Gaber named The University of Toledo’s 17th President

March 26th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

Presidential AnnouncementAmid the applause March 12, history was made at The University of Toledo as the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name Dr. Sharon Gaber UT’s 17th president.

“The University of Toledo is one of the most important institutions in the region and in Sharon Gaber, we have a president who can provide transformational leadership at a University deeply interwoven in the communities we serve,” said Board Chairman Joseph Zerbey.

“Whether the topic is student recruitment and retention, external research funding, improved student graduation rates, or raising philanthropic support, not only does Dr. Gaber have experience, she has achieved incredible results,” Zerbey added.

At a news conference following the trustees’ vote, Zerbey highlighted Gaber’s accomplishments during her tenure as provost of the University of Arkansas, including:

  • Presidential AnnouncementA nearly 40 percent increase in enrollment at Arkansas, while simultaneously increasing incoming student preparedness and diversity;
  • An increase in Arkansas’ six-year student graduation rate; and
  • A reclassification by the Carnegie Foundation of the University of Arkansas to a Very High Research institution, a reflection of more than $120 million in external research expenditures in 2014.

“This University and this community need a leader who can elevate The University of Toledo on a national stage and propel this institution to the next level,” Zerbey said. “And we have found her.”

“I’m excited, honored and incredibly thankful to the Board of Trustees for this opportunity,” Gaber said. “I see so much great work already happening at The University of Toledo and so much potential that we can achieve working together. I can’t wait to begin.”

In her initial remarks to the UT community as its next president, Gaber said she wanted to learn about UT’s reach beyond campus.

“I am looking forward to learning more about the traditions that are so key to UT’s identity and to connecting with the alumni and members of the Rocket Nation in the region and around the country in the months ahead.

Presidential Announcement“As one of the few comprehensive universities in the United States,” she said, “The University of Toledo is in position to attract students from across the street, across the state and across the globe.

Zerbey said a timeline for a transition will be established in the coming weeks.

Gaber will be the first woman to serve as UT’s president.

UT’s 16th president, Dr. Lloyd Jacobs, led the University for eight years and previously had served as president of the former Medical College of Ohio before the 2006 merger with UT.

Dr. Nagi Naganathan, dean of the UT College of Engineering, has been serving as interim president since July 1.

“I want to thank Dr. Naganathan for his service as interim president during the last year and for three decades as a teacher of our students, a mentor of our faculty, and as a leader at this University,” Zerbey said.

In addition to her work since 2009 as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas, Gaber serves as an officer on the board of directors for the 366-bed Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. She also is a corporate board member of the Simmons First National Corp. and is vice chair of the Arkansas Research and Technology Park.

She came to the University of Arkansas, where she also is professor of sociology, from Auburn University, where she served as interim provost.

Prior to that, Gaber served Auburn as senior associate provost and associate provost for academic administration. She began her time at Auburn as associate dean in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction.

Presidential AnnouncementBefore her time at Auburn, she was a faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She served as department chair, graduate officer and held the A. Leicester Hyde endowed professorship.

Gaber holds a PhD of city and regional planning from Cornell University, a master of planning from the University of Southern California, and bachelor’s degrees in economics and urban studies from Occidental College. Her research interests are in community needs assessment of marginalized populations and planning methods.

She has served on the National Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Governing Board, and was awarded the 2006 State of Alabama Outstanding Professional Planner of the Year and the 2009 Auburn University Women of Distinction Faculty Award.

At the news conference, Gaber also took a moment to reach out to her children, Allison, Jennifer and Peter, thanking them for their love and support.

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Presidential History Across Campus

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By Patty Gelb

The University of Toledo Alumni Association is delighted to welcome Dr. Sharon L. Gaber as the 17th president of The University of Toledo.

The president is the leader who guides the University’s course and the Office of the President has a long and extensive history that is represented across the campuses of UT. Students and alumni may not realize when they walk across campus that many buildings they visit, study and live in are named in honor of presidents of past.

Jacobs unveilingThe most recent naming happened this month honoring UT’s 16th president, Dr. Lloyd Jacobs.

On March 19, UT renamed its simulation center on the Health Science Campus the Lloyd A. Jacobs Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center. Jacobs’ presidential portrait, painted by Leslie Adams (Bachelor of Fine Arts, ‘89), who also painted the portrait of the 15th president, Dr. Daniel Johnson, was unveiled at the event. Serving as UT’s president from 2006 to 2014, Jacobs oversaw the merger between the Medical College of Ohio and UT. He served as the sixth president of MCO before the merger.

UT has traditionally honored past presidents by naming structures after them. It only takes a quick glance through the list of presidents to recognize many names as facilities on campus.

Doerman theater panoramic shotDoerman theater panoramic shot CD-772Alumni who have attended a music or theater event at University Hall probably sat in the Doermann Theatre which was built in 1931 and named after UT’s sixth president, Henry J. Doermann (1928-1932).

The entire appearance of the University was inspired by Doermann. He is recognized as the father of the general structural design of the University. He proposed a collegiate gothic architectural design following universities of Europe at the time. He felt that this look would be inspiring for students and he fought objections of those who felt the project was a waste of money. It was under his presidency that University Hall, the very first building constructed on the Bancroft Campus, was completed in 1931. Doermann dreamt of a central tower that could be spotted from anywhere on campus and today the 206-foot bell tower is a Toledo icon for residents, students and alumni.

Students who lived in MacKinnon Hall or the Dowd-Nash-White dormitories may not have known that they were living in buildings named after past UT leaders.

University Hall Clock Tower front-view during Spring. CD-959MacKinnon Hall is the oldest remaining residence hall. It was named for Lee MacKinnon, who served as the chief academic officer in the late 1920s and early 30s. Although MacKinnon was offered the presidency twice, he turned down the office but stepped in as acting president three times following the untimely deaths of university presidents. MacKinnon Hall was built and named after the former chief academic officer in the 1930s with funding from the federal government’s New Deal program. MacKinnon Hall was deemed necessary to provide a safe place for female students to live away from home.

Future students will not have the opportunity to create memories while living at Dowd-Nash-White like many alumni did. The Dowd-Nash-White dormitories were built in 1953 as a part of the University’s response to the post-World War II enrollment boom and were originally designed as housing for male students. The dormitories were named for three of UT’s past presidents—John Dowd (1925-1926), Philip Nash (1933-1947) and Wilbur White (1948-1950).

These dormitories have since been demolished but the names Dowd, White and Nash live on. The University of Toledo’s Board of Trustees recently approved changing the name of The Crossings, a new dormitory on the southwest side of campus, to Presidents Hall. The four main halls within the building are now named Dowd, Nash, White and Johnson. Johnson Hall was named in honor of President Johnson, who served as UT’s president from 2001-2006.

Former students may have memories of cramming for that exam at the Carlson Library named after William S. Carlson, UT’s 10th president (1958-1972). Carlson held the office longer than any past president at 14 years and was a strong supporter of research. He added research and scholarship to the job requirements of the faculty during his tenure. He also instituted the honors program and was at the helm in 1967, when UT became a state university. He was a dedicated researcher and author of several books which made naming the library after him fitting.

McComasVillOpeningHome to sororities and fraternities on the campus of UT, McComas Village is located very close to the Glass Bowl and Parks Tower. The village was opened in the fall of 1990 and in February of 1994, it was named McComas Village after James D. McComas, UT’s 12th president (1985-1988). Dr. McComas had a brief tenure at UT, but during his time at the University he established the Presidential Scholars program and continued the expansion of facilities across the campus to include the Greek village that was named after him.

The Horton International House was named after Dr. Frank Horton, the 13th president of UT (1989-1998). Under his occupancy of the president’s office, UT experienced expansion with the construction of 14 different buildings. Some of those buildings include the International House, a student health center, the Center for Visual Arts at the Toledo Museum of Art, an expansion of the Student Union and Wolfe Hall. It was also during Horton’s presidency that the University launched and successfully completed a $40 million fundraising capital campaign called UT40.

Even the home of the UT Alumni Association is in honor of a past president. The Driscoll Alumni Center is named after Glen R. Driscoll, UTs 11th president (1972-1985). During his time as president he continued the expansion of the University’s physical footprint, building the Student Union, Law Center, Centennial Hall, Center for Performing Arts and Stranahan Hall. When he retired from the presidency in 1985, the continuing education building was named after him. At the time the Alumni Association only had a couple of employees and took up a small space in the building. Now, with over 70 employees between the UT Foundation, Alumni Association and development staffs, the Driscoll Alumni Center is almost entirely dedicated to office space.

There is a rich history of the past leaders of our University all across campus and now UT welcomes Dr. Gaber. The Alumni Association looks forward to many future opportunities for alumni and friends to meet our newest president with the likelihood that one day students will study or live in a building on the campus named after UT’s 17th president.

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George Palovich (Ed ’60) won first place in the oil painting category at the Glendale, Ariz. Arts Commission Annual Arts Show. His award-winning painting is an image of his friend Herbert Woodward Martin (A/S ’64) and words from his book “The Log of the Vigilante,” a series of poems on the slave ship Vigilante.


**Michael H. Ebner (A/S ’64) will complete his two-year term in the spring, as president of Congregational Solel, a reform synagogue in Highland Park, Ill.

**Dr. Lance A. Talmage (Eng ’60) was presented with the 50-year award from the Academy of Medicine of Toledo and Lucas County. Talmage is a past president of the academy.

Border **Dr. David A. Border (Eng ’76, MEng ’77, PhD ’86) became interim chair of the engineering technologies department at Bowling Green State University in October 2014. Dr. Border has served as a professor at BGSU since 1998.

Mary Arquette (A/S ’70) was appointed as a board member to the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund. This is a need-based scholarship program for children in grades kindergarten through eighth.

Ellen Columber (UTCTC ’77, Univ Coll ’79) retired as sergeant for the Maumee Police in January 2015.

**Robert Wadas (UTCTC ’77, Eng ’78) was named vice president of the Toledo Regional Architects, Contractors, and Engineers board of directors for 2015-16.

Jean M. Heartline (Eng ’83) is a new shareholder and vice president in the firm The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. Heartline joined MSG in 1989 and now manages a staff of 24 transportation engineers in the Maumee, Ohio office. She is the president of the Northwest Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies, a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the American Society of Highway Engineers. Hartline, Jean_MG_6650 copy
sarks James Sarks (UTCTC ’84) was voted into the office of president of the Ohio Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Sarks has worked in the architectural field for 30 years. In 2012, he joined the jdi group, Inc., located in Maumee, Ohio. The jdi group, Inc. specializes in the design of engineering processes, systems, and facilities for the automotive, food, manufacturing, refining, institutional, and commercial markets.
The Hon. Martin D. Burchfield (A/S ’83, Law ’86) was selected by Ohio Governor John Kasich to serve as Van Wert County Common Pleas Judge. He took office in February 2015 and will then run for election in November 2016 to retain the seat. Burchfield
Lymanstall *David Lymanstall (A/S ’88, MEd ’91, NRSG ’06) fulfilled a dream and was a volunteer for the 2015 Iditarod Dog Sled Race in Alaska. Lymanstall helped to line up around 1,280 dogs at the ceremonial start in Anchorage and again at the official start in Fairbanks. He thinks working in a different volunteer role at one of the many checkpoints along the race route is something he might consider in the future. Lymanstall is director, graduate nursing advisor, and also an Instructor in the College of Nursing. He is also a published poet, he paints and draws, and he plays the bodhran (Irish drum) and the fiddle.
Pradeep Saha (Eng ’88, MBA ’91) has been appointed president and CEO of Horsburgh & Scott, a world leader in large gear manufacturing, located in Cleveland, Ohio. Saha previously served as the company’s vice president of sales and marketing. Saha

*The Hon. Gene Zmuda (A/S ’81, Law ’84) has been elected as the presiding judge of the Lucas County Common Pleas Court for 2015. The presiding judge is responsible for conducting an annual meeting of the Common Pleas Court judges and assigns judges on a temporary basis to serve in other court divisions as required.

Dr. Paul LoVerme (RES ’85) has been named a ’top doctor’ in New Jersey Monthly Magazine for the 12th year in a row. LoVerme is a board certified plastic surgeon in Verona, N. J.

Greer The Hon. Kevin Greer (Law ’80) has served as Highland County Common Pleas Court Juvenile and Probate Division Judge for the past 18 years. He was sworn in for another six years in January 2015 by his son, Ross Greer, the assistant prosecutor.

Dr. Jane Anne Long (Bus ’89) was hired as the director of professional development for the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. Long has more than 20 years of professional experience managing, implementing, and teaching new and emerging online technologies.

Dr. James Greene (MED ’81) has been appointed deputy director for the Center for Health Statistics and Informatics at the California Department of Public Health, located in Sacramento, Calif.

Mark German (Ed ’88) was inducted to the Bronson, Mich. High School Hall of Fame. He earned four varsity letters in basketball. German played on the UT varsity basketball team for four years and was twice named the Mid-American Conference player of the week. He was also the team captain in 1988. German
Huffman Dr. Steve Huffman (A/S ’87, A/S ’88, MED ’92) was sworn in as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 131st General Assembly during a ceremony at the Statehouse in January. He represents the 80th District, which includes Miami County and portions of Darke County.

Matt Lohr (Bus ’88) has accepted the position of business development manager in GEM Energy’s HVAC service division. He is responsible for managing the new business development team and growing GEM Energy’s HVAC maintenance business in Northwest Ohio. GEM Energy is a member of the Rudolph Libbe Group of companies.

George Kral (UTCTC ’93) was promoted to police chief for the city of Toledo. One of Kral’s primary goals is to improve and retain trust between the community and the police department. He plans on holding quarterly meetings in various neighborhoods, visiting businesses and walking through main corridors of all neighborhoods visiting with residents. Kral

Patrick A. Ouellette (A/S ’93) was ordained as a permanent deacon in January 2015 at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, Va. Ouellette currently serves as an information technology specialist at the Law Library at the Library of Congress.

**Christina Dake (Ed ’99, MEd ’04) was named teacher of the month at Whitmer High School in Toledo. She won the University of Toledo Outstanding Health Education and Physical Education Student Award in 1999, led the Whitmer staff to win the Bronze Buckeye Best Award in 2002, and the Silver Buckeye Best Award in both 2006 and 2007. She was recognized as the 2008 School Health Educator of the Year by the American School Health Association, and led the Whitmer staff to win the 2009 National Apple Award given by the American Association for Health Education. She has presented at both The University of Toledo and Eastern Michigan University, and is a member of ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), and the American School Health Association.

Justin M. Croniser (A/S ’97, Law ’05) was elected to partner by Alliott Group Legal Member Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP. Croniser focuses his legal practice in the area of complex commercial litigation. He works out of the Cleveland, Ohio office.

Julie Beale (A/S ’96, MEd ’13) was named teacher of the month at Bowsher High School in Toledo. Beale was one of eight teachers to volunteer to plan, organize, and teach in Bowsher’s Freshman Academy. A new, district-wide initiative, the Freshman Academy is designed to provide additional academic opportunities, social and emotional support and collaborative teaching and learning for Bowsher’s freshman.

Paul Syring (Law ’90) has been elected Lucas County Bar Association president. Syring is currently general counsel for the City of Toledo. He was previously a deputy mayor overseeing economic development for Toledo.

Kristen Krueckeberg (Eng ’90) was promoted to senior project manager at the jdi group, Inc., a Maumee, Ohio architectural and engineering firm.

Reiss John Reiss (Bus ’04) is the executive director of the Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission, located in Cleveland, Ohio. Reiss is a former Army Signal Corps officer and served in Kuwait and Iraq. He was previously the intake and admissions coordinator for the Wade Park Veterans Domiciliary, which provides housing for homeless vets.

Jeffrey Webb (Law ’05) was promoted to partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, a global legal practice with more than 3800 lawyers based in over 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Webb is based in San Antonio, Texas and concentrates his practice on complex and high-stakes litigation, including energy (oil and gas), product liability and commercial litigation.

Matthew Ward (A/S ’01) was promoted to the vacant position of warehouse supervisor with the Lucas County Board of Elections. He previously served as a voting machine technician and field operations. The warehouse is used to store voting machines and other equipment.

Drew Nitschke (Law ’00) was appointed as a board member to the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund. This is a need-based scholarship program for children in grades kindergarten through eighth.

Dr. Chris Goliver (MED ’00) was named as the medical director of Mercy’s stand-alone emergency room in Perrysburg, Ohio. Goliver is an emergency-room physician at the Perrysburg facility. He will also oversee a similar facility slated to open in 2015 in Sylvania, Ohio.

Jason Graven (A/S ’09, MBA ‘12) currently works for the Department of Ohio American Legion as the director of internal affairs.

Dr. Janet E. Rozick (PhD ’09) has been hired as the executive director of the Maumee Valley Historical Society, which operates the Wolcott Heritage Center in Maumee, Ohio.

Brian Lauderman (UTCTC ’02, Eng ’05) was named project manager for the jdi group, Inc., a Maumee, Ohio architectural and engineering firm.

**Dr. Henry Housam Naddaf (MPH ’90, MED ’06) was inducted as the 157th president of the Academy of Medicine of Toledo and Lucas County.

Mark Smith (Law ’11) is a new attorney with Oglesby Ltd. Attorneys & Counselors at Law, located in Sandusky, Ohio. Smith_0

Christopher Worrel (Law ’11) joined Howard & Howard Attorneys in Royal Oak, Mich. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as in-house counsel for a major manufacturer of photovoltaic devices.

Dr. Muhammad Hameed (RES ’12) joined the medical oncology/hematology team at the West Michigan Cancer Center in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Elizabeth Sundburg (Bus ’10) has joined J.M. Wilson as content and social media facilitator. She will lead the development and implementation of social media and content marketing efforts to build awareness, generate customer traffic and market products and services. J. M. Wilson, located in Portage, Mich., is an insurance company providing specialty insurance products to independent agents.

Brad Klippstein (Eng ’11) has been announced as controls product specialist at Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tool manufacturing. Klippstein is based out of Charlotte, N.C.

David J. Fournier (Law ’13) joined the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP as an associate in the employee compensation and benefits practice group. Fournier will work out of the firm’s Toledo office.

Markus Rasmus (MBA ’12) was appointed as a board member to the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund. This is a need-based scholarship program for children in grades kindergarten through eighth.

Jeremiah Simpson (Eng ’10) was named manager of the electrical engineering department of the jdi group, Inc., a Maumee, Ohio architectural and engineering firm.

Faculty, staff & friends
Palermo Jerry Palermo (current UT student) is a fourth-year international business and professional sales major. Palermo authored his first book, “Leadership Overhaul: Discover Yourself, Understand Others, Impact the World,” in October 2014. The book explores personality types and traits that comprise a good leader, how to nurture those traits in yourself, and how to apply yourself as a leader in the world. Palermo’s book is available for purchase on Amazon.
Births and Marriages
Natalie Scarsella (LLSS ’12, Ed ’12) and Alex Friend (NSM ’12) announced their engagement and are planning a wedding on July 25, 2015 at St. Charles Church in Boardman, Ohio. Scarsella is employed as a Spanish teacher for Canal Winchester Schools in Canal Winchester, Ohio. Friend is employed as a claims adjuster for Nationwide Insurance in Columbus, Ohio. Friend

*Sarah E. Bialecki (OTD ’14) and Benjamin A. Roe are engaged and planning an October 2015 wedding. Bialecki is employed by Heartland-HCR ManorCare in Toledo and her future groom is a production operator at Chrysler Jeep in Toledo.

RobertFiala Dr. Robert Fiala (MED ’11) and Rachel Franklyn announced their engagement and plan to wed in 2016. Fiala is currently finishing his residency in anesthesiology at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Fla. Franklyn begins her residency in Ob-gym in June.

Lauren Elizabeth Notario (HSHS ’10) and Ian Scott Hopkins (current UT student) announced their engagement and plan to wed on June 6, 2015. Notario is a speech pathologist at Hicksville Elementary School in Hicksville, Ohio and is also a speech pathologist at Encore in Toledo and Promedica Monroe Regional Hospital in Monroe, Mich. Hopkins is a Toledo firefighter and paramedic.

Courtney Holbein (Bus ’11) and Eric Neumeier (NRS ’11) were united in marriage on October 25, 2014 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Silver Spring, Md. The couple resides in Annapolis, Md. EricandCourtneyNeumeier

Sarah Scorziello (Bus ’07) and Anthony Merritt (Eng ’10) are engaged to be married. They are planning a February 14, 2016 wedding. Scorziello is a sourcing analyst at La-Z-Boy and Merritt is a product quality engineer at Tenneco.

HatleyMelone Rebecca L. Melone (Law ’12) and Charles D. Hatley (Law ’13) are now engaged and plan to wed in December 2016. Melone is the principal attorney of Melone Law, P.C. based in Northern Va. and Hatley is a senior attorney at Hanover Law, P.C. based in Washington, D.C.
*Kyrsten Kachmarik (Bus ’09) and Tim Vargo (Eng ’09) were married on June 29, 2014. The couple visited UT’s main campus to take their wedding pictures and were even able to have a few taken in the Glass Bowl and the William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion. Kachmarik now works as a customer service representative at Nemsys in Toledo and Vargo is an assistant project manager at SSOE in Toledo. Vargo
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Diane L. Hymore, Toledo at 58. She was the longtime executive assistant for former UT President Dr. Lloyd Jacobs. She joined the MCO staff in 2001 as team coordinator in the Office of Institutional Advancement. Two years later, Hymore moved to the President’s office. In 2004, she was named administrative associate and later that year administrative assistant to the president. In 2012, she was named director of administrative operations for the president and the senior leadership team. She was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2012 and left the University in 2013. To honor Hymore, the University created an award in her name. She received the inaugural Diane Hymore Exemplar of Excellence Award in 2013. The recognition is presented annually to an individual whose work defines the core values of UT in Hymore’s spirit of support, encouragement and service.

Shirley R. Majeski, Sylvania, Ohio at 85. She was a custodian at UT from 1981 until her retirement in 1993.

Dr. Barbara L. Straus, Sylvania, Ohio at 64. She was clinical assistant professor of pediatrics from 1995 to 2009 and Distinguished University Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics. Straus was a pediatrician who worked at several practices, including Airport Highway Pediatrics.

**Dr. Mary Louise Glen (MEd ’62, Ed Spec ’74, PhD ’77), Toledo at 84. She taught at UT for more than four decades. Glen was a graduate assistant in the College of Education in 1961 and in the junior college one year later. She became an instructor in education and in general studies in 1962. In 1967, she was a professor of social studies in the Community and Technical College. Glen was named chair of the General Studies Department in 1978 and later taught social sciences. In 1999, the professor moved to the Sociology Department, where she also was an undergraduate advisor until 2002. She served on faculty senate and was a member of the UT Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

*George Isaac, Bryan, Ohio at 91. Isaac was a longtime benefactor of the Medical College of Ohio. He donated more than $1 million to MCO/Medical University of Toledo for the Isaac Presidential Scholarship. In 2006, Isaac gave $1 million to show support for both the new surgery center and the merger between MUO and The University of Toledo. The institution honored him by naming the facility the George Isaac Minimally Invasive Surgery Center. He served on the MCO Board of Trustees from 1987-1996 and was chair from 1991-1996, and was a past member of the MUO Foundation Board of Trustees. He was chair of the Isaac Corp., a scrap iron and metal business and president of Isaac Property Co., a real estate development company. Isaac was a past president of the Bryan, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, a charter member of the Bryan Area Foundation, and past president of Bryan Properties, which developed the Bryan Industrial Park. Over the years, he was recognized for his leadership, generosity and community involvement. He was selected as the Master Entrepreneur of the Year of Northwest Ohio, was named Outstanding Philanthropist by the Northwest Ohio Society of Fundraising Executives, and was a member of the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.

Dr. Claudette M. Konzen, Holland, Ohio at 78. She helped staff the Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic on the Health Science Campus. She also worked with UT physical medicine and rehabilitation residents.

Dr. Gerald Stark, Toledo at 88. He assisted with the development of the Surgery Department at MCO, where he served as a volunteer faculty member for several years starting in 1968. In 1999, Stark was named clinical professor emeritus of surgery.

Donald L. Beachey, at 72. He was a staff nurse at MCO from 1981 until his retirement in 2002, where he worked in Surgical Intensive Care.

Donald R. Cowell, Sylvania, Ohio at 65. He was hired as a custodial worker in 2006 and became a building finishes technician in 2007. One year later, he was named a maintenance repair apprentice and in 2010 became a building maintenance repair journeyman, the position he retired from in 2014.

Odessa M. Dodd, Southfield, Mich. at 83. She is a former licensed practical nurse at MCO. She was hired in 1976 to work in Nursing Services and was in Ambulatory Services when she left in 1993.

Patricia A. Manger, Temperance, Mich. at 73. She is a former UT employee.

Merle G. (Nelson) Runkle, Toledo at 91. She was hired as a secretary for the Chemistry Department in 1967. Five years later, she became secretary to the vice president of academic affairs. In 1973, she started working for the executive vice president. Runkle retired in 1983.

Bruce G. Sinner, Maumee, Ohio at 91. Sinner was a former instructor who taught photography classes at the University.


Richard Fuller (Ed ’49), Mount Gilead, Ohio at 88.

Antoinette Meyer (Ed ’48), at 63.

Eunice Limmer Thom (Bus ’40), Holland, Ohio at 97.

Jean Sherer (A/S ’43), Toledo at 93.


Joseph Cappello (Pharm ’52), North Canton, Ohio at 87.

George Lindeman (Ed ’50), Toledo at 65.

Leland Tadlock (Bus ’57), Macomb, Mich. at 85.

David Diller (Bus ’50), Milwaukee, Wis. at 81.

*Richard Bensman (Eng ’52), Marco Island, Fla. at 85.

Alvin Beitelschess (Eng ’50), Carmel, Ind. at 89.

Parviz Boodjeh (Pharm ’54), Independence, Ohio at 88.


Donald Mowry (Ed ’65), Republic, Ohio at 73.

Alan Simmons (MEng ’62), Temperance, Mich. at 80.

Roger Blair (Law ’68), New Albany, Ohio at 72.

Judith Coci (Ed ’63), Toledo at 75.


Dr. Irving Kipnis (PhD ’72), Ellicott City, Md. at 69.

Dr. Thomas Spalding (A/S ’77, A/S ’77), La Habra Heights, Calif. at 61.

**Dr. Jerrold Smith (MED ’77), Newport, Minn. at 66.


Kathleen Landon (Univ Coll ’81), Elmore, Ohio at 81.

Tamara Amidon (A/S ’80), Sylvania, Ohio at 58.

Lillian Hackney (Univ Coll ’83), Pickerington, Ohio at 80.


Louis Ocker (Ed ’91), Sylvania, Ohio at 60.

Steven Taylor (UTCTC ’95, Eng ’01), Holland, Ohio at 43.

Michael Chamberlin (MEd ’95), Perrysburg, Ohio at 57.

Dr. Thomas Michaud (PhD ’90), Winter Park, Fla. at 55.


Dr. Michael Homsher (PhD ’00), Mount Blanchard, Ohio at 71.

Naomi Brown (A/S ’03), at 87.


Gregory Smith (Ed ’13), Saint Clair Shores, Mich. at 24.

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