This Doctor Makes House Call

April 28th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

By Patty Gelb

Steve Huffman HeadshotMan from a small town, football star, board certified physician, community leader, dedicated mission worker — all of these titles fit Steve Huffman (Psychology, ’87, Biology, ’88, M.D., ’92). He was a leader at The University of Toledo in the classroom and football field. He has completed many medical mission trips to serve the underserved. He is a practicing emergency room physician. But his most recent title, State Representative, just came in November when he was elected and began representing the 80th District in the Ohio House of Representatives in January. The 80th District encompasses Miami County and portions of Darke County in the southwestern portion of the state.

What motivates a man, with an already full and hectic schedule, to take on the role of State Representative?

Huffman is a man whose family and community are very important to him. He grew up in a large family and is now head of a large family of his own. His goal in his most recent appointment is to make Ohio a better place to live for his children and a better place to practice medicine. His main focus in Columbus will be education, jobs and, with his medical background, healthcare for Ohioans.

“I am concerned about what Ohio is going to be like for my five children,” said Huffman. “I felt if I could make it better for them it would be better for everyone.”

highschoolfootballA lifelong Ohioan, Huffman was born in Troy, Ohio. His parents attended Ohio Northern University together. Following college, his mother Anne, who was from Youngstown, Ohio, became a pharmacist. His late father Robert, who was from Dayton, became an attorney. The couple married and settled in West Milton, Ohio.

The Huffman household was a large and happy household with Steve and his four siblings, Beth, Mary Kate, Bob and Sam. He was very involved in activities at school including student council, working on the yearbook and a variety of sports. He was named all-league in basketball and baseball his senior year but his true love was football. He signed up to play football in the third grade and excelled as a linebacker throughout his junior and high school years.

“Growing up in a rural setting, with a very close family, you did everything and grew up in a town where you knew everyone else,” he said.

His family was very involved in the practice of law. His sister is a judge and attorney in Dayton and both of his brothers are attorneys in Troy. At one point his father, sister, wife and two brothers all practiced law together. Huffman chose a different path.

“I come from a family of attorneys,” said Huffman. “[The law] was just something we grew up with and I think I looked at medicine, when I was young, as a different kind of challenge.”

Huffman 2When Huffman was graduating high school, he knew he wanted two things. He wanted to go to college as a pre-med major, and he wanted to play Division I football. He sent out 26 letters to Division I schools. The University of Toledo was one of them.

The stars aligned for both UT and Huffman at the annual Ohio North-South game during his senior year in high school. His coach was invited to be one of coaches for the all-star game and he was able to take one of his players. He took Huffman.

UT coaches found out that he was chosen to play in that contest and were able to see Huffman play. At the time, they were looking for one more linebacker to complete their goal of three for that recruiting season. Things moved quickly following the all-star game.

Huffman visited Toledo on Sunday, verbally committed to UT on Monday and signed on Wednesday, just two days before the national signing date. He remembered meeting Dan Simrell, head coach of the UT Rockets for the first time.

Huffman 3“It was Monday morning and I had toured around and met the other players,” he said. “We were sitting in his office, in what was back then Centennial Hall, with my mom and dad. He reached into his desk, pulled out a piece of paper and said, “’this is your grant-in-aid. I want you to come to Toledo and we will pay for your college for four years.’”

His mother’s immediate reaction was to tell Coach Simrell that her son needed some time to think about it and that they would get back to him. Huffman took the time to think about it during the drive home. He had dreams of playing for Notre Dame but felt that UT would give him the best opportunity to get to play Division I football. He committed to UT later that day.

“It was a great campus, great atmosphere and great academics,” he said. “I think I was lucky to find that and a place to play football at the same place.”

Huffman had a great and busy college experience, both on and off the field. He focused heavily on his pre-med classes and as a dedicated Catholic, regularly attended Mass. As a linebacker for the Rockets, he had frequent practices, games and meetings.

During his time as a Rocket, Huffman lettered in ‘85, ‘86 and ’87 and was captain of the team in ’87. He was first team, all Mid-American Conference in ’86 and second team, all MAC in ’87.

Huffman excelled on the field and his coach still holds a high place in his life.

“I think the world of Coach Simrell,” he said. “He gave me a great opportunity to develop as a leader, person and football player. My parents certainly gave me a great foundation, but Coach Simrell continued to foster my ability to be a leader on and off the field. He was such an impressive man.”

Huffman’s success on the field included leading the team in tackles in ‘86 at 155 and in ‘87 with 166. Simrell spoke very highly of his drive.

“Being a successful college player is being committed to preparation every day, all year round, on the practice field, in the weight room, and in the classroom,” said Simrell. “Steve was committed. Steve was as tough as they come. I knew I could count on Steve when the lights came on. I trusted Steve to give everything he had in any situation for our team and for our program. Steve’s preparation, toughness, commitment and trust is why his teammates elected him captain.”

Another award that Huffman received during his time at UT truly shows his character. He was awarded the Jim Nicholson Award in ’87. This award honors the player contributing the most toward the success of the team and is voted on by the players. He was bestowed this honor by his fellow teammates.

Huffman said it was a very humbling moment for him.

“I never thought I deserved it in the sense that football is a team sport,” he said. “There are aspects in being a team that is more important. But, I was truly honored.”

Huffman had an impact on his team. He also had an impact on his coach.

“I am proud to have recruited and coached Steve,” said Simrell. “As a former Rocket letterman-captain, I am proud to stand beside Steve. Almost 30 years later I am proud to be Steve’s friend.”

Following his undergraduate degrees, Huffman went to medical school at what was the Medical College of Ohio, now the University of Toledo’s College of Medicine and Life Sciences. He felt he got a great medical education with the tutelage of highly qualified instructors. His undergrad was incredibly busy but medical school took the academic side to a whole new level.

“It was very intense,” said Huffman. “Academically very intensive and high level. [There were] very dedicated professors who truly cared about the students.”

Huffman met another important person in his life during his time at UT. He met his future wife, Kathryn Maher (B.A., ’89, J.D., ’92). Kathryn was from Toledo and she grew up in the Old West End. After meeting in class, and dating through college, they were married during the last year of school for both of them.

Huffman third year med school in Dominican RepFollowing graduation, the newlyweds moved back to the county where Huffman grew up. He began his family practice residency at St. Elizabeth in Dayton. He had some desire to pursue family medicine but an experience during his time in medical school made him choose to pursue emergency medicine which had a more flexible schedule. During his third year of medical school, he went on a medical mission to the Dominican Republic. His fourth year he went to Jamaica with the Sisters of Mercy. These experiences helped build a lifelong passion for mission work and he wanted to work in an area of medicine that allowed him the opportunity to pursue his passion.

“I have a very supporting wife,” he shared.

When Huffman completed his family practice residency, the young couple decided to take a year off and pursue mission work. Huffman took a job on a cruise ship for a month then began a six-month medical mission for the Sisters of Mercy in St. Lucia.

“My baby, my oldest, was four-months-old when we got on the cruise ship,” he said. “She lived overseas for a year with us.”

BelizewithnurseFollowing the six months in St. Lucia they went to the outback of Australia for six weeks. By that time, the young couple was expecting their second child so they moved back to the Dayton area. Huffman joined a group called Premier Physician Services and practiced emergency medicine. This gave him the opportunity to keep working in medicine and continue to pursue mission work.

“They gave me the opportunity over the last 15 years to take a week off, or sometimes up to two months, to continue to practice missionary work,” he said. “I am a dedicated Catholic and do mission work to serve the underserved.”

It was about this time that Huffman was recognized by his alma mater for his dedication to medicine and mission work. He was awarded the Outstanding Young Alum by the UT Alumni Association in ’96. He was honored but humbled to receive the recognition.

“I was very appreciative,” he shared. “I just think there are so many great alumni from Toledo that are more deserving but just stay out of the limelight and I certainly don’t relish it.”

He is so passionate about his mission work that he, with three other people, wrote a book called “Caring for the World: A Guidebook to Global Health Opportunities.” This book offers physicians specific information, experiences and tips on how physicians can go overseas and improve the lives of people throughout the world.

Huffman even got the whole family involved in mission work. He and his wife took all five of their children to Belize to a clinic for almost two months. When they got home, their children’s school was looking for a service opportunity and approached Huffman to help organize a mission. This summer will be the ninth time that Huffman is leading his children’s high school on a service project to that country.

“I absolutely love taking these high school kids,” said Huffman. “Some of the kids we take have never seen anything like what we do in a third world country. It is life changing for the kids. I always tell the kid’s parents, I am going to change your kid’s lives. I can think of a number of them who have returned several times and others who have dedicated their lives to service in other areas of the world.”

_DSC9386In 2012, he had his own life changing experience. He ran for and was elected the Miami County coroner.

“I never thought I would be the one that went into politics,” Huffman said. “Being a coroner in Ohio, outside of the big cities, is really a part-time job. I was basically serving the funeral homes and law enforcement. My goals were to bring good service to them and be fiscally responsible, I never thought it would be the launching pin to become a state representative.”

Huffman was exposed to the political arena from a young age. He was part of the local Republican Party. His father was an elected prosecutor for many years and ran for Congress in 1981 in a special election following the death of a local congressman. He lost the primary by a couple hundred votes, but the experience exposed a young Huffman to the political world.

Huffman recalled an experience in 1980 when his father was a delegate for Ronald Reagan’s presidential election. A 15-year-old Huffman was a member of Youth for Reagan and accompanied his father to Detroit. Huffman ended up standing 15 feet away from Reagan as he delivered his acceptance speech.

While he served as the Miami County coroner for three years, Huffman lowered the costs associated with the office while filling the duties by providing compassionate care for families.

IMG_8320In a casual conversation with the Republican Party chairman, Huffman asked what preparation would be needed if he considered running for state representative when Representative Richard Adams’ term ended. They decided to sit down soon and discuss it having several years to plan.

“Then, the week before Thanksgiving, my party chair called me back,” said Huffman. “He said that Representative Adams decided to retire and not seek his possible last term and if you are still interested, you are the man and our local party will back you. After other discussions with my family and other people, I decided to throw my hat in the ring.”

Huffman began campaigning, attending Rotary meetings and Chamber of Commerce meetings and getting out to meet people. He had name recognition because he was a sitting elected official, but also because his father was the county prosecutor. He won the general election by the largest margin of any contested race of all Ohio State Representatives. He was with his family and supporters in the county seat of Troy when he was informed that he won the election.

“I was very humbled,” he shared. “I was very appreciative of everybody that assisted me because I could not have done it alone. But I also felt a great responsibility to represent my district and my county in Columbus.”

HB 124_4-22-15Huffman now serves on the following committees: Education, State Government and is the vice chair of the Health and Aging Committee. He was one of 29 freshmen elected to the State Representatives and one of two freshmen who were chosen to receive a vice chair.

“You put a preference for what committees you are interested in,” he said. “Being a physician, the Health and Aging committee was an easy decision. Because of my five children, I feel education is what got my wife and me where we are at today.”

His experiences throughout his life led him to his current position and he is excited to work toward his goals of helping make quality education affordable and to make Ohio a better place to practice medicine. He was proud of his achievement while taking his oath of office but said that he knew “there was a lot of work to do in some very uncharted waters.”

Recently Huffman met with an assemblage from UT that included Interim President Nagi Naganathan; Frank Calzonetti, Chief of Staff to the President and Vice President for Government Relations; Diane Miller, Associate Vice President Federal Relations; and several students. Huffman shared his love of UT and pulled up the Rocket fight song, which is saved on his computer, for the whole group to sing together.

“Although Representative Huffman is new to the Statehouse he already is being viewed for his leadership abilities and deep understanding of medical issues,” said Calzonetti. “He has already inserted his expertise on public policy by helping lawmakers attack the opiate drug epidemic in Ohio where he gained invaluable perspective as an emergency room physician and county coroner.  He has been very accessible to us in the UT Office of Government Relations and we greatly appreciate his deep loyalty to UT. It’s great having such an enthusiastic Rocket in the statehouse.”

DSC_3425Huffman’s schedule continues to be hectic and he is loving every moment of it. He is in Columbus most Tuesdays and Wednesdays for seven months a year. He still practices medicine, trying to manage one or two 12-hour shifts a week in the emergency room. He and his wife have five children – Libbey is pre-med at Xavier University, Ashley, Allison and Will are all in high school and Jack is in seventh grade. The family is often running between activities.

“It’s about trying to figure out where everyone is going and how they are getting there,” Huffman said. “My four kids are less than three years apart. The year before last we had four in high school, now we have three. The day is basically set on where everyone is going and who’s going to what. It’s a hectic day, but I wouldn’t give it up for anything in the world. It’s extremely fun raising kids and it’s a challenge.”

Huffman still gets back to UT’s campus fairly regularly. They try to come to the spring game or Homecoming every year. Kathryn’s mother still lives in north Toledo, so they get to visit campus while in town.

DSC_3584Earlier in April, UT hosted its annual spring game. There was a former player’s breakfast before the game and Huffman was in town for the festivities. He felt it was a mini-reunion for those people who were able to be there and he always enjoys visiting campus. UT had a great impact on Huffman’s life.

“It was a great opportunity to one, get a great education, and two, grow as a person and to be a leader,” he said. “I just had such a wonderful time academically, athletically and socially. I could not imagine a better five years than what I had.”

Could a national level political position be in the future for this man, State Representative, emergency room physician, medical mission leader, husband and father of five?

“I’ve learned that you avoid that question,” he said. “But I’ll say that I plan to spend these eight years in the Ohio House and if other opportunities come along at a Federal level, I would certainly evaluate those and would consider them.”

To learn more about Huffman’s book “Caring for the World,” please click here.

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Alumna writes book that chronicles Toledo’s glass history

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By Vicki L. Kroll

BarbaraFloydBarbara Floyd spent one year piecing together the history of the business that led to Toledo’s nickname.

In The Glass City: Toledo and the Industry That Built It, she follows the first fledgling company that fired up furnaces in 1888 to the triumphant reign of three powerhouses — Owens-Illinois Inc., Libbey-Owens-Ford Co. and Owens Corning Corp. — that made the town the world leader in glass production, to when that supremacy started to shatter.

“I came away from this project with a new-found appreciation for how unique Toledo was in its industrial history — the way the city produced some of the most important developments and technological innovations in industrial history,” Floyd said. “Toledo companies invented the automatic bottle machine, Fiberglas, insulated glass, safety glass for automobiles, structural glass that made skyscrapers possible, glass-composite products and many others.

“In addition, the people who developed new techniques for industrial glass also helped to create the studio glass movement that produced beautiful works of art made of glass.”

The director of the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections was lucky to have more than 500 linear feet of records on Toledo’s manufacturing glass commerce in the vault on the fifth floor of Carlson Library.

“Beginning in the 1980s, the Canaday Center has been attempting to collect records that document Toledo’s most important industries,” Floyd (Journalism 1980; M.A., History 1982; M.P.A., 1989) who also serves as university archivist, said. “The first glass-related collection we acquired was the records of Libbey-Owens-Ford, the producer of window glass. A few years later, we acquired the records of Owens-Illinois, the producer of bottles, and then most recently, the records of Owens Corning, the producer of Fiberglas.

“These collections represent the most important documentation of industrial glass in the country.”

Knowing that information was stored at The University of Toledo and that Floyd was the author of several local history works, University of Michigan Press Editor Scott Ham reached out to see if she would be interested in preparing a book proposal.

“While there had been historical studies of particular companies in the past, there had not been a comprehensive book that looked at the overall — and interconnected — histories of Toledo’s glass companies since the 1940s,” said Floyd, who also conducted research at the Toledo Museum of Art, the West Virginia Museum of American Glass, the Center for Archival Collections at Bowling Green State University, and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas.

It all began 127 years ago when Edward Drummond Libbey moved his New England Glass Co. to the shores of the Maumee River.

“Edward Drummond Libbey is arguably the most important person in Toledo’s history,” Floyd said. “Not only did he bring to the city its most important industry, but he also founded one of the most important art museums in the country. And he hired one of the most important innovators in glass technology — Michael Owens.”

At age 10, Owens started working in the hot, dangerous glass factories as a “blower’s dog,” the name given to boys who helped glassblowers make bottles.

“I think because of his experience as a child, he began to experiment with a machine to automatically make bottles around the turn of the century,” Floyd said. “After many attempts, he perfected the machine, and in 1903 he and Libbey formed the Owens Bottle Machine Company. The Owens bottle machine was called the most important advance in the production of glass in more than 2,000 years. It also helped to end child labor in the industry.”

By the late 20th century, changes in glass production began to dull Toledo’s once sparkling brilliance. Libbey-Owens-Ford was sold to Pilkington Brothers PLC in 1986, and ongoing asbestos legal battles forced Owens Corning to declare bankruptcy in 2000. In the book, Floyd noted Toledo was “as fragile as the product it produces.”

Never was that more transparent than when the Toledo Museum of Art’s Glass Pavilion opened in 2006 with its large, glass walls that were fabricated in Shenzhan, China; that reflected the globalization of glass production, according to Floyd.

“Toledo glass has changed the world. And most significantly, the industry made the city what it is today,” the UT alumna said. “While the glass industry may play a smaller role in Toledo now, the history between the city and the industry should not be forgotten.”

The 262-page work is available for $50 from the University of Michigan Press at

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The Inns of Court

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By Patty Gelb

IMG_9521You might think “Lawyers and Judges in Love” is a new hit comedy series on television or the title of a new Broadway play. While it is a catchy title and has potential for those categories, it was actually the title of the last of a series of educational programs held at The University of Toledo’s College of Law by the local division of the American Inns of Court.

What are the American Inns of Court you may ask? It is a professional association comprised of more than 25,000 attorneys, legal scholars, judges and law students. The goals of this organization are to promote professionalism, skills and ethical standards among the legal community.

The concept for such an organization in America was created by the Chief Justice of the United States, Warren Burger, in the late 1970s. He saw the opportunity to begin an organization that was similar to the English Inns of Court which was established in the mid-13th century. The English Inns of Court was originally developed to help answer the problem of legal education, and today in the United Kingdom all barristers must be affiliated with the Inns.

IMG_9525There are now over 350 chartered American Inns of Court that are all locally operated, and the chapter that serves the Northwest Ohio region is the Morrison R. Waite Inns of Court. It was named in honor of Morrison Remick Waite, who served as the seventh Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1874 to 1888. And in case you’re wondering, Waite High School in East Toledo is also named in his honor.

“The Inns of Court embedded by Embedded Video
Download Video from the start has been connected to The University of Toledo law school,” said Daniel J. Steinbock, dean of the College of Law and Harold A. Anderson Professor of Law and Values. “The pupils, as they are called, come from the law school. That was envisioned from the beginning. It is an introduction to the kind of professional organizations that lawyers belong to.”

Steinbock feels the Inns of Court help expose the students to notions of professionalism and ethical conduct in the practice of law and how those ideas are viewed and carried out by practicing lawyers. He also shared that it is an excellent networking opportunity for students.

“It is a chance (for students) to get to meet people and get to know them as mentors,” he said. “If they stay in Toledo, it is a leg up in terms of knowing people in law practice in Toledo. Toledo has a very collegial bar and personal connections are important. This is a way to begin to develop them.”

The organization is divided into four categories of membership: Masters of the Bench (or Benchers), Barristers, Associates and Pupils. The Benchers are the senior members and include some of the top legal professionals in the United States. Following the Benchers in progression are Barristers, then, for people right out of law school, Associates. Law student members are called Pupils. The dues structure is set so that Benchers subsidize the other categories of membership.

The local chapter of the Inns of Court meets four or five times during the school year and will usually attract 40 to 45 people per meeting.

“We have an extraordinarily close relationship to the law school,” said John N. MacKay, a lawyer at Shumaker Loop & Kendrick and president of the Morrison R. Waite American Inn of Court. “Most of the chapters of the Inns of Court likewise have close relationships with law schools. We try to reach into the law school for those students who want to come out and meet informally with lawyers and judges who are practicing here in town.”

Judge Stephen A. Yarbrough (Marketing, ‘68; M.B.A, ‘69; Law, ’73) of the Sixth District Court of Appeals in Lucas County is president-elect of the Inn and explained that their local goals are collegiality, professionalism and development of the students by allowing the students mentoring opportunities.

IMG_9530“We present programs that have both humor and a serious side,” said Yarbrough. “We come to the University each year and interview and try to recruit students who would have some interest. We have four or five dinners a year that have programs associated with them and we want the students to participate.”

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Mary Ann Whipple, previously held the position of president of the Inns, but now her focus is on developing the programs for the meetings. It is her creative skills that comes up with the entertaining and educational themes like “Lawyers and Judges in Love.”

“The format is we are doing the ‘Mary Springer Show,’” said Whipple. “We have four acts in the show. Each group comes out and we have four characters that deal with an ethically compromised or challenged situation involving lawyers in love. After each short skit we will do some discussion.”

The program had improvisations acting out the situations that are based on real-life examples of reported cases and then the floor was opened for discussion. Judge Whipple asked the audience questions like “is this proper and if not, why not?” There was a discussion of the topic with the citation of the Rules of Professional Responsibly for Lawyers. The presentation made a real-world issue into a fun and educational topic and discussion among top local legal professionals and students from the College of Law.

IMG_9532One of the skit participants was third-year law student and Pupil of the local Inns of Court, Krys Beech. She feels being a part of the Inns is a great opportunity for her.

“I think it is wonderful,” said Beech. “It is a little intimidating when you first walk in, especially if you haven’t done a lot in the community. There are a lot of people here you don’t know, but it is excellent because you are kind of thrust in the middle of all of these attorneys and judges who are practicing at different levels and in different areas. You have the opportunity to talk to them and gain something from their wisdom.”

And the skit was a hit among the attendees.

“It was actually very good,” said Steinbock. “It made a lot of real points but it did it in an entertaining way.”

The Inns of Court is an important tool for the College of Law to offer opportunities to its students.

“I truly think this organization improves the level of practice in our community,” said Whipple. “I think helping law students interact with lawyers that have been out there, sometimes for years, sometimes for not that many years, helps them become better lawyers.”

If you are interested in learning more about the Morrison R. Waite Inn of Court, click here to be directed to their website.

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Class Notes

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Marie-Vogt **Marie Bollinger Vogt (A/S ’45) will receive the Ohio Arts Council’s Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio in May 2015. Vogt is the founder and artistic director emerita of the Toledo Ballet and has also been honored as an Outstanding Alumna in the College of Arts and Sciences, at the 2009 UT Homecoming Gala.

**Ira Kaplin (Ed ’69) is now the co-owner of the Mason Jar Restaurant in
Mahwah, N. J.

George Palovich (Ed ’60) was awarded first place in the oil painting category at the Glendale, Ariz. Arts Commission Annual Arts Show. His painting is entitled “Spinning Enchantment.” Spinning Enchanment
Goodman **Judge Allan H. Goodman (Law ’74) has authored a novel entitled “Father, Son, Stone.” It is a historical mystery that takes place in Israel.
Dr. Thomas Tusiliak (MED ’80) was honored as the 2014 Humanitarian Physician of the Year by Medina Hospital, located in Medina, Ohio. Tusiliak began a family practice in 1983 and founded Brunswick Family Practice. He has served on the Medina Hospital medical staff for more than 31 years. He also served as chair of the department of medicine and as pediatrics chair at the hospital. Tulisiak
Rutherford Dr. Thomas J. Rutherford (PhD ’86, MED ’89) was named Network Physician Director of Cancer Services at Western Connecticut Health Network. Rutherford is nationally known as an expert in the area of ovarian cancer. Western Connecticut Health Network is located in Danbury, Conn.

Wes Schaub (Univ Coll ’84) served as the Director of Greek Life for 22 years at Case Western Reserve University and recently had the new Greek life office dedicated in his honor. Schaub currently serves as the Director of Greek Letter Organizations and Societies at Dartmouth College.

*Randall Samborn (Law ’82) has joined Levick, a public relations firm, as the senior vice president of the Chicago, Ill. office. Samborn is a former award-winning legal affairs reporter and served for two decades as the spokesman for one of the highest-profile United States Attorney’s Offices in the country. He also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the UT College of Law at the 2013 UT Homecoming Gala. Samborn

Christopher “Chip” Protsman (Univ Coll ’93) was named as the new police chief of Kettering, Ohio. His priorities will be community relationships, intelligence-led policing and crime mapping.

DDShaw Dana Drew Shaw (A/S ’94, Law ’98) has joined the Toledo office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in the sports and entertainment practice group.

Dr. Alison (Snyder) Valier (HSHS ’02, PhD ’04) has been elected a Fellow of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. Valier is an associate professor in the department of interdisciplinary health sciences at A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Mo.

Dr. Michael A. Grandillo (PhD ’06) was announced as the first lay president of Madonna University, located in Livonia, Mich. Madonna is a 4,200-student, liberal arts University.

Dr. Joaquin Gonzales (PhD ’08) was awarded a Beginning Grant-in-Aid from the American Heart Association for his research examining the functional consequences of vascular aging. Gonzales is currently an assistant professor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

Cheri A. Budzynski (Law ’07) has been appointed to the Ohio State Bar Association’s Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct. Budzynski works in the Toledo office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP. Budzynski_Cheri_300dpi
Births and Marriages
Stacy Dr. Mitchel Stacy (PhD ’11) and Dr. Meaghan Leddy announced their engagement and are planning a June 2015 wedding on Block Island, R.I. Stacy is employed as a faculty member in the section of cardiology at Yale University School of Medicine.
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Constance Hayes, Waterville, Ohio at 92. She was a member of the Satellites Auxiliary who volunteered in the MCO gift shop.

D. Michael Collins (Univ Coll ’75, MBA ’98), Toledo at 70. Collins was a visiting associate lecturer of criminal justice from 1999 to 2011. He served as director of the Ohio Police Corps, a state academy funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. Collins was the mayor of Toledo at the time of his passing.

Silvio “Sil” Cornachione, Mentor, Ohio at 87. He coached the running backs during Toledo’s undefeated seasons from 1967-1970.

**Dr. Robert E. Forche (Pharm ’53), Toledo at 83. Forche was a member of the Satellites Auxiliary who volunteered in the Pastoral Care Office at the UT Medical Center.

Dr. Gloria R. Freimer (PhD ’82), at 87. She joined the UT faculty as an instructor of composition and then became an education specialist in University Libraries in 1981. Freimer was named coordinator of bibliographic instruction in 1990. She served on several committees, including the University Authors Exhibit Committee.

Dr. Charles F. Kahle, Perrysburg, Ohio at 84. Kahle was an assistant professor of geology at UT from 1963-1965.

Dr. Thaddeus W. “Ted” Kurczynski, Akron, Ohio at 74. In 1981, he joined the department of pediatrics as an associate professor with a joint appointment in neurosciences. Kurczynski added a joint appointment in obstetrics and gynecology in 1987. He was promoted to professor in 1994 and added another joint appointment, medicine and pathology, in 1996. He retired from the University in 2006.

Carol Christiansen (NRSG ’87), Toledo at 69. She taught nursing courses at MCO.

John “Jack” F. Finch, Maumee, Ohio at 72. Finch was a former instructor in the Community and Technical College.

James T. Hodges (Univ Coll ’85), Toledo at 85. He was hired as a plant maintenance engineer in the physical plant in 1976. Two years later, Hodges was named facilities building technician in continuing education. In 1986, he became curator in physics and astronomy, the position he retired from in 1989.

Dr. Narpat S. Panwar, Williamson, W. Va. at 70. Panwar was a resident in obstetrics and gynecology at MCO from 1982-1984.

Dr. Lorean Roberts, Sylvania, Ohio at 83. Roberts was a professor emerita of counselor and human services education. She joined the UT faculty as an assistant professor in 1972 and was promoted to associate professor in 1976 and professor in 1986. As chair of the counselor and human services department, Roberts developed doctoral-level courses for students interested in specializing in group work, as well as classes for graduate and undergraduate students. She founded UT’s chapter of Chi Sigma Iota International honor society for counselors, and served on nearly 20 UT committees and as president for the Ohio Association for Specialists in Group Work. Roberts retired from the University in 1988.

Dr. James L. Bailey, Garfield Heights, Ohio at 84. He joined the UT faculty as an associate professor in 1963 and was named a professor 10 years later. In 1968, Bailey and two engineering faculty members were selected by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission to conduct research on the effects of earthquakes near nuclear plants. While at UT, he also taught graduate courses at NASA in Cleveland, Ohio. The longtime Toledo resident who lived in Old Orchard, served as chairman of the department of mathematics as well as on curriculum and departmental committees. Bailey retired and was granted emeritus status. He continued to teach one term each year until 1995.

Jeff Huffman (A/S ’89), Copley, Ohio at 48. He joined the UT staff as an assistant director in the sports information office in 1990. In 1995, Huffman moved to the alumni relations office. Over his nine years in alumni relations, he served as assistant director of the annual fund, associate director of alumni relations and director of alumni programming.

Dr. Robert D. Matz, Toledo at 68. Matz was an assistant professor of educational psychology during the mid-1970s.

Joanne P. Roehrs, Toledo at 82. She was a member of the Satellites Auxiliary who volunteered at the hospital.

**Dorothy Ahrberg Damm (att. 1941), Toledo at 96.

*Leo Flury (att. 1945), Clearwater, Fla. at 93.

*Anne Flury (att. 1947), Clearwater, Fla. at 89.


**Muriel Applebaum (A/S ’42), Toledo at 95.

Mildred Biser (UTCTC ’42), Orangeburg, S.C. at 93.

Lillian Miller (UTCTC ’43), Toledo at 92.


Loretta Bodette (A/S ’56), Sylvania, Ohio at 82.

Eleanore Minor-Burgie (Ed ’54, MEd ’85), Toledo at 83.

*Marie Halcli (A/S ’53), Lombard, Ill. at 87.

*Carl Hibscher (Eng ’50), Edgewood, Ky. at 89.

Dr. John Vorbau (A/S ’59), San Juan Capistrano, Calif. at 78.


Richard Kwapich (Bus ’64), Toledo at 86.

*Duane Boyer (Eng ’60), Cleveland, Ohio at 81.

Carol Michalak (Ed ’66), at 72.


George Bush (A/S ’78), Toledo at 60.

E. Luella Kabat (Ed ’72), Maumee, Ohio at 86.

James Hoffman (A/S ’75), Pinehurst, N.C. at 63.

Dr. Otto Froehlich (MS ’73), Decatur, Ga. at 64.

**James Randall (UTCTC ’73), Petersburg, Mich. at 63.

Graeme James (Bus ’72), Findlay, Ohio at 84.


John Fink (A/S ’88), Maumee, Ohio at 73.

Edward Kowalski (A/S ’83), Maumee, Ohio at 83.

Rev. James Roth (MEd ’85), Toledo at 62.

William Bass (Law ’89), Chicago, Ill. at 60.

Susan Mag (MEd ’87), Holland, Ohio at 79.


Dr. Masangu Shabangi (PhD ’99), Glen Carbon, Ill. at 49.

Carol Raschke (Univ Coll ’98), Cookeville, Tenn. at 77.

Marlaine Gauthier (MEd ’96), Toledo at 59.

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