End of the Line for Original Dowd-Nash-White Dormitories

July 31st, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in In The News

By Barbara Floyd, university archivist and director, Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections

The Dowd-Nash-White dormitories, built in 1953 as a part of The University of Toledo’s response to the post-World War II enrollment boom, are in the process of being demolished.

The dormitories, named for three of UT’s presidents—John Dowd (1925-1926), Philip Nash (1933-1947), and Wilbur White (1948-1950), were dedicated on January 18, 1953, as housing for male students. At the time, UT was still a municipal university, supported by the taxpayers of Toledo. Building a men’s dormitory was a decision that had been studied for several years by a committee of faculty and members of the Board of Directors.

Because UT was a commuter university at the time, many wondered whether a new dormitory was necessary. The only other dormitory in existence on the campus was MacKinnon Hall, a women’s dorm. It had been built in the 1930’s with funding from the federal government’s New Deal program. MacKinnon was deemed necessary because it provided a safe place for female students to live away from home while under the protection of the university.

When Dowd-Nash-White was approved by the directors in 1951, it too was marketed as a safe place. Male students could live away from home and still have some level of adult control and accountability, providing comfort to parents. With the influx of male students attending on the GI Bill, the dormitory was seen as a way to attracting these students who lived too far away from campus to commute.

At the time of approval, the Board of Directors also made it clear that the dormitories would be made available to the military in case of a national emergency, just as other buildings on campus had been made available during World War II. During the war, because no such dorms existed, students who were training with the 27th Civilian Air Corps had to live in Field House. The new dormitories for men showed that the university was concerned with Cold War issues of national security, and prepared.

In addition to housing up to 427 men, the dormitories also included the university’s infirmary that provided medical care for all UT students, located in the basement of White Hall, and a large cafeteria. When the buildings opened, each room contained a built-in closet, one large desk, bunk beds, bookshelves, and a study light.

In 1953, Dowd-Nash-White rooms rented for $95 per semester. The money raised by room fees was used to pay off the $1.23 million in bonds the university sold to pay for construction.

While over the years the architectural style of the buildings has been frequently criticized, at the time they were built they earned the compliments of Blake-More Godwin, director of the Toledo Museum of Art. He congratulated the university for tying the red brick buildings into the rest of the campus.

Rules issued to the first class of students staying in the dormitories included a restriction on women in any areas except the lobby. The use of indecent language was also prohibited.  But this did not stop one of the most unusual events in the dorms’ history from occurring when 10-12 women, described in the newspaper as “bobbysoxers,” stormed the buildings in February 1953 in what was called as a “reverse panty raid.”

“Halfway down the first floor corridor, seconds after they entered, the girls rushed out the side door to be met by campus police and chased from the university grounds,” the newspaper story stated. University officials angrily denied the description of the event, stating the incident was exaggerated by some of the residents in the buildings.

Dowd-Nash-White saw its share of changes throughout its history. In 1964, with an overflow of female students requesting on-campus housing, Dowd Hall was converted to a women’s dorm. In 1971, after the completion of the 16-floor Parks Tower, there were not enough students requesting to live in White Hall, and it was converted into university offices for the Mathematics and Economics departments. In the late 1970s, Dowd Hall was changed to a graduate dorm.

Women who lived on the first floor of Dowd Hall in 1980 filed a complaint with Residence Life regarding safety in the building. Residents reported being harassed by patrons leaving the Brass Bell bar, which was located next door to the dorm.  In 1986, a fire in White Hall caused by a roofing contractor caused $25,000 in damages. Students were required in 2005 to relocate to other dorms when there were insufficient numbers to fill the buildings. At that time, the cost of living in the complex had risen to $3,888 a year.

Dowd-Nash-White will live on in name, however. The University of Toledo’s Board of Trustees recently approved changing the name of The Crossings – a new dormitory on the southwest side of campus – to Presidents Hall and naming the four main halls within the building Dowd Hall, Nash Hall, White Hall, and Johnson Hall. The latter is in honor of Daniel M. Johnson, who served as UT’s 15th president (2001-2006).

University Archives is seeking recollections of alumni who lived in Dowd-Nash-White, as well as any photographs that may help document the buildings’ history. Contributing these thoughts and images to the archives is one way to insure that the memories of these buildings will live on long after the structures are gone. If you have thoughts and photographs you would like to share with others, please email these to ToledoAlumni@UToledo.edu, post them to Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/toledoalumni, or contact Barbara Floyd, university archivist, at 419-530-2170.

Take a tour of Dowd-Nash-White circa 2010:

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Diverse Alumnus

July 31st, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in Alumni Profiles

By Patty Gelb

Leon McDougle CurrentDr. Leon McDougle’s (B.A. in Biology ’85) path has rocketed over the years. He started as a young man who grew up in Sandusky, Ohio, with a dream of becoming a doctor, through an undergraduate degree at The University of Toledo. It continued with him earning a master of public health degree from the University of Michigan and a doctorate of medicine from U of M’s rival “Down South,” The Ohio State University. His most recent accomplishment includes a new appointment as The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s first chief diversity officer (CDO).

His new role at Wexner Medical Center became effective July 1, pending OSU Board of Trustees’ approval. This appointment is in addition to McDougle’s current role as associate dean for diversity and inclusion at the OSU College of Medicine. McDougle sees diversity as being central to the medical center’s mission and serves as a driver of institutional excellence and innovation to advance health equity.

McDougle’s interest in becoming a family physician stemmed from his upbringing in Sandusky and hearing stories about Dr. Waudell William Hunter who was an African American physician in that city with an “outstanding reputation for being an excellent physician that served all,” McDougle said. His role model was even known to accept farm produce for payment while caring for anyone who needed his services.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“He was a very well-respected physician and stories about him while growing up planted the seed that made me want to be a physician,” McDougle said. In future years, McDougle was touched to learn that Hunter also received his doctorate of medicine from OSU in 1934. While attending an alumni dinner in 1989 which included décor of historic photos of OSU medical classes, he saw a picture of Hunter as a student.

McDougle also credits much of where he is today to his youth and having two parents who stressed education. He feels his upbringing was important because of Sandusky’s excellent school system. At that time, the city had a history of never failing to pass a school levy.

“We had great instructors,” McDougle said. “We had great diversity in our school system including (the late) principal Desmond Fernandez who also helped my father improve his reading skills during evening education classes. We also had African American male and female instructors like Bobby Langdon, Emmanuel Irby and Wilma Stacey. That was formative and very helpful.”

McDougle’s parents were going through a divorce during the time he was deciding on colleges.  He had received appointments to attend the U.S. Naval Academy or West Point. But, he decided not to attend either because they were too far away from home and, as the eldest of five siblings, he felt he needed to be accessible during this unfavorable time for his family. He also received the advice of his neighbor, Percy Watson, who recommended that he consider UT which had an excellent pre-medical program and basketball team, a sport which he played in high school. With bags in hand, he moved to Toledo.

McDougle-ActionMcDougle knew what he wanted as a career and his advisor, James Stebbins, really encouraged him to pursue his goal of becoming a physician.

“It really speaks to the importance of having great advisors like Mr. Stebbins and Dr. Lancelot Thompson, which I had at UT,” McDougle said. “I think the role of advisors at the undergraduate level is very important, especially in providing substantive and important advice as it pertains to the health professions.

“I learned a great deal in regard to working with others. Seeing viewpoints of people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds really helped prepare me for the work that I do today.”

If his name sounds familiar to followers of UT’s basketball program, it should. Dr. Leon McDougle was first known as Leon McDougle, No. 42 for the men’s team. Upon arriving to campus, he knew he could be competitive in terms of his basketball abilities and potentially receive scholarship money to help pay for college if he were to try out for the team. So that’s what he did.

Not only did he make the squad, he played for three years, including lettering for one season. “My experience on the basketball team informed my consciousness to the importance of providing opportunities for people to succeed,” McDougle said.


Natasha Jones-McDougleWhile making many lifelong friends, McDougle also met his future wife, Natasha Jones-McDougle (B.A. in Communication ‘86 and MEd ‘90), at UT. She was a freshman and he was a sophomore, both in a communications class together. But their relationship did not become serious until she was in graduate school and he entered medical school. They were married in Cincinnati in 1992 and are the proud parents of two daughters, Peri and Autumn.

After receiving his medical degree, McDougle completed a family medicine residency at the Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton, Calif. A member of the OSU faculty and medical staff since 2001, he is a tenured associate professor of family medicine and the director of the medical pathways premedical post-baccalaureate program in the College of Medicine. Even as the chief diversity officer and with all his other responsibilities, he plans to continue to see patients in the department of family medicine. At OSU, McDougle is known as a leader in studying the delivery of culturally competent primary and preventative care for underserved, uninsured and underinsured populations. He helped OSU garner a five-year, $3.8 million grant to establish a new educational track to train internal medicine residents to meet the medical needs of the underserved. He was also the principal investigator for a major physical fitness program for African Americans with Type 2 diabetes.

McDougle is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and was promoted to commander of the Naval Reserve Medical Corps in 2000. He is a member of many professional organizations, including the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions, National Postbaccalaureate Collaborative, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Diversity and Inclusion, and the Network of Minority Research Investigators.

Recognized with Ohio State’s 2012 Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award, in 2011 he received the Distinguished Faculty Service Award for Dedication and Service to African Males at OSU from the Todd Anthony Bell Resource Center for the African American Male.

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Class Notes

July 30th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in Class Notes

Martin E. Mohler (’73 LAW) was elected to become the Ohio State Bar Association’s president at the Ohio State Bar Association. He took office as president on July 1. He is a partner in the Toledo firm of Shindler, Neff, Holmes, Worline and Mohler, LLP.

Dr. Helen Marlais (’87 A/S) is on tour this summer in South Korea, Italy, and the southern United States. Helen is an associate professor of music at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich.

Steve Rhodes (’85 Univ Coll, ’91 MBA) was selected as the new CEO at CHELCO Electric Cooperative in DeFuniak Springs, Fla. CHELCO is an electric utility serving 44,000 homes and businesses in the Destin, Fla., area. He previously held the position of president and CEO at Kosciusko Electric Cooperative in Warsaw, Ind., since 2003.

*Ken Alexander, R.Ph., Ph.D. (’81 Ed Spec) is the recipient of the 2013 Bowl of Hygenia Award for outstanding service to his community. The award is presented annually to honor a pharmacist who has contributed to the progress of his/her community within the state of Ohio. A faculty member in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences since 1972, he resides in Lambertville, Mich.

Martino Harmon (’87 Bus, ’98 MEd) has been named associate vice president for student affairs at Iowa State University. Previously, he was the executive director of student success and retention at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

**Robert Shindell (’95 Ed, ’02 MA) recently graduated from Texas Tech University with his Ph.D. in higher education administration. He was a 2005 recipient of the Edward H. Schmidt Young Alum of the Year award from The University of Toledo Alumni Association.

Jenifer A. Belt (’95 LAW) was awarded the Order of the Heel award presented by the Toledo Junior Bar Association. This award is presented to a member of the Bar who has given most unselfishly of his or her time, talents and energies to assist young lawyers. She is a partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo, Ohio.

Vanessa Painter (’98 Ed) had her hand-stamped, sterling silver flowering branch mom necklace included in a collaborative swag bag. The bags were prepared by The Artisan Group for some of Hollywood’s most talked about mothers and moms-to-be, including Shakira, Claire Danes, Jessica Simpson, Megan Fox, Jennifer Nettles and many others. The bags were distributed for Mother’s Day. Her shop can be found at www.designmejewelry.com.

FINK Mark Fink (’99 MEd, ’07 PhD) has been promoted to associate vice president for online education in the division of education outreach at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.


FINK Kirk T. Sprague (’04 Eng) was promoted in the firm of Westlake Reed Leskosky for recognition of his design and technical excellence and superior project implementation that enhanced the firm’s fully integrated design services.

Julie Rubini, a current UT student, is being honored with the Outstanding Scholar Award for The College of Adult and Lifelong Learning. Julie’s oldest child passed away 12 years ago at the age of 10 due to a misdiagnosed heart condition. In order to help herself cope with the loss, Julie founded a non-profit called Claire’s Day in honor of her daughter, Claire. It is held at the Maumee Library each year, and over 5,000 people benefit from northwest Ohio’s largest free book festival. Through her work with Claire’s Day, Julie was also commissioned to write a children’s book, “Hidden Ohio,” which was published three years ago. Please read more at http://www.clairesday.org.

Marriages & unions
Denise (Orphey) Mueller (’94 A/S, ’99 LAW) and Jerry Stollings (’99 LAW) were married on May 26, 2013 at The Claddagh at Polaris. They live in Upper Arlington, Ohio and they honeymooned in Ireland in June. Jerry is entering his second year at Methodist Theological School in Ohio earning a Master of Arts in counseling ministries – addiction track and a master’s in theology. He also practices law part-time. Denise is the managing attorney for Student Legal Services at The Ohio State University.

Shawnee Schleappi, a current UT student, and Brandon Maertin (’09 Bus) were married on June 15 at Kingwood Center in Mansfield, Ohio. schlaeppi maertin

Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends
William F. Brandel, Toledo at 89. He was a Satellites Auxiliary volunteer and for 20 years he distributed communion at the hospital.

Leona F. Restorick, Canal Fulton, Ohio at 93. She volunteered at MCO as a member of the Satellites Auxiliary.

*Gene McMorgan, Scottsdale, Ariz. at 82.

Doris Stifel (’45 A/S), Toledo at 89.

Joseph Mennitt (’49 Eng), Toledo at 89.

Charles Gustafson (’49 Eng), Raleigh N.C. at 88.

William Sigler (’48 Eng), North Fort Myers, Fla. at 89.

Marian Rogers (’46 Ed), Toledo at 95.

F. Cory (’56 Eng), Maumee, Ohio at 80.

Richard Morris (’54 Bus), Elgin, S.C. at 81.

Allen Durbin (’51 Eng), Toledo at 86.

John Cohen (’53 A/S), Toledo at 88.

Nancy Gear (’52 Edu), Cincinnati, Ohio at 82.

Douglas Dietrich (’53 A/S), Toledo at 82.

Robert Ochs (’59 A/S), Naples, Fla. at 76.

William Durham (’59 Bus), Dallas, Texas at 77.

Sue Schramm (’69 UTCTC), Chatham, Ill. at 65.

Don Stambaugh (’64 A/S), Toledo at 86.

Emma Senn (att. in ’66, ’87 Univ Coll), Toledo at 71.

M. Donald Carmin (’65 Law), Toledo at 80.

Charles Leech (’69 MA), Gambier, Ohio at 82.

Mary Backensto (’68 Ed), Carlsbad, Calif. at 66.

William G. Weissenberger (’64 Bus), San Rafael, Calif. at 70.

Carol Wagner (’77 UTCTC), Maumee, Ohio at 57.

Mamie Graham (’73 MEd), Holland, Ohio at 83.

*Robert Williams (’79 Ed Spec), Toledo at 81.

Jeffrey Long (’77 Ed, ’82 MEd), Sylvania, Ohio at 57.

**Richard Prutow (’76 MED), San Diego, Calif. at 71.

Randolph Rudes (’76 Univ Coll), Martin, Ohio at 66.

Michael Calmes (’74 Univ Coll), Maumee, Ohio at 63.

*Matthew Matell (’78 Univ Coll), Toledo at 62.

James Hite (’74 Bus, ’75 MBA), Strongsville, Ohio at 61.

Kyle Fair (’74 Ed, ’89 MBA), Whitehouse, Ohio at 61.

James Wietrzykowski (’84 UTCTC), Gahanna, Ohio at 66.

Fr. Scott Carroll (’89 Ed, ’98 MA), Saint Meinrad, Ind. at 46.

Gretchen Watson (’81 UTCTC, ’89 Univ Coll), Sylvania, Ohio at 54.

Linda Damon (’87 UTCTC), Jenison, Mich. at 67.

Marilyn Williams-Bayer (’85 MEd), Hillsdale, Mich. at 77.

Timothy Steward (’86 MEd), Toledo at 54.

Andrew Hart (’97 A/S, ’97 A/S, ’01 LAW), Bowling Green, Ohio at 38.

Steven Schmidt (’96 Univ Coll), Toledo at 35.

Lisa Guerrero (’90 A/S), Graytown, Ohio at 45.

Fred Tschanz (’00 Eng), Olmsted Falls, Ohio at 24.

Douglas Rhoades (’03 Eng), Fremont, Ohio at 33.

Lisa Terry (’00 Bus), Lambertville, Mich. at 51.

*Annual Alumni Association Member
**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

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UT in the News

July 30th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in In The News

Personalities and Policies

If there’s a formula to generate infighting among colleges and universities for scarce state dollars, it would probably look a lot like the situation in Ohio.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/07/23/ohio-state-president-steered-state-policy-two-years-thanks-relationship-governor#ixzz2ZtpuOPw5

UTMC Honored by US News and World Report

Deep Brain Stimulation at UT

UT Researcher on Blue Green Algae

UT Law Professors Discuss Voting Rights Act Decision

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UT Phone Program

July 30th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in UT Technology
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