Class Notes/Obits

October 29th, 2014 Posted in Class Notes

Please submit your class notes to: Amanda.schwartz@utoledo.edu

’60’s
Straub_John_300dpi *John L. Straub (Law ’69) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Straub is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo.

**Francis K. (Joe) Holtzman (Bus ’65) retired from McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) as the director of general purchasing and providing senior consulting services for Oracle Corporation. He retired to Estes Park, Colo. but also retains a residence in Mission Viejo, Calif., where he is involved with community activities such as serving on the home owner’s association board, school board assignment and Citizens for Integrity in Government. He will now be pursuing his love of fly fishing in Colorado, Utah and Montana.

’70’s
Stephen K. Haller (Law ’68) was inducted into the distinguished alumni hall of fame by Carroll High School’s alumni association, located in Dayton, Ohio. The ceremony was held on the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. Haller has had a 39-year career in the prosecutor’s office and has represented the state and county in thousands of criminal and civil cases in all courts in Greene County, Ohio. In August 2006, he was appointed Greene County prosecuting attorney. He was elected to the office in 2006, 2008 and 2012. Haller
Nelson_John_300dpi John K. Nelson (Law ’79) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Nelson is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo.
Jack G. Fynes (Law ’79) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Fynes is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo. Fynes_Jack_300dpi
Pletz_Thomas_300dpi **Thomas G. Pletz (Law ’71) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Pletz is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo.
David W. Wicklund (Law ’74) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Wicklund is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo. Wicklund_David_300dpi
Trudeau_3361_Background_CMYK **Stephanie Dutchess Trudeau (Law ’78) was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Trudeau is employed by Ulmer & Berne LLP, located in Cleveland, Ohio.

Mark McGranaghan (Eng ’77, MEng ’79) was selected by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers as its 2014 Charles Proteus Steinmetz awardee. McGranaghan is the vice president of power delivery and utilization for the Electric Power Research Institute, headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif. The Steinmetz award was established by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and is presented to an individual for exceptional contributions to the development or advancement of standards in electrical and electronics engineering.

Philip Fink (Bus ’70, MBA ’71) was named as the Larry and Kathy Ulrich Endowed Professor in Accounting by Lourdes College. Fink teaches in the College of Business at Lourdes. The endowed professorship in accounting was created to assist Lourdes in attracting and retaining accounting faculty who possess both respected academic credentials and extensive professional experience.

*Bruce Bailey (Law ’70) helped to escort two members of the Return to Normandy Association, a reunion group rooted in Southern California, to France for the 70th anniversary observance of D-Day on June 6. Bailey is CEO of the Mount Soledad Memorial Association based in La Jolla, Calif.

**Michael S. McGowan (Bus ’78, Law ’81) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. McGowan is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo. McGowan_Michael_300dpi
’80’s
Hoffman07_colorJPG Marta J. Hoffman (Univ Coll ’88, Law ’92) was selected to participate in the 2014-2015 Leadership Development Program for the Hospital and Health Systems Practice Group of the American Health Lawyers Association. She works at Plunkett Cooney, located in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and is licensed to practice in Michigan and Ohio.
**Mark A. Urrutia (UTCTC ’88) has been named the 2014 recipient of the Pi Kappa Phi National Fraternity’s Regional Governor of the Year award. Urrutia has served as a volunteer of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity for nearly two decades, working with the chapter at The University of Toledo. Mark_Urrutia
Bell_Neema_300dpi Neema M. Bell (Law ’86) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Bell is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo.
Michael G. Sanderson (Law ’81) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Sanderson is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo. Sanderson_Michael_300dpi

Charles D. Niehaus (Law ’86) was appointed to the board of directors and First Federal Bank board of directors for First Defiance Financial Corp. Niehaus is the managing partner at the law firm Niehaus & Associates, Ltd, located in Toledo.

Simpson_Joseph_300dpi Joseph S. Simpson (Law ’88) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Simpson is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo.
Kathryn J. Woodward (Law ’86) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Woodward is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo. Woodward_Kathryn_300dpi

Susan C. Wajert (Bus ’86) was named as the president of Mercy College of Ohio located in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Michael Valdes (Bus ’87) has been named as the new chief financial officer for Eastern Michigan University. His primary responsibilities are to provide budget management, monitor liquidity positions, exercise executive control over university budgets and safeguard all assets of the university.

Dr. Scott A. Frederick (UTCTC ’88, Ed ’91, MEd ’95, MED ’01, RES ’04) is now an assistant professor in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences at The University of Toledo. Frederick is teaching in the internal medicine department.

Mike Mudrow (A/S ’87) has been the assistant coach for the Logan High School boy’s soccer program, in Logan, Utah. He is now the head coach for the Lady Grizzlies soccer team at Logan High School. Mudrow has been a German and English as a second language teacher there since 2003.

Doug Blackwood (UTCTC ’85) has been promoted to vice president of retail operations manager for First Federal bank in Lima, Ohio. He is now responsible for supporting First Federal’s sales and service goals.

’90’s
Zimmann Dr. Angela Zimmann (Eng ’94) will serve as advancement and communications executive and will assist in the teaching of preaching to seminarians at Gettysburg Seminary, located in Gettysburg, Pa. She was previously a Jerusalem-based pastor and returned from East Jerusalem in August to begin work in the seminary.
Jenifer A. Belt (Law ’95) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Belt is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo. Belt_Jenifer_300dpi
Rothschild_James_300dpi James I. Rothschild (Law ’93) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Rothschild is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo.

Jon Molter (UTCTC ’91, Univ Coll ’94, MEd ’03) is now the principal of Fayette, Ohio’s Local School’s K-12 complex.

Kevin Molyet (Eng ’94, MEng ’96, PhD ’05) has been promoted from assistant to associate professor of mechanical engineering at Trine University in Angola, Ind.

Brian Greenwell (MS ’92) was appointed as the new chief information officer of Walsh University, located in North Canton, Ohio.

Tom Shafer (MEd ’92) was named as the new superintendent of The Toledo Maritime Academy. Shafer is a Navy veteran and was previously the principal of Evergreen Middle School in Toledo.

Jean Ann Bowman (Univ Coll ’96) was presented with the Award of Excellence by NASCAR. Bowman is the event operations and logistics manager at Kansas Speedway. The Award of Excellence was given to Bowman for her work at ensuring the safety and security of tens of thousands of fans and competitors at the speedway.

’00’s

Joshua Crites (HHS ’05, MA ’09), is a Seattle housing authority strategic adviser and a member of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Official. He has been named one of 10 U.S. recipients of the prestigious 2014 German Chancellor Fellowship. This fellowship will give him the opportunity to spend a year in Germany exploring new solutions to the global issues of our times. His research will take place in Hannover, Germany and will focus on the German model for providing affordable housing, specifically funding models, program design and administration.

Dr. Andrew Smock (MED ’09) is a new physician at Genesis HealthCare System, located in Zanesville, Ohio. Smock specializes in urology.

Joe Ayers (A/S ’06, Ed ’06) is now the head football coach at Erie Mason High School, located in Erie, Mich. He has been a math teacher at Erie Mason since 2006.

’10’s
*Garret Garcia (LLSS ’12, MLLSS’14) has been hired as the University of Notre Dame’s video coordinator for the women’s basketball program. Garcia spent four years as a student assistant with the Toledo men’s basketball team and one year working as the video board and ribbon operator for the Toledo Mud Hens and Toledo Walleye. As an undergraduate, he worked for two years as a student videographer for the UT Communications Department covering football, basketball, women’s soccer, tennis and volleyball events for the University. While in graduate school, Garcia spent two years as a graduate assistant video coordinator with the Rockets’ women’s basketball program. Garcia
*Cameron Roehm (A/S ’10, MEd ’13) was recently awarded the prestigious New Teacher of the Year Award from the Clark County School Districted located in Las Vegas, Nev.

Roehm

He was nominated due to his amazing rapport with students, professionalism with all staff members, advanced technology, integrated lesson deliveries, and passion for education. While Roehm attended UT, he was an undergraduate and graduate assistant at the Student Recreation Center, where he was responsible for operations, intramural sports, sport clubs and summer camp. He currently teaches middle school science and coaches multiple sports at Cram Middle School.

LaSalle Dr. Karen La Salle (MED ’10) has joined New Beginnings Pediatrics in Norwalk, Ohio and will also join the medical staff at the Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk and the Bellevue Hospital.
John P. Dombrowski (Law ’13, MBA ’13) has joined the firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP as an associate in the Taxation Practice Group. Dombrowski works out of the Toledo office and focuses on business taxation at the local, federal and international levels. Dombrowski_John_300dpi

T.J. Fatinikun (Comm/Arts ’13) signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL team.

*Dr. Brooke Donaldson (MED ’11) is a new physician at Genesis HealthCare System, located in Zanesville, Ohio. Donaldson specializes in emergency medicine.

*Nava Paudel (PhD ’14) is currently a medical physics resident in the University of Arkansas for medical sciences. He presented his research carried during his graduate studies at UT at the 56th annual meeting of American Association of Physicists in Medicine in Austin, Texas in July 2014. The title of his talk was “Nanoparticle-Aided Microwave Hyperthermia is Accompanied by Free Radical Generation and Enhanced Cell Kill.”

*Giselle Thompson (MLLSS ’14) wrote a review of a book called Chronic Illness, Spirituality and Healing, and has been accepted to present a paper at the Canadian Sociological Association’s Annual Conference. She also co-authored a book chapter with Dr. Rubin Patterson, UT professor and chair of the Sociology and Anthropology Department, titled “Transnational Factors Driving U.S. Poverty and Inequality” for the Routledge Handbook of Poverty and the United States.

*Ning Xu (MLLSS ’14) reviewed a book titled Caring for Orphaned Children in China, and has been accepted into the PhD program at New School University in New York.

Births and Marriages
Reiner Matthew Reiner (A/S ’09) and Paris Malin were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, located in Seaview, Wash., on Saturday, June 21, 2014. They are both second-year medical residents residing in Cleveland. Paris is at University Hospitals Medical Center and Matt at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center.
Jacqueline Baumgartner (Pharm ’05) and Michael Rowan were married on August 16, 2014 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Oak Harbor, Ohio. The couple resides in North Brandford, Conn. BaumgartnerEngagement

**Jonathan James Nichols (Bus ’07) and Kathryn Nicole Williams were married on September 6, 2014 at Harvest Baptist Church in Wapakoneta, Ohio.

Helm **Christopher Helm (Ed ’64, MEd ’67) and **Judith (Garrison) Helm (Ed ’63, MEd ’84) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 15, 1964.
Emily Rush (HS ’12) and Gregory Peper wed on September 6, 2014 at Light of Christ Catholic Church in Blissfield, Mich. RushPeper
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

*June Stuart, Ann Arbor, Mich. at 85.

Dr. Melvern A. Ayers, Perrysburg, Ohio at 83. He joined MCO in 1968 as an associate clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology. One year later, Ayers was named associate professor and acting chair of the department and held those positions until 1974, when he was appointed associate clinical professor.

Kimberly A. (Pacer) Horn, Monroe, Mich. at 48. She was a nurse at MCO/MUO/UTMC from 1991-2012.

Martin Bobowick, Toledo at 71. He taught tax law and estate planning in the College of Law.

Flora (Hugg) Benton Poad (MS ’64), Oregon, Ohio at 64. She was a library assistant and taught in the UT Library Sciences Department.

30’s

Lucille Meinle (Ed ’37), Venice, Fla. at 81.

40’s

**Patricia Vyn (Bus ’45), Highland Park, Ill. at 91.

**Dr. Robert F. Cooke (A/S ’43), Harbor Springs, Mich. at 94.

James D. Madigan (att. ’48-’50), Toledo at 84.

50’s

Robert Kreps (Eng ’54), Toledo at 82.

Jack Coyle (Eng ’52), Danville, Va. at 84.

William Rohweder (Eng ’50), at 89.

60’s

Mark Joseph Nyitray (att. ’64), Toledo.

Michael A. Warehime (att. ’64-’66), Hanover, Pa. at 73.

Mark S. Derkin (att. ’66-’69), Monclova, Ohio at 66.

Maximilian Hofmeister (A/S ’63), at 57.

Doris Fauble (Ed ’67), Maumee, Ohio at 85.

Joyce D. Pitts (UTCTC ’63, att. ’74-’75), Toledo at 70.

70’s

Jack Ferree (UTCTC ’74), Martin, Ohio at 90.

Maureen O’Malley (A/S ’79), Toledo at 84.

**Gregory Siegel (Pharm ’79, Law ’84), Perrysburg, Ohio at 62.

Ahmed Spour (MEng ’75), Herndon, Va. at 71.

**Dr. Peg Smith (A/S ’76, MA ’80, PhD ’83), Toledo at 77.

**Peggy Myers (Ed ’76), Whitehouse, Ohio at 60.

Raymond John Lawniczak (att. ’73-’74), Whitehouse, Ohio at 85.

80’s

Kristine Mullen (UTCTC ’85), Findlay, Ohio at 49.

Todd Peake (att. ’88-’90), Toledo at 44.

Norma Jean Pittman (UTCTC ’80, A/S ’85), Toledo at 58.

Robert P. ‘Bob’ Zukowiec (att. ’86-’88), Toledo at 52.

90’s

Therese Raymond (MEd ’91), Toledo at 71.

Darvoiress Johnson (Bus ’97), Whitehouse, Ohio at 41.

00’s

Howard Young (Univ Coll ‘02, Law ’07), Vancouver, Wash., at 41.

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