In memory of Mary Elizabeth Evans, first woman to earn a doctoral degree from UNT

evansDr. Mary Elizabeth Evans passed away January 17, 2014 in Denton, Texas. She was the first woman to earn a doctoral degree from UNT.

After earning her B.S. in Home Education from UNT (known then as North Texas State Teachers College) in 1939, Evans went on to earn her M.S. in Homemaking Education in 1950 with her thesis titled, "An Evaluation of the Twelve Months Homemaking Program."Her major professor was Frances
Russell and minor professor was James Carl Matthews.

Her third degree from UNT – and the first UNT doctoral degree awarded to a woman – was her Ed.D. in Secondary Education earned in 1954 with her dissertation titled, "Implications of Social Class Structure and Developmental Tasks for Teaching Technique in Home and Life Education." James Carl Matthews was the president of North Texas State College at this time.

Evans2"Holding a full-time teaching job in Wylie, Miss Evans has earned both her master's and doctor's degrees by commuting for night classes and Saturday work," reported The Campus Chat in 1954. "Miss Evans did her dissertation on the field of home and family life education…Her research findings are being reported to the vocational department of the Texas Education agency for use in the study of home and family education curricula in Texas high schools."

Evans also served as Dean of the School of Home Economics at UNT and retired after 30 years of service in education.

Read Evans' full obituary at the Denton Record-Chronicle: