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*Randy Schafer (Ed ’75) was inducted into the Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame at The University of Toledo. Schafer won four letters in baseball at UT from 1972 to 1975, earning first-team All Mid-American Conference and team MVP honors as a designated hitter in 1975. He went on to play professionally in the Montreal Expos and Detroit Tigers farm systems until 1981.

Dr. Rick Markoff (PhD ’78) officially retired on December 31, 2015 from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). The past 15 years he has served as executive vice president of the Simon Youth Foundation; visiting senior advisor to the chancellor of IUPUI, and founding president of the Damar Foundation. He is currently serving a two-year appointment as chair of the Indiana University School of Nursing Advisory Board. Rick and his wife Beverly Markoff (Ed ’71) recently built a home in Carmel, Ind. Beverly will continue to operate her award-winning business, Beverly Markoff Interiors, LLC, at the Indiana Design Center. markoff
**Roy V. Armes (Eng ’75) announced that he will retire on August 31, 2016 from his position of chairman, chief executive officer and president of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company. Roy_Armes

**Steven L. Root (Eng ’85) was recognized by the Toledo Section of IEEE as the 2015 Engineer of the Year. Root was identified for his service to the Toledo Section as a member of its executive committee for the past 18 years. He is employed as a project design supervisor for American Electric Power and is located in the Tiffin, Ohio service center.

Heringhaus **The Hon. Pamela A. Kaufman Heringhaus (Law ’81), magistrate in the Wood County Common Pleas Court, has been elected president of the Ohio Association of Magistrates.

Kathleen Phipps (A/S ’89) is the new media director for the Elida school district in Ohio.

Dr. Martino Harmon (Bus ’87, Med ’98, PhD ’13) was selected as Iowa State University’s next senior vice president for student affairs. Harmon was formerly the associate vice president for student affairs at ISU. He previously served at Cincinnati State Community College, Rhodes State College, Washatenaw Community College and The University of Toledo.

Michael McAlear (Bus ’82, MBA ’90) is a new member of the Owens Community College board of trustees. Owens Community College is located in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Doug McCartney (Univ Coll ’82, Med ’84) has been elected president of the Consortium of College and University Media Centers. He will host the 2016 CCUMC Conference in San Antonio, Texas, this November.

Jeff Wojtkowiak (UTCTC ’87) has been appointed vice president of operations for Kroger’s Atlanta division. He joined Kroger in 1981 as a utility clerk in Toledo and has held several leadership positions, including his most recent role as vice president of operations for Kroger’s Columbus division. wojtkowiak

*Mark Sobczak (Univ Coll ’80) is the new chief of staff for Mayor Hicks-Hudson in Toledo. He was promoted from his position of chief operating officer.


Rogelio Flores (Univ Coll ’91) and his wife, Flavia Flores, introduced their Brazilian cheese bread, P*DE*Q, to Northwest Ohio and Southwest Michigan via the Costco store in Perrysburg, Ohio. Their tapioca-based cheese bread has a unique texture: crispy on the outside, warm and spongy on the inside. Their retail store and manufacturing facility is located in Fresno, Calif.

Adinolfi 2011 Karen Adinolfi (A/S ’92) was elected to chair the board of trustees of the Akron Blind Center, located in Akron, Ohio. Adinolfi is a partner at the law firm of Roetzel & Andress LPA and focuses her practice on labor and employment litigation, regulatory compliance, and union matters.

*Gino Torio (Eng ’98, MEng ’06) has been named vice president of sales and engineering for AMG Industries in Mount Vernon, Ohio. AMG Industries is a highly diversified metals fabricator that supplies product to automotive original equipment manufacturers.

Dr. Eric W. Fulcomer (PhD ’03) has been named president of Rockford University, effective July 1, 2016. Rockford University, founded in 1847, is a private American liberal arts college in Rockford, Illinois. The Rockford University Eric Fulcomer_ Ph_D

Ryan J. Thompson (Bus ’03) has joined Signature Bank, N.A. as vice president in the client development group. Signature Bank is located in Toledo.

Shelly Musshel Kennedy (Law ’05), a staff attorney to James D. Jensen at the Sixth District Court of Appeals in Toledo, was recently elected to a two-year term to the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) Council of Delegates. The council is one of the two major governing bodies of the Ohio State Bar Association. Kennedy was chosen to chair the OSBA’s Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee.

Maureen O’Connell (MA ’09) was named BCSN teacher of the month in January 2016. O’Connell teaches American studies, sociology and social psychology at Waite High School in Toledo.

Faculty, staff & friends
Hamann Michael Hamann (former UT student) was twice drafted by professional baseball teams. Hamann was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 2009, played baseball on scholarship at UT and was then drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2012.
Births and Marriages
Isaac Weber (Eng ’12) and Leslie Harris were married on March 19 in the Archbold Evangelical Church in Archbold, Ohio. weber
Robinson Bradyn Robinson (Ed ’12) and Morgan Kernodle announced their engagement and plan to wed on July 30, 2016 in Burlington, N.C. Robinson is a seventh grade science teacher and coach at Turrentine Middle School in Burlington and Kernodle is a sixth grade language arts teacher at the same school.
Danielle Michele Owens (A/S ’10, MHHS ’12) and Matthew Thomas Daugherty exchanged vows on April 23, 2016. Owens is employed at Applewood Centers in Elyria, Ohio and Newleaf Counseling in Avon, Ohio and Daugherty is employed at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. owens
Schild Ryan Schild (Bus ’11) and Katie Duffey, of Norwalk, Ohio, will marry on May 14, 2016 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Norwalk. Schild is a sales representative for Fastenal in Elyria, Ohio and Duffey is a kindergarten teacher at St. Francis Xavier School in Willard, Ohio.

Abigail Barger (HHS ’13) and Daniel Beauch announced their engagement. A June 11, 2016 wedding is planned.

*Emily Ann Miller (HS ’15) and Benjamin Noah Ray Renwand announced their engagement and will be married on July 9, 2016. MILLER
Beck Valarie Christine Beck (Ed ’11) and Lucas David Johnson are engaged and planning a June 18, 2016 wedding at The Chapel in Sandusky, Ohio. Beck is employed as a service coordinator/home visitor with the Huron County Help Me Grow program and Johnson is employed as a conductor for Norfolk Southern.
Andrew Pleiman (Eng ’07) and Abby Frilling were married in February 2016 in the St. Michael Catholic Church in Fort Loramie, Ohio. Pleiman
Paiz *Dr. Joshua M. Paiz (A/S ’09, MA ’11) and Bin Hu were married in a civil ceremony on January 7, 2016 in Rockville, Md. Paiz is a language lecturer in the writing program of NYU Shanghai and Hu is a software engineer for Hughes Communications in Gaithersburg, Md.
Scott Braddock (Eng ’05, MEng ’08) and Summer Reinke announced their engagement and will be married on October 15, 2016 at the Club at Hillbrook in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Braddock-
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Andrew E. Anderson, Toledo at 95. Former law instructor at UT.

Dr. Hubert E. Appert, Toledo at 86. Appert taught at MCO for three decades. He joined the faculty in 1973 as an associate professor of research and physiology. In 1993, he was named professor of surgery and physiology, and retired in 2003.

Barbara M. (McGough) Rauhut, Walbridge, Ohio at 76. She was a member of the Satellites Auxiliary who volunteered in pastoral care.

Christine A. (Singlar) Sanchez (Bus ’88), Walbridge, Ohio at 50. She was a registered nurse at the UT Medical Center from 2007 to 2011.

Barbara Ann St. John (Ed ’58, Med ’60, PhD ’73), Toledo at 79. She was a former instructor at the University from 1994 to 2002.

Irene Alise Briga (A/S ’79, MA ’89), Maumee, Ohio. She worked in the UT Bookstore until her retirement in 1989.

Lois E. Driver (Ed ’61), Toledo at 82. A former cashier at UT.

**Robert Lunbeck (att. 1948), Chilmark, Ma. at 88.


Dorothy Jadlocki (A/S ’48), Bowling Green, Ohio at 94.

Marian Phipps (Ed ’48), Oregon, Ohio at 90.


Ervin Monday (Bus ’51), Whitesburg, Tenn. at 89.

Joseph Swantack (Bus ’55), Toledo at 87.

Bernard Crossen (Bus ’51), Toledo at 90.

Maryann Pakulski (Med ’58, Ed Spec ’86), Toledo at 78.

Otto Beckhoff (A/S ’56), Williamsburg, Va. at 82.

Eugene Weaver (Bus ’54), Dearborn Heights, Mich. at 84.

Frank Erme (MEd ’56), Toledo at 87.

Edgar Cann (Bus ’50), Toledo at 90.


**Jerry Finch (Eng ’62), Maumee, Ohio at 84.

Susan Powder (Ed ’63), Toledo at 74.

Beverly Case (Ed ’68, Med ’85), Toledo at 69.

**Rita Gibson (Ed ’69, Med ’85), Waterville, Ohio at 80.

Pauline English (Med ’69), Toledo at 96.


**Jay Mertz (Univ Coll ’78), Grosse Ile, Mich. at 60.

*David White (Bus ’70), Sylvania, Ohio at 69.

Gary Taynor (A/S ’76), Toledo at 68.

Willa Johnson (UTCTC ’73), Toledo at 84.

David Nirschl (UTCTC ’76, A/S ’80), Rossford, Ohio at 67.

Dr. Leonard Collier (RES ’70), St. Petersburg, Fla. at 79.

*Amos Clay (Med ’75), Toledo at 81.

Daniel Brimmer (UTCTC ’72), Toledo at 77.

*Patrick Laughlin (Eng ’76), Perrysburg, Ohio at 67.


Dr. Mark Storey (Bus ’81, A/S ’81, MED ’89), Pittsburgh, Pa. at 58.

Thomas Maher (Univ Coll ’82), Champlain, N.Y. at 66.

Catherine Smith (Med ’89, Ed Spec ’97), Toledo at 57.

Douglas Perry (UTCTC ’80), Sylvania, Ohio at 57.

Dean Myers (UTCTC ’87), Summertown, Tenn. at 52.

Barbara Smith (UTCTC ’86, UTCTC ’99), Toledo at 57.

Annette Nolan (Ed ’83), Westlake, Ohio at 57.


Margaret Lawless (Med ’97), Sylvania, Ohio at 54.

Eric Hill (A/S ’97), Toledo at 44.

Eric Pflegharr (UTCTC ’92), Toledo at 61.


Rhonda Slomkowski (Ed ’06), Lambertville, Mich. at 48.

Anthony Siciliano (Law ’00), Columbus, Ohio at 43.


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Dr. Christine Manzey (Ed ’77, Ed ’78, MS ’85, PhD ’10) retired from Notre Dame Academy, located in Toledo, after nearly 32 years of service. Manzey taught science in the areas of anatomy, AP biology, physiology, comparative animal physiology and even started a molecular genetics course at the school. Manzey
Schutz Dr. Robert Schutz (MED ’86) joined Bluffton Women’s Care as an obstetrician and gynecologist. Bluffton Women’s Care is located in Bluffton, Ohio and is part of the Blanchard Valley Medical Practices.
**Kristi K. Hoffman (A/S ’86) published a book for teen and preteen girls, “Total Package Girl.” Hoffman is a national speaker, award-winning TV host and PBS-TV media personality. Her book helps girls across the globe tackle confidence battles, body image issues, cyberbullying and peer pressure situations using secret weapons, quizzes, power quotes, and deep-dive activities. Hoffman

Timothy Hood (Ed ’83) was named BCSN Teacher of the Month in January 2016. Hood teaches Spanish at Ottawa Hills Junior/Senior High School in Ottawa Hills, Ohio.

Tudor Jarrod Tudor (MA ’93, Law ’95) was selected as the new dean and chief administrative officer for the Burton Township campus of Kent State University.

Jim Barone (Law ’94) was elected senior vice president for group business development at MGA (managing general agent) distribution for Ameritas Life and Ameritas Life of New York. His responsibilities include leading the group division’s MGA distribution and expansion.

Sgt. Mike McGee (UTCTC ’93) retired from the Toledo Police Department after 30 years of service. McGee was a leader of the department’s former mounted patrol, serving with the unit in the 1980s and from 1999 to 2006. McGee

Susan Smith (A/S ’93, A/S ’93) has been appointed as the official Delaware County, Ind., historian. Smith will act primarily as a resource person for Delaware County’s historical and genealogical organizations, serve as liaison between statewide agencies and local organizations and answer queries from the public.

Dubios Dr. Bradley Dubois (MED ’95, RES ’97) is a family medicine specialist who started seeing patients in January at Whitewater Valley Primary Care in Connersville, Ind.

Mary C. Chapin (Law ’92) was appointed as vice president and chief legal officer of The National Student Clearinghouse, located in Herndon, Va. Formed in 1993, The National Student Clearinghouse is a trusted source for and leading provider of higher education verifications and electronic education record exchanges, handling more than 1.2 billion education record transactions annually.

**Dr. Devdutta Sangvai (MED ’98, RES ’01) has been appointed by the governor of North Carolina to the North Carolina Medical Care Commission. Sangvai is associate chief medical officer at Duke University Health Systems. He is very active in the medical community and has served as President of the Medical Society, an assistant professor at Duke, Executive Director for Duke Connected Care Clinically Integrated Network, and various committees for Duke University Health System. The Medical Care Commission adopts statewide plans for the construction and maintenance of hospitals, medical centers and other health care facilities. The commission has 17 members, each serving a four-year term.

Cheri A. Budzynski (Law ’07) is an attorney at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo and was just named to the firm’s partnership. Budzynski is a partner in the environmental practice group and her area has an emphasis on air and water issues that impact industry. Budzynski_Cheri_300dpi

Robb Williams (MBA ’00) recently launched the Midwest division of his company, Founders Professional, with a downtown Chicago office of five employees. Founders Professional is a wholesale insurance brokerage specializing in the placement of professional liability insurance.


*Daniel Woodcock (Bus ’14) recently launched his web marketing business, Birney Woodcock, started the Toledo Matters podcast, and was nominated for Toledo’s 20 Under 40 Award.

Faculty, staff & friends

Ed Miller, a 90 year old Rockets fan, still has football season tickets and women’s basketball season tickets and attends every home game. Ed also still teaches ballroom dancing. During his time at the University he wrestled and has a plaque in his home that shows he was at the Olympic Trials for wrestling in 1952.

Births and Marriages

*Dr. Joseph Shipman (MED ’14) and Lauren Gregoricka announced their engagement and are planning a May 13, 2016 wedding at The Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth, Mich.

Beck Valerie Christine Beck (Ed ’11) and Lucas David Johnson announced their engagement and will wed on June 18, 2016 at The Chapel in Sandusky, Ohio.

Dr. Eric Thompson (Pharm ’05, PharmD ’07) and Dr. Erin Thompson (Pharm ’10, PharmD ’12) welcomed their first child, Mallory Lynn Thompson on November 8, 2015.

Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Dr. William U. McDonald, Toledo at 88. He taught in the UT Department of English for nearly four decades. He joined the University as an instructor in 1955. Two years later, McDonald became an assistant professor, was promoted to associate professor in 1961, and was named professor in 1966. During his career, he served as assistant chair of the English Department and chair of basic English classes from 1960 to 1966; director of graduate studies in English from 1966 to 1968; director of freshman English from 1968 to 1972; and associate chair of the English Department from 1966 to 1985. He retired in 1985 and continued to teach part time until 1993, when he was named professor emeritus.

Andrew J. Minet, Toledo at 71. He was a former employee at UT Medical Center.

Mary Ann (Braucher) Wilczynski, Toledo at 67. She was a custodian at UT from 1989 to 2008.

Dr. Jeffrey G. Dunn, Toledo at 78. He was a visiting professor in the Chemistry Department from 1998 to 2001, and then served as director of the College of Arts and Sciences Instrumentation Center from 2001 to 2006.

Jeannette E. “Jeanne” Miller, Toledo at 92. She worked at MCO for several years in medical records and retired as tumor registrar in 1984.

**Dorothy Robinson, att. 1949, Eaglewood, Fla. at 93.

Dr. Ayyaswamy Thambuswamy (RES ’75), Perrysburg, Ohio at 85. He was a former volunteer assistant professor in the Department of Surgery.

Frances A. (Kwiatkowski) Bishop, Toledo at 57. She was a custodian at the University from 2007 to 2010.

Dr. Bernard A. Coyne, Ann Arbor, Mich. at 83. He came to the University in 1964 with the charge of establishing the Theatre and Speech Department. He served as the first chair of the department for 10 years. In that capacity, he helped shape the Theatre Department as well as its eventual home, the Center for Performing Arts, which opened in 1976. Over the years, Coyne directed numerous UT productions, and he was co-founder of the Creative Arts Community in Toledo and founder of the Alternate Theatre Company in Toledo. In 1968, he was elected to a two-year term on the board of directors for the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology, a New York-based organization dedicated to improving technical standards. He retired from the University in 1985 and received emeritus status.

Grace L. (Goodsite) Russell, Waterville, Ohio at 94. She was a retired University employee.


Harry Warnke (Bus ’41), Des Plaines, Ill. at 96.

Joseph Koluch (Eng ’49), Northwood, Ohio at 89.

Jeanette Deacon (Ed ’48), Lisle, Ill. at 88.

Stanley Camp (Bus ’49), Toledo at 94.


Marcia Judge (Pharm ’57), Camden, Mich. at 81.

Robert Mallory (Bus ’57), Toledo at 90.

Benjamin Landis (MEd ’56), San Mateo, Calif. at 89.

Marylou Toth (Ed ’53), Gig Harbor, Wash. at 80.

**Raymond Squire (Eng ’57), Toledo at 84.

Virginia Garofalo (Ed ’50), Red Hook, N.Y. at 88.


**Paul Cairl (MEd ’63), Findlay, Ohio at 88.

Barbara Douthett (Ed ’69), Toledo at 68.

**Lawrence Fleck (Bus ’60), Toledo at 80.

Mary Tubbs (Ed ’68, MEd ’72), Toledo at 73.

Robert Wimberly (A/S ’61, MS ’66), Port Charlotte, Fla. at 79.

James Wilkinson (Bus ’69), Toledo at 71.


Rev. Linda Rahe (NRS ’77, MNRS ’87), Findlay, Ohio at 71.

Peter Barber (Law ’78), Toledo at 68.

Charles Berning (UTCTC ’74), Toledo at 72.

**Phillip Gill (A/S ’71), Ottawa Lake, Mich. at 68.

Mark Furman (UTCTC ’79, UTCTC ’89), Toledo at 66.

Karen Long (Ed ’75), Toledo at 65.

Kathleen Francis (Ed ’76, MA ’87), Sylvania, Ohio at 77.

**Hilde Hildebrandt (A/S ’75), Buckeye Lake, Ohio at 83.

William Knoblauch (Ed ’71), Maumee, Ohio at 70.

David Hoffman (Eng ’74), Centreville, Md. at 74.


Freda Stovall (UTCTC ’80), Toledo at 65.

Eric Bischoff (Ed ’88), Ashland, Ohio at 52.

Renee Potts (Law ’89), Marion, Ohio at 52.

Eric Ramlow (Bus ’84), Bowling Green, Ohio at 54.

Kathleen Kolinski (UTCTC ’84), Colorado Springs, Colo. at 60.


Donald Holman (UTCTC ’92), Toledo at 64.

Phillip Haas (MS ’94), Akron, Ohio at 73.


Pauline Kynard (A/S ’02), Toledo at 60.

Alexander Conn (Law ’08), Falls Church, Va. at 34.


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**Dr. Richard Perry (Ed ’48, MA ’50, PhD ’64) was presented with the Soldier’s Medal during a ceremony at UT in November 2015. Perry earned the medal by helping after an explosion at a post in Germany on April 6, 1945. He carried men to safety and returned several times to remove unexploded ammunition before he was injured by an exploding phosphorus grenade. The medal is awarded for heroism not involving enemy contact. Perry is a retired UT professor.


Charles H. Fairbank Jr. (Bus ’67) was selected as the Henderson County Habitat for Humanity Volunteer of the Year in 2014. He also received the Hendersonville Shrine Club Distinguished Service Award for 2013. Fairbank is a long-time resident of Hendersonville, N.C.


**Thomas M. Wochok (Law ’74) recently became associated with the Law Office of William E. Artz, P.C. in Northern Virginia. The firm specializes in medical negligence cases and handles matters in Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland.


Dr. William Jaquis (MED ’89) was announced as the secretary-treasurer of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Board of Directors. Jaquis is chief of emergency services at LifeBridge Health and chief of the department of emergency medicine at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. He has been active on the state and national levels for ACEP for two decades and assumed the presidency of Maryland ACEP this year. ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine and has 53 chapters in the United States and its territories.

Terri Mortemore (Ed ’82, MEd ’91) was awarded the title of High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year for the Toledo area from the local American Chemical Society. The organization honored her for sharing the excitement of chemistry and inspiring future scientists through her dedication to motivating students. Mortemore has taught chemistry at Maumee High School since 1989.

Michelle Bogue (A/S ’87) received the 2015 Conservation Educator of the Year award from the Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District. Bogue is an environmental sciences teacher at Sylvania, Ohio’s Northview High School.

*Tim Croak (A/S ’82) had his book, “The Light, A Guide for Living Life with Awareness, Honor, and Purpose,” published in September 2015. Croak is one of America’s top financial advisors, and he helps put money, wealth, and power into perspective. He confirms that life is about the people around us, the experiences we share, and the ways we help each other grow individually and as a society. Croak

Carrie Rehmert (Univ Coll ’98) was named Reid Health’s November Ambassador. She has worked at Reid for 17 years and is the lead CAT scan technologist in the radiology department. Reid Health’s main campus is located in Richmond, Ind.

Jana McVetta (Ed ’93, MEd ’93) was promoted to support services quality manager of the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities in Lima, Ohio. The position oversees ancillary support services and programs in the community support services department, coordinating all quality and compliance systems.

William Sholl (MBA ’97) was hired at Defiance College, located in Defiance, Ohio, in January as an assistant professor of practice of marketing.

DiBasio Barry DiBiasio (Univ Coll ’90) recently joined the Bolte Real Estate staff of realtors, located in Port Clinton, Ohio. DiBiasio is the founder and CEO of STEPS Agency, Inc., based in Fremont, Ohio. STEPS is certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and serves over 70 individuals with developmental disabilities throughout Northwest Ohio.

John D. McIntyre (UTCTC ’93) was reappointed to the five-member Ohio Real Estate Appraiser Board by Gov. John Kasich. McIntyre is president of the John McIntyre Group Ltd., which specializes in residential and commercial Ohio real estate property appraisals, located in Toledo.

Mark W. Stahl (Bus ’91) was been sworn in as an Ottawa County, Ohio, commissioner. Stahl previously served as a county commissioner from 2009 through 2012 and will serve as the commissioner through January 1, 2017.

Ali H. Ismail (Bus ’95, MBA ’00) was appointed as the Minister of National Planning and Development of the Republic of Somaliland in November 2015. Ismail is now responsible for all national planning of economy and development in a macro-level. Somaliland is internationally recognized as an autonomous region of Somalia.

Dr. Sherri Winegardner (MNRS ’95) is the director of the new four-year academic program in nursing at Bluffton University, located in Bluffton, Ohio.

Khaled Smaili (Eng ’93) was invited to join The Expert Network, an invitation only service for distinguished professionals. Smaili has been chosen as a Distinguished Executive based on peer reviews and ratings, dozens of recognition, and accomplishments achieved throughout his career. He currently works for Accenture, located in San Jose, Calif., one of the premier global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing firms in the world. There he serves as a leading solution architecture executive at the firm’s infrastructure services practice.

Dr. Scott J. Anzalone (MED ’95) was chosen by The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, located in Athens, Ohio, as one of its master faculty. Every four years, the college bestows this honor on a small number of physicians teaching at its clinical campuses, for their outstanding contributions to Heritage College.

*Dr. Caroline Brackette (A/S ’94, A/S ’98, MHSHS ’00, PhD ’07), associate professor of counseling in Mercer University’s Penfield College, located in Atlanta, Ga., was appointed to the Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities Planning Board by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. The board provides and facilitates coordinated and comprehensive planning in conformity with standards and procedures established by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.

Milan D. Slak (Bus ’91) is now a taxation law member of the Pennsylvania office of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus P.A. The firm is a full-service, mid-sized business law firm with 130 attorneys in three offices in Allentown, Pa., Bridgewater, N.J., and New York, N.Y.

Edward L. Schimmel (A/S ’99, Law ’03) took office on January 1, 2016 as mayor of the city of Northwood, Ohio. He previously served as a city councilman for eight years. Schimmel will continue to practice law with the firm Hizer & Schimmel, with offices in the Toledo area.

Denise Friend (MEd ’97) won Ohio’s Yearly Excellence in Teaching Award from the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, a statewide award for teaching English to people from around the world.


Jonathan Gadd (Bus ’05) was elected to the board of directors for First Tee of Akron, Ohio. Gadd is vice president of sales and marketing for Managed Care Advisory Group (MGAG), headquartered in Toledo. MGAG is a medical consulting firm specializing in audits and settlements. First Tee of Akron provides young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop life-enhancing values such as confidence, perseverance, and judgement through golf and character development.

Stephen Chang (Bus ’02) has been named senior manager of Rehmann’s audit and assurance department in Troy, Mich. Chang will serve commercial clients. Rehmann provides one-on-one financial services to small business and middle-market companies throughout Michigan and beyond. Chang

Dr. Jeffrey Hunek (MED ’01) opened his new practice, Dermatology and Dermatolic Surgery in Venice, Fla.

jackson, evan Evan Jackson (Univ Coll ’04, MHSHS ’06), a school counselor at Sidney High School in Sidney, Ohio, has been elected as president of the Ohio School Counselor Association (OSCA). He will serve a 3-year term and serves as the representative for all school counselors, counselor educators and student members of the OSCA.

Dr. Judi Nath (PhD ’00) is one of six faculty appointments for the 2015-16 academic year at Lourdes University, located in Sylvania, Ohio. Nath is the writer-in-residence for the College of Arts and Sciences and also teaches anatomy and physiology, biology, nursing and pre-med to undergraduate and graduate students.

Laila Ariss (Ed ’02, MEd ’09) was recognized by her peers at Maumee Valley Country Day School, located in Toledo, as an excellent teacher. She is a leader in implementing differentiated instructional practices in her classroom.

Carl J. Daniel (HSHS ’09), a State Highway Patrol Trooper, has been selected 2015 Trooper of the Year of the Findlay, Ohio, post. He was selected by his fellow troopers based on leadership abilities, professional ethics, courteous treatment of others, enthusiastic work attitude and cooperation with supervisors, peers, and the public.

Kenneth P. Hicks (Law ’00) was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates for Wayne County, District 19. Hicks is an attorney in Huntington, W. Va.


Dr. Dilip Das (PhD ’13), assistant vice provost for academic affairs at the University of Michigan, was named to the Washtenaw Community College board of trustees.

Dr. Brett Brodbeck (HSHS ’11) opened his new chiropractic office, Modern Spine Chiropractic Center in Bucyrus, Ohio. In addition to seeing patients in Bucyrus, he also works with patients in Columbus, Ohio, Tennessee, and other locales describing those as “virtual” appointments on Skype. Brodbeck_small

*Blake Bacho (Comm/Arts ’15) accepted the position of sports editor for the Potter Leader-Enterprise, located in Coudersport, Pa.

Births and Marriages
BOBmILLER Bob Miller (A/S ’96) married his partner of 19.5 years, Brian Jantz, on December 30, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. They have been together since August 1996 and first exchanged rings on December 30, 1996. They met when Bob went to grad school at Mississippi State University for his master’s program.
*Jennifer K. Ryan (Ed ’15) and *Michael D. Thomas (Bus ’14) were married on August 1, 2015 at Heatherdowns Country Club in Toledo. They currently reside in Toledo. THOMASryan
spitler Noelle Gabrielle Spitler (MNRS ’14) and Robert James Isphording were married July 25, 2015 at GESU Roman Catholic Parish in Toledo. Noelle is an RN at Flower Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio and Robert is an audiologist employed at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Toledo.

Chelsea Kay Wymer (A/S ’11) and Joseph Michael Khristov (Bus ’08) were joined in marriage on May 30, 2015 during a double-ring ceremony held at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Perrysburg, Ohio. Chelsea is employed by Hylant in Toledo as a talent acquisition specialist and Joseph is employed by Dana Corp., in Maumee, Ohio, as an accounts receivable analyst.

*Scott Grekowicz (Eng ’15) and Kayla Bischer announced their engagement and are planning a wedding on April 30, 2016. Grekowicz
Heil Thomas William Heil (Eng ’95) and Kristina Ann Jones are engaged and will be married on June 4, 2016 at Springfield Assembly of God in Akron, Ohio.
*Amanda Marie Isaacson (HS ’15) and Bryan James Cajka were joined in marriage on January 2, 2016 in Stony Ridge, Ohio. Isaacson

Lynn Moran (Ed ’87, Ed Spec ’11) and Jeff Gajdostik celebrated their love of the Ohio State University and University of Michigan rivalry during their November 2015 wedding reception. They each wore the jersey of their team of choice and the game was playing on TV during the festivities. Lynn is the principal at Larchmont Elementary School in Toledo and Jeff is a groundskeeper at UT’s Main Campus.

BifulcoSalsbury Alyssa Bifulco (Ed ’12, MHS ’14) and Clayton Salsbury (Eng ’11) announced their engagement in November 2015. Alyssa is employed as a speech language pathologist for Findlay, Ohio schools and Clayton is a maintenance and engineering manager at Lubrizol Advanced Materials. The couple will exchange vows in summer 2016 in Grand Rapids, Ohio.
Kendra Danielle Hudson (Ed ’11) and Matthew Thomas Lindsey were united in marriage on October 3, 2015 at Tall Timbers in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Kendra is a paralegal/licensing coordinator for the State of Ohio Chiropractic Board and Matthew is employed by Kroger. Hudson
Rentz *Brock Owen Rentz (Eng ’14) and Rebecca Lynn Kellogg are engaged and will wed on September 10, 2016 in Maumee, Ohio. Brock is an engineer at Toledo Engineering Co., Inc., and Rebecca is a resident support specialist at Behavioral Connections in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Curt Baden (Bus ’07) and Jennifer (Sutter) Baden were married June 20, 2015 in a ceremony held at Providence Lutheran Church in Holland, Ohio. Their reception was held at the Valleywood Golf Course in Swanton, Ohio. Baden
Greenleaf Amber Greenleaf (Law ’09) and Brandon Duber were married on October 11, 2015 in Aspen, Colo. Amber is a tax attorney and Brandon is lawyer and partner at Bentoff and Duber, located in Cleveland, Ohio.
Carly Safier (MED ’14) and Robert Dulabon announced their engagement and are planning an April 2016 wedding. Carly is a pediatric resident at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and Robert is a mechanical engineer at Phillips Respironics and director at Rodu Training. safier
Blakely Sarah (Heydinger) Blakeley (A/S ’04) and Matt Blakeley (Eng ’05) welcomed a baby girl, Ellena, to their family in September 2015. She joins big sisters Charlotte and Stella.
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Barbara Kolb Beittel, Marietta, Ohio at 89. She was a former adjunct faculty member in the Music Department.

Dr. Patrick Mulrow, Jupiter Island, Fla. at 88. Mulrow joined the MCO faculty in 1975 as professor and chair of the Department of Medicine. His research on hypertension was known around the world. In 1991, he was elected chair of the American Heart Association’s Council for High Blood Pressure Research. He was elected secretary-general of the World Hypertension League in Ottawa, Ontario. He retired in 1997, was granted emeritus status and continued his research. In 2004, Mulrow received the MCO Career Achievement Award.

Dr. Hector Ramirez, Perrysburg, Ohio at 76. He completed his residency in vascular surgery at MCO and was an assistant instructor of surgery in 1972 and 1973.

Howard M. Selland, Henderson, Nev. at 72. Selland was a former trustee on the MCO Board of Trustees from 1995 to 2000. He was the former president of Aeroquip and senior vice president and group executive of Eaton Corp.

Wilma G. Furfaro-Cook, Holland, Ohio at 84. She was a former nurse at MCO.

Barbara J. Hill Shaw, Toledo at 71. She was a former MCO employee.

Clara E. Patton Sciplin, Toledo at 81. She was a former UT employee.

Garry Lee Anderson, Toledo at 59. He was a custodial worker at the University for 21 years. He joined the MCO staff in 1994.

Mary Frances “Tibble” Doyle Foster, Perrysburg, Ohio at 86. She was a member of the MCO Board of Trustees from 1975 to 1984. She was a founding board member of Hospice of Northwest Ohio and a former president of Planned Parenthood of Toledo and Junior League of Toledo.

Carole A. Golder, Covington, Ky. at 58. She was a former UT employee.

Dr. Howard S. Madigan, Sylvania, Ohio at 94. He joined the College of Medicine and Life Sciences as assistant dean for continuing education in 1968 and became associate dean and associate professor of surgery one year later. In 1986, he returned to the faculty and retired as an associate professor in 1987. Madigan received a volunteer appointment as clinical associate professor of surgery, a position he held until 2004. He was a founding member of the American Academy of Continuing Medical Education.

JoAnn Valvo (Univ Coll ’91, MEd ’92), Toledo at 70. She volunteered with the Satellites Auxiliary for 20 years.

Donna M. Belkofer, Curtice, Ohio at 71. She joined the UT staff in 2002 and retired as administrative secretary 2 in 2014.

**Eloise N. Chantoff (Ed ’71, MEd ’76), Toledo at 87. She was a former UT clerical worker.

**Robert E. “Bob” O’Brien (Bus ’49), Toledo at 89. He was a founding member of the UT Center for Family and Privately Held Business. O’Brien was a member and former chair of the center’s advisory board.

Alicia E. Preslan, Bowling Green, Ohio at 64. She was a former instructor in the Judith Herb College of Education.

Russell W. Rice (Eng ’52), Toledo at 91. He retired from MCO as director of the physical plant.

Jacquelyn L. Romano, Toledo at 81. She was a former MCO employee.


Jesse Frey (Eng ’48), Indianapolis, Ind. at 93.

Claire Whitehead (Ed ’47, MEd ’74), Maumee, Ohio at 90.

Romilda Petersen (Ed ’48), Fairfield, Ohio at 92.

**Kenneth Leininger (Bus ’49), St. Petersburg, Fla. at 91.

**Helen Seizert (A/S ’48), Fort Myers, Fla. at 90.

Donald Sell (A/S ’49), Toledo at 89.

Ellsworth Shinavar (Eng ’47), Oxnard, Calif. at 89.


*Frederick Dzienny (Bus ’57), Toledo at 81.

**Delos Palmer (Eng ’52), Naples, Fla. at 86.

James Whitten (Eng ’55), Grand Rapids, Ohio at 85.

*Robert Dunlop (Eng ’56), Camarillo, Calif. at 84.

**Frederick Blanchard (Eng ’55), Tucson, Ariz. at 86.

Nancy Hipp (A/S ’55, Ed ’60, MEd ’69), Maumee, Ohio at 82.

Frank Swanson (Eng ’53), Livonia, Mich. at 85.

Joseph Kinshaw (Ed ’57), at 82.

James Hyland (MEng ’55, MBA ’66), Toledo at 92.

James Duwve (Eng ’57), Jerome, Mich. at 81.

Glenda Boehk (Ed ’56), Rockport, Texas at 81.

Dr. Frederick Gawecki (A/S ’58), Papillion, Neb. at 79.


John Szymanski (UTCTC ’64), Toledo at 80.

Michael Prephan (Ed ’61, Law ’68), at 81.

Owen Jansen (Ed ’63, MEd ’79), North Port, Fla. at 76.

**Paul Booher (Bus ’67), Toledo at 86.

**Robert Fox (MBA ’69), Holland, Ohio at 80.

Ronald Parsons (MEd ’68), Milton Freewater, Ore. at 81.

John Cooper (UTCTC ’68, Univ Coll ’80), Swanton, Ohio at 74.

Doran Snyder (MEd ’63), Walbridge, Ohio at 83.

Joseph Blumberg (Eng ’64), Atlanta, Ga. at 73.

Larry Gardner (Bus ’63), Waterville, Ohio at 74.

Orris Tabner (Ed ’68), Toledo at 83.


Henry Wolf (Ed ’71), Swanton, Ohio at 68.

Thomas Specht (Ed ’70), at 67.

Margaret Fields (MEd ’71), at 79.

Mertie Kynard (UTCTC ’78), Toledo at 76.

Martin Dorf (A/S ’78), Huber Heights, Ohio at 62.

George Deem (Univ Coll ’72), Oregon, Ohio at 75.

**William Bussdieker (UTCTC ’76, Eng ’79), Hilliard, Ohio at 70.

Patricia Wechtel (A/S ’71), Toledo at 87.

Joseph Shaw (Law ’75), at 66.

John Starzynski (A/S ’77, MS ’80), North Bend, Wash. at 60.

Charles Gibbons (MEd ’71), Rossford, Ohio at 77.

James Burlage (Univ Coll ’74), Perrysburg, Ohio at 63.

**Doris Danekind (Ed ’71), Oregon, Ohio at 92.

James Mack (Univ Coll ’76, MEd ’01), Toledo at 71.

Dr. Dean Huffman (MED ’74), Portage, Mich. at 68.

Dr. Jeffrey Miles (MEng ’73, PhD ’80), Beachwood, Ohio at 74.

Dr. Michael Schuster (A/S ’79), Elmore, Ohio at 59.

Marc Schoonmaker (A/S ’79), Toledo at 61.

Kenneth Iler (Univ Coll ’73), Las Vegas, Nev. at 73.

Daniel Matuszewski (Univ Coll ’90), Rossford, Ohio at 90.

John Atkinson (Unic Coll ’73), Toledo at 85.

Ronald Harris (UTCTC ’72), Toledo at 66.


Michael Mayer (Ed ’81), Fairborn, Ohio at 57.

**Timothy Boos (A/S ’89), Kenosha, Wis. at 49.

Carlton Bembry (Univ Coll ’84), Los Angeles, Calif. at 57.

Susan Picknell (Pharm ’80), Gahanna, Ohio at 58.

Thomas Biggs (MEd ’81), Maumee, Ohio at 80.

Janet Schoemaker-Wallbank (A/S ’82), Howell, Mich. at 68.

Dr. Randall McCollister (MED ’81, RES ’82), South Point, Ohio at 66.

Mary Schrock (Ed ’82, MEd ’85), Wauseon, Ohio at 80.

Jeanne Craig (UTCTC ’87), Maryville, Tenn. at 62.

Barbara Madden (UTCTC ’85), Toledo at 55.

Pamela Kyle (UTCTC ’82), Toledo at 69.

Ronald Niemesh (MBA ’89), Frankfort, N.Y. at 66.


David Wheeler (Eng ’96), Toledo at 42.

Charles Buckenmeyer (MEd ’95), Monclova, Ohio at 78.

Elaine Schimmoeller (NRS ’97), Columbus Grove, Ohio at 62.

Johnnie Kimble (UTCTC ’98), Toledo at 61.

Delia Workman (UTCTC ’92, A/S ’94), Holland, Ohio at 70.

Kathleen Scott (A/S ’97, MEd ’01), Waterville, Ohio at 63.

Barbara DeWitt (Eng ’91), Spring Valley, Ohio at 74.

Joy Tester (UTCTC ’93), Dallas, Ga. at 50.

Sister M. Cabrini Warpeha (PhD ’91), Sylvania, Ohio at 86.

David Dimmer (A/S ’90, MA ’96), Toledo at 50.


JoAnne Wright (UTCTC ’06), Toledo at 64.

Michael Emerson (Bus ’04), Curtice, Ohio at 41.

Dr. Lindsey Phibbs (CMS ’05, MED ’10), Perrysburg, Ohio at 36.

Chardell Russell (HHS ’04), Toledo at 72.

Heather Cheloff (HHS ’04), Toledo at 35.

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**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

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Nancy Beach Forderer (Ed ’62, MEd ’89) recently had her book published by The Critical Thinking Company. Her book, “Vocabulary Virtuoso: Mastering Middle School Vocabulary,” was illustrated by one of her students.

John Richard (Dick) Wilson (Ed ’61, MEd ’66, Ed Spec ’74) was inducted posthumously to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum, located in Stillwater, Okla. Wilson was a three-time NCAA Championship runner-up and a three-time All-American for UT from 1959-61. He was the head wrestling coach at UT in 1967, and coached the Rockets from 1967-1974. His 1969 team won the MAC championship; three other teams were runners-up, and another finished third. Dick Wilson Full Body

**Bob Grant (A/S ’68) is currently serving his third term as President of the Board of Directors for Community Head Start Program of Morris County, N.J., a volunteer position. Head Start is celebrating its 50th anniversary as the premiere pre-school program for children from families with incomes below the federal poverty line.


**Nancy Lapp (Ed ’74, MEd ’77) was recently elected as a Trustee on the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, Library Legacy Foundation Board of Directors.

Gulas John Gulas (Law ’83) was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) and President/CEO of Trinity Capital Corporation (TCC). He was also appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of LANB and TCC. Gulas is also listed on the annual list of top CEOs by Albuquerque Business First.

Christopher Kelly (A/S ’81) was named planned giving product specialist at PNC Institutional Asset Management Group in Ann Arbor, Mich. Kelly is a member of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, the Michigan Council of Foundations, and sits on the Boards of the Northville Community Foundation and the Planned Giving Roundtable of Southeast Michigan.

Dr. Jan Kneeland (MED ’96) has joined the new family medicine practice in the Medical Office Building at Pelham Medical Center, located in Greer, S.C. kneeland

Dr. Quehuong Pham (A/S ’90, A/S ’91, MED ’95) has joined KentuckyOne Health Surgical Associates at Saint Joseph in London, Kentucky as a general surgeon.

Miller J. Douglas Miller (Eng ’90, Law ’99) a founding member of the intellectual property law firm of Fraser Clemens Martin & Miller, LLC, was appointed by the Wood County Commissioners to the Board of Trustees for the Northwestern Water & Sewer District. Miller is currently vice president of the Wood County Economic Development Commission, president of the Bulldog Foundation, Chair of the International Service Committee of the Rotary Club of Toledo, a member of the Board of Directors for Imagination Station, and a member of the Advisory Committee for LaunchPad Incubation at The University of Toledo.

Ben Tombaugh (Bus ’92) was inducted to the Sylvania Schools athletic hall of fame. Tombaugh graduated from Sylvania Northview High School, located in Sylvania, Ohio. He earned a total of seven varsity letters and was named the Great Lakes League co-offensive player of the year twice. He still holds the record for the longest run from scrimmage in University of Toledo history at 95 yards.

*Philip S. Heebsh (Ed ’98, Law ’02) is now a partner in the law firm of Roetzel & Andress LPA, located in Toledo, Ohio. Heebsh joins the firm’s employment services group. Heebsh 2015
Jennifer Grieco Jennifer Grieco (A/S ’93, Law ’97), a partner at Neuman Anderson, P.C., a Michigan based business law firm specializing in complex commercial litigation, was sworn in as secretary for the State Bar of Michigan for the 2015-2016 year. She concentrates her practice in the areas of complex commercial litigation, professional malpractice and coverage disputes.
Jaclyn Dight (A/S ’03, HSHS ’05) was inducted to the Ohio Northern University (ONU) Athletic Hall of Fame. To be inducted, one must have made contributions to the field of athletics through their athletic performance at the university or meritorious efforts made on behalf of athletics. Dight was a member of the track and field team at ONU. Dight

Dr. Robb Wiegand (MED ’03) is the new emergency department chief at the Dayton VA, located in Dayton, Ohio.

munsch Jason Munsch (Ed ’03, MS ’06) was named the head coach of the Florida Tech track and field team, located in Tampa, Fla.

Candi Wolbert (Bus ’02) has been appointed to serve as the Eastern Region Chair of the Safety and Security Council of the National Tank Truck Carriers Association. The eastern region encompasses 12 eastern U.S. states from the east coast to Ohio.

Matthew C. Spaulding (Law ’12) joined the Toledo office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP as a staff attorney and is practicing in the firm’s litigation practice group. Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is a full service law firm with more than 240 attorneys practicing in Toledo, Columbus, Ohio, Tampa and Sarasota, Fla. and Charlotte, N.C. Spaulding_Matthew_300dpi

Dr. Aqeel Ahmad (RES ’10) has joined the Essentia Health 32nd Avenue Clinic in Fargo, N.D. as a nephrologist.

burcher Dr. Theresa Burcher (MED ’11, MPH ’11) joined the obstetrician/gynecologist practice of Crozer-Keystone Women’s Health at Silverside, in Wilmington, Del.
Births and Marriages

Sarah (Heydinger) Blakeley (A/S ’04) and Matt Blakeley (Eng ’05) welcomed a baby girl, Ellena, to their family in September 2014. She joins big sisters Charlotte and Stella.

Rebecca Catherine Swierz (Pharm ’11, PharmD ’13) and Steven Joseph Margevicius (Pharm ’11, PharmD ’13) exchanged vows on August 22, 2014 at St. James Catholic Church in Lakewood, Ohio. Rebecca is a pharmacy clinical specialist at Southwest General in Middleburg Heights, Ohio and Matt is a pharmacist and anticoagulation supervisor at Veterans Affairs in Cleveland, Ohio. SwierzMargevicius

Erin Shaffer (Pharm ’14) and Aaron Copi (Eng ’14) were joined in marriage on September 5, 2014 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, their reception was held at LaRoy’s Hall in LaSalle, Mich. Shaffer is employed by Rite Aid Pharmacy and Aaron is employed by Matrix Technologies in Maumee, Ohio.

Lopez Aaron Lopez (MEd ’08) and Shaun Murphy were married in Hillsboro, Wis. on September 26, 2015. Aaron currently works at the Chamber Main Street and the Driftless Café in Viroqua, Wis., and Shaun currently works on the couple’s organic farm and as a transportation planner for Toole Design Group, based out of Minneapolis.
Craig Matthew Dapore (Eng ’11) and Amanda Lynn Subler exchanged vows on November 21, 2015 in St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Fort Loramie, Ohio. Craig is employed by Nidec-Minster Corp. in Minster, Ohio and Amanda is employed by Brilliant Beginnings Learning Center in Versailles, Ohio as a preschool teacher. DaPore
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Edward C. Dixon, age 77, a stationary engineer at MCO from 1980 to 1999.

Ruby I. Murray, age 78, a volunteer with the Satellites Auxiliary.

Rolland D. “Rollie” Jakubowski, age 82, an internal auditor at MCO who retired in 1995.

Santiago “Jim” Flores, age 89, a custodian at MCO from 1978 until his retirement in 1991.

Dr. George P. Guthrie, age 86, joined the UT faculty in 1961 and served as chair of the Philosophy Department from 1975 to 1982. Guthrie was granted emeritus status when he retired in 1988.

Jennifer Rockwood (A/S ’78), age 64, worked at UT for nearly three decades. In 1985, she joined the faculty of the Department of Theatre and Film. She was named director of UT’s First-Year Experience Program in 2003. After 10 years in that role, she returned to teaching as a senior lecturer and retired in 2014. She directed numerous productions for the University stage. Rockwood also directed shows for the Toledo Repertoire Theatre and the Village Players Theatre. In 2013, she received the University’s Edith Rathbun Award for Outreach and Engagement for her contribution to theatre and the arts in northwest Ohio.

Nina O. Close, age 93, a former secretary at UT.

Debra D. Hecklinger, at 65, was a former senior accountant at MCO for 18 years until her retirement in 1999.

Martha Burks McCoy, at 95, a janitor at UT for 16 years until her retirement in 1997.

*Betty Wittenberg, Toledo at 91.


**Arthur Cross (Bus ’39), Sylvania, Ohio at 98. A letterman in track, Cross was a past member of the Alumni Association and what is now the UT Foundation board of trustees.


**Sylvia Thal (A/S ’44), Madison, Wis. at 94.


Russell Kinter (Bus ’51), Adrian, Mich. at 86.

Theodore Rohweder (Eng ’56), Littleton, Colo. at 85.

Dominic Bruno (A/S ’55, Law ’64), Sylvania, Ohio at 82.

Russell Rice (Eng ’52), Toledo at 91.

Edward Daunhauer (Bus ’51), Toledo at 88.

John Scarlett (Eng ’50), Toledo at 90.

Marjorie Shedd (A/S ’50), Bloomington, Ind. at 87.

**E. Jermann (Law ’56), Sylvania, Ohio at 91.


Jane Kinney (Ed ’66), at 86.

Doris Gannon (MEd ’67), Pinehurst, N.C. at 88.

**Geneva Ramsuer (A/S ’66), Toledo at 101.

Paul McCrory (Law ’64), Toledo at 81.

John Robinson (Ed ’64, MEd ’68), Corvallis, Ohio at 79.

Kenneth Kujawa (A/S ’68, Law 71), Sylvania, Ohio at 68.

Delores Heath (Ed ’63, MEd ’75, Ed Spec ’81), Sylvania, Ohio at 84.

James Siewert (MEd ’69), Findlay, Ohio at 81.

Albert Baumgartner (att. 1964), Toledo at 76.

Paula Pushka (MBA ’66, Eng ’73), Lakewood, Colo. at 65.

**Jay Gilchrist (Ed ’61, MEd ’65), Toledo at 78.


Carol Downs (Bus ’74), at 63.

James Wilson (Ed ’75), Freedom, Pa. at 64.

Gussie Hawthorne (UTCTC ’71, Ed ’81), Toledo at 78.

Waldron Fowler (att. 1973), Toledo at 84.

Ronald Goodman (Law ’79), Toledo at 71.

Nandor Darvas (Eng ’76, MBA ’81), Sylvania, Ohio at 67.

**Eloise Chantoff (Ed ’71, MEd ’76), Toledo at 88.

Richard Hyer (Law ’72), Forked River, N.J. at 69.

Louis Schira (MEd ’71), Montpelier, Ohio at 88.

Jerome Operacz (Eng ’70, MBA ’84), Temperance, Mich. at 69.

Marcia Gurecky (UTCTC ’78, Univ Coll ’80, Law ’86), Lima, Ohio at 59.

George Bowers (Bus ’70), Johns Island, S.C. at 74.


Dr. John Webster (Law ’81), Maumee, Ohio at 82.

Leroy Crummer (Eng ’86), Toledo at 74.

Joyce Gueldenzoph (Ed ’83, MEd ’97), Toledo at 73.

Jeffrey Warnicke (MEd ’73), Port Clinton, Ohio at 73.

**Amy Litten (AS ’87), Avon, Ohio at 51.

**William Fahrenbruck (MA ’88, MA ’91), Tiffin, Ohio at 99.

Sue Kerekgyarto (UTCTC ’84), Chicago, Ill. at 53.

*Cindy Wright (Nurs ’82), Cornelius, N.C. at 56.

Julie Forrester (A/S ’80, MEd ’88), Monroe, Mich. at 59.


Anne Zahradnik (A/S ’91), Toledo at 67.

Anna Colnar (Ed ’92), Maumee, Ohio at 59.

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William F. Hayes (Law ’70, Bus ’80) has been appointed to chair the Aviation Law Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association. The OSBA maintains 32 standing committees and 11 sections, each of which monitors a particular area of law.

John Langenderfer (Bus ’85, MBA ’90) was named Huntington Bank’s director of healthcare sales and origination. Langenderfer will work to develop Huntington’s commercial banking relationships with senior living and long-term care facilities, home healthcare, hospitals, medical and dental groups, medical device manufacturers, specialty pharmaceuticals and other niche healthcare services. He will be based in Cincinnati, Ohio. langenderfer

Robert T. Germann (Eng ’88) is now chief of the Operations Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District.

Christopher Kelly (A/S ’81) was named as the planned giving product specialist at PNC Institutional Asset Management Group in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Gulas John Gulas (Law ’83) was listed as a top CEO by Albuquerque Business First. Gulas was one of 20 honorees selected from the business services, health, nonprofit and technology industries in Albuquerque, N.M. He was appointed chief executive officer of Los Alamos National Bank and president/CEO of Trinity Capital Corporation in May 2014.

Dr. Barbara Keirns Melendez (A/S ’88) was recognized by Worldwide Branding for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in obstetrics and gynecology. Keirns Melendez is assistant chief of Surgical Sub-specialties and Director of Women’s Services at Arnot Medical Services-Ivy OB/GYN and Midwifery.

**Mark Urrutia (UTCTC ’88) was honored at the Diamante Community Awards with the Latino Adult Professional Award. Urrutia works in insurance as the general agent for the Catholic Order of Foresters and the principal agent for Skyway Financial Group, located in Toledo. He has been a leader in several Latino interest organizations in Toledo, including the Latino Alumni Affiliate, the Latino Alliance, the Spanish American organization, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.


*Dr. Caroline M. Brackette (A/S ’94, A/S ’98, MEd ’00, PhD ’07) was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor of counseling at Mercer University in Atlanta, Ga. Brackette was also appointed as assistant dean for graduate programs of the Penfield College at Mercer University. She is involved in leadership and advocacy for the counseling profession and will serve a three-year term on the professional standards committee for the American Counseling Association.

The Hon. Adolfo Tornichio (Law ’98) has been appointed to serve as judge in the Greene County Court of Common Pleas Juvenile Court Division. Tornichio has served in the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for 19 years. Greene County is located in Xenia, Ohio. Tornichio

Pat Hoffman (Bus ’98) was appointed as the assistant vice president of operations for Safeguard Properties in Valley View, Ohio. In this newly created position Hoffman will assist the COO in identifying and executing on a number of strategic operational initiatives. Safeguard Properties is the largest mortgage field services company in the U.S. The company inspects and maintains defaulted and foreclosed properties for mortgage servicers, lenders, and other financial institutions.

Oliva-Christopher Christopher Oliva (MBA ’93) has joined Crowne Horwath LLP, one of the largest public accounting, consulting and technology firms in the U.S., as a director in tax services. In this role, he will provide corporate level tax support to the firm’s New York-area corporate tax and audit clients.

*Josh Flores (Ed ’99) was honored at the Diamante Community Awards with the Latino Adult Leadership Award. Flores is a Spanish teacher at Waite High School in Toledo and is involved with the Latino community at UT as well as youth mentoring.

Steve Macy (A/S ’92) has been named senior associate athletic director of external relations at the University of Memphis. Macy will be responsible for the development and management of strategic and communications plans for the department while providing executive oversight of athletic marketing and promotions, athletic communications and ticket operations.

Lt. Col. Christopher Cutler (A/S ’93, MEng ’98) was recently named a Fellow of the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management for his efforts promoting American National Standards Institute-accredited credentials for environmental professionals. Cutler is currently serving in the US Air Force as the bioenvironmental engineering flight commander at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.


*Derrick Ball (Bus ’05) received the Bold Leader Spirit Award at the cadet leadership course graduation ceremony at Ft. Knox, Ky. The award is presented to the cadet who best demonstrates appropriate motivational techniques, inspirational leadership, and the spirit of a leader. Ball was a cadet in the 8th Field Artillery Regiment.

Dr. Jodi Tinkel (MED ’00, Res ’03) has been named medical director of ambulatory care at the UT Medical Center. Tinkel was previously a faculty member of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences since 2009 and has served as medical director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center since 2010.

Dr. Joshua Philbrick (CMS ’05, MED ’09) joined the medical staff at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Mass. Philbrick, an orthopedic surgeon trained in hand surgery with special interests in shoulder replacements, as well as treatment and surgery of the upper extremities, will see patients in Salem, N.H.

Darin Higgs (Law ’09) opened Higgs Law Office in Evansville, Ind. Higgs has been practicing for six years handling cases ranging from landlord-tenant, family, employment, criminal, bankruptcy and will/estate planning.

Haylie Linn (Bus ’10, MBA ’12) is now a full-time assistant coach for the South Dakota State women’s basketball team. During the 2014-15 season, Linn was director of basketball operations. linn

Rob McColley (Law ’10) joined the law firm of Clemens, Korhn, Liming and Warncke, located in Defiance, Ohio. McColley will practice in the areas of wills and estate planning, business planning and real estate law.

Green Jason Green (Bus ’10) joined Wausau Window and Wall Systems as an architectural sales representative serving Connecticut, northern Delaware, western Massachusetts, southern New Jersey, upstate New York, eastern Pennsylvania and Vermont. Wausau Window and Wall Systems is an industry leader in engineering window and curtainwall systems for commercial and institutional construction applications.
Births and Marriages
Jennifer H. Wilkins (Ed ’10) and Jeager W. Ticknor were married on October 10, 2015 in the outer banks of North Carolina. Wilkins is employed at Smith Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, N.C. and Ticknor is employed at Ticknor’s Men’s Clothier in Raleigh, N.C. Wilkins

Shannon Marie Abbey (HSHS ’11) and Kevin William Aschemeier (Eng ’13) were united in marriage on September 26, 2015. The ceremony and reception were held at the Clazel Theatre in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Doster Jamie Marie Doster (MHHS ’11) and Christopher James Szulc were married on June 6, 2015 at Kilkerrin Barn in Wakeman, Ohio. Doster is a speech pathologist employed at Bexley City Schools and Szulc is a physical therapist employed at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Andrew Backur (Eng ’10) and Katie Hurbean married on October 17, 2015 at The Canton Club in Canton, Ohio.

Jeanelle DeMuth (LLSS ’12) and Dustin Carnahan (Bus ’13) were united in marriage on September 19, 2015 at the Church of the Nazarene in Paulding, Ohio. DeMuth is employed at Midwest Community Federal Credit Union and Carnahan is employed at Indiana Michigan Power. DeMuthCarnahan

*Sarah Grzybowski (HS ’15) and Luke Hall (LLSS ’13) announced their engagement and plan to marry in Akron, Ohio this December.

harple Aaron M. Harple (HSHS ’07) and Ashley L. Miller married in December 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sandusky, Ohio. The couple resides in Columbus, Ohio.
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Linda R. Balusik, Toledo at 71. She was a former MCO employee.

Delores T. Geronimo, Toledo at 85. She worked as a registered nurse at MCO and later was an assistant professor of nursing from 1996 to 2003.

**Charles G. Yeager (Bus ’40), Toledo at 97. He served as a member of the former UT Alumni Foundation Board.

Frederick C. “Mike” Henry, East Lansing, Mich. at 92. He taught pediatrics at MCO for two decades. His association with MCO started in 1969 as a volunteer clinical associate professor. Henry served as acting chair of the Pediatrics Department in 1978 and 1979, and was named a clinical professor in 1984.

Don Reiber, Toledo at 68. As an associate professor of communication and the director of media services in the Department of Communication, Reiber oversaw the University’s television studio and production facilities, and he taught classes in television production, live-truck production, and radio production and programming. His students and alumni number in the thousands, working in broadcasting in Toledo, throughout the United States, and for national news organizations like CNN. Reiber received the Outstanding Teacher Award in 2007, and he was honored with the Students First Award, which was presented by the University administration for his dedication to instruction and mentoring; the Difference Maker Award from the College of Business and Innovation; and the Rocket Award from the women’s basketball team for his commitment to that program.

Ruby Carr, Toledo at 86. She was a hospital aide at MCO from 1968 until her retirement in 1993.

**Richard G. LaValley (Bus ’51, Law ’53), Sylvania, Ohio at 86. From 1962 to 1965, LaValley taught a tax course at UT and was a former president of the UT College of Law Alumni Association. In 1998, the Richard G. LaValley Sr. Law Library in the College of Law was dedicated in his honor; he and his family pledged $1 million towards the development of electronic and technological resources for the law library. In addition, he established the Richard G. LaValley Sr. Scholarship Fund.

John J. McGowan (A/S ’50), Perrysburg, Ohio at 87. He was a former UT business instructor.

Martha “Marti” Adams, Perrysburg, Ohio at 74. She was a staff nurse at MCO/MUO/UT Medical Center from 2002 until her retirement in 2010.

Joy Ann (Marohn) Dougherty (Ed ’90), Toledo at 74. She taught administrative office technology and computer courses in the Business Technology Department from 1987 until her retirement in 2010.

Donald M. Henry (A/S ’93), Maumee, Ohio at 75. He taught French at UT.


Florence Zimmerman Schall (A/S ’37), at 99.


*Jerome Szpila (Eng ’49), Southampton, Pa. at 91.


Richard Heuerman (Law ’56), Petoskey, Mich. at 85.

**William Vaughan (Bus ’57), Whitehouse, Ohio at 85.


Willie Hancock (Ed ’61), at 81.

John Wolfarth (Ed ’67), Fostoria, Ohio at 90.

Robert Irwin (MEd ’65), Pawleys Island, S.C. at 75.


Georgina Bentley (UTCTC ’75, Univ Coll ’85), Berkey, Ohio at 60.

Don Yasenchak (Bus ’70), Carleton, Mich. at 67.


Billye Jean Wilson (Ed Spec ’80), Monroe, Mich. at 84.

Donald Koskie (UTCTC ’81, Univ Coll ’86), Commerce Township, Mich. at 65.

Sara Rios (Univ Coll ’82, Law ’85), Toledo at 63.


Donald Henry (MA ’93), Maumee, Ohio at 75.

Tracy Smith (HHS ’96), Avon, Ohio at 40.


Nathan Wise (CALL ’14), Toledo at 27.


*Annual Alumni Association Member
**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

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