Dr. Bobbie L. Wilborn, of Denton, passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at the Lake Forest Good Samaritan Village in Denton. Bobby taught at the University of North Texas from 1971-1994 where she was named a Meadows Honors Professor and served as Chairman of the Department of Counselor Education and then the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Development.
Bobbie was born July 3, 1928 in Houston, Texas to Thomas M. and Leila Yelverton Wilborn. She completed her public school education in Houston, Texas; received her B.S. from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor from which she was named a Distinguished Alumna; her M.S. from the University of Colorado; and her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri where she served as a research and teaching assistant, counselor, and counselor supervisor, and was elected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges.
From 1950 to 1969, Bobbie taught in the public schools of Bellville, Silverton, and Dallas, Texas. In Dallas, she served as a junior high school and senior high school counselor and was named a Woman of Achievement in Education by the Dallas Chamber of Commerce. She also served as President of The Classroom Teachers Association of Dallas, District V of Texas State Teachers Association, and The Texas Classroom Teachers Association. She also served as a member of the Texas State Board of Examiners for Teacher Education, Texas Teacher Education and Professional Standards Commission and the National Commission for Teacher Education and Professional Standards.
During her tenure at the University ofNorth Texas, she served as President of the North Central Texas Personnel and Guidance Association and the Texas School Counselor Association. She was active in the Texas Counseling Association, American School Counselors Association, and the American Counseling Association. She served on several professional editorial boards, accreditation teams, and as consultant to school districts. She received several awards in recognition of her outstanding service. She was listed in Who’ s Who in American Colleges and Universities, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Personalities of the South, Director of International Biography and Leaders in Education. She authored many journal articles, monographs, and book chapters, completed numerous research projects, and presented many papers and workshops.
Preceded in death by her father and mother and her brother Alton Wayne Wilborn, she is survived by her sister, Betty Wilborn Krauss, brother-in-law Bill Krauss; nephews, Richard Krauss and wife Edna and Tommy Wilborn; nieces Katherine Krauss and Cynthia Wilborn Jock.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 17, 2012 at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Denton with Rev. John Peel officiating.
Graveside services will follow next week in Houston at the Brookside Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Happy Hill Farm Academy/Home, Granbury, Texas, Denton Christian Pre-School, the Bobbie Wilborn Scholarship at the University of North Texas or to the charity of your choice.