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Tree planting honors death of faculty member

Tree planting honors death of faculty member

April 13
23:07 2010

By Stacy Powers / Contributing Writer –

Faculty and staff of the UNT Institute of Applied Sciences will plant a live oak tree Friday in memory of an administrative coordinator.

Candy King died from lung cancer on Oct. 7, 2009. She was 62 and had worked for UNT for almost 20 years.

“She was viewed very fondly by the students,” said Shelby Kinsall, administrative coordinator of the institute. “Quite a few of them attended her funeral, and she was the go-to woman for everyone. Anything they needed in their program, they would always come to her.”

The ceremony will begin at 3:15 p.m. off of Interstate Highway 35-E, near the duck pond.

The Mean Green bus will leave from the Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building parking lot at 3 p.m. For those who wish to drive, there will be parking on Highland Park Road near the tree-planting site.

King handled the Environmental Science Program doing administrative work and interacted with the students, said Glenda Cole, another administrative coordinator. She would work with the students from enrollment to graduation.

“She was that way with the faculty, too,” Cole said. “I would call her a spoiler. She really spoiled people at times.”

Most days King would come into the office at 7 a.m., unlock the doors and get the coffee ready for the staff.

“Because she came in early every morning and made the coffee, I was used to coming in,” said Bruce Hunter, director of Center for Spatial Analysis and Mapping. “I would often come in early. I would hit the front door and come blasting through the door, and on the few occasions that she wasn’t here, I almost broke my nose because I hit the door so hard. Then I would go, ‘The day’s not right.’”

Cole said King was a generous person.

“She always knew everything,” said Jeremy West, a history junior. “If you had a question, you could go to her and it was not a big deal.”

Even with King’s chemotherapy treatments, she would be in the office. She would work part of the day and then undergo chemotherapy. Being at work was her distraction from her personal battles, Kinsall said.

Some of the students whom she knew were unaware of her illness despite her severe condition.

“I actually didn’t even know about her being sick until the end of last year when she was getting worse,” West said. “What amazed me the most about her was the fact that I went all that time thinking she was just fine. It shows how strong she was in spite of all that.”

King loved celebrations. She would bring cake for those on the staff with birthdays that month.

Because King always brought cake into the office for everyone, there will be cake there the day of the tree-planting ceremony.

The live oak will be planted in her honor because it is strong like she was and handles adversity well, Cole said.

Donations for the tree were made to the institute from faculty, staff, students and friends who knew King.

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