The Greatest Gift of All

March 28th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

By Patty Gelb

Jacob CadyHow is it possible to thank someone who risked their life to save your child? An act like that creates a lifelong mission to share your appreciation.

That was especially true for Ron Cady (Bus ’88). His longtime friend and college fraternity brother, Tom Dusza (A/S ’87, Law ’90) did just that for his son Jacob. Approaching the tenth anniversary of the selfless act, Ron and his wife, Chris (A/S ’97), wanted to find a way not only thank their friend but they also hoped to raise awareness of an important cause that can help save the lives of countless others.

It was mid-December in 2003 when Chris Cady took their three-year-old son, Jacob, to the doctor after noticing a small bump under his rib. They were immediately sent to the hospital and by the end of the day, the Perrysburg, Ohio, couple knew that Jacob had a tumor. Following testing and biopsies, they quickly found out it was malignant. But, it ended up being Christmas Eve when they received a call from Jacob’s oncologist, Dr. Rama Jasty, at Mercy Children’s Hospital that the news got even worse. Jacob was diagnosed with Rhabdoid tumor of the liver, an extremely rare and aggressive form of cancer.

Tom Dusza and Jacob following transplantDue to the holidays, things could have been delayed and treatment could have been on hold. But Dr. Jasty spent Christmas Day 2003 planning Jacob’s treatment and he was admitted to the hospital the very next day. The doctor’s persistence in getting a correct diagnosis and dedication in finding a course of treatment for Jacob meant so much to the Cady family.

Jacob began a series of chemotherapy, which was going well. But to truly beat this cancer, the next course of action after Ron and Chris talked with doctors and did research was a liver transplant. Ten years ago, very few hospitals were doing transplants with this cancer diagnosis because it was believed to be a terminal outcome. The Cady’s found only five facilities in the country that did pediatric organ transplants for cancer at that time. After researching the procedures and the survival rates among the surgeons and hospitals, they were led to Dr. Adela Casas-Melley at Nemours A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware.

scan0002“When we called Dr. Casas, what really struck us was she actually answered her own office phone,” said Chris. “It was so comforting and she was so congenial. We knew we were in the best hands possible. It was like she was our best friend.”

Originally, Ron hoped to be the donor for his son. He went through a number of tests but he was rejected as the possible donor. Other family members of the Cady’s came forward but no one was a match. Jacob went on the national donation list and was against the clock waiting for an appropriate cadaver donation.

At the same time, Chris and Ron had begun a CaringBridge website for Jacob. CaringBridge is a non-profit online website community with the mission “to amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world, making each health journey easier.” On this website, the Cady’s were able to post updates about Jacob to friends and family around the country.

scan0005Because of CaringBridge, Tom Dusza became involved. Tom was at work when his wife, Deb (Bus ’87), filled him in on Jacob’s need for a liver donor.

“Deb got the email first through our personal account and she sent it over to me at work,” Tom said. “I replied to her immediately, ‘I am going to do this.’ She said that she knew that as soon as she sent it to me. She didn’t know why, but she just knew.”

Tom knew he could potentially be a match for Jacob, because he has type O negative blood. He reached out to the family and began the process to determine if he would be a good fit. Tom went through pre-operative testing.

“I also had to go through a mental health screening, I guess to make sure I wasn’t crazy and that I wanted to do it,” Tom joked.

Tom also reached out to a pediatrician who was a personal friend and asked what he was getting himself into.

“He told me, ‘Short term it’s going to suck, long term it’s ok. But what more can you do in this life that is this worthwhile,’” Tom recalled, fully agreeing with that sentiment.

Once Tom cleared all of the tests and it was determined that he was a perfect match for Jacob, the surgery was scheduled.

The transplant surgeries, performed by Dr. Casas and her partner Dr. Stephen Dunn, went very well.

“If it weren’t for their progressive thinking in using organ transplant as a way to treat pediatric cancer, who knows where we would be today”’ said Chris.

Jacob survived the transplant and was recovering in a medically-induced coma. The first time he woke up he said that he wanted a chocolate donut. But, later that day they had a little scare having to go back into surgery to remove a piece of intestine that had kinked and died off. Besides that issue, things could not have gone better for Jacob.

The surgery was on a Tuesday. Tom got out of the hospital on Saturday and was back to work on the following Monday.

IMG_0648“The doctor wrote me a note to be off of work for eight weeks,” said Tom, who is from Huron, Ohio. “But I told him, ‘I don’t build bridges for a living, I sit my butt at a desk.’”

Tom felt the effects of the surgery for about six to eight weeks, the time it takes your liver to regenerate. Early on, he left work early and took it a little easier but recovered quickly from his part of the transplant. But what he did really impacted Ron and Chris.

“You know when it really hit me was when they were both done with surgery and in the ICU,” Ron shared. “Going in and seeing Tom, basically ripped wide open for my son. That was pretty impactful. He put himself at risk by doing this and thank God he never had any complications.”

Right after the transplant, Jacob followed up with three more rounds of chemo. He finished all treatment in July of 2004 and his care was transferred to Dr. John Bucuvalas at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital which was closer for Jacob’s frequent follow up appointments. He had to have regular blood work ranging from weekly to monthly to check liver numbers and to make sure the transplant was taking. Jacob did really well and had no incidents of rejection.

scan0001Jacob was doing so well that after a time, Dr. Bucuvalas talked to the Cady’s about participating in a national study. The goal of the study is to determine if children can be safely weaned from immune suppression medications. The focus was to develop a method to help physicians to identify patients who are good candidates for safe withdrawal and those for which withdrawal may not be a good idea. There are risks of staying on these forms of anti-rejection medication. They can lead to kidney failure as well as other forms of cancer. The Cady’s agreed that minimizing Jacob’s exposure to immunosuppression drugs would be the best long term.

“There were very strict criteria for Jacob to be able to participate in the study,” Chris said. “They did a liver biopsy looking for genetic markers to make sure he was a candidate and he met all of the qualifications. He started the weaning process about a year and a half ago and as of July of 2013 he was fully weaned. This is a really big study. Jacob is the furthest along of all of the kids who were approved at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to participate. He is doing great.”

scan0003Now 13, Jacob is happy and healthy. He participates in sports and has no issues. A forward for his school’s basketball team that played in their league semi-finals this season, he also plays competitive tennis year-round. He is doing well in school and is also in an upcoming dinner-theater murder mystery called “Once Upon a Murder.”

Some potential long-term effects of young kids who go through chemo can include trouble hearing, heart problems, stunted growth and numerous other detrimental issues. Jacob experienced none of those side effects.

“He is off the charts on height and he can hear perfectly,” Ron said. “I know he acts like he can’t when we call him for chores, but he hasn’t had any of the usual side effects.”

Ron and Chris are both so grateful for every day.

“The whole thing has been a miracle since the beginning,” said Ron. “If you look up the form of cancer that Jacob had, it is extremely rare. It generally begins as a kidney cancer. People just don’t do what Jacob has been able to do. You just don’t find success stories with this type of cancer.”

As the Cady’s approached the tenth anniversary of this personal life journey, they wanted to take the opportunity to recognize Tom.

“It’s hard to put it into words,” said Ron. “Tom was instrumental in saving Jacob’s life. There is no amount of gratitude. It’s really hard and the thing we struggled with at first and still do is how can you thank someone enough? I figured the 10-year anniversary would be the perfect timing because 10 years is a big deal.”

Dan Miller PictureThe Cady’s thought an appropriate way to share their thanks again was to somehow recognize Tom through UT.  Aside from Jacob, it is the one common thread both families share. Two of the Dusza boys are already at UT, with the third starting in the fall of 2014. Ron and Chris’s daughter Jordan will be attending UT. Even Jacob, who is interested in something involving computers or engineering wants to be a future Rocket.  Both families have season tickets to UT basketball and football games and are involved in the Alumni Association. They both loved their time at UT and there is such a strong UT tie with these families that Ron felt it was an appropriate to find a way to thank Tom in a UT kind of way.

“I emailed both Dan Saevig, associate vice president of the UT Alumni Association and Tod Kowalczyk, head coach for men’s basketball to see if I could get something started to recognize the tenth anniversary,” Ron said.  They both emailed me back the very same day saying it would happen. Dan was great in getting the ball rolling.”

What was arranged was for Tom and his son Jacob to stand center court during the March 1 UT men’s basketball game against Western Michigan. Tom was presented a game ball in recognition of what he did to the applause of the attending crowd.

“Tom really likes to keep things pretty low key,” said Ron. “Frankly part of me knows that he was probably not thrilled about being honored at the basketball game, but how do you thank someone enough?”

The Cady’s also wanted to raise awareness of an issue that has become very important to them – the importance of organ donation. Without the life-saving transplant that Jacob was able to have, it is likely that he would not be with the family today.

Mens Basketball Vs Westernt Michigan“Our goal was to honor Tom,” said Chris. “But we also want to make people more aware of organ and living donor donations. We have always tried to be available to other families and to answer questions for other parents who have had a child in a similar situation as Jacob. It is so important for people to be aware of what a gift of life this is.”

When asked what he thought about being recognized at the basketball game Tom shared, “What is good about it is it brings awareness to the issue of organ donation. If one person decides to step up and thinks it is a good idea because of this, then it is worthwhile. Seeing Jacob, almost 14, it is very rewarding personally knowing I would never want to be in that position as a parent with the threat of a loss of a child to a disease like that. It is nice to know that you can make a difference in someone’s life sometimes.”

To see a video of the presentation, Click Here to see a YouTube video taken by Ron Cady at the basketball game.

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Making a Difference

March 28th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

by Patty Gelb

Dr. ZafarAccording to The American Cancer Society, approximately 13.7 million Americans were living with some form or history of cancer in 2012 and it is estimated that over 1.5 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed in 2014.

Treatment options can include chemotherapy, radiation therapy and even surgery. These treatments often produce side effects including nausea, pain and fatigue. The subsequent side effects can take over the patient’s daily life making them uncomfortable at best and miserable at worst.

One issue often not considered until too late are the financial effects that cancer treatment can have on individual and families. Fortunately, Dr. Yousuf Zafar (Med ‘02) is working on a project that could help alleviate some of the financial stress that can occur with the treatment of cancer.

Zafar is originally from Dayton, Ohio. After completing undergraduate work at the University of Chicago, he chose to go to The University of Toledo for medical school because he liked the school’s emphasis on learning about treating the whole patient and the focus on primary care. He also liked the fact that UT was close to home.

“So after exams and stressful times,” he said, “I found myself heading down I-75 for some home cooked food.”

After receiving his MD from UT, Zafar spent three years doing his internal medicine residency at the University of Cincinnati. He then did his hematology and oncology fellowship at Duke University in Durham, N.C. and has been on the faculty there ever since.

Zafar is a medical oncologist with a specialization in treating gastrointestinal cancers like colorectal, pancreatic and esophageal cancers, but his research is broader.

“My research focus,” said Zafar, “is specifically in improving the delivery of cancer care, with a focus within that on the cost of care. What I do on a day to day basis when it comes to my research is focus on how the cost of care impacts cancer patients and their lives.”

What he has found over the past few years is that cancer has become one of the most expensive diseases to treat in the United States because the drugs used are so expensive. His research has shown that even patients who have insurance are having a tough time making ends meet because of the out-of-pocket expenses of their care. His work is focused on how much patients are paying for care, how those costs are impacting the quality of care and how patients are changing their lives to help cope.

“Some patients are less likely to take chemotherapy because of cost,” Zafar shared. “And that may impact how well we can treat their cancer. We’ve also found that patients are spending less on food and groceries. They are spending their retirement savings all to help pay for their cancer bills.”

Medical professionals know that the treatment of cancer can cause physical toxicity from the side effects. But Zafar’s work, along with the work of others has shown that it can also cause what he referred to as “financial toxicity.”

“It can really impact a family,” he said. “The research that we’ve done to this point has been highlighting this problem. So what we are doing now is looking at ways to try and decrease the financial toxicity of cancer treatment. It’s fortunate that we have had a lot of interest in this topic because it impacts a lot of patients and a lot of people who know patients with cancer.”

Zafar is currently working on a very exciting project that will hopefully help with this problem of financial toxicity. He is in the process of developing an app at the Duke Cancer Center called FinANCE which stands for “Financial Assistance, Navigation and Communication Education.”

This app will be used by patients to help identify where they are having the biggest financial problems with their cancer treatment. It will help point them to the right resources to get help and financial assistance and coach them on ways to talk to their doctor about costs.

“One thing that we have found is patients are reluctant to bring up costs during a doctor’s appointment for many reasons,” said Zafar. “If we can help patients bridge that gap, to broach the topic of costs which they are often having problems with, hopefully we can prevent the problem in the first place.”

This app is in the early stages of development.

“We’ve partnered with a company that is based here in Durham that is also very interested in price transparency,” he said. “So patients know how much their treatment is going to cost.”

When discussing what ways costs can be deferred, Zafar shared that it is a complicated topic. In many cases there is not alternative treatment for cancer patients that may cost less.

“There might be a couple of examples here and there,” he said. “But for the most part, patients don’t have a great deal of alternatives in terms of treatment. However, what we’ve found is that is when patients talk to the doctor about costs, they actually see a decrease in their out of pocket costs because doctors can advocate for patients with the insurance company.”

Other potential cost savings include doctors referring patients to financial assistance programs with which the patients might not be familiar. Additionally, there are alternatives treatments, ways to change tests or simply test less frequently. All of these might lighten the financial burden.

It may be awhile before Zafar’s app is available for public use. As with any research it is a long term process. The first step is to make sure it works right. The second step is to make sure that patients are willing to use it. Then the third step is to see if it actually changes patient behavior and improves outcomes for patients.

“It is a multi-step process,” said Zafar. “But I am really excited about this idea and my hope is that it can make a difference in the day to day lives of patients with cancer.”

Zafar feels he learned important skills during his time at The University of Toledo that contribute to his success today.

“I think the most important part of my training at UT that stuck with me and remained an important part of my career was to put the patient first,” he said. “Whatever I do, whether it is in my clinical practice or in my research eventually comes back to the patient. I had a really wonderful experience there at UT and it really boiled down to the people. They were caring and compassionate. And while I learned a lot about the biology in medicine, I learned a great deal about the art of medicine and the importance of compassion.”

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Class Notes and Obits

March 28th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Class Notes

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Jeff Wilbarger (Ed ’87) is the founder and director of the Daughter Project, a nonprofit he formed to support human trafficking survivors.

Jim Percival (MS ’84) has retired as Xenia, Ohio’s city manager. He became Xenia’s assistant manager in 1987 and moved up to city manager in 1999.

small_WEB-HoffmanMarta07 Marta J. Hoffman (Univ Coll ’88, Law ’92) recently joined the Healthcare Industry Group of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms.

Leslie Adams (A/S ’89) was selected as one of seven women honored at the YWCA’s 19th Annual Milestones Award Luncheon. The women who were selected have accomplished great milestones in their area of expertise in the Toledo area. Through their leadership and example, the seven women have opened doors for other women, enabling them to achieve milestones of their own. Adams specializes in figurative art and portraiture.

Dr. Albert O. Duncan, M.D., F.A.C.S. (Med ’80) joined the Geisinger Health System medical center in Pennsylvania as a trauma surgeon.

Hamid Akbari (Bus ’80, MBA ’81, MA ’82) was appointed to the position of dean of the college of business at Winona State University in January of 2014. Akbari
JOYCE HEAD SHOT Joyce Kotnik-Klevins (A/S ’95) has been promoted to managing editor at KSNV-TV News 3 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Nelson Shaffer (Bus ’91) has been named senior vice president/market president for Citizens National Bank in Toledo.

Brent Ransom (A/S ’99) is now the head swim coach at St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo.

Gayle Ashbridge (Ed ’90, Med ’94, PhD ‘02) was named director of people development at The Douglas Company. She will head both the Orlando, Fla. and Toledo office associate development efforts.

Richard Todd (Bus ’94) wrote “The Golf Rules”, a book where you can learn the rules of golf through short stories that explain the game. His book was published in 2013 and you can read more about it at TheGolfRulesBookTODD

Vanessa Painter (Ed ’98) owns DesignMe Jewelry, where she designs and handcrafts hand-stamped, personalized jewelry. DesignMe was invited to participate in a luxury celebrity gift lounge hosted in honor of the 2014 Golden Globes nominees and presenters, where her sterling silver and Swarovski crystal Believe necklace were gifted to select press and media.

Soncrant Debra Soncrant (Ed ’95, Med ’10) was named Toledo Blade Teacher of the Month for January, 2014. She is a graduate of Clay High School and takes pride in returning to her alma mater to teach in the art department.

Vallie Bowman-English (A/S ’92) was selected as one of seven women who was honored at the YWCA’s 19th Annual Milestones Award Luncheon. The women who were selected have accomplished great milestones in their area of expertise in the Toledo area. Through their leadership and example, the seven women have opened doors for other women, enabling them to achieve milestones of their own. She is clerk of Toledo Municipal Court.

Chantel Van Dyke Rammel (Bus ’90) was added to the Milton-Union High School athletic hall of fame in January, 2014.  She was an MVP, All-Southwestern Buckeye League and All-District in softball. She was also a Bulldogs’ three-time tennis MVP and a two-time state qualifier and graduated as the program’s career leader in singles victories.

James O’Bryant (Univ Coll ’97) has been promoted to the position of deputy chief of police for the Toledo Police Department. He became an officer in 1985 and was promoted to captain in 2006. He also served in investigations, training, community service and personnel.

James Irwin (Bus ’94) is now the senior director of corporate business development at A. Schulman, a leading international supplier of high-performance plastic compounds and resins headquartered in Akron, Ohio. This is a newly created position and Irwin will be responsible for all aspects of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures globally. A. SCHULMAN, INC. IRWIN
Troy Keegan (Univ Coll ’95) opened Keegan Sports Training Academy, an indoor training facility where he offers instruction in softball, baseball, hitting, catching as well as clinics. Keegan Sports Training Academy also offers supervised workouts and weight training for kids that is useful for any sport.

Gilbert Birnbrich (Law ’99) is the deputy attorney general in Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands, effective December, 2013.

Bill Axe (Ed Spec ’99) will be stepping down as athletic director from Central Catholic High School in Toledo at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. He has served the Fighting Irish as athletic director for 29 years.


Colleen Burke (Law ’01) has been named partner in the law firm Collins Einhorn Farrell, located in Southfield, Mich.

Jim Harding (Ed ’01) was announced as the University of Utah’s new offensive line coach. He was previously Utah’s offensive coordinator.

Brandynn Adams (A/S ’05) has been named chief executive officer of Toledo’s Focus Federal Credit Union. She has been with Focus since 2005 and has been the credit union’s assistant manager and marketing director.

Dr. Mahvish Muzaffar, M.D. (Res ’11, Res ’13) has joined the department of oncology in the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University as a clinical assistant professor.

Births, Marriages and Engagements

Jennifer Howe (Pharm ’09) and Stephen Foglio (HSHS ’09, MHSHS ’10) announced their engagement and are planning a May 24, 2014 wedding in Ashtabula, Ohio.

Caption goes here Sharayah Riegsecker (Pharm ’10, PharmM ’13, Honors ’13) and Craig Bonner were married on January 11, 2014 at Shiloh Christian Union Church in Delta, Ohio.
Jodi L. Leininger (Ed ’10) and John P. Greco (Bus ’07) exchanged vows on March 22, 2014 at the Staughbaugh Center in Youngstown, Ohio. leininger-grecoweb
saaf-smitheng Walter Jordan Smith (JHCOE ’13) and Casey Jean Saaf (future Ed ’14 grad) announced their engagement and are planning a June 2014 wedding.

Keri Florence Smail (HSHS ’11) and Kevin Andrew Marsh were married in October 2013 in an outdoor ceremony at the Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor, Mich.

Allison Hessler (Ed ’07) and Nicholas Moreno celebrated their marriage on July 27, 2013. They were married at Northwest Presbyterian Church in Dublin, Ohio and the reception was held at the Worthington Hills Country Club.

Cory Michael Epstein (Bus ’03) and Danielle Anita Skorupa announced their engagement in January 2014. A wedding in the spring of 2015 is planned. skorupaEpstein
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Diane R. Buchanan, Toledo at 54. A housekeeper for 18 years at the former Toledo Hilton on the Health Science Campus.

John M. McIntosh Sr., Holland, Ohio at 92. A stationary engineer at MCO until his retirement in 1976.

Richard J. Gross, Sylvania, Ohio at 86. Gross was a Toledo businessman who first suggested the need for an area resource to bring together family businesses. He led Gross Electric Inc. for nearly 50 years, and was a founding member of the UT Center for Family Business, which opened in 1992. He served on the center’s advisory board through 1998.

Ronald H. Hall, Temperance, Mich. at 83. Hall became an adjunct instructor in the geology department in 1980.

**Norman Koenigseker (Eng ’69, MEd ’98), Sylvania, Ohio at 69. He was a faculty member at UT for 25 years. In 1998, he joined the engineering technology department. Over the years he served as chair and was the faculty advisor for the UT chapter of Tau Alpha Pi. While at the University, he helped with capital projects and campus planning for a few years, received the 1995 Engineer of the Year Award from the Toledo Society of Professional Engineers, and was named a University College Fellow in 1997. He retired as associate professor in 2013.

Shirley Armstrong, Walpole, Maine at 84. She was a member of the Satellites Auxiliary.

Thomas D. East III, Toledo at 81. He joined the Department of Music as an assistant professor in 1971 and was named associate professor in 1982. East was director of opera studies and oversaw numerous UT productions. The tenor sang in opera houses in Germany and across the United States. In 1992, he received emeritus status.

Anne Cahalane Free, Toledo at 81. During her career, she taught in the English department. She is survived by Dr. William N. Free, professor of English.

Robert G. Glover, Toledo at 62. He joined the University in fleet operations in 1991 and retired as auto mechanic 2 in 2012. Glover served as president and vice president of the Communications Workers of America Local 4530, and following the merger with Local 4319, as unit director and secretary-treasurer.

Patsy Ruth (Martin) Hoag, Toledo at 82. She was a member of the Satellites Auxiliary.

Betty A. Mangas, Toledo at 81. She was a former UT employee.

Noel Stock, Toledo at 84. He taught in the UT English Department for more than two decades. He was a visiting professor from 1969 to 1971 when he was named professor. The noted expert on Ezra Pound retired from the University in 1991.

Carlene Thomas, Atlanta, Ga. at 91. She was the assistant to the president of Maumee Valley Hospital and helped with the transition to the Medical College of Ohio. She worked at MCO from 1967 until her retirement in 2002 when she was an assistant to the chair of the biochemistry and cancer biology department.

Clarence H. Wright, Floral City, Fla. at 86. He worked in UT maintenance from 1970 until his retirement in 1991.


**Maxine Weeber (Ed ’33), at 102.


Richard Brucker (Bus ’48), Danville, Calif. at 89.

William Lewis (Eng ’49), Kent, Wash. at 87.

Morris Moen (A/S ’49), Seattle, Wash. at 88.

Ruth Weaver (att. in 1945), Toledo at 91.

Anthony Bock (A/S ’49), at 95.


**Irene Seeger (Ed ’55), at 82.

Troy Richey (A/S ’58), Napoleon, Ohio at 96.

**Thomas Bentley (Eng ’55), Ellicott City, Md. at 82.


Steve Schein (Bus ’64), Delray Beach, Fla. at 71.

Julia Hoops (A/S ’67), Waskom, Texas at 75.

Jerry Booher (Eng ’66, MEng ’70), Scottsdale, Ariz. at 74.

Charlotte Rapp (Ed ’69), Findlay, Ohio at 97.

**Wilbert West (Bus ’68), Toledo at 85.

James Ellis (Pharm ’68), Broomfield, Colo. at 69.

Dr. Richard Christ (A/S ’60, MA ’63), Columbus, Ga. at 77.

Gerald Masters (Ed ’64), Marco Island, Fla. at 76.

Annette Romp (Ed ’69, MEd ’76), Toledo at 68.

Gene Gates (Law ’69), Yucca Valley, Calif. at 82.

Rowena Meeks (Ed ’66), Sylvania, Ohio at 98.


Mary Parker (Bus ’74), Toledo at 91.

George Mitchell (UTCTC ’70, Eng ’75), Toledo at 72.

Eddie Boggs (MEd ’73, MEd ’79), Sylvania, Ohio at 69.

Judy Spangler (A/S ’72), Toledo at 70.

Dewitt Howland (Ed ’78), Brooksville, Fla. at 89.

**George Goodwin (Eng ’72), Bloomfield, Mich. at 80.

Robert Beavers (UTCTC ’75), Toledo at 80.

Mark Ashley (UTCTC ’76, Univ Coll ’91), Toledo at 59.

Dr. Michael Galbraith (Ed ’73, MEd ’81), Charleston, W.Va. at 65.

**Raymond Wolford (Ed ’72), at 72.


Dr. Cecilio Delgra (Res ’83), Ellenton, Fla. at 80.

Paul Zielinski (A/S ’81, Ed ’84, Med ’89), Toledo at 56.

Marilyn Burkhardt (Ed ’89), Perrysburg, Ohio at 53.

Gary Ernst (A/S ’87), Toledo at 65.

Robert Westrick (Bus ’88), Temperance, Mich. At 65.

Connie Lancz (Pharm ’83), Toledo at 56.

**Richard Miller (Ed ’80), Northville, Mich. at 56.

Catherine Zellner (UTCTC ’81), Findlay, Ohio at 53.

Marilyn Simon (Ed Spec ’80), Perrysburg, Ohio at 89.

**Dorothy Rothman (Univ Coll ’84), Toledo at 82.

Dennis Johnson (UTCTC ’84), Ida, Mich. at 56.

Daniel Janos (Univ Coll ’89), Temperance, Mich. at 67.

James Wilkinson (Univ Coll ’87), Maumee, Ohio at 84.

Dr. Paul Nagy (Res ’87), Fremont, Ohio at 54.


Michael Haynes (UTCTC ’97, Eng ’05), Curtice, Ohio at 58.

Patricia Achinger (Ed ’91), Lambertville, Mich. at 73.

Bonnie Kinschner (Univ Coll ’97), Mills River, N.C. at 67.


Heather Abrighach (A/S ’01), Toledo at 41.

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UT in the News

March 28th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in In The News
UT President Announces He Will Step Down June 30, 2015

After eight years leading The University of Toledo and another three as head of the former Medical University of Ohio, Dr. Lloyd Jacobs announced today that he will step aside as UT’s president effective June 30, 2015.

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Alumnus, Top Executive and Wife Give $1M to College of Engineering

A University of Toledo graduate who is now the top executive at one of northwest Ohio’s largest public companies has given $1 million to the university to support a leadership program for engineering students.

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Colleges Compete for Fewer Students

Ohio colleges are bolstering efforts to recruit students as the state braces for a sharp drop in the number of college-age students.

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UT Honors Its Past Presidents in Renaming Ceremony

When University of Toledo officials decided to demolish the Dowd-White-Nash residence hall, they knew they wanted to find another site to pay homage to the past presidents of the university.

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UT Med Students Meet their Match

There were tears of joy and frantic hugs as 167 fourth-year medical students at the University of Toledo opened envelopes and learned simultaneously where they will spend the next three to seven years of their journeys to become physicians.

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$500,000 UT Grant to Combat Invasive Species

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UT’s Cellular Program

March 28th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in UT Technology

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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 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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