Dr. Donald L. Caruth was born Sept. 22, 1935, in Dallas, Texas, and passed away Sept. 16, 2015, in Rockwall, Texas.
Dr. Caruth graduated from W.H. Adamson High School in Dallas in 1953. He received his B.B.A. in economics from Southern Methodist University in 1958 and his Ph.D. in management from the University of North Texas in January 1970, at the last Winter Commencement held by that institution. Throughout a long and varied working career, Dr. Caruth was employed by the City of Dallas, Fox & Jacobs, Texas Instruments, First National Bank in Dallas, the United States Air Force, Republic National Bank of Dallas, Frito-Lay and Texas Bank & Trust Company. Dr. Caruth was proud of his Scottish heritage. He was an ancestral member of Clan Bruce and also a member of Clan Young.
As an educator, Dr. Caruth taught for the University of North Texas, El Centro College, the University of Dallas, the University of Hawaii, Our Lady of the Lake University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, American Intercontinental University Online, and Amberton University. His teaching specialties were human resource management and business strategy. He was twice recognized as an “Outstanding Educator of America.” Dr. Caruth retired from Texas A&M University-Commerce in August 1997 after spending 21 years in public higher education in Texas. He rejoined the faculty of Texas A&M University-Commerce from 2005 until 2012.
As a management consultant, Dr. Caruth served as vice president with four firms, including Drake Beam Morin, an international outplacement firm, and as president or managing principal of his own firms. His clients included almost 200 private and public organizations, ranging from small institutions to Fortune 500 companies.
Dr. Caruth was the author of 20 books, more than 100 journal articles and two poems. One of his books, “Work Measurement in Banking,” was in publication for 21 years. He frequently addressed local, state, regional and national associations and was featured on radio and television programs. Dr. Caruth became interested in health and physical fitness in 1994. He ran almost 300 road races over the next few years and became a certified personal trainer, a certified sports nutrition counselor and a certified health promotion director. Dr. Caruth often said that his proudest personal accomplishment was running the 100th Boston Marathon in 1996 at the age of 60. He also ran the Honolulu Marathon in 1995 which was a fundraiser for leukemia. He was a member of the Rockwall Rotary Club and was honored as Rotarian of the year in 2005, served three years as International Service Chair and served as Vocational Service Chair.
Dr. Caruth is survived by his wife, lover, best friend, co-author and business partner, Gail Handlogten Caruth of Rockwall; daughter Jennifer Drake and husband Karl and grandchildren Kylie and Alex, all of Garland; son Trevor Caruth and wife Dena and stepgrandchildren Mitchell and Laney, all of Point; brother Charles W. Caruth and wife Gerrie of Long Beach, Wash.; father- and mother-in-law Clarence and Faye Handlogten of McKinney; sister-in-law Lynda Csaszar and husband Al of Frisco; and his animal companions Sparkle and Sunny.
His body was cremated and his ashes will be scattered at a later date with his wife and animal companions at a location dear to their hearts.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 24, at First United Methodist Church, 1200 E. Yellowjacket Lane in Rockwall with Dr. Joe Pool officiating.
In lieu of traditional remembrances, donations may be made in Dr. Caruth’s name to the SPCA, Operation Kindness, the Humane Society or other organizations devoted to the care and protection of animals. “He fed the birds” is the way Dr. Caruth wants to be remembered by those who knew him.
Online condolences may be made at www.resthavenfuneral.com and www.commercejournal.com.
Published on  September 24, 2015