Class Notes

November 1st, 2018 Posted in Class Notes

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Class Notes

’70s
**Lloyd Lunceford (A/S ’77) was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019, one of the most highly regarded referral publications in the legal profession. He is a partner at the law firm Taylor Porter, specializing in higher education, mass communications, commercial litigation and church property laws. Lunceford was selected for the honor in the practice area of education law. Taylor Porter is headquartered in Baton Rouge, La.
’80s
Jim Haudan (Ed ’78, MBA ’85) had his book, “What Are Your Blind Spots? Conquering the 5 Misconceptions that Hold Leaders Back,” published. The book identifies the five most common leadership blind spots that hamper success. He is the co-founder and chairman of Root, Inc., an organizational change expert.
*The Hon. Connie Zemmelman (Law ’81) was awarded the Champion for Human Rights and Social Justice Award at the 15th Annual International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference held at The University of Toledo. She received the award for her continued commitment to advocating for the needs of the vulnerable in our society and for being an influential social justice leader in the community.
Patricia Slupecki (Ed ’89) had her book “Suddenly Widowed: A Memoir of Survival,” published. The book begins the day her husband was killed in a bicycle accident and tells her story of grief and survival while raising her children.
’90s
Kathryn Smith (Law ’96) received national recognition for her work in IP law from recognized organizations in the legal market, including Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, World Trademark Review and Who’s Who Legal. Smith is an attorney at Wood Herron & Evans LLP, located in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Constance Smith-Clemens (Ed ’96) participated in Miami University’s Earth Expeditions global field course in Namibia this past summer. She studied ongoing research projects, such as radio tracking, cheetah conservation and ecosystem management, as well as the design of school and community programs. Smith-Clemens is a library media specialist at Akron Public Schools Ellet High School and is a graduate student in Miami University’s Earth Expeditions program.

’00s
Joshua Murnen (A/S ’04) is a recipient of a 2018 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award in Toledo. He was selected from a field of 255 candidates. The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or the community. He is vice president and general counsel of the Lucas County Land Bank.
Lieutenant Colonel Josh Barrow (A/S ’00) and his brother Major Daniel Barrow (Univ Coll ’05) represented Team USA in the August CIOR Military Pentathlon competition in Quebec City, Quebec. Team USA competed against 40 other NATO teams. The Barrow brothers are a part of the National Guard Special Operations Detachment Unit-Pacific.
Michael Craig (Bus ’09, MBA ’11) is a recipient of a 2018 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award in Toledo. He was selected from a field of 255 candidates. The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or the community. He is the chief operating officer of Mercy Health.
Dr. Shane Kibbe (MS ’08, MED ’12) joined Clark Memorial Hospital in the orthopedic practice of the Orthopedic Surgeons of Southern Indiana, located in Jeffersonville, Ind.
Brady Fineske (Ed ’01) is a recipient of a 2018 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award in Toledo. He was selected from a field of 255 candidates. The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or the community. He is the president of Maumee-based TDC Investment Advisory.
Natalie Galed (A/S ’07, Ed ’07) earned a position as an instructional design specialist at Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park, Fla. Her experience with curricular and assessment planning is now being utilized for school-wide initiatives in all subjects, grades 6-12.
Bruce Gradkowski (Bus ’05) is a recipient of a 2018 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award in Toledo. He was selected from a field of 255 candidates. The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or the community. Gradkowski is best known as an NFL quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2010 to 2016. In addition to his football career, he is the owner of Social Gastropub in Perrysburg, Ohio and owns Pilgrimage Hospice in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Julia Dolce (Ed ’00) was nominated for the 2018-2019 LifeChanger of the Year Award. She is a special education teacher at Chardon Hills Magnet School in Euclid, Ohio. The award recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.  

’10s
Dr. Lars Erik Wallin III (MED ’12) joined the Cullman Regional Medical Center staff as a robotic-trained, board-eligible urologist. He practices at the Cullman Regional Urology Clinic, located in Cullman, Ala.

*Megan Zech (MEd ’18) accepted a position as assistant director of the Career and Development Center for the College of Health Sciences and Professions at Ohio University, located in Athens, Ohio.

Births and Marriages
Christopher David Johnston (MHSHS ’13) and Katelyn Alexandra Wiley were married on Oct. 19 at Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa, located in Morgantown, W.Va. Christopher is currently pursuing his doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Katelyn is a realtor with Hodge and Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty.
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Michael W. Eberly (A/S ’73), Onsted, Mich., 68. He was an ex-officio board member of the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women, which was named in honor of his mother. He also served on the center’s scholarship committee.

**Dr. Michael J. “Sonny” Ahern III, Toledo, 79. He joined the faculty in 1974 as an assistant professor of business education and later moved to the Finance Department in the College of Business. Ahern retired in 1993 and was named professor emeritus.

Dr. Mats A. Fernstrom Toledo, 71. He was a biomedical research assistant at MCO/MUO/UT from 1996 until his retirement in 2011.

Elizabeth A. “Beth” (Vasko) Powers (UTCTC ’78), Oregon, Ohio, 59. She was a baker with Aramark at the University for 31 years.

Deborah Kovac Rump, Maumee, 59. She taught in the College of Law for 15 years. Rump was an avid UT women’s basketball fan, holding season tickets for nearly two decades.

Patricia M. (Nowakowski) Skoczyn, Toledo, 86. She was a secretary at MCO.

William M. Feltman (UTCTC ’81), Toledo, 82. He was an instructor in the former Community and Technical College for several years and then became director of the Computer Learning Center, a position he held for 22 years.

Nelda L. (Smith) Langenderfer (UTCTC ’78), Swanton, Ohio, 92. She was a nurse at MCO who retired in 1982.

Louis W. Nadolny Jr., Oregon, Ohio, 80. He worked as a painter in Maintenance, retiring in 1995.

Geraldine E. (Purdy) Paulson, Toledo, 82. She joined the University in 1977 and retired in 2002.

Thomas S. Raschke, Toledo, 70. He was a former registrar systems specialist at UT.

Martha S. (Harmeyer) Schnetzler, Toledo, 81. She joined the staff in 1977 and retired as an administrative assistant from Mulford Library in 2006.

Edson A. Whipple, Toledo, 86. He started teaching journalism classes at the University as a part-time instructor in 1968. Whipple taught writing, reporting, editing, media law and more until 2005. In addition, he served as adviser for The Collegian for several years.

**Ora Newsome, Toledo, 93.

*John Smaltz, Toledo.

’40s

**Virginia Girkins Black (Ed ’42), Toledo, 98.

Russell Ayling (Eng ’40), Toledo, 101.

John Cloer (Eng ’48), Keystone Heights, Fla., 94.

**Ray E. Kranz (Eng ’49), Albuquerque, N.M., 97.

’50s

*Margaret (Huddle) Arduser (Ed ’51), Canandaigua, N.Y., 89.

Robert Dailey (Bus ’59), Miramar Beach, Fla., 82.

Roger Smith (A/S ’52), Northfield, Ohio, 88.

Joan Crisp (Bus ’52), Cincinnati, Ohio, 94.

Dr. Ralph Cole (A/S ’51), Waterville, Ohio, 94.

Kenneth Friddell (Eng ’58, MS ’69), Seattle, Wash., 85.

’60s

Paul Simmon (A/S ’64, Law ’76), Scottsdale, Ariz., 74.

**David Boston (Bus ’69, MBA ’77), Sylvania, Ohio, 71.

Mary Sue Sullivan (Ed ’64), Waterville, Ohio, 82.

Deanna Heintschel (A/S ’66, MEd ’71), Toledo, 80.

Daniel Metzgeer (Eng ’66, MEd ’70), Sylvania, Ohio, 74.

**Deanna Heintschel (A/S ’66, MEd ’71), Toledo, 80.

Carl Keeran (Ed ’61), Toledo, 79.

’70s

Thomas Michalski (Eng ’72), Maumee, Ohio, 69.

Linda Doering (A/S ’74), Waterville, Ohio, 67.

Robert Bowman (A/S ’75), Sun City, Ariz., 66.

Daniel Smith (A/S ’79), Saint Petersburg, Fla., 65.

Wayne Wanamaker (UTCTC ’74, Univ Coll ’81), Nogales, Ariz., 69.

Barbara Gorrell (UTCTC ’79, Bus ’84), Toledo, 86.

Judy Szewczak (A/S ’75, Ed ’81, MA ’87), Toledo, 65.

Gloria Wumer (Ed ’77), Toledo, 84.

’80s

John Barber (Bus ’84), Luna Pier, Mich., 71.

**Mary Ann Arquette (Ed Spec ’80), Sylvania, Ohio, 97.

Rex Rutledge (Bus ’87), Oak Harbor, Ohio, 66.

Steven Blue (Law ’88), Fayette, Ohio, 56.

Jean Doebler (MEd ’80), Sylvania, Ohio, 64.

William Kimmelman (Bus ’83, Law ’87), Sylvania, Ohio, 59.

John Groll Jr. (UTCTC ’82) Temperance, Mich., 74.

’90s

Virginia Slattery (MEd ’99), Toledo, 66.

Carolyn Vie Brooks (Ed Spec ’90), Hot Springs Village, Ariz., 78.

Peter Tipping (Eng ’98), Toledo, 41.

Heidi Sitzenstock (Eng ’98, Ed ’01), Maumee, Ohio, 53.

’00s

Kara Pearson (Ed ’03), Toledo, 38.

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