Class Notes/Obits

December 26th, 2014 Posted in Class Notes

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’60’s

James C. Caldwell (Ed ’64) was posthumously honored by the African American Legacy Project. Caldwell was the first African-American president of the board of trustees of the Economic Opportunity Planning Association and the founder of Fifty Men and Women of Toledo, Inc.

’70’s

*Aaron Bivins (A/S ’79) was inducted into the Alliance High School Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2014. Bivins graduated from Alliance in 1974 and during his time there he lettered in football, wrestling and baseball. In his senior year, he was named tri-captain of the Alliance Aviators football team. Bivins received a football scholarship to UT where he was a star linebacker and middle guard. Bivins was named the Mid-American Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1976. He also received the Jim Nicholson Award that same season as the Rockets’ team MVP.

Margaret (Peggy) K. Steinberg (Univ Coll ’77) was named a silver medalist during Professional Photographers of America’s 2014 International Photographic Competition. Her work will be on display at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tenn. from February 1st to 3rd, 2015. A panel of 45 certified jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,000 total submitted entries in August, 2014. One of the four photographs she submitted was selected to a part of the esteemed Loan Collection and will be published in a book by Marathon Press.

Holly Taft Sydlow (Law ’75) had her portrait unveiled in the UT Law Library during an event to honor influential female lawyers in Toledo. Sydlow was the first president of the Toledo Women’s Bar Association in 1986.

judge-mcconnell1 The Hon. C. Allen McConnell (Law ’72) was awarded by the African American Legacy Project in October, 2014, as a trailblazer in the Toledo community. McConnell is a former member of Toledo City Council and currently serves as judge for the Toledo Housing and Environmental Court.

*Judge Arlene Singer (A/S ’72, Law ’76) has been the force behind the Toledo Women Lawyers History Project, a collaboration between the Toledo Women’s Bar Association and The University of Toledo College of law. The goal of the history project is to collect and catalog information about area female lawyers, creating a permanent resource for law students, historians and others.

Julia Bates (Law ’76) had her portrait unveiled in the UT Law Library during an event to honor influential female lawyers in Toledo. Bates was the first woman elected Lucas County prosecutor in 1996.

Linda Ewing (A/S ’72) introduced the public to her Jan-Pro Cleaning Systems franchise. Ewing is involved not only with setting the overall strategic direction of the franchise but also the day-to-day details of growing the business and overseeing the quality of services and keeping expenses in line. She retired in early 2014 as vice president of community affairs for Fifth Third Bank after a 30-year career. Ewing
’80’s

Gregory A. Maceau, Esq. (Law ’80) announced the launch of “My Legal Times,” a new series of articles and videos focusing on some of the most commonly encountered legal issues. The articles and videos are produced by Gregory, the founder of Marceau Law, as well as the firm’s other attorneys. Installments in the new series provide straightforward, actionable advice for business people and individuals facing such problems as unpaid debts or divorce proceedings. Maceau Law is located in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Wise *Patricia A. Wise (Law ’85) was named a partner of Niehaus Wise & Kalas, Ltd. The law firm is a business, commercial, employment and labor law firm based out of Toledo.
Nancy Golinski (A/S ’88, MA ’90) published her first book titled “Exercise Your Way to a Happy Hysterectomy (and Beyond),” in September with Price World Publishing. In her book, she discusses exercises and stress management techniques to do before, during and after the surgery. Golinski has been teaching courses in the social sciences field at Tiffin University for over 10 years. Golinski
Rieger *Dr. Brad Rieger (Ed ’83, MEd ’85, PhD ’93) has announced that at the end of the 2014-15 school year he will retire as the superintendent of Sylvania Schools. He has worked as superintendent for 11 years and is responsible for 940 staff members in the district. Rieger states he will most likely explore roles with nonprofit organizations, higher education and the private sector during his retirement.

Gayle Morgan Schaber (UTCTC ’86, MEd ’99, EdSpec ’01) was presented with the inaugural Global Educator Award by the UT Center for International Studies and Programs in September, 2014. The goal of the award is to encourage awardees to continue their efforts to help community stakeholders to explore the world through promoting interactions with individuals representing different cultures and traditions in an atmosphere of candid communication. Schaber was nominated by the Confucius Institute for her work bringing Chinese language and culture classes to Toledo Public Schools.

’90’s
Michelle Sawyers Harris (A/S ’91) participated in Miami University’s Earth Expeditions global field course in Thailand. She studied Buddhism and spiritual connections to nature in the Old World rainforests and diverse cultural environments of Thailand. She is a founder and educator at Green Matter in Columbus, Ohio and took the course in pursuit of her master’s degree from Miami University’s Global Field Program. Harris_Michelle_2014_Thailand
Teamer, Craig *Craig Teamer (Bus ’98) was a recipient of a 2014 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award presented in September, 2014. The annual awards ceremony showcases young, dynamic leaders in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan under the age of 40.
*Kelly Savage (Bus ’91) made a gift to Notre Dame Academy, a catholic high school in Toledo, Ohio, to refinish the gym floor. She played basketball during her years at Notre Dame and her gift to refinish the gym floor shows her appreciation and love of the school. She is an ’86 grad from Notre Dame Academy. Kelly recognized Savage & Associates with her gift, due to the impact the company has had on her career. She has worked at Savage & Associates as a financial advisor for 20 years. SAVAGE KELLY
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Kalas Brian Kalas (Law ’99) was named a partner of Niehaus Wise & Kalas, Ltd. The law firm is a business, commercial, employment and labor law firm based out of Toledo.

Terry Kin (Bus ’95) was named as vice president of operations for Tour de Force, a leading provider of customer relationship management, business intelligence and sales force automation solutions. As vice president, he will manage the strategic and tactical operations of the development, support, and professional services teams to ensure that each department is operating efficiently and effectively. Tour de Force is located in Findlay, Ohio.

Matt Melzak (A/S ’98) has returned to the microphone for the sixth straight season to call Toledo Walleye games. He has called 645 professional hockey games in his career. He is the play-by-play announcer for all games. Melzak
’00’s
Harrison, Candice Candice Harrison (A/S ’01) was a recipient of a 2014 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award presented in September, 2014. The annual awards ceremony showcases young, dynamic leaders in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan under the age of 40.
Kristen Mollenkopf (Pharm ’01) was a recipient of a 2014 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award presented in September, 2014. The annual awards ceremony showcases young, dynamic leaders in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan under the age of 40. Mollenkopf, Kristen
Navarre, Lindsay Lindsay Navarre (Law ’05) was a recipient of a 2014 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award presented in September, 2014. The annual awards ceremony showcases young, dynamic leaders in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan under the age of 40. Navarre is the president of the Toledo Women’s Bar Association.
Sara Martino (HHS ’03, MPH ’04, MHHS ’07) was a recipient of a 2014 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award presented in September, 2014. The annual awards ceremony showcases young, dynamic leaders in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan under the age of 40. Martino, Sara

Dr. Farhaan Mir (MED ’08) has joined Grand Traverse Radiologist in Traverse City, Mich. and will specialize in diagnostic radiology and vascular and interventional radiology.

Sneed Marcus L. Sneed (Bus ’07) was honored as an emerging leader by the African American Legacy Project. Marcus is currently an associate director in the Office of Alumni Relations at UT.

Scott Fulton (MA ’07) was welcomed as the new planning director for the city of Pataskala, Ohio. Fulton started this position in October, 2014.

*Benjamin Tran (Eng ’05) was presented the National Security and International Affairs Medal in Washington, D.C., by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service. Tran is an electrical engineer with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s Sensors Directorate. He was honored as a lifesaver for leading the development, testing and deployment of a cutting-edge aerial sensor used to locate and destroy improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan.

’10’s

Zac Wertz (MBA ’10) launched his company’s Kickstarter campaign for the Beluga Razor. The razor offers a single blade shaving experience to men. It is a user-friendly design of the type of shave that a professional barber would give.
Jasmine Thombre (Eng ’12) joined SHP Leading Design in Cincinnati, Ohio as an electrical engineer. SHP is nationally recognized as a leader in planning, designing and managing facilities for clients in the K-12, higher education, vocational/technical and community college industries.

Dr. Stacey Hoffman (MED ’10) has joined Kingston HealthCare as the medical director and attending physician. Hoffman’s initial focus is to manage Kingston’s stroke recovery program and other specialized services that will further enhance Kingston’s clinical expertise. She will immediately serve patients at Kingston Rehabilitation in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Births and Marriages

Sarah Spitulski (Bus ’12) and Kendal Norman (Bus ’11) celebrated their first anniversary on October 5. They were married in 2013 at Brandywine Country Club and honeymooned in Hawaii.

Rebecca Wagoner (Ed ’11) and Brett Glavan (Ed ’09, MEd ’11) were married on August 1, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Parish in Sylvania, Ohio and their reception was held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg, Ohio. They will honeymoon in Jamaica in early 2015.

Shawn Waddington (Eng ’01) and Andrea Johnson announced their engagement and have plans to wed in 2015. Waddington

Jodi Lynn Leininger (Ed ’10) and John Patrick Greco (Bus ’07) were married on March 22, 2014 at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown, Ohio. The couple honeymooned in St. Lucia. The couple resides in Cleveland, Ohio.

podolskykelli Kelli Podolsky (Bus ’11) and Andrew Wess were wed on December 6, 2014 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Austintown, Ohio. Their reception took place at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Hall in Youngstown, Ohio. She is currently attending Youngstown State University and Andrew is employed by General Motors of Lordstown.
*Bob Buchman (Eng ’06) and *Nicole Streitenberger Buchman (Bus ’06) celebrated the birth of their second child, Gretchen Marie Buchman, on September 28, 2014. IMG_1809

**Chief Warrant Officer Justin Shedron (A/S ’07) and Dr. Jennifer Rega Shedron are the proud parents of a baby girl. Grace Elizabeth Shedron was born September 7, 2014 at the Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield, Ohio.

Langenderfer Nick J. Langenderfer (Bus ’09) and Libby Brown were married on June 14, 2014 at The Historic Church of Saint Patrick in Toledo. Both Nick and Libby are cheerleading coaches at UT.
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Marianne W. Alderman, Sylvania, Ohio at 85. Alderman was a former CEO of the UT Federal Credit Union. She worked at the credit union from 1975 until her retirement in 1992, overseeing the merger of the UT and MCO credit unions.

Dr. Udayan Nandkeolyar, Toledo at 61. He was a professor and chair of the information operations technology management department in the College of Business and Innovation. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1988. His research focused on supply chain management, enterprise resource planning and logistics.

Leonard “Lenny” Rhodes, Monclova, Ohio at 87. He was a star basketball player for the Toledo Rockets, lettering from 1947 to 1950. Rhodes scored 811 points for UT, but was known for his defensive prowess. He played semi-pro basketball and suited up with the Harlem Globetrotters for one year. In 1987, he was inducted into the Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame. Rhodes was a former trustee of the UT Alumni Association.

Patricia A. Tucker, Maumee, Ohio at 68. She was a data entry operator in the quality management department at MCO from 1974 until her retirement in 2001.

**Gerald T. “Gerry” Carter (MBA ’90), Toledo at 78. He was a former math and computer programming instructor.

Dr. Marvin E. Gottlieb, Toledo at 80. He was a former faculty member at MCO for nearly three decades. Gottlieb joined the faculty as an assistant professor of psychiatry in 1968 and was promoted to associate professor in 1970. He served as acting chair in 1972 and 1973. In 1988, he was promoted to professor of clinical psychiatry with tenure. When he retired in 1996, Gottlieb was awarded professor emeritus status.

Sheila R. Sauter, Holland, Ohio at 64. She was the director of admitting at MCO from 1991 to 1993.

Joan L. Bauman, Toledo at 87. She was a former employee who worked in the UT Registrar’s Office.

Dr. Samuel L. Karr, Louisville, Ky. at 86. He was a clinical associate professor of medicine from 1970 to 1972, and later a clinical assistant professor.

David M. Showalter, Temperance, Mich. at 87. He was a former instructor who taught management classes.

Robert K. “Bob” Longley, Toledo at 91. He was the UT tennis coach from 1979 to 1985.

Jeanne H. (Heesen) Smith, Toledo at 90. She was a typist in the College of Education from 1982 until her retirement in 1992.

Robert S. Sullivant, Toledo at 89. He was a former UT administrator and professor emeritus of political science. Sullivant came to the University in 1973 to serve as executive vice president. He was also the chair of UT’s Fiscal Resources and Planning Board. In 1988, Sullivant retired and returned to the classroom to teach. An authority on the nationalists in the former Soviet Union and on the Soviet Communist Party, he was the author of the “Soviet Politics and the Ukraine, 1919-1957.”

40’s

Mona Lee Murlin Durrant (Pharm ’47), Clearwater, Fla. at 89.

June Siddall Brown (Ed ’42), Vero Beach, Fla. at 94.

50’s

Dean Garrison (MA ‘58), Big Rapids, Mich. at 85.

Robert Portmann (Pharm ’50), Akron, Ohio at 73.

**Clarence Gartz (Eng ’50), Perrysburg, Ohio at 87.

Beverly Potter (MEd ’57), Indianapolis, Ind. at 82.

60’s

Vance Harrison (Bus ’68), Erie, Mich. at 78.

70’s

*June Saxe (MEd ’72), Toledo at 89.

David Showalter (MBA ’73), Toledo at 87.

*John Wirth (A/S ’70), Fort Myers, Fla. at 66.

Carolyn Scheid (MEd ’71), Wauseon, Ohio at 87.

Stuart Kirshenbaum (Law ’77), Lawrence, N.Y. at 60.

Pauletta Brown (Univ Coll ’76, MEd ’86), Toledo at 80.

John Potrzebowski (UTCTC ’72, A/S ’75), Toledo at 92.

Marianna Schneider (Ed Spec ’72), Phoenix, Ariz. at 81.

Michael Eschrich (Ed ’72), Perrysburg, Ohio at 66.

80’s

Joyce Carson (UTCTC ’84, Univ Coll ’90), Toledo at 62.

Katherine Kajfasz (Ed ’87), Toledo at 62.

Bernard Clark (UTCTC ’86), Maumee, Ohio at 64.

Dr. Edith Meyer (MEd ’82, PhD ’90), Saint Augustine, Fla. at 80.

Jill Swart (UTCTC ’83), Suwanee, Ga. at 54.

90’s

Jacqueline Fuleky (MEd ’97), Lambertville, Mich. at 45.

Pauline Schulte (Ed ’91), Temperance, Mich. at 81.

Ronald Walters (UTCTC ’95), Perrysburg, Ohio at 44.

Rosalinda Altman (UTCTC ’92), Holland, Ohio at 62.

00’s

Donald Biel (Univ Coll ’00), Toledo at 59.

Terry Traver (HSHS ’09), Rossford, Ohio at 53.

10’s

Jeffrey Williams (Bus ’13), Toledo at 43.

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