ted’s life with Pastor Joe Chandler officiating. Memorial donations of sympathy may be made in Ted’s name to Tunnels To Towers Foundation at Bright Funeral home and Cremation Center of Wake Forest is serving the Nedderman family

Gerald L. Pruitt (MBA ’92)

OBITUARY Gerald (Jack) Lee Pruitt June 30, 1952 April 6, 2022 IN THE CARE OF Kingwood Funeral Home Funeral services for Gerald (Jack) Lee Pruitt, 69, of Kingwood, Texas will be held at 10:00am, Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at Humble Assembly of God Church, 1915 FM 1960 Bypass, Humble, Texas with Tom Jones officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00pm, Monday, April 11, 2022 at Kingwood Funeral Home, 22800 Hwy 59 N, Kingwood, Texas. Interment will be held at 2:00pm, Monday, April 18, 2022 at Memorial Park Cemetery, 5111 S. Memorial Drive, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Gerald (Jack) was born on June 30, 1952 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to parents, Elmer and Viola (Francis) Pruitt. He passed away on April 6, 2022 at his home in Kingwood. Jack graduated from Broken Arrow High School and went on to receive a Bachelors of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa and then his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Houston. He worked as a Petroleum Engineer for Chevron, Lomax Exploration, and Halliburton. He was a member and Vice President of New Orleans Jaycees and had a passion for golf, running, and was the Houston Astros biggest fan! He married the love of his life, Malea Adams Pruitt, and they celebrated 48 loving years together. He is survived by his wife, Malea Adams Pruitt; son, David Pruitt; daughter, Nicole Pruitt; sister, Loretta Thompson; along with numerous other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Houston Food Bank; Pancreatic Cancer Research; or a charity of your choice. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Pruitt family.

Kenneth Edwin Trent (’51, ’56)

Kenneth Edwin Trent, age 94 of Houston, TX went to be with his Lord Jesus on April 6, 2022. He was born on September 11, 1927 and is predeceased by his parents, Henry Edwin Trent and Rebecca Barker Trent. He leaves behind his loving wife of 73 years, Carolyn Watkins Trent; daughter Nancy Trent Horton, and husband Ronnie Lee Horton; daughter Rebecca Trent Maxwell; grandchildren Rebecca Franke and her husband, Richard Franke, Jr; Rhonda Kaye Horton; Rachel Trent Horton Haas and husband Ryan Haas and great grandchildren, Rebecca Elizabeth Franke, Richard Franke, III, Lauren Elizabeth Haas, Michael Joseph Haas and Matthew Trent Haas. After attending Reagan High School in Houston, TX, he went on to graduate from Baylor University and Southwestern Theological Seminary. He also received his Doctorate from the University of Houston. Kenneth ministered around the world and was a pastor in the Houston area for 73 years. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to Second Baptist Church Channelview, P. O. Box 1135, Channelview, TX 77530.

Gene S. Woods (’53)

Gene Sterling Woods

June 22, 1930-April 3, 2022

IN THE CARE OF Grand View Funeral Home and Memorial Park/Bethany Cemetery

On Sunday April 3, 2022, Gene Sterling Woods at the age of 91 entered into eternal life peacefully at home. Gene was born at home on June 22, 1930 in Jasper, Texas to the late Maud and Columbus Woods. During his birth his mother could hear Ross S. Sterling; then future governor of Texas, making a speech on the courthouse steps and she declared Gene’s middle name would be Sterling. He attended school in Jasper, played football, baseball & basketball in high school. He was a member of the ROTC at Carlton Jr. College and received his pharmacy degree from the University of Houston. Shortly after graduation Gene was drafted into the US Army and was stationed at For McPherson, GA until his father passed away and he returned home to run the family’s pharmacy. Gene moved to Pasadena, Texas in 1956 and held employment with Taylor Drugs and Randalls Pharmacy until his retirement. He enjoyed spending time with family, eating Heath Bar Blizzards, watching football and baseball, and working with his plants in the garden. Gene met Nita Jo Wallace Woods in 1977 and they were united in marriage on March 25, 1977. Their union created a blended family of six children; two daughters: Diana Woods and Dezare Peal (Rusty); four sons: Russell Woods (Nancy), Gary Woods (Loretta), Gary Bagley (Paul Pfrang), and Kenneth Bagley (Georgia). The family grew to include his nine grandchildren, Stephanie Woods Cheramie (Brent), Christina Woods Bailey (Luke), Crystal Peal Ware (Ryan), Lila Peal Davis (Matt), Benjamin Bagley (Sabrina), Victoria Bagley Arreola (Martin Jr.), Kenneth S Bagley, Shane Bagley, and Michael Bagley as well as 13 great-grandchildren, William, Wesley, Wyatt, Adalynn, Martin III, Travis, Mililani, Tyson, Andrew, Dylan, Carleigh, Ruston and the last but not the least Clare. Gene loved his family and has left a legacy of love for generations to come. Gene was a lifelong Methodist and was a member of the First United Methodist of Pasadena/Revive Church where he served as an usher for many years and was a member of the One-Way Sunday school class. In addition to his parents, Columbus and Maud Woods, Gene was preceded in death by his brother Charles Woods. Visitation is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 9 with the Service at 11 a.m. at Revive Church formally Frist United Methodist Church of Pasadena, located at 1062 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, Texas, 77504. In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to Revive Church, a United Methodist Ministry, 1062 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, Texas, 77504.

Timm A. Burgess (’72)

Timm A Burgess1949-2022Timm Burgess was born in Cuero, Texas to the late Troy Burgess and Lora Louise Timm. After a very brief illness with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Timm passed away peacefully with his wife and daughter by his side. He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Donna and his daughter, Caroline Burgess Arnold and husband, Joe, along with his granddaughter, Annalise Shelley Arnold. He is also survived by his two sisters, Debi Burgess Dugas (Dave), Jacqueline Burgess Wedgeworth (David) and his brother Brett Burgess (Eleanor) and 23 nieces and nephews who all adored their Uncle Timm.Timm was raised in Kingsville until he was 14 when his father was transferred to Bay City, Texas. Timm graduated from Bay City High school in 1967. He attended Wharton Junior College and graduated from the University of Houston in 1972 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He was a partner at John L. Wortham & Son where he was employed for 38 years. Timm attended the University of Houston on a full track and field scholarship. His specialty was the quarter mile, the intermediate hurdles and 4xmile relay.Timm was born to run. He continued to be an avid runner throughout his life and participated in half mile marathons until the age of 70. When Timm left his house he would tell his wife, Donna, he was going out for a jog. A jog to Timm was 6 miles. He enjoyed all sports of any kind but particularly enjoyed watching the UH Cougars. He loved playing golf especially with his lifelong office buddy. He was over the moon happy fishing in his backyard with his granddaughter, Lisey. Timm truly loved without reserve and gave of himself without hesitation. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. A Celebration of Life will be held at the West University United Methodist Church on Tuesday, April 12 at2:00 p.m. with a reception immediately after.

Gerry Dickens (’84)

Message from 1984 alum Gerry Dickens, who earned a degree in Library Science


“”This is a brief summary of my career at UH. I earned many Awards throughout the years, which started when I was a special guest for the Cougar Games Selling Programs at the Astrodome. I was able to meet Bill Yeoman 1972-1974. Ex-cougar Wayne Johnson told me I could out throw Dallas Cowboy Roger Staubach, and later told me I would break records set by Dan Pastorini”

John Ngunjiri (’21)

After graduating from UH Law Center with JD/LLM in December 2021, I joined the global law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright at the Houston office in March 2022. I was in the UHLC part-time program, attending law school while working fulltime at ExxonMobil in their Global Projects company as the Contractors Intelligence Lead. Pivoting from an engineering career to the legal field after 17 years in a major corporation is a challenge, but UHLC made this possible, and I’m eternally grateful. The stellar UHLC Part-time Program was rank recently by US News as one of the top programs in the nation, not to mention the Health Law & Policy Institute, the Energy & Environmental Law program, and the International Law program. Combining these with the top-notch faculty, staff, and the new state-of-the-art Law Center building makes a compelling case why UHLC is one of the finest legal institutions globally!