Our condolences to the family of Knox Pittard, who passed away April 24. For more than a dozen years Knox was a devoted United Way Campaign Associate who assisted the year-round United Way Resource Development staff during the busiest months of the annual campaign. He worked to make new friends for United Way by visiting companies that had not held United Way campaigns and explaining how a company United Way campaign works and how it benefits both the company and the community.
Knox received his BBA from Baylor University in 1966 and then returned to obtain his MBA in Management and Marketing at Baylor in 1968. He was offered a football scholarship to Baylor, where he was the second leading scorer on the freshman football team. After college Knox had a brief stint in the NFL with the Baltimore Colts and the Atlanta Falcons. He then spent time working under Dan Devine at the University of Missouri where he coached pass receivers.
A Bedford resident born in Coleman, Texas, Knox’s business career started with IBM in 1968. He spent 40 years in high tech areas, including AT&T, Southwestern Bell, GTE, and Intervoice. He taught at Tarrant County College since 1971 as an adjunct professor. He received the Outstanding Adjunct Award from TCC in 2004, and he continued teaching at TCC until his death.
He was a member of the Baylor University Presidents’ Club and a lifetime member of the Baylor University Alumni Association. For eleven years, Knox officiated track and field events at the high school and college level, including the Texas Relays. He was also very active with Carter Blood Center, having given a total of 24 gallons.
Knox served on the HOA Board of the Bedford Parc subdivision, and he was a past member of the Arlington Rotary Club. He spent three years working with Lifeway Ministries. He and his wife Pam embarked in homebuilding in the 1980s, and they organized the Baylor Mid Cities Club for Baylor Alumni in the area. Knox served on the Northeast Tarrant County YMCA board during the years he coached both his boys in all their sports.
Knox met Pam at age 15, and they were married for nearly 52 years. They had two sons and four grandchildren. Knox and Pam had been members of First Baptist Euless since 1968, where he served as Sunday School teacher for many years. Knox was ordained as a deacon in 1974.