Judge Paul N. Brown

Distinguished Alumni

Class of 1943

            Paul N. Brown is the youngest of a family of six raised on a farm near Pottsboro. He attended Oak Grove Elementary School , then graduated from Denison High School . Although underage, he got his parents to consent to him joining the Navy when World War II broke out.

When he returned, he enrolled in the University of Texas and while he was in law school, the Korean War started and he was called back to active duty.

            After that war he went to Texarkana as an assistant U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas. After meeting and marrying his wife, Frances, he moved back to Sherman and began his own law firm before being appointed Federal District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas.

            His many accomplishments are no surprise to his family and his younger son said “Dad always seemed to choose the right path and along the way has always shown the ability to lead by example in serving his faith, his family, his country and the local community. He elected to return to his roots rather than the lure of greater legal riches to be obtained in a larger city and has made a significant number of contributions to the community at large and to his family.”

Hulen L. Jackson

Distinguished Alumni

Class of 1931

            Early in life Hulen Jackson developed an interest in public speaking and began working toward becoming a gospel preacher. He practiced preaching in his back yard as a youngster and when he was 16 he preached his first sermon. After graduating from Denison High he enrolled at Abilene Christian College , then transferred to Southeastern Oklahoma State in Durant, where he graduated in 1935. Throughout his college years he preached to small congregations in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma .

            He became a full-time preacher for the Church of Christ in San Saba, the first post of a life-long career of 60 years as a minister of the Gospel, taking him to 40 states and several foreign countries. Growth of his churches demanded building of new facilities and Jackson became known as a “builder of churches.”

            He was honored with four other ministers by the ACU School of Biblical Studies for their preaching in the Dallas area for over 50 years and an endowment was set up for each of them. A plaque now hangs in the building in memory of their dedication of their faith in the church.

            He wrote for several Christian publications and authored many books. In the 1980s he was instrumental in building the Cedar Green Elderly Living Center in DeSoto, where he became Chairman of the board.

            After retirement he continue to conduct Gospel meeting, Bible studies and lectures on Biblical subjects.

William E (Bill) Martin

Distinguished Alumni

Class of 1959

            Bill Martin has survived the banking turmoil of the 1980s while retaining his keen sense of humor, a dedication to serving his fellow man with honesty and integrity.

            Following graduation from the University of North Texas , he followed in the footsteps of his father, and became a national bank examiner. This career advanced to Deputy Regional Administrator, Director of Special Projects Division and Deputy Comptroller for Special Surveillance, then closed his career as Deputy Comptroller for Multinational Banking.       

            In 1983 he entered the private sector as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Nevada National, then to Pioneer Citizens Bank of Nevada . He now serves as chairman, president and CEO of Nevada State Bank and Senior Vice President of Zions Bancorporation.

Bill’s parents, Albert and Angie Martin, both DHS graduates, instilled in Bill their value system of giving back to the community. His dad was president of the Citizens National Bank of Denison .

            He works tirelessly in professional banking organizations, public schools and college education groups, public health improvements, judicial compensation, chamber of commerce and United Way . His accomplishments in these areas have been recognized and honors have been bestowed.

            He has survived mergers, acquisitions and takeovers and advanced his career with each new company. He lives in Las Vegas , NV with his wife Denise and has two adult children, Ashley and Bryan.


Robert M. (Bobby) Noe

Distinguished Alumni

Class of 1948

            Bobby Noe attended Austin College for a year before transferring to North Texas State College in 1949. In 1950 he joined the Air Force and married his high school sweetheart, Joanie Abrahamson in 1951. After receiving his discharge he returned to NTS and received a BBA degree in 1955.

            In 1964 he entered the University of Oklahoma and was a teaching fellow while working on his graduate courses, then he returned to Texas to East Texas State University , then North Texas to receive his doctoral degree in 1972.

            He retired from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1997 after 32 years in the Marketing and Management Department and was named professor emeritus of management by the University in 1998.

            Noe has written many articles for business journals and has co-authored a leading college textbook, “Human Resources Management,” which has been translated into Chinese and Spanish, and is part of the curriculum in many colleges and universities today.

            He is an active member of the Greenville community and has served as the University’s representative on the Chamber of Commerce. He also is a member of the Greenville Civil Service Commission, the Citizen’s Police Academy , chairman of the Hunt County Crime Stoppers and served a six-year term on the board of the Hunt County Shared Ministries. Currently he is treasurer of the advisory board for the Salvation Army there. He and Joanie have three children and five grandchildren.

Dr. Phyllis Shaw

Distinguished Alumni

Class of 1958

            Dr. Phyllis Shaw received a BA degree in Chemistry and Marketing from Austin College in 1962, an MS degree in Medical Genetics from the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Science in 1973 and earned her Ph.D in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Texas in 1977.

            She is a tenured Associate Professor of Anatomy at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and is a consistently valuable resource of the highest level to her chosen profession through her career. She has a long history of accomplishments in education, research and service.

            Her role in education programs at Mount Sinai is considerable. She was honored with the 2001 Mount Sinai Council Award for Academic Excellence and in 2003 was one of the first faculty to be nominated when Mount Sinai initiated the first awards for excellence in teaching.

            Dr. Shaw has been at the helm of Mount Sinai ’s Histology Course since 1999 as the course director and is one of the first directors to use the web for instructional purposes. She created the “Structural Histology” web-based program for teaching Histology.

            Dr. Shaw returns to Denison often to visit her mother Mildred Wright; sister, Sue Malone; and brother, John Wright.

Leslie W. Cranfill

Sports Hall of Fame


            Coach Les Cranfill came to Denison in 1946 and promptly won the district football title the first year. He tied for the title in 1947 and led the Yellow Jackets to the state semi-finals in 1948.

            In his first 14 years of coaching, he compiled a record of 110 victories, 33 losses and seven ties. Because of this record he was chosen Coach of the Year in 1948 by the Texas High School Coaches Association. The same organization inducted “Mr. Big” into its “Coaches Hall of Honor” in 1967

            Cranfill enlisted in the Army after graduating from Abilene High School in 1917 and formed the AEC football league to entertain the troops. He had played football in high school and because of his athletic record was chosen to entertain the troops on the football fields of Europe .

After a game in Belgium he was introduced to the King and Queen of that country.

After being wounded by a German bullet, he returned to the states for a lengthy rehabilitation program, then enrolled at Hardin Simmons College in 1919 on a full football scholarship.  In his senior year at Bethany College in West Virginia , he was the third leading scorer in the United States , a record that earned him honorable mention All American. After graduation he moved back to Texas and eventually started coaching high school football.

William (Bill) Lane

Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 1951

Bill Lane began his football career playing for the “Yannigans”, then was moved up to the “B” squad, a big jump for a 155 pound offense and defense lineman who showed a talent for punishing his opponents.

His hard nose playing earned him a spot on the All-District team in 1949 and he also was named Honorable Mention All-State and Honorable All American.

In his senior year he was moved to offensive center and linebacker on defense. At 159 pound he was out-weighed by his opponents, but made up for the difference with speed and determination. He led the district in tackles, tackles for losses and quarterback sacks. Again he was named to the All-District first team and was Honorable Mention All-State and All-American. He was voted “Best Athlete” by his teammates. He also was a member of the mile relay team in track that won the district title.

After college Bill coached in Dangerfield where he won three state championships in three different sports. With this record he rejoined his old teammate Grant Teaff, at SASU in San Angelo , and followed Teaff to Waco and helped the Baylor Bears win two Southwest Conference titles.

He coached for 22 years in Waco before retiring. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Waco and are near their two sons and eight grandchildren.