A Taste of Patience

December 23rd, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

by Patty Gelb

blue-maser-sml-bookWe have all heard stories about the damage that can happen when a car collides with a large deer. Imagine the damage a camel standing seven feet tall and weighing upward of 2,000 pounds could cause. Mohamed Eid Al-Araimi (’81 with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering) doesn’t need to imagine it. He experienced it firsthand.

Al-Araimi said goodbye to his new wife of less than a year before heading for what was supposed to be his last week, ending 10 months of training in a remote area of Oman. Little did he know that it would be the last time he spoke to his wife before the tragic accident that would leave him paralyzed for what is now 33 years, changing his life forever.

(right) in UT with a friendAl-Araimi was driving from his hometown of Sur, the capital city of Ash Sharqiyah in the northeastern region of Oman. He was working for Petroleum Development Oman having returned from the United States one year earlier, where he studied at The University of Toledo to become an industrial engineer.

“It was an incredibly dark night with no moon and a pitch black sky,” said Al-Araimi. “I was somewhere along the 200-mile stretch of the Sur-Muscat road, early at dawn when the light was just making an appearance announcing the birth of a new day when my life took a turning point,” he said.

Two camels suddenly crossed the road several yards ahead of him.

Driving 65 miles an hour, Al-Araimi had a split-second decision between three options to try to avoid disaster. He could swerve to the right and possibly roll over, falling into the valley below. He could go to the left of the camels and collide head-on into a car coming from the opposite direction. He chose the third option.

“I slammed the brakes and prayed humbly to God that the car would stop before colliding with the two frightened camels,” said Al-Araimi. “But the car kept sliding, crashing into one of the camels.”

The camel flew through the air, landing with its body smashing through the roof of Al-Araimi’s car.

At U. T. 1980When he regained consciousness, he felt as if his head was separated from his body. His hands let him down when he tried to unfasten his seat belt. At that moment he thought about his wife. A song was playing on the car’s tape player that was one of his wife’s favorites.

“Although the player was only a hand-reach distance away, it seemed that it was coming from a place that does not exist,” said Al-Araimi. “I prayed to Almighty Allah to shelter me with His blessings and to make this shock an easy one for my family to bear.”

This was the beginning of a very long journey that changed Al-Araimi’s life, turning him from an engineer into a novelist and short story writer.

Al-Araimi was born in a small village of Wadi Murr, which is located in the eastern fringe of Ruba al-Khalil desert in Oman. The village name, Murr, is the Arabic word for bitter. It is also the name of the myrrh plant, which grows in Arabia. The inhabitants of the village are called Bedouins (settled nomads) which in Arabic means ‘the dwellers of al-Badiyah’ (the desert).

At Findly College 1977In Wadi Murr, his life revolved around camel herds and caravans. Living in the desert with the everlasting struggle to survive in one of the harshest environments in the world demands a very specific set of values, structures and family dynamics.

“The social life of our village, though harsh and remote, lacking all modern facilities and surrounded by the apparent emptiness of vast sand dunes and barren gravel plains, was not as tedious as one would expect,” he shared of his childhood. “On the contrary, it was a vigorous life, full of joy. Although I did not learn writing and reading during my childhood years, the desert taught me how to hold, aim and trigger a rifle. There I was raised to fear no wolf and to defend my family and our livestock in the absence of my father. It was a place where living was easy and simple; it was people, where everybody knows everybody.”

When Al-Araimi was 10 years old his family moved to the coastal city of Sur. His father decided to take him on the family merchant ship that traveled the Arabian Sea from Basra in Iraq to Eden at the southern edge of the Arabian Peninsula. It was on these voyages that Al-Araimi started his education.

“On the deck of our ship I started learning reading, writing and some mathematics,” said Al-Araimi. “I became a merchant of my own when my father gave me 10 ryals ($ 26) to start my own business by buying and selling foodstuff from and to villagers along the coast of Arabia. From there I spent 10 years moving from one city to another in the Arabian Gulf seeking better education.”

When given the opportunity to continue his education he was given the chance to choose between England and the U.S., he chose America. He first went to Findlay College where he spent two quarters learning English before coming to UT.

“Well it is America, land of chances and opportunities,” Al-Araimi shared. “During the time I was at Findlay College, I used to visit friends of mine in Toledo and also we used go there for shopping and other entertainments. Therefore, when I had to move from Findlay College to a university to begin my engineering study, I thought of UT and Toledo as a place to study and live. I spent three and a half years in Toledo and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering.”

He remembers his short time in Toledo and America with fondness. While here, he traveled quite a bit, visiting many cities in Michigan. He also went on a driving trip down to Florida, camping in parks along I-75. He took a camping trip where he visited the Smoky Mountains and recalled a 54-hour straight driving trip with three friends from Toledo to Portland, Oregon.

“Special memories of my time at UT include enjoying the climate of the summer season where the sun light lasts until 10 p.m.,” said Al-Araimi. “I used to go with friends for picnics at Ottawa Park and spent time there playing tennis, volleyball and other entertainment activities. There was a Greek restaurant downtown that I often went to with a friend and I also used to eat grilled fish in a good restaurant located in the Student Union. Near where I lived there was a mall where I used to go to take a late breakfast during weekdays. I enjoyed eating dates with coffee. It used to remind me of my mother’s breakfast.”

U. T.  Graduation day (June 13, 1981) - leftWhen he returned to Oman after graduation he married the girl he fell in love with, Fatimah. Six weeks after his marriage he got a job with the oil company Petroleum Development Oman with a position in the oil fields in the Omani desert. It was nine short months later, almost the completion of his training, when he had his accident.

Immediately following the accident Al-Araimi was placed in plaster casts from his neck to his lower abdomen.

“When I regained full consciousness at Khoula Hospital, I realized how serious my injury was,” said Al-Araimi. “I could now see that the upper part of my body was wrapped in a plaster cocoon from the chin to the lower part of my abdomen with tubes going in and coming out of the lower half.”

The preliminary diagnosis was that his injuries were relatively minor and that he would be coming home soon. Fatimah believed this good news and prepared their home for well-wishers and visitors who she expected would stop by to visit. It did not take long for that positive feeling to change among the whole family.

After several weeks of tests, x-rays and waiting, the doctors came to Al-Araimi with the final diagnosis. The injury to his spinal cord had impaired his nervous system causing all parts of his body below the injury to be cut off from his brain. The nerves of the spinal cord had become unable to transfer messages from his brain to his muscles. The doctor told Al-Araimi that the injury was unable to be repaired that he would never resume normal functions again.

“As the doctor tried to refer to paralysis without actually using that term, I relieved him from the trouble of breaking the news and explaining my critical situation to me,” said Al-Araimi. “I said to him ‘Don’t bother yourself. I understand my current state of health and its consequences for my future. However I have some questions which I would like you to answer if you don’t mind.’”

Al-Araimi thought that the doctors felt he didn’t fully grasp the implications of what they said, but he understood them.

“One might have expected a more bitter reaction, reflecting the extent of my injury,” said Al-Araimi. “My dreams suddenly vanished, destroying all that I had built since I left my village behind seeking to make something of myself. It was fully expected that I would cry hysterically and go into denial. It is true that I did not react in such a way, but I was fully aware that pain and sorrow would be my companions for the rest of my life.”

The first two months following his accident, he was encased in the plaster casts. Petroleum Development Oman arranged for specialized treatment in England in a hospital that specialized in spinal cord injuries. The day he was leaving his homeland, he said goodbye to his wife holding back his tears.

With his excelency Dr. Mohamed Al-Rumhy, Oil and Gas Minister“I tried to be strong for her sake, just as I had attempted to do so when I had met her for the first time following my accident. I don’t know how I managed to curb my feelings and prevent my own tears from flowing…maybe it was due to her insistence that I see her smile before I departed. Despite the customs of our traditional society and the presence of so many people, she kissed me on the forehead without any hesitation, smiling and weeping as I was about to be carried inside the ambulance.”

Al-Araimi was transported on a stretcher that was created especially for the trip. He was strapped with belts suspended about two feet from the ceiling of the plane. He spent his time on the plane exactly as he had done at the hospital, looking at the ceiling or shutting his eyes.

On the day of his arrival at Paddocks Hospital in England about 30 miles from Heathrow Airport, his doctor reviewed his reports and immediately instructed the staff to remove his plaster casts much to Al-Araimi’s relief.

He spent the next nine months at Paddocks as part of his rehabilitation process. He learned how to function to the best of his ability, including being moved into a wheelchair. He learned how to carry out routine personal activities such as using a toothbrush and eating with the aid of some special tools. Part of the rehabilitation process also involved learning how to write and print which would allow him to have a professional career again.


“No words can adequately express the meaning of loss,” said Al-Araimi.  “Of losing everything suddenly, finding oneself unable to even hold a pen or use other tools. I started to relearn the fundamental daily activities that parents teach their children during their early years.”

When his doctor announced that his treatment was about to end, he felt both joy and fear.

20131217_105322“I was happy to see my wife and family and scared of the uncertain future and the heavy burden that my disability would impose on them,” said Al-Araimi.

While in the UK, he had spoken with Fatimah frequently to prepare her for what she should expect. He had a long frank discussion with her to explain where he was in the rehabilitation process and what his life would be like upon his return.

“I truly believed that she would find it difficult to deal with me, both physically and psychologically,” said Al-Araimi. “As it turned out, my suspicions were unfounded. Fatimah’s love for me gave her an infinite ability to face the challenge of my new self. Her love, demonstrated by the way she treated me, simply melted away my fears. She planted the seed of hope in my spirit and lit many candles to illuminate the dark future I had anticipated.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThirty-three years have passed since Al-Araimi’s horrible accident and much has happened in his life. He still works for Petroleum Development Oman but now as a translator instead of an engineer. He has also authored several books and short stories including the book “A Taste of Patience” that documents his tragic accident, the rehabilitation process and where he is in his life today. He writes using a leather strap with Velcro, wrapping it around his hand and to a pen or small stick which he says he has no difficulty using.

“During my drive to improve my translations skills, I gained and developed some writing tools,” said Al-Araimi. “I wrote a few short stories and articles published in local newspapers; I did not take writing seriously. The turning point in my writing experience came when I published an article titled ‘Living with Disability’ which was widely received and appreciated.  I was encouraged to expand it to a book. The book ‘A Taste of Patience’ had extensive media coverage in Omani mass media and some Gulf newspapers. I felt really good knowing that I have entered the world of writing, though very late, with a strong start and great recognition.”

His goal with writing the books was to share that being disabled is not the end of life. It does not mean surrendering to its terms, but rather making the best of what you got to lead a new life with new hopes, new dreams and new ambitions.


“Since my accident, my daily life was nothing but a continuous struggle between an exhausted body and a strong will that refused to give up yet,” said Al-Araimi. “I’m not a hero, nor do I seek heroism. It’s only a feeling of self-esteem that supported me to overcome my disability. I have achieved another victory by living through such a long period coping with my disability and its cruelty. I have done so by clinging to the hope that tomorrow will be better than today, just as yesterday was better than the day before.”

The inspirational book “A Taste of Patience” can be purchased at Amazon by Clicking Here.

To learn more about the other books that Al-Araimi has written or to read more about his life and see his poems and short stories, click here to visit his website.

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Jim Findlay – A True Gentleman

December 23rd, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

by Patty Gelb

Findlay_JamesThe words “true gentleman” are often used to describe the late Jim Findlay (Bus, ‘48), one of Toledo, Ohio’s most respected business leaders and philanthropists. He passed away peacefully at age 87 in Hospice of Northwest Ohio on October 20, 2013 after battling prostate cancer for many years.

Jim was known for the love he had for his wife of 55 years, Celia, who preceded him in death. Celia was Jim’s high school sweetheart. She attended UT with him, graduating with her bachelor’s degree from the Judith Herb College of Education in 1949 and she was a former homecoming queen. Jim and Celia’s large family included children, grandchildren, siblings and many nieces and nephews.

Jim Findlay 2Jim started his life in Toledo but his family moved to New York when he was an infant to find work during the great depression. They moved back to Toledo when Jim was a young boy around 10 years old. Jim graduated from Scott High School in 1944. He then enlisted as an Air Corps Cadet toward the end of WWII. He served in Wichita Falls, Texas, and Lowery Field in Denver, Colorado.

After his discharge from the Air Corps he returned to Toledo. On the day of his return he discovered that his father and his pastor from Glenwood Lutheran Church had enrolled him in The University of Toledo. He attended UT from 1945 through 1948.

Jim worked for the City of Toledo as Chief Civil Services Examiner and was Distributor Relations Manager for National Laboratories. Jim co-founded, with Jim Lower, Impact Products, Canberra Corporation, and Fresh Products.

Jim had many passions in the community in addition to his business career. He coached youth softball, basketball and volleyball for over 20 years. He was also very active in his church, Glenwood Lutheran, teaching Sunday school, serving as superintendent and church council president.

Scan_Pic0007Jim was also known as an incredibly generous philanthropist. He was recognized by his peers, receiving the philanthropy award “Entrepreneur of the Year.” He was also presented the coveted Jefferson Award in Washington, D.C., where his friend Marcy Kaptur flew the American Flag over the White House in his honor.

“Jim Findlay personified philanthropy,” said Vern Snyder, vice president for Institutional Advancement for The University of Toledo. “He worked very diligently to understand the causes he supported and held those causes to his very high standards. Jim was an alumnus, friend and benefactor to his University of Toledo. He is missed.”

The University of Toledo was honored to have been one of many of Jim and Celia’s passions.  Their support of the University included more than $1.4 million in contributions, establishing eight endowments and impacting the lives of countless students. Their generosity benefited the UT Athletic Department, Camp Adventure, National Youth Sports Program, the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women, the College of Business and Innovation and the Judith Herb College of Education.

Jim co-founded, along with Dick Anderson, Cleves Delp, Sr., and Richard Gross, the UT Center for Family and Privately Held Business. The Center was established in 1992 to serve the needs of family businesses. The Center provides a forum for idea exchange and networking, while developing a body of knowledge to help families in all stages of business ownership and growth.

“In addition to being a mentor, co-worker, leader, someone to vent to, share challenges and concerns with, Jim was my friend,” said Debbe Skutch, director, UT Center for Family & Privately-Held Business. “I will never forget him and I know the UT community and our entire region will forever be the better because Jim and Celia lived their lives among us.”

Jim&CeliaJim and Celia felt strongly about the Center and the community’s families in business. They established the Jim and Celia Findlay Family Business Recognition Fund to ensure that the Center recognized the positive impact families have on the community in economic development, mentoring, community commitment, creating jobs, entrepreneurship and innovation.

“Each year at the Center’s annual recognition event, we honor our leaders for their service, our member companies’ accomplishments and of course, Jim and Celia for their dedication, commitment and love of life,” said Skutch.

Jim also served as chair of the Business Advisory Board for the UT College of Business. Dr. Tom Gutteridge, senior vice provost and dean of academic administration, remembered meeting Jim shortly after he arrived at UT in 2003. Gutteridge came from the University of Connecticut to become the dean of what is now the College of Business and Innovation.

Scan_Pic0003“One of the first individuals I met was Jim Findlay,” said Gutteridge. “I really got to know him when he was still very active in Impact Products. I had been here maybe a week or two and he called up and asked me if we could meet up for lunch. Jim took me around and showed me his company. I was honored to have worked with him over the years in a variety of capacities. If I were to sum up the word that I would use to best describe Jim is, he was a true gentleman.”

Jim was a member of the UT Foundation Board from 1990 – 2000 and also held the position of Chair of the board twice.

“One of the best things about my job is that I get to meet and interact with so many wonderful people who want to make a difference,” said Brenda Lee, president of The University of Toledo Foundation. “Jim epitomized that. He truly was about making a difference in the world. He was a kind, generous, compassionate man who took the time to get to know and understand you. He was a friend and a mentor and he will be missed.”

Jim received many honors from The University of Toledo over the years for his generosity, guidance, intellect and sharing his business acumen. He was awarded the College of Business Pacemaker Award and also received the UT Alumni Association’s Blue T Award in recognition of his dedication to his alma mater. In 2001, the Findlay Athletic Complex on Scott Park Campus, funded by his generosity, was dedicated.

TVinterview“This is a great university, and we always try to do our best to support it,” Jim said at the dedication. “Celia and I are thankful for everything the University has done for us.”

“As one of many student-athletes who entered the Findlay Athletic Complex at Scott Park, we were very familiar with the Findlay name,” said Dan Stong, major gift officer for Athletics and former UT baseball player. “However, most of us were not fortunate enough to meet Jim in person and really get to know him. I had that opportunity. Even though our friendship lasted for only a few years, I feel blessed to have learned, laughed and lived alongside him. He truly made an impact with our student athletes, UT and the community.”

Jim was also a contributor to the Glass Bowl Stadium project and a former member of the UT Athletic Committee and the Rocket Fund Advisory Board. He shared his love of The University of Toledo’s athletics in his 2001 autobiography, “In the Company of Friends.”

Scan_Pic0002“Some of my greatest spectator thrills have come from watching UT sports teams,” Jim wrote. “Even as a student, from 1946 to 1948, I seldom missed a basketball or football game. Such was my enthusiasm that I quietly slipped away from a family Christmas party in 1946 to watch a UT basketball game against South Carolina.”

In 1990, Jim was chosen to be UT’s twelfth man for the UT vs. Navy game. He ate with the team, attended locker room sessions and paced the sidelines.

“Never have I done so little and felt so important,” said Jim describing the experience. His love of UT athletics was very well known.

“Jim Findlay was a terrific friend to The University of Toledo Athletic Department in so many ways,” said Mike O’Brien, UT vice president and athletic director. “More importantly, Jim was a kind, generous, humorous and loving man who was an advocate of countless charitable causes in the Toledo area. He had an enormous impact on everyone around him. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and the many friends he made in his lifetime. Jim was a great Rocket and will be truly missed.”

Jim’s impact reached across the University and the world at large on so many levels.

Scan_Pic0001“One of the most inspiring things is Jim always had an eye out for others,” said Dave Nottke, senior associate athletic director for development & external affairs. “If he saw someone in need, he was there to help.  In 2000, we were at a local hotel for a luncheon prior to our MAC Championship game. One of the servers had a huge abscess on his ear and Jim noticed a lot of people pointing this out. I remember Jim getting up and talking to our team physician and then calling the young man over.  Jim personally made the arrangements for the young man to have surgery and have his ear returned to normal.  I remember asking Jim to share the details with me and he simply said, ‘I was able to make a small difference and now he doesn’t have to go through life with this problem.’”

A proud moment in Jim’s life was receiving his Honorary Doctorate from The University of Toledo in 2002.

“How could an average student and an ordinary Joe be the guest of a college president and receive from his hand the highest honor the University can bestow? Unimaginable,” said Jim describing the day in his autobiography. “By any objective standards, my contributions were trivial and insignificant and unworthy of the honor conferred upon me this day. My sense of gratitude is therefore all the more deep and heartfelt.”

To receive this honor there is a nominating process of individuals who exemplify their profession and in Jim Findlay’s case it was in the field of business. The honorary degree is conferred to the individual at a commencement ceremony and is the highest honor that the University can bestow on someone.

“He was very much a visionary,” said Gutteridge.  “Jim was from a different mold. He was more of the entrepreneurial and visionary type and I think that kind of personified how he looked at things.”

Jim FindlayJim Findlay will be greatly missed by many and his memory, and what he gave of himself, will always be remembered.

“Jim has been a wonderful mentor and friend over these last many years, and I will miss him sorely,” said University of Toledo President Lloyd A. Jacobs, M.D.

“Since working with Jim, he has been on my shoulder whenever I wrestle with a decision or challenge that could go either way,” said Skutch. “I ask myself, ‘What would Jim do or tell me to consider?’  I have yet to go too far wrong with his advice and I will continue to do so.”

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Class Notes and Obits

December 23rd, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in Class Notes

Please Submit Your Class Notes to: Amanda.Schwartz@utoledo.edu

*Lawrence Rochelle (Ed ’62, Ed Spec ’80), entered his book, Wilmington Witch, in the National Novel Writing Month. His book tells the story of a man in the witness protection program who settles near the Cape Fear River in hopes of avoiding the mob, but meets a witch instead. bookcover

*Judy Shepherd (A/S ’79) received high marks from her clients in the recent Ameriprise Financial Client Relationship Study. She ranked in the top 25 percent of participating advisors who scored 96 percent or higher based on overall client satisfaction.

Dr. Richard M. Markoff (PhD ’78) recently celebrated as several of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’ top graduate students made their mark in October 2013 at the Strive Together Cradle to Career Network Convening in Dallas, Texas. The students earned widespread praise for a presentation that was born in one of several organizational leadership and supervision courses taught by Markoff, a School of Engineering and Technology faculty member.


Dr. J. William Wulf (MED ’85) was elected to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians, Inc.

Stephen L. Clarke (A/S ’86) is now the vice president of Environmental Affairs and Real Estate for Emerson Electric Company in St. Louis, Mo.


Brett Bohl (A/S ’94) is the executive producer of the Celebrate America Tour and co-author of Getting to Thanksgiving, a novel about parents passing on values to their children that features Ottawa Hills, Ohio.

Belt_Jenifer_300dpi Jenifer A. Belt (Law ’95), was named a “2013 Most Powerful and Influential Woman in Ohio” by the National Diversity Council. She serves as co-administrator of the healthcare practice group at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.

Joshua D. Thomas (A/S ’04, MS ’06) has been appointed assistant professor of physics at Clarkson University in New York.

Marriages & unions
Ginny Marie Duncan (Bus ’07) and Cory J. Burkholder were married on October 26, 2013 at St. Charles Catholic Church in Lima, Ohio. DUNCANmarriage
Henschel-boland Stephanie Henschel (HSHS ’09) and Michael Bohland (Eng ’08) were engaged in October 2013. An August 2014 wedding is planned.

Angela Vandemark (Univ Coll ’08) and Craig Katafiasz announced their engagement in October 2013. They will exchange vows on December 31, 2013 in Grand Rapids, Ohio.

Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Helen Cortes, Toledo at 94, was a custodian at UT from 1981 until her retirement in 1993.

**James R. Findlay Sr. (Bus ’48), Sylvania, Ohio at 87. He was a respected business leader known for his philanthropy and love for UT. He was co-founder and former president of Impact Products Inc., and also established Canberra Corp., Fresh Products and Ad Sensations. Findlay co-founded the UT Center for Family and Privately Held Business. He and his wife, Celia (Ed ’49), supported the University over the years. Their generosity benefited the Athletic Department, Camp Adventure, National Youth Sports Program, Catherine S. Eberly Center for Women, College of Business and Innovation and the Judith Herb College of Business. In 2001, the Findlay Athletic Complex on Scott Park Campus was dedicated; the couple funded the home of UT’s baseball, softball and soccer programs. “This is a great University, and we always try to do our best to support it. Celia and I are thankful for everything the University has done for us,” Findlay said at the dedication. The couple contributed more than $1.4 million to the University, establishing eight endowments and impacting the lives of countless students. He was a past president of the UT Foundation Board, served as chair of the Business Advisory Board for the UT College of Business and was a past president and member of the Downtown Coaches Association. Findlay was also a contributor to the Glass Bowl Stadium Project and a former member of the UT Athletic Committee and the Rocket Fund Advisory Board. In 1993, he received the Pacemaker Award from the College of Business for outstanding achievement in business as well as contributions to the community and the University. Findlay also received the UT Alumni Association’s Blue T award in recognition of his dedication to his alma mater.

**Marion F. Fitch (Univ Coll ’76, MS ’87, Ed Spec ’80, MEd ’80, MS ’82), Toledo at 82, a former police chief and detective who taught criminal justice classes at UT.

Kimberly S. (Roehrs) Hansen (UTCTC ’88), Toledo at 52. She joined the hospital staff in 1982.

Caroline Heintz, Ottawa Hills at 93, was a former instructor of continuing education classes at UT.

Bernard R. Sanchez, Oregon, Ohio at 78, was a professor emeritus of music. The New Orleans native joined the UT faculty in 1963 and served as chair of the Department of Music from 1976 until his retirement in 1993. While he was head of the department, master’s degrees in music performance and music education were added to the program. The trumpet player was a member of the UT Brass Quintet for many years. Sanchez also was principal trumpet with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra for seven years and the Toledo Opera Orchestra. At the University, he served as conductor of the UT Brass Choir, the UT Wind Ensemble, UT Chamber Orchestra and the UT Orchestra. He also conducted the Jewish Community Center Orchestra and the Northwest Ohio Regional Orchestra. Sanchez also was a guest conductor with the Toledo Ballet, Toledo Symphony and Toledo Opera Orchestra.

Bonnie Jeanne (Haffelder) Billnitzer (att. ’57, UTCTC ’89, Nurs ’92) , Toledo at 78, was an office manager at MCO from 1973 to 1977.

Barry R. Burk, Toledo at 67, was a longtime HIV/AIDS advocate who volunteered at MCO/UTMC.

Richard G. Habib (A/S ’49), Toledo at 90, was a librarian and business services officer at UT from 1958 until his retirement in 1987.

**Robert A. Papenfuss (Bus ’50), Maumee, Ohio at 88, was a member of the Satellites Auxiliary who served as a patient advocate and later a greeter at the hospital.

Annmarie (Kwiatkowski) Heldt, Toledo at 66, was the former director of personnel at both UT and MCO. She also served as interim director of employee and labor relations at UT from 2003 to 2007.

John H. Malone, Delta, Ohio at 61, was a stationary engineer at MCO from 1983 to 1992.

Roy A. Miller, Gahanna, Ohio at 96, was a former UT instructor.

Dr. Richard L. Schafer, Toledo at 89, was a clinical associate professor of medicine at MCO from 1969 to 1985, when he was appointed to associate professor of medicine and director of the UT Student Medical Center. He retired in 1994 and was named clinical associate professor of medicine in 1999 and clinical professor in 2006.

Dr. R. Douglas “Doug” Wilkerson, Toledo at 69, joined the MCO faculty as an associate professor of pharmacology and therapeutics in 1979 and was promoted to professor in 1989. Two years later Wilkerson added another title: associate vice president for research. In 2006, the professor of now pharmacology and physiology took on a third title: associate dean of graduate programs in the College of Medicine. Wilkerson kept those three titles after MCO merged with UT in 2006. He was named professor emeritus when he retired in 2009.


**The Hon. John Potter (A/S ’40), Toledo at 94.

** Betty Margraf (Bus ’44), Tiffin, Ohio at 91.

**Carmen Buser (Bus ’40), Port Charlotte, Fla. at 99.

**Donald Schafer, att. 1942, Bradenton, Fla. at 94.


*John Hart (Ed ’50), Toledo at 85.

William Corrello (Bus ’54), Toledo at 82.

Jane Bauman Cherry (Ed ’58), Houston, Texas at 77.

Arnold Younkman (Bus ’81), Valrico, Fla. at 81.

*Mary Weber (Ed ’57, MEd ’81), Toledo at 78.

**Clarence Walker (Bus ’50), Toledo at 87.

Leroy St. Clair (Bus ’51), Toledo at 89.


**Herbert Metzger (MEd ’65, Ed Spec ’68), Sylvania, Ohio at 90.

Patricia McGee (Ed ’64), Toledo at 72.

*Allen Gutchess (Law ’60), Sylvania, Ohio at 85.


Diane Wlodarski (Ed ’76, MEd ’80, Ed ’80, A/S 90, Ed Spec ’05), Toledo at 57.

Nancy Mayle (UTCTC ’78, UTCTC ’89, A/S ’91), Toledo at 65.

Brian Lockrey (Univ Coll ’77), Lafayette, Ind. at 58.

Rosetta Young (MEd ’76), Toledo at 74.

Karen Krause (A/S ’76), Toledo at 73.


William Kreinbihl (Eng ’85), Graytown, Ohio at 62.

**Dr. James Chengelis (MEd ’82, MED ’87), Brookline, Mass., at 58.

Tina Warsop Beam (UTCTC ’89), Fostoria, Ohio at 49.

Cynthia Irmen (Ed ’88), Toledo at 70.

Versie Bohannon (A/S ’81), Toledo at 82.

Brian Auler (Bus ’84), Columbus, Ohio at 51.

*John Zajacz (UTCTC ’80, Eng ’83), Strongsville, Ohio at 81.


Peter Jaegly (A/S ’91), Toledo at 49.

Michael Severino (Bus ’97, MBA ’07), Toledo at 38.

J. Sly (HS ’98), South Haven, Mich. at 42.

Jean Scott (UTCTC ’98), Oregon, Ohio at 62.


Cynthia Hansen (HSHS ’04), Northwood, Ohio at 57.

Correction – Dr. David S. Rosenberger, Altoona, Pa., was referred to by an incorrect last name in the November 2013 eMagazine. He worked at the University for more than two decades. Rosenberger helped establish University Placement Services, which he directed from 1975 to 1977.

*Annual Alumni Association Member
**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

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UT in the News

December 23rd, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in In The News
UTMC CORAL Study Ends After 10 Years

UT’s Larimer Complex Getting Major Facelift

The University of Toledo opened a beautiful state of the art football complex in 1990, a structure with cool trappings making the Rockets the envy of less fortunate teams.

The facility is no longer beautiful or state of the art. No one envies it.

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More Than 2,200 Grads Honored in ‘Electric” UT Ceremony

If nothing else, the University of Toledo’s fall commencement on Sunday showed that even a graduation ceremony during an unconventional time of year is no small affair for a major university.

The Savage Arena parking lots were packed. Nearly the entire main floor of the basketball arena was taken up by UT officials involved in the ceremony or those about to get their diplomas. The latter represented the majority of UT’s 2,215 most recent graduates from 12 of the university’s colleges, some 733 of whom received advanced degrees.

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Graduation December, 2013

UT Unveils Green Data Center

Toledoans Aid Stricken Philippine City

Dr. Kris Brickman is an adventure-seeker.

The chairman of the department of emergency medicine at the University of Toledo Medical Center, formerly the Medical College of Ohio, admits he is an adrenaline junkie, so when he was asked to help with relief efforts in the Philippines after a devastating typhoon, he did not hesitate.

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UT’s Cellular Program

December 23rd, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in UT Technology

Rocket Wireless your cellular headquarters


The University of Toledo owns and operates a cellular program for its students, staff and alumni.

Did you know that we offer similar yet unique plans, different than those that you will find at your local AT&T, Sprint or Verizon Stores? For a full listing of our current plans please visit our website www.utoledo.edu/depts/rocketwireless. To help you stay current with the every changing technology, we offer both one and two year contracts as well as unlimited data plans. Are you already with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon and want to switch, give us a call (419-530-2900) we can assist.

What’s new this Month:

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 may be featured in the near future with a metal body
  • Apple is expected to announce the newest version of the iPhone with the next few weeks
  • Be cautious when texting a person you know is driving. There is a court case in NJ, where lawyers are claiming sender of text message was electronically in vehicle which caused the physical accident.

Apps, Tips & Tricks to simplify:

Batteries: Your battery can be significantly drained by the continual scanning processes looking for 4G. If you know that you will be out of a 4G area or if you are not acquiring a 4G signal as indicated on the task bar, remember to turn your 4G radio OFF – thus saving your battery.

Lost Car Fob: Lock your keys in car, no worries. In three simple steps you can unlock your keyless entry car remotely with your smart phone.

  1. Contact the person who has the extra remote
  2. Hold your cell phone about a foot away from the driver’s side door
  3. Ask the person on line to hold the remote near the speaker of their phone and press the unlock button 3 or 4 times and wait for the car to unlock.
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