Class Notes/Obits

August 27th, 2014 Posted in Class notes/In memoriam

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David E. Corbin (MEd ’73) co-authored “Health for Life,” a high school health textbook. The book has been published in both print and e-book by Human Kinetics.

**Randall C. Dixon (A/S ’75, Law ’80) was sworn in as the new president of the Toledo Bar Association. He practices law at Dixon & Hayes, LTD in Toledo. Dixon is a third-generation west Toledo attorney, practicing in both Ohio and Michigan.

Dr. Richard M. Markoff (PhD ’78) has become the founding president of the Damar Foundation in Indianapolis, Ind. The Damar Foundation was established to help raise funds to support the work of Damar, the non-profit that has been serving children and adults challenged by autism, as well as intellectual, developmental and behavioral disabilities, for more than 40 years.

Martin E. Mohler (Law ’73) began his term as president of the Ohio State Bar Association in July 2014. Mohler is a partner in the Toledo law firm of Shindler, Neff, Holmes, Worline and Mohler LLP.
Mary Jane Strickland (A/S ’75) recently retired from The Ohio State University. She was an office manager in the psychology department.


*Michael Weaver (MSN ’85, PhD ’90) has been named the interim dean of the college of nursing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Weaver received the Outstanding Alumnus for Research Award in The College of Nursing from The University of Toledo Alumni Association in 2013.

Fedor The Hon. Teresa Fedor (Ed ’83), a state representative for Ohio, had her End Demand Act signed into law. This legislation is aimed at tackling the black market-driven demand for purchasing commercial sex with a minor.
**Dan Saevig (A/S ’84, MBA ’89) was sworn in as a member of the Oregon City Schools Board of Education in July 2014. Saevig is associate vice president of alumni relations and executive director of the University of Toledo Alumni Association. Saevig
Grosko Sandra Huth Grosko (Law ’91) was appointed by the Supreme Court of Ohio as clerk of the court. She is the third woman to serve in this role. Grosko has served as reporter of decisions since August 2011 and served as interim clerk of the court in 2007. The clerk of the court oversees the office of the clerk, which is responsible for administering the filing of cases and documents before the court and other important functions of case management.

Sandra Speller (A/S ’96) is an insurance specialist at Family Heritage Life Insurance Company of America in Toledo.

M. Sean McNulty (Law ’94) has been named chief public defender by the board of directors at the Toledo Legal Aid Society. McNulty has been employed by Toledo Legal Aid Society since 1994 and has been supervising attorney at Lucas County Juvenile Court since 1994.

Cheri A. Budzynski (Law ’07) was selected to join the 2014-2015 Class of the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation Leadership Institute. Cheri is an associate in the Toledo office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP. Cheri practices in the environmental practice group, focusing on environmental law, administrative law and litigation. Her primary practice has focused on matters falling under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and Solid Waste Regulations. Budzynski_Cheri
Lucas_Small Lucas Blazejewski (Pharm ’09, PharmD ’12) has been awarded Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity’s Thirty Under 30 Award for 2014. After Lucas received his graduate degree he secured a full ride scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health to pursue a Peace Corps Masters International degree in public health. He left the United States for a Peace Corps appointment in Kenya in June 2013.
Neil Beavers (Bus ’08) has been awarded Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity’s Thirty Under 30 Award for 2014. Neil was this year’s recipient of the Young Alumni of the Year Award for Beta Iota Chapter. He is currently a quality manager for Preform Technologies, located in Swanton, Ohio. Neil also started and developed a real estate investment and management company. He specializes in the single family home with an emphasis on the student market. NBeavers_Small

Josh Crites (HSHS ’05, A/S ’09) works as a strategic advisor for the Seattle Housing Authority. He was recently awarded the German Chancellor Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He will spend the next year in Germany researching the affordable housing model used across the country.

Rachel_Small Rachel Schipull (MEd ’09) was honored at the Windy City Times 30 Under 30 Awards in June 2014. Thirty individuals under thirty years of age from all parts of the LGBTQIA community were selected based on activism, business, culture, non-profit work and more. Rachel recently became a holistic life coach and went back to school for a certificate in urban agriculture through Windy City Harvest program. She’s currently interning at the Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Births and Marriages
Alyssa Marie Klausing (HSHS ’10) and Kory James Hesseling (HS ’12) exchanged vows on July 26 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos, Ohio. Alyssa is a speech-language pathologist at Therapy Solutions at Van Wert County Hospital and Kory is a personal trainer with the Van Wert County YMCA. klausing-hesselingweb
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Michael J. Barron, Sylvania, Ohio at 78, formerly taught in the history department.

Paul W. Hankins, Toledo at 84, was a facilitator at the Northwest Ohio Center for Labor-Management Cooperation from 1989 until his retirement in 2003.

John “Jack” A. Honsberger, Perrysburg, Ohio at 84, joined MCO as an employee in 1999 and worked at the University until 2010. He was also a volunteer with the Satellites Auxiliary.

Dr. Marvin L. Michael Kay, Oberlin, Ohio at 86, was a professor emeritus of history. He joined the UT faculty as an associate professor in 1971 and retired in 1992. He was chair of the UT Faculty Committee for Peace and Justice.
Joseph J. Monto II, Toledo at 79, was a member of the Satellites Auxiliary. He was a greeter at the George Isaac Minimally Invasive Surgery Center and a laundry delivery volunteer.

Nancy C. (Freeborn) Peluso, Toledo at 58, was a clinic manager in family practice from 2005 to 2008.

H. Alan Rudolph, Holland, Ohio at 80, was a former local executive who taught marketing and sales.

Maryal Slee, Perrysburg, Ohio at 85, was a telephone operator from 1979 to 1992.

Leona E. Bacon, Roswell, N.M. at 74, taught at the University.

Dr. William “Bill” Leons, Brattleboro, Vt. at 78, taught anthropology for 35 years. He joined UT as an assistant professor in 1975 and was named professor emeritus when he retired in 2010. Leons served as adviser to the Vietnamese Student Association for several years and was adviser to the Latin American Studies Program from 1979 to 1985. While attending college in the early 1960s, the civil rights activist joined the Freedom Riders in Jackson, Miss.
*Marilyn Hankins, at 82.


Donna Schultz Hall (Ed ’48), Maumee, Ohio at 88.

Dr. Robert Shuff (Ed ’45), Hot Springs National, Ark. at 94.

**Virginia Church (Ed ’48, MEd ’72, Ed Spec ’75), Tiffin, Ohio at 87.

**Rose Huebner (A/S ’44), Toledo at 91.

Richard Light (Eng ’42), Toledo at 94.

Jacob Jakab (Eng ’49), Jensen Beach, Fla. at 95.


William Bretschneider (Eng ’51, MEng ’57), Erie, Mich. at 91.

Fritz Grensing (Eng ’59), Palatine, Ill. at 78.

Normal Wolfe (A/S ’50), Cumming, Ga. at 88.

William Haffelder (att. in 1950), Holland, Ohio at 93.

Dorothy Pudlicki (Ed ’50), Toledo at 87.

**Robert Gibson (Eng ’57), Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. at 85.

Leon Yaffe (Bus ’51), at 58.

*James F. Walton (Eng ’50), Ocala, Fla. at 88.

Harmon Ingwersen (Bus ’58), Saint Joseph, Mich. at 83.

Donald Dugan (Pharm ’50), Oregon, Ohio at 89.


Patricia Myler (Ed ’68, MEd ’79), Toledo at 85.

Donald Dyer (Ed ’66), Oregon, Ohio at 86.

Mary Debien (Ed ’61, MEd ’69), Port Clinton, Ohio at 87.

Jeanne Davis (Ed ’64), Monroe, Mich. at 95.


**Mary Pat Boatfield (Ed ’74, MEd ’87), Nashville, Tenn. at 65.

Dr. Norman Barry (PhD ’72), Southgate, Ky. at 73.

**David Davis (Bus ’70), at 68.


John Nutter (A/S ’81), College Station, Texas at 59.

Charles Cline (Bus ’85), Scottsdale, Ariz. at 53.

Meredith Niedermeier (Univ Coll ’82), Monroe, Mich. at 76.

Linda Turk (Ed ’85), Swanton, Ohio at 54.

Joan Hoffman (MEd ’84), Temperance, Mich. at 84.

Wendell Jones (Law ’85), Bowling Green, Ohio at 82.

Cynthia O’Brien (Ed ’85, MEd ’91), Elkhart, Ind. at 67.

David Saygers (Bus ’85), Central Lake, Mich. at 84.


Wilhelmina Bartlett (UTCTC ’94), Toledo at 53.

Jo Anne Durnwald (MA ’98), Toledo at 81.


Robert Wenzlaff (Eng ’01), Toledo at 50.

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**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

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