A Toledoan in Paris

February 25th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

by Patty Gelb

SAM_8021For those of us dealing with the frigid February temperatures gripping most of the U.S., the thought of packing it all up and moving to Paris might seem like a dream. Toledo native William Snyder (JD, ‘78), made that dream a reality and now gives back to his universities which helped shape his path.

Born in Northwest Ohio, Snyder is a third generation Toledoan. His father worked for Owens-Illinois and the family, which included his mother and four siblings, were transferred over the years to Detroit and then Chicago. They returned to Toledo during the middle of Snyder’s high school career.

“I attended my last two years of high school at Sylvania High School which did not have a North and South back then,” Snyder said.

He was on the debate team and a national merit scholar.

Following high school, Snyder attended Northwestern University in Evanston. It was during his junior year that he got his first taste of global life.

“I applied for an international study abroad scholarship under the Richter Program and was one of three students selected,” said Snyder. “My accepted thesis for independent study involved a comparison of British and American school systems, which brought me for six months to London. It was an entrepreneurial and international experience and opened my mind to how different things can be outside of the U.S.”

He lived in a room near Hyde Park across the street from Imperial College. His room had a coin-operated gas heater and had to insert a two-shilling coin, equal to 24 pence or about 37 cents in today’s dollar, to warm the room for a couple hours. He ate most meals in pubs and made friends from England, Ireland and Scotland. The comparative analysis of the two education systems ignited his interest in further international studies.

Bill UT Law Grad '78 001He finished his undergraduate degree (BA, honors, Philosophy and Sociology) at Northwestern and returned to Toledo, where his parents were still living, to pursue a law degree program at the University of Toledo, College of Law.

It was during his time at UT that he developed a keen interest in international law under the tutelage of Professor Richard Edwards.

“When Bill Snyder was here, our preeminent international law scholar was Richard Edwards who was a renowned global expert on the international monetary system,” said Daniel J. Steinbock, dean of the UT College of Law. “We’ve always had several members of the faculty with significant international law experience at the college of law. For the last 15 years we have had a certificate of concentration in international law which was of course before Mr. Snyder’s time here. But even before that, with our faculty members, one could get a good grounding in international law.”

Snyder took as many international law courses as were offered, primarily with Professor Edwards.

“Professor Edwards has since retired, but he was a model for me and classmates — hats off to him for really putting Toledo on the map in the international law arena,” recalls Snyder. “Professor Edwards was a renowned scholar in both private and public international law, including the international monetary fund and international currency exchanges. He published extensively, and he was very much my mentor. We met often after hours and even at his home to discuss technical questions and thinking out of the box in international law practice.”

DSC_0003While working on his law degree at UT, Snyder was presented with another opportunity that helped shape his future career. Edwards encouraged Snyder to do summer programs at The Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands. He spent the next two summers in the Netherlands studying and getting more global exposure.

While Snyder was at UT, he did not have much time for other extracurricular campus activities because he was putting himself through law school. He waited tables at Steak & Ale and had various part-time jobs until in his second year when he landed a clerkship with local law firm Spengler Nathanson.

DSC_0001Following graduation with his J.D. from the College of Law, he passed the Ohio Bar and continued working at Spengler Nathanson. It was during this time that he considered pursuing international law further by getting his LL.M. The LL.M. (Master of Laws) is an internationally recognized postgraduate law degree. Law students and professionals frequently pursue the LL.M. to gain expertise in a specialized field of law, for example in the area of tax law or international law.

“I considered staying at Spengler Nathanson and pursuing my career in Toledo,” said Snyder. “After all, my parents were there, and I loved the commercial work I was doing at the firm. But my heart was telling me to specialize in international law, and explore new opportunities. In The Hague, I met another American who spoke highly of an LL.M program in Brussels. I applied and was accepted. So I left Toledo to pursue a diploma in International European and Comparative Law at the University of Brussels.”

Snyder recalls his time at the University of Brussels as a particularly exciting time to study European law. What is today the European Union was then called the Common Market and was very much in unformed ground. Customs duties had been eliminated between the nine member states, but individual countries were unwilling to surrender political and financial rights. The European Commission (the administrative branch of the Common Market at that time) sought greater powers to harmonize various norms and issue regulations, as opposed to using treaties that required unanimity of the member states.

local chateau“As an American, I always felt that I had an innate understanding of where the European Union could go and develop,” said Snyder. “Because obviously in the U.S. we have a multi-layered system, with federal, state and even local laws coexisting. So there is a constant conflict of laws that even a first-year law student has to understand and put into practice. That simply wasn’t the case in Europe at the time. . . I always viewed this as an opportunity to apply that understanding to the developing situation in Brussels and Europe.”

The LL.M class that he attended was relatively small, just 35 students. Yet his classmates were from all over the world with approximately 20 countries represented. It was a very inspiring time for Snyder, exposing him to a very international student body.

The students, all law grads with some professional experience, spent a lot of time together. They organized evenings where they would get together at each other’s apartments to taste local specialties from native lands, including the Philippines, Ghana, Sri Lanka, Finland, Korea and even Belgium.

“It was a very enriching time,” said Snyder. “I have stayed in contact with many classmates over the years. It is such a blessing to have lawyer friends from other cultures. I think it gives a deeper meaning to life, and serves well on a professional level as well.”

SAM_9203Snyder graduated magna cum laude from the University of Brussels with his LL.M. and originally thought he would go back to the U.S. He had also passed the Illinois Bar and considered joining a law firm in Chicago to practice international law. Instead his path continued in Europe when he received encouragement from several of his professors at the University of Brussels to apply for a traineeship with the European Union. He was accepted for the traineeship, then found himself courted by law firms in Brussels where he worked for a couple years. He then took the opportunity to work in Paris. His fields of expertise included trade, antitrust and transborder transactions.

After six years with law firms in Paris, he decided to move in-house, and was hired as general counsel for Borg Warner Chemicals Europe, moving to Amsterdam. The following year Borg Warner was acquired by General Electric, and he began an 18 year career as general counsel of various GE businesses in EMEA (Europe Middle East & Africa). He was one of the first international lawyers on their European staff at the time. He began with GE Plastics and then in 1990, an exciting opportunity with GE Lighting was presented to him.

GE had recently acquired two major lighting companies in Europe, one in the UK called Thorn EMI and another in Hungary called Tungsram. Snyder was hired as European General Counsel, which included managing the transition of the different cultures that existed within Thorn and Tungsram.

“It was a daunting challenge . . . Thorn was a UK company but they had factories throughout 20140620_154054 Europe, Germany and Italy including the UK. Tungsram was the largest employer in Hungary, emerging from decades behind the Iron Curtain, with dozens of factories all over the country. This was a key project for GE, and personally for Jack Welch, who visited frequently. I was involved in ongoing negotiations with the Hungarian government, which culminated in significant tax holidays for significant new investments from a number of GE businesses.”

Snyder worked based in London with GE Lighting until 2000 when he transitioned to GE Capital moving back to Paris. At GE Capital he was General Counsel in the consumer finance division. While he enjoyed his work at GE, he grew to long for a return to private practice.

“GE moves people around. The length of time that I spent with both Capital and Lighting was certainly longer than most managers. They were offering me other positions within GE but the positions were, in my view, more compliance oriented and involved a higher percentage of time training other employees as opposed to the practice of law.”

SAM_8432Snyder ended up making the transition back into private practice. He joined the law firm Pech de LaClause, Bathmanabane & Partners in 2009. His practice in international law was covering both legal issues in France and Europe, as well as assisting European investors wishing to expand their businesses in the U.S. In a world of specialists, he considers himself to be an international law generalist.

“In today’s world, most lawyers are specialists,” Snyder explained. “My current role is very much a continuation of my multinational experience. At GE, my boss, the CEO, needed to make rapid decisions on every front. My job was to know the legal parameters in every field: intellectual property, litigation, labor law, acquisition, divestitures and anything that came up. Letters of intent, press releases, meetings where competitors’ executives may be present; the lead lawyer has to be on top of it all. He has to understand all areas of law, and manage other lawyer specialists to then resolve the issue. Today I carry out the same role for multiple business and individual clients.”

He has also been instrumental in the firm joining an international network of law firms called E-Iure, collaborating to serve transborder clients. The network currently covers some 25 countries and holds semi-annual conventions. The last convention was in New Delhi in January, and the next will be in Paris in June.

SAM_9219Snyder commutes to his office in central Paris, across the square from the Ministry of Justice, by public transportation. His choices are the metro, a bus or the Velib’, the city run bicycle system. He lives in the fourteenth arrondissement which is south Paris and his apartment is a duplex on the top two floors of a 1880s era building. He lives with his wife of four years, Ana, who is Venezuelan, and their nearly two-year-old son Joaquim. He has two other children from a previous marriage. His oldest, Geoff, attended Emory University. He is currently based Paris but moving to Switzerland in July with his company, Baxter. Geoff and his wife Raquel have two children, with a third expected in August. Snyder’s daughter Jessica attended Georgetown and works with AARCO in DC. She lives in Maryland with her husband Scott and their three children. Snyder was in DC for Christmas and New Year’s, relishing his time with his grandchildren.

He gets back to the U.S. about three to four times a year. He was last in Toledo in May, 2014 for the wedding of his niece, Monica Solt Horton, which coincided with her law school graduation from UT. Monica’s brother Rob Solt IV, is also a UT law grad and married in 2014.

with LalitSnyder now enjoys his time in private practice where he feels he can control more of his own day, also having a bit more time to get involved in other activities. Besides time with his family and traveling, those activities include giving back to his alma maters, Northwestern and UT. He is the regional director, Europe for the Northwestern Alumni Association and sits on the Board of Directors of The University of Toledo’s Alumni Association.

20150106_211310“It gives a lot of satisfaction to do something for two schools who have very much helped me along my path and to be involved in specific activities that can help assist students and alumni,” Snyder added.

An unexpected opportunity to assist UT recently arose. After placing first in the U.S. Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta competition, the UT Sailing Club was invited to represent the U.S. in the 46th EDHEC Sailing Cup in La Rochelle, France in April and May, 2015. The UT Sailing Club raised their own funds to travel and compete in this event which is the largest European sporting event for students and largest student sailing race.

Snyder has volunteered to help organize an event that will be held in La Rochelle on May 2, the last day of the competition, for all European UT alumni and the UT students competing in the race.

with sister and niece, UT grads“Great alumni like Bill Snyder allow us to connect with our alumni abroad,” said Amanda Kessler, associate director of the UT Alumni Association. “We are so grateful for Bill’s expertise and we look forward to connecting to UT alums from all over Europe.”

Snyder feels the same way about being involved with the university.

“For students to be aware of what is available on an international scale and for alumni to keep in touch with other alumni from their school for networking and career enhancement, it is very satisfying,” he said.

Toledo native Bill Snyder has truly crafted an international life for himself. When asked if he loved living in Paris he shared his view of his current location.

“A lot of American’s have a love story with Paris,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed everywhere I’ve lived –Amsterdam, London, Brussels, and Toledo. Certainly people generally hold Paris in high esteem for being one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and I think that it is. But I guess after being here for so many years you kind of get used to it, and like anything else, you appreciate the positive and minimize the negative. Still, it’s a location everyone visits when they can, so I have a steady stream of visiting family and friends. That is fantastic.”

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The Case of the Missing Ring

February 25th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

By Patty Gelb

Theta Chi UT RingCue “Mission Impossible” theme music … da, da, da-da, da, da

This story seems like something out of “Mission Impossible.” The circumstances around the mystery make it almost impossible to believe that it had such a happy ending.

Donald Koepfer attended The University of Toledo receiving his bachelors from the College of Business and Innovation in 1959. Koepfer was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity and proudly wore his fraternity ring while attending school.

Following his graduation, Koepfer joined the U.S. Army thus beginning a new adventure for the young man. Little did he know it at the time it would also be the beginning of a 56-year adventure for his class ring.

“I went directly from graduation from The University of Toledo into the Army at Fort Benning, Georgia,” said Koepfer. “I drove down there and I don’t know exactly when [the ring] disappeared.”

More than five decades later, Jacob Larson, a 16-year-old student at Mason County Central High School in Scottville, Michigan saw a sparkle of gold in the dirt while walking to school. When he reached down and picked it up, he found himself holding a 1959 UT Theta Chi class ring.

The young man tried finding the owner and when he couldn’t find anything out about the ring, he turned it into the Scottville Police Department. Fortunately for Koepfer, the Police Department as well as the Downtown Development Authority are both housed in City Hall. Heather DeVries, the director of the Downtown Development Authority was able to listen to Larson’s story about the ring as he was speaking to Sergeant Jason Williams of the Scottsville police department.

“I was curious about the ring after hearing how the young man had stumbled upon it on his walk to school,” said DeVries. “After looking at the ring I thought it would be easy to find the owner with all of the personal information it contained – university name, graduation year, initials, fraternity emblem.  I studied history and historic preservation in college and have a background in research, so this situation grabbed my attention. I thought it would be a fun puzzle to figure out.”

DeVries asked Sergeant Williams if she could try to locate the ring’s owner and was quickly given permission to take over the case.

DeVries searched Craigslist missing ads, local papers, even doing Google searches for postings about the missing ring, all to no avail. She then reached out to the fraternity but did not receive a response. She finally went on to contact The University of Toledo directly. After working her way through the automated phone system to Student Services, she was directed to the UT Alumni Relations department.

“I didn’t have much faith in contacting the University,” said DeVries. “It was right before winter break and I thought everyone would be preoccupied.  Everything changed once I got on the phone with Sally Berglund from the Alumni Association. She really took the ball and ran with it!”

Berglund took all of the information that DeVries had and by the end of the day narrowed it down to a handful of candidates.

“I starting going through the yearbooks from that year and wrote down names, addresses and everyone with those initials,” said Berglund “There were a few in the yearbook listed in the student section, but there was only one that graduated in 1959.”

Berglund wanted to make sure that they had the right person so she asked the UT Foundation’s IT department to do a search on the class of 1959 and they confirmed that there was only one person with those initials who graduated that year. When she had everything confirmed, she reached out to DeVries with the contact information for Koepfer, the owner of the missing ring.

“I was so excited to have a name and number confirmed, I called him as soon as I got the email,” said DeVries. “I spoke with Don later that night and he confirmed the fraternity he was in as well as some other details. I wanted the police department to handle any personal information to verify his identity, so I let him know that Sergeant Williams would be in touch with him.”

Koepfer was amazed when he got the phone call that his class ring was found. He now lives in Georgia and had never been to Scottville, Michigan.

“I was quite surprised and glad to hear about it,” said Koepfer. “We never really did get in that neighborhood. It is my understanding that Scottville is some 280 miles from Toledo. So it was quite amazing, really.”

Thanks to the great work of DeVries and Berglund, the ring has now found its way back to its owner 56 years after it was lost.

“I was just doing my job,” said Berglund. “For that young man to find it and turn it in, that young gentlemen is the real hero in this story. When Heather called that day, I was just doing what we do here in the alumni office.”

DeVries shared similar sentiments.

20150126_091852“I’m very happy for Don that the ring found its way back to him,” DeVries said. “This is a special story because everyone put forth their best effort to get the ring back.  At any point the search could have ended. Jacob Larson could have not turned it in. I could have sat at my desk and not gotten involved. Sally Berglund could have been busy or uninterested and not devoted her time to this.  Any of these scenarios could have easily happened. Instead a group of unrelated people all tried to do the right thing and put a little effort into the situation they were given.  The result has been one last great adventure for Don’s ring.”

The most pleased person in this whole story is Koepfer, who got his class ring back after all of these years.

“I am wearing it today,” he said. “I am just totally surprised that it is still in excellent condition after all of those years.”

If only inanimate objects could talk — what a story this class ring would tell us.

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Class Notes/Obits

February 25th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Class Notes

PLEASE SUBMIT CLASS NOTES TO: Amanda.schwartz@utoledo.edu

Rochelle Larry Rochelle (Ed ’62, Ed Spec ’80) has published “Chilly Dogs,” a thriller in the Palmer Morel mysteries series. In this book, Carolina politics skewer tennis pro Palmer Morel like a hot dog on a stick. Mobster Chucky Minori adds the chili sauce as the election tips the power to the right-wing crazies and what the crazies want is control, cash and corpses.

Michael Ayre (MBA ’86) has accepted the position of director of human resources at Wacker Chemical Corporation, located in Adrian, Mich.

Kris Berger Long (A/S ’87) has been named executive director and chief development officer for the Scholars of Toledo Foundation, which promotes public education through supplemental funding for Toledo Public Schools.

Kevin Jaworski (UTCTC ’88, Eng ’92) was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame for St. Paul High School, located in Norwalk, Ohio. He is a state wrestling champion and also earned three letters in football.

Stephen S. Christie (A/S ’94, MBA ’01) published “Not Really “Of” Us: Why Do Children of Christian Parents Abandon the Faith,” in September 2014. In the book, Christie discusses why children raised as Christians often leave their faith when they are in their 20s. He explains how parents can help children who are questioning their faith, and how they might help children who have already left their religion to re-connect to it. ChristieBook

Aaron Nolan (A/S ’94) is a director in the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office. He received a hostage negotiation pin during the year-end awards ceremony in December.

Hewitt, Christopher Christopher Hewitt (Bus ’90) was announced as an Ohio Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine. Hewitt is an attorney with Tucker Ellis LLP, located in Cleveland, Ohio. Super lawyers is a rating serve of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The multi-phased selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.

Lisa Shumpert (UTCTC ’96) is a corrections officer with the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office and was awarded as officer of the month for December 2014.

The Hon. Peter Gerken (Univ Coll ’91) was named to three County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) positions, including co-chair of the new Water Quality Task Force. CCAO is an association of county commissioners of the 88 counties in Ohio. It is run by a board of directors consisting of 35 elected county commissioners from throughout the state. Gerken will serve a two-year term on the CCAO’s board of directors and was named as chair of the Metropolitan and Regional Affairs Committee and as co-chair of the water unit. As co-chair of the Water Quality Task Force, Gerken will have a hand in one of the most pressing issues facing Northwest Ohio and beyond. Gerken

Sonya Randall (Univ Coll ’96, MA ’03) is a deputy sheriff in the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office and was awarded as officer of the year for 2014. Randall also received a field training officer pin during the year-end awards ceremony in December.

mattplezia Matt Plezia (A/S ’94, MA ’96) was named as the new director of master planning for the Port of Long Beach, Calif. Plezia has been a harbor department employee for 17 years. He joined the Port of Long Beach in 1997 as a trade analyst and moved to planning in 2002. He was promoted to manager of master planning in April 2013.
Hossain Khaled (Bus ’97) was elected president of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in Bangladesh. Khaled is the chairman of Bangladesh Finance and Investment Company Ltd. and City Brokerage Limited. He is also managing director of AG Automobiles Ltd. and Anwar Jute Spinning Mills Ltd. as well as director of Anwar Group of Industries, The City Bank Limited, BD Finance Capital Holdings Ltd. and BD Finance Securities Ltd. khaled

Mike Shrewsberry (UTCTC ’94) is a deputy sheriff in the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office and was given a field training officer pin during the year-end awards ceremony in December 2014.

Scott Jaworski (UTCTC ’97) was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame for St. Paul High School, located in Norwalk, Ohio. He is a state wrestling champion and advanced to state twice, winning the 138-pound title as a senior. He also lettered four years in football.

KSwanson Kory Swanson (Law ’93) was promoted to the position of president and CEO of the John Locke Foundation, located in Raleigh, N.C. The John Locke Foundation was created as an independent, nonprofit think tank that works for truth, for freedom, and for the future of North Carolina. Swanson will help to carry out the vision of the foundation to help North Carolina have responsible citizens, strong families, and successful communities committed to individual liberty and limited, constitutional government.
David Eichenberg (A/S ’97) was awarded first place for his portrait “Doug” at the Toledo Area Artists’ exhibition in November. Eichenberg has a studio in a 19th-century building near the High Level Bridge in Toledo. He has been a finalist in such prestigious contests at the Boochever Portrait Competition at the Smithsonian Institution and the BP Award Exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery in London. Eichenberg-Doug

Jonathan “Jon” Ewald (Bus ’04) joined Sutton Bank as assistant vice president, commercial/aglender. Ewald has 10 years of agriculture lending experience and extensive knowledge of USDA and other government programs from his time with the Farm Service Agency. His office is in Attica, Ohio.

Sara Martino (HHS ’03, MPH ’04, MHHS ’07) received the 20 Under 40 Leadership Award for contributions to her community. Martino is a physician assistant in the emergency department at the UT Medical Center. One of her community contributions includes her involvement with the Junior League for eight years, where she currently serves as sustainer representative to the volunteer resources council and has served as the nominating and placement chair and board secretary.

McVey Dr. Ann McVey (PhD ’08) announced her retirement as Bowling Green City Schools’ superintendent, a position she has held since 2011. She has worked for Bowling Green Schools for 35 years. She joined the school system in 1980 as a tutor for students with learning disabilities. She was a seventh-grade teacher at the middle school for nearly 19 years, director of special education and gifted services for six years, and assistant principal at the middle school for a year. McVey had previously served as assistant superintendent of student services.

Cindy Ursell (A/S ’04) has been promoted to be the new director of sales and marketing of the YES-FM Radio Network, located in Toledo.

Dr. Stephen M. Wojdyla (RES ’01, MS ’02) has joined Lima Dental Associates, located in Lima, Ohio. Wojdyla is a member of the American Dental Association, the Ohio Dental Association, Toledo Dental Society and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He is also a published author. Wojdyla
Hanna Stephanie Hanna (Bus ’01) is the new treasurer for Monroeville Local Schools in Ohio. The school board voted unanimously to hire her. She has shown creativity and enthusiasm to excel as the district’s treasurer.

Dustin D. Godenswager (A/S ’10) joined the firm McGlinchey Stafford, located in Cleveland, Ohio. He is an associate and handles consumer financial services, focusing on lender-related regulatory compliance matters.

Kelley Saam (Ed ’12) joined the Au Glaize Real Estate Co., located in Wapakoneta, Ohio. Saam has 13 years of experience working in the preschool field and has spent the last year working at Wapakoneta Elementary School. Saam
Zysik Dr. Meghan Zysik (MED ’10) joined The Albany Medical Center in N.Y. as an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology. Zysik has an interest in contraception and family planning, abnormal bleeding and minimally invasive techniques for treatment.
Births and Marriages
Jamie Doster (MHSHS ’11) and Christopher Szulc announced their engagement and are planning a June 2015 wedding. Doster is employed at Bexley City Schools in Bexley, Ohio and her fiancé is employed at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. DOSTER_SZULC_ENG
Yosay Dr. John Martin Yosay (MED ’08) and Nora Katherine Ackermann announced their engagement in December. The couple is planning a May 2015 wedding in Virginia Beach. Yosay is a lieutenant commander and chief medical officer at Boone Clinic in Virginia Beach and his fiancé is a lieutenant junior grade stationed on the USS Gunston Hall in Virginia Beach.
Anthony Jania (Pharm ’10) and Allie Lisabeth Rothman exchanged vows on September 21 at Belmont Country Club in Perrysburg, Ohio. Jania works in information technology for Shopmetrics Inc. in Toledo and Rothman is a marketing director for Chick-Fil-A in Toledo. RothmanJania

Amy Lutman (Ed ’09) and Jeffrey McMahon announced their engagement and are planning a June 20, 2015 wedding in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Jim Sherman (Eng ’64) and Mary Jo Sherman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on January 30. They will celebrate with their children and grandchildren in Vail, Colo. in August 2015.

Caption goes here Michael Wahl (Law ’10) and Stephanie Lorentz were married on August 9, 2014 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Defiance, Ohio. Michael is an attorney at Clemens, Korhn, Liming & Warncke, Ltd., in Defiance, Ohio and Stephanie is a business banking specialist at First Federal Bank in Defiance.
Curt Baden (Bus ’07) and Jennifer Sutter announced their engagement in December and are planning a June 2015 ceremony at Providence Lutheran Church in Holland, Ohio. Sutter is a technical recruiter with OtterBase and Baden is a national account manager at ECCO Group. The couple resides in Holland, Ohio. Baden
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Dale Beaudry, Toledo at 92. He worked at UT for three decades. He joined the staff as a carpenter in 1947 and resigned in 1951 to rejoin the U.S. Navy for the Korean War. He was rehired in 1952 and was named carpenter foreman in 1965. He retired from the University in 1978.

Jack K. Paquette, Toledo at 89. Paquette was a former member of the UT President’s Council. He retired from Owens-Illinois, Inc. as vice president and director of corporate relations. He acquired archival documents and photographs on the glass industry while working at Owens-Illinois for more than 30 years, later researching and writing about the glass industry in Toledo. He gave the materials, titled the Jack Paquette Collection of Northwest Ohio’s Glass Industry, to the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections in 2003.

Alfred E. Gabrys, Toledo at 83. Gabrys was a former volunteer with the Satellites Auxiliary. He also was a member of the advisory board and served as the vice president for finances, and was also an ambassador.

Joseph P. Granata, Toledo at 83. He was a former instructor who taught engineering courses.

Frances E. “Fran” (Trumbull) Link, Toledo at 89. Link was a former volunteer with the Satellites Auxiliary and was also a member of the advisory board and served as recording secretary.

Violet R. Pochadt, Toledo. She was a secretary in the College of Education from 1974 until her retirement in 1989.

Dr. Edward R. Savolaine, Westerville, Ohio. Savolaine was a faculty member at MCO for more than two decades. He was hired as an assistant professor in the Department of Radiology and was promoted to associate professor in 1980 and professor in 1989. Savolaine received a joint appointment as an associate professor in neurological surgery in 1986 and was promoted to professor in the Department of Neurosciences in 1999. He received tenure in 1994 and was named professor emeritus when he retired in 2000.

Dr. Calman Winegarden, Toledo at 95. Winegarden joined the University in 1962 as an instructor in the Department of Economics and worked his way up to professor. His research focused on economics and demography. Winegarden was a member of the UT chapter of the American Association of University Professors. When he retired in 1989, he was named research professor emeritus.

Laurene E. Zaporozhetz, Huber Heights, Ohio at 63. She served as dean of University Libraries from 1999 to 2001.

Patricia Beebe, Maumee, Ohio at 84. She was a nurse at MCO from 1976 until her retirement in 1992.

Patricia E. “Patsy” Kropp, Toledo at 79. She helped establish the Satellites Auxiliary at the former Medical College of Ohio. Kropp was involved with early volunteer efforts for the new college and served as president of the Women’s Association. MCO President Marion Anderson asked Kropp to unite several volunteer groups on campus, and she helped found the Satellites Auxiliary and served as president of the organization. Later in life, she was a foster mom for newborns. Kropp also write five books, including a children’s story, “Three Bears and a Rabbit.”

Ruth Pio (GNRS ’92), Toledo at 82. Pio was an adjunct instructor in the MCO School of Nursing from 1986 to 1991.

*Dr. William W. “Bill” Wolfe (A/S ’75, MEd ’76, PhD ’94), Sylvania, Ohio. Wolfe was a former faculty member who taught education and business classes.

**Merle Runkle, Perrysburg, Ohio at 91.

**Christopher R. Helm (Ed ’64, MEd ’67), Toledo at 73. Helm worked at UT for 23 years. After teaching junior high students in the Washington Local School District, he joined the University in 1968 as an administrative assistant in personnel services. In 1970, Helm was named employment supervisor and then employment manager in 1974. Six years later, he was promoted to manager of the office. He retired in 1991. He served on the board of the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women for nine years. Helm was an avid fly tyer and fly fisherman. In 1991, he opened his own business in Toledo, Whitetail Fly Tieing Supplies. He was a certified instructor for fly casting and taught numerous fly tying classes at UT, the International and Local Federation of Fly Fishers, Monroe County Community College and in his home studio. Additionally, he wrote numerous magazine articles and made several instructional DVD’s on the subject of fly tying and fly fishing.


**Parker Tracy (Eng ’37), Toledo at 100.


*Wilbur Hague (A/S ’42), Littleton, Colo. at 96.

Gloria Burke (A/S ’47), at 88.

Janet Brewington (Ed ’47), Toledo at 88.

James Lloyd (Bus ’49), Englewood, Fla. at 91.

**Lorene Cameron (A/S ’42), Toledo at 94.

Mary Luetke McGowan (Ed ’48), Toledo at 87.

**Rodney Glesser (Bus ’43), Maumee, Ohio at 93.


*John Reifsnider (Bus ’52), Winston-Salem, N.C. at 84.

Barbara Judge (Bus ’51, Ed ’54, MEd ’78), Toledo at 86.

Robert Riedmayer (Bus ’52), Seabrook, S.C. at 85.

Allen Goodman (Pharm ’53), Cleveland, Ohio at 87.

David Binder (Eng ’52), Berea, Ohio at 87.


Ray Stanbery (A/S ’64), Holland, Ohio at 88.

Donald Hubay (Bus ’60), Toledo at 82.

Wesley Welling (MEd ’69, Ed Spec ’71), Ormond Beach, Fla. at 76.

David Apling (Bus ’63), Marco Island, Fla. at 73.

Thomas Moore (Bus ’63), Toledo at 82.

Roger Clark (Law ’67), Toledo at 77.

Dr. Robert Beiringer (PhD ’69), Toledo at 80.

Chadwick Brown (Bus ’60), Bradford Woods, Pa. at 76.

Laura Billings (Pharm ’61), Livonia, Mich. at 75.

Mary Sulier (Ed ’63), Maumee, Ohio at 98.


Margaret Najarian (UTCTC ’75), Swanton, Ohio at 89.

*Robert Rapp (Bus ’73), Walbridge, Ohio at 89.

Joanne Heggen (MA ‘78), Milwaukee, Wis. at 78.

**Marie Gorka (MEd ’75), Temperance, Mich. at 80.

**Norman Ashbacher (Bus ’72), Charlotte, N.C. at 69.

Ann Minnick (Ed ’75, MEd ’94), Waterville, Ohio at 62.

Frederic McDonald (Bus ’73), Perrysburg, Ohio at 66.

**Michael Goodman (Law ’70), Westport, Conn. at 68.

Carol Mohler (Ed ’73), Toledo at 79.


Stanley Lewandowski (UTCTC ’87), Holland, Ohio at 63.

*Michael Cline (A/S ’87), Peoria, Ariz. at 52.

Kent Mooney (Bus ’81), Chardon, Ohio at 56.

Susann Chismar (Pharm ’80), Cambridge, Ohio at 57.

Donald Beachey (NRS ’82), Conneaut, Ohio at 72.

Susan Kieffer (Ed ’84, MEd ’88), Toledo at 67.


David Eckhardt (Bus ’97), Toledo at 43.

Sister Audrey Elfring (MEd ’92), Toledo at 59.

Doristeen Mickel-Oliver (UTCTC ’94), Toledo at 72.

Douglas Schumaker (UTCTC ’94), Toledo at 55.


Derek Stender (A/S ’09, Ed ’09), Toledo at 28.

Lisa Cole (Ed ’01), Perrysburg, Ohio at 37.


Stephanie Schlitter (Eng ’10), North Olmsted, Ohio at 26.

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**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

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