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December 26th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Class Notes
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James C. Caldwell (Ed ’64) was posthumously honored by the African American Legacy Project. Caldwell was the first African-American president of the board of trustees of the Economic Opportunity Planning Association and the founder of Fifty Men and Women of Toledo, Inc.


*Aaron Bivins (A/S ’79) was inducted into the Alliance High School Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2014. Bivins graduated from Alliance in 1974 and during his time there he lettered in football, wrestling and baseball. In his senior year, he was named tri-captain of the Alliance Aviators football team. Bivins received a football scholarship to UT where he was a star linebacker and middle guard. Bivins was named the Mid-American Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1976. He also received the Jim Nicholson Award that same season as the Rockets’ team MVP.

Margaret (Peggy) K. Steinberg (Univ Coll ’77) was named a silver medalist during Professional Photographers of America’s 2014 International Photographic Competition. Her work will be on display at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tenn. from February 1st to 3rd, 2015. A panel of 45 certified jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,000 total submitted entries in August, 2014. One of the four photographs she submitted was selected to a part of the esteemed Loan Collection and will be published in a book by Marathon Press.

Holly Taft Sydlow (Law ’75) had her portrait unveiled in the UT Law Library during an event to honor influential female lawyers in Toledo. Sydlow was the first president of the Toledo Women’s Bar Association in 1986.

judge-mcconnell1 The Hon. C. Allen McConnell (Law ’72) was awarded by the African American Legacy Project in October, 2014, as a trailblazer in the Toledo community. McConnell is a former member of Toledo City Council and currently serves as judge for the Toledo Housing and Environmental Court.

*Judge Arlene Singer (A/S ’72, Law ’76) has been the force behind the Toledo Women Lawyers History Project, a collaboration between the Toledo Women’s Bar Association and The University of Toledo College of law. The goal of the history project is to collect and catalog information about area female lawyers, creating a permanent resource for law students, historians and others.

Julia Bates (Law ’76) had her portrait unveiled in the UT Law Library during an event to honor influential female lawyers in Toledo. Bates was the first woman elected Lucas County prosecutor in 1996.

Linda Ewing (A/S ’72) introduced the public to her Jan-Pro Cleaning Systems franchise. Ewing is involved not only with setting the overall strategic direction of the franchise but also the day-to-day details of growing the business and overseeing the quality of services and keeping expenses in line. She retired in early 2014 as vice president of community affairs for Fifth Third Bank after a 30-year career. Ewing

Gregory A. Maceau, Esq. (Law ’80) announced the launch of “My Legal Times,” a new series of articles and videos focusing on some of the most commonly encountered legal issues. The articles and videos are produced by Gregory, the founder of Marceau Law, as well as the firm’s other attorneys. Installments in the new series provide straightforward, actionable advice for business people and individuals facing such problems as unpaid debts or divorce proceedings. Maceau Law is located in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Wise *Patricia A. Wise (Law ’85) was named a partner of Niehaus Wise & Kalas, Ltd. The law firm is a business, commercial, employment and labor law firm based out of Toledo.
Nancy Golinski (A/S ’88, MA ’90) published her first book titled “Exercise Your Way to a Happy Hysterectomy (and Beyond),” in September with Price World Publishing. In her book, she discusses exercises and stress management techniques to do before, during and after the surgery. Golinski has been teaching courses in the social sciences field at Tiffin University for over 10 years. Golinski
Rieger *Dr. Brad Rieger (Ed ’83, MEd ’85, PhD ’93) has announced that at the end of the 2014-15 school year he will retire as the superintendent of Sylvania Schools. He has worked as superintendent for 11 years and is responsible for 940 staff members in the district. Rieger states he will most likely explore roles with nonprofit organizations, higher education and the private sector during his retirement.

Gayle Morgan Schaber (UTCTC ’86, MEd ’99, EdSpec ’01) was presented with the inaugural Global Educator Award by the UT Center for International Studies and Programs in September, 2014. The goal of the award is to encourage awardees to continue their efforts to help community stakeholders to explore the world through promoting interactions with individuals representing different cultures and traditions in an atmosphere of candid communication. Schaber was nominated by the Confucius Institute for her work bringing Chinese language and culture classes to Toledo Public Schools.

Michelle Sawyers Harris (A/S ’91) participated in Miami University’s Earth Expeditions global field course in Thailand. She studied Buddhism and spiritual connections to nature in the Old World rainforests and diverse cultural environments of Thailand. She is a founder and educator at Green Matter in Columbus, Ohio and took the course in pursuit of her master’s degree from Miami University’s Global Field Program. Harris_Michelle_2014_Thailand
Teamer, Craig *Craig Teamer (Bus ’98) was a recipient of a 2014 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award presented in September, 2014. The annual awards ceremony showcases young, dynamic leaders in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan under the age of 40.
*Kelly Savage (Bus ’91) made a gift to Notre Dame Academy, a catholic high school in Toledo, Ohio, to refinish the gym floor. She played basketball during her years at Notre Dame and her gift to refinish the gym floor shows her appreciation and love of the school. She is an ’86 grad from Notre Dame Academy. Kelly recognized Savage & Associates with her gift, due to the impact the company has had on her career. She has worked at Savage & Associates as a financial advisor for 20 years. SAVAGE KELLY
Kalas Brian Kalas (Law ’99) was named a partner of Niehaus Wise & Kalas, Ltd. The law firm is a business, commercial, employment and labor law firm based out of Toledo.

Terry Kin (Bus ’95) was named as vice president of operations for Tour de Force, a leading provider of customer relationship management, business intelligence and sales force automation solutions. As vice president, he will manage the strategic and tactical operations of the development, support, and professional services teams to ensure that each department is operating efficiently and effectively. Tour de Force is located in Findlay, Ohio.

Matt Melzak (A/S ’98) has returned to the microphone for the sixth straight season to call Toledo Walleye games. He has called 645 professional hockey games in his career. He is the play-by-play announcer for all games. Melzak
Harrison, Candice Candice Harrison (A/S ’01) was a recipient of a 2014 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award presented in September, 2014. The annual awards ceremony showcases young, dynamic leaders in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan under the age of 40.
Kristen Mollenkopf (Pharm ’01) was a recipient of a 2014 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award presented in September, 2014. The annual awards ceremony showcases young, dynamic leaders in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan under the age of 40. Mollenkopf, Kristen
Navarre, Lindsay Lindsay Navarre (Law ’05) was a recipient of a 2014 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award presented in September, 2014. The annual awards ceremony showcases young, dynamic leaders in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan under the age of 40. Navarre is the president of the Toledo Women’s Bar Association.
Sara Martino (HHS ’03, MPH ’04, MHHS ’07) was a recipient of a 2014 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award presented in September, 2014. The annual awards ceremony showcases young, dynamic leaders in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan under the age of 40. Martino, Sara

Dr. Farhaan Mir (MED ’08) has joined Grand Traverse Radiologist in Traverse City, Mich. and will specialize in diagnostic radiology and vascular and interventional radiology.

Sneed Marcus L. Sneed (Bus ’07) was honored as an emerging leader by the African American Legacy Project. Marcus is currently an associate director in the Office of Alumni Relations at UT.

Scott Fulton (MA ’07) was welcomed as the new planning director for the city of Pataskala, Ohio. Fulton started this position in October, 2014.

*Benjamin Tran (Eng ’05) was presented the National Security and International Affairs Medal in Washington, D.C., by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service. Tran is an electrical engineer with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s Sensors Directorate. He was honored as a lifesaver for leading the development, testing and deployment of a cutting-edge aerial sensor used to locate and destroy improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan.


Zac Wertz (MBA ’10) launched his company’s Kickstarter campaign for the Beluga Razor. The razor offers a single blade shaving experience to men. It is a user-friendly design of the type of shave that a professional barber would give.
Jasmine Thombre (Eng ’12) joined SHP Leading Design in Cincinnati, Ohio as an electrical engineer. SHP is nationally recognized as a leader in planning, designing and managing facilities for clients in the K-12, higher education, vocational/technical and community college industries.

Dr. Stacey Hoffman (MED ’10) has joined Kingston HealthCare as the medical director and attending physician. Hoffman’s initial focus is to manage Kingston’s stroke recovery program and other specialized services that will further enhance Kingston’s clinical expertise. She will immediately serve patients at Kingston Rehabilitation in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Births and Marriages

Sarah Spitulski (Bus ’12) and Kendal Norman (Bus ’11) celebrated their first anniversary on October 5. They were married in 2013 at Brandywine Country Club and honeymooned in Hawaii.

Rebecca Wagoner (Ed ’11) and Brett Glavan (Ed ’09, MEd ’11) were married on August 1, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Parish in Sylvania, Ohio and their reception was held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg, Ohio. They will honeymoon in Jamaica in early 2015.

Shawn Waddington (Eng ’01) and Andrea Johnson announced their engagement and have plans to wed in 2015. Waddington

Jodi Lynn Leininger (Ed ’10) and John Patrick Greco (Bus ’07) were married on March 22, 2014 at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown, Ohio. The couple honeymooned in St. Lucia. The couple resides in Cleveland, Ohio.

podolskykelli Kelli Podolsky (Bus ’11) and Andrew Wess were wed on December 6, 2014 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Austintown, Ohio. Their reception took place at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Hall in Youngstown, Ohio. She is currently attending Youngstown State University and Andrew is employed by General Motors of Lordstown.
*Bob Buchman (Eng ’06) and *Nicole Streitenberger Buchman (Bus ’06) celebrated the birth of their second child, Gretchen Marie Buchman, on September 28, 2014. IMG_1809

**Chief Warrant Officer Justin Shedron (A/S ’07) and Dr. Jennifer Rega Shedron are the proud parents of a baby girl. Grace Elizabeth Shedron was born September 7, 2014 at the Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield, Ohio.

Langenderfer Nick J. Langenderfer (Bus ’09) and Libby Brown were married on June 14, 2014 at The Historic Church of Saint Patrick in Toledo. Both Nick and Libby are cheerleading coaches at UT.
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Marianne W. Alderman, Sylvania, Ohio at 85. Alderman was a former CEO of the UT Federal Credit Union. She worked at the credit union from 1975 until her retirement in 1992, overseeing the merger of the UT and MCO credit unions.

Dr. Udayan Nandkeolyar, Toledo at 61. He was a professor and chair of the information operations technology management department in the College of Business and Innovation. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1988. His research focused on supply chain management, enterprise resource planning and logistics.

Leonard “Lenny” Rhodes, Monclova, Ohio at 87. He was a star basketball player for the Toledo Rockets, lettering from 1947 to 1950. Rhodes scored 811 points for UT, but was known for his defensive prowess. He played semi-pro basketball and suited up with the Harlem Globetrotters for one year. In 1987, he was inducted into the Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame. Rhodes was a former trustee of the UT Alumni Association.

Patricia A. Tucker, Maumee, Ohio at 68. She was a data entry operator in the quality management department at MCO from 1974 until her retirement in 2001.

**Gerald T. “Gerry” Carter (MBA ’90), Toledo at 78. He was a former math and computer programming instructor.

Dr. Marvin E. Gottlieb, Toledo at 80. He was a former faculty member at MCO for nearly three decades. Gottlieb joined the faculty as an assistant professor of psychiatry in 1968 and was promoted to associate professor in 1970. He served as acting chair in 1972 and 1973. In 1988, he was promoted to professor of clinical psychiatry with tenure. When he retired in 1996, Gottlieb was awarded professor emeritus status.

Sheila R. Sauter, Holland, Ohio at 64. She was the director of admitting at MCO from 1991 to 1993.

Joan L. Bauman, Toledo at 87. She was a former employee who worked in the UT Registrar’s Office.

Dr. Samuel L. Karr, Louisville, Ky. at 86. He was a clinical associate professor of medicine from 1970 to 1972, and later a clinical assistant professor.

David M. Showalter, Temperance, Mich. at 87. He was a former instructor who taught management classes.

Robert K. “Bob” Longley, Toledo at 91. He was the UT tennis coach from 1979 to 1985.

Jeanne H. (Heesen) Smith, Toledo at 90. She was a typist in the College of Education from 1982 until her retirement in 1992.

Robert S. Sullivant, Toledo at 89. He was a former UT administrator and professor emeritus of political science. Sullivant came to the University in 1973 to serve as executive vice president. He was also the chair of UT’s Fiscal Resources and Planning Board. In 1988, Sullivant retired and returned to the classroom to teach. An authority on the nationalists in the former Soviet Union and on the Soviet Communist Party, he was the author of the “Soviet Politics and the Ukraine, 1919-1957.”


Mona Lee Murlin Durrant (Pharm ’47), Clearwater, Fla. at 89.

June Siddall Brown (Ed ’42), Vero Beach, Fla. at 94.


Dean Garrison (MA ‘58), Big Rapids, Mich. at 85.

Robert Portmann (Pharm ’50), Akron, Ohio at 73.

**Clarence Gartz (Eng ’50), Perrysburg, Ohio at 87.

Beverly Potter (MEd ’57), Indianapolis, Ind. at 82.


Vance Harrison (Bus ’68), Erie, Mich. at 78.


*June Saxe (MEd ’72), Toledo at 89.

David Showalter (MBA ’73), Toledo at 87.

*John Wirth (A/S ’70), Fort Myers, Fla. at 66.

Carolyn Scheid (MEd ’71), Wauseon, Ohio at 87.

Stuart Kirshenbaum (Law ’77), Lawrence, N.Y. at 60.

Pauletta Brown (Univ Coll ’76, MEd ’86), Toledo at 80.

John Potrzebowski (UTCTC ’72, A/S ’75), Toledo at 92.

Marianna Schneider (Ed Spec ’72), Phoenix, Ariz. at 81.

Michael Eschrich (Ed ’72), Perrysburg, Ohio at 66.


Joyce Carson (UTCTC ’84, Univ Coll ’90), Toledo at 62.

Katherine Kajfasz (Ed ’87), Toledo at 62.

Bernard Clark (UTCTC ’86), Maumee, Ohio at 64.

Dr. Edith Meyer (MEd ’82, PhD ’90), Saint Augustine, Fla. at 80.

Jill Swart (UTCTC ’83), Suwanee, Ga. at 54.


Jacqueline Fuleky (MEd ’97), Lambertville, Mich. at 45.

Pauline Schulte (Ed ’91), Temperance, Mich. at 81.

Ronald Walters (UTCTC ’95), Perrysburg, Ohio at 44.

Rosalinda Altman (UTCTC ’92), Holland, Ohio at 62.


Donald Biel (Univ Coll ’00), Toledo at 59.

Terry Traver (HSHS ’09), Rossford, Ohio at 53.


Jeffrey Williams (Bus ’13), Toledo at 43.

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Roy Silver (A/S ’72, PhD ’82) is a longtime professor of sociology at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. He was honored as a recipient of the Helen Lewis Community Service Award from the Appalachian Studies Association in September. Recipients of the award are those whose work has influenced the field of Appalachian studies as well as someone who is influential in community participation, challenges traditional perceptions of the region and its people and contributes to the region by “living social justice.”


James D. Thomas (Law ’87) joined the law firm Voyrs, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP as a partner. Thomas has more than 25 years of legal experience, including as a former United States magistrate judge in the Northern District of Ohio and, most recently, as the leader of the Global Litigation Group for Squire Sanders, which included more than 250 legal professionals around the world. Voyrs, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP is located in Columbus, Ohio.

Honorable Mark S. Braunlich (Law ’81) was appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to the Monroe County Circuit Court bench to fill a vacancy. The Circuit Courts in Michigan have jurisdiction over felony offenses, civil disputes in excess of $25,000 as well as domestic relations. Braunlich has served Monroe as a district court judge for the past 12 years after almost 21 years of private practice in that city.

**Dr. Richard Paat (MED ’86) was recognized at the 25th anniversary of the Diamante Awards. The awards recognize individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievement and service to the Latino and greater Toledo community. The event is a collaboration between Bowling Green State University, Herzing University, Lourdes University, Owens Community College and The University of Toledo. Paat has provided free health care to the Latino communities of northwest Ohio, Guatemala and Honduras for more than 15 years. He received the award in September.

Dr. Kelli Jo Arndt (Ed ’87, PhD ’06) is the director of a new program at Winebrenner Seminary, located in Findlay, Ohio, that offers classes for the new Master of Arts in clinical counseling degree beginning in January 2015. Arndt previously taught students in the masters of school counseling and community mental health program for the past seven years at the University of Dayton


Dr. Andre A. Konski (Bus ’95, MA ’98), medical director of the department of radiation oncology at Chester County Hospital in West Chester, Pa. and professor of clinical radiation oncology in the department of radiation oncology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, was named among the 30 fellows of the American Society for Radiation Oncology in September 2014.

Tammie Hursh (Law ’91) was appointed by Ohio Governor John Kasich to replace the retiring judge in Lima Municipal Court. Hursh is the former Lima chief prosecutor and assistant law director.

*Jeffrey Dempsey (Bus ’93) has been named president and chief operating office at Mercy St. Charles Hospital in Oregon, Ohio. He has been with Mercy for 17 years, most recently as vice president of operations for St. Charles Hospital.

Marie-Joelle C. Khouzam (Law ’91) was welcomed as a partner to the law firm of Bricker & Eckler, LLP, located in Columbus, Ohio. Khouzam has significant experience in labor and employment and municipal law. She will serve clients in the firm’s employment and labor group.

Sandra Pinter (Bus ’94) was appointed as the new vice president of finance and accounting at CF Rail Services, located in Schaumburg, Ill. Pinter previously worked at Moxie Jean (Good Karma Clothing, Inc.) as co-founder and chief operating officer. CF Rail Services is a leading railcar repair and maintenance provider, offering quality running repair and program work for railroads, private car owners and shippers in North America.


Evan Hill (MA ’09, PhD ’11) is part of a group in the UT Psychology Department, studying infrasound hearing in birds. Hill found that not only do chickens hear infrasound, but they are even more sensitive to it than homing pigeons. Work is currently in progress to determine how widespread is the ability to hear infrasound among birds and how they use it. His article, “Conditioned suppression/avoidance as a method for testing hearing in birds: the domestic pigeon,” was published in 2013.

Rebecca E. Shope (Law ’08) has been appointed by the Honorable James G. Carr to serve on the Advisory Group for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Shope is an associate in the Toledo office of the law firm Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.

Mark Nagel (Ed ’09) is the new intervention specialist at Swanton Middle School, located in Swanton, Ohio. Nagel is native to Delta, Ohio and has three children.

**Lisa Williams (HHS ’01) accepted the position of vice president of learning and engagement at Cuyahoga County Community College. She previously served as the vice president of individual advancement and has served as the vice president for academic affairs at Terra State Community College in Fremont, Ohio since January 2009.

Dr. Bryon Borgelt (MA ’04, PhD ’09) is the new principal of St. Rose School, located in Perrysburg, Ohio. St. Rose School is a kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school with 296 students. Borgelt is a Perrysburg native and he has spent the past 15 years teaching, serving as an assistant principal and then working as principal of St. John Jesuit Academy in Toledo.

Ceci *Cecelia Rivera (HHS ’03) was named as the Greek life coordinator in the office of campus life at The University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Rivera previously worked at The University of Toledo before accepting the new position in Princess Anne, Md.

Anne Robinson (MA ’02) has taken over as executive director at Savannah-Chatham County Court-Appointed Special Advocates, a volunteer-run nonprofit that serves as advocates for abused and neglected children in Chatham County, Ga. Juvenile Court.


Matt Bollinger (Eng ’11) is the new assistant coach to the Toledo Walleye coaching staff for the 2014-15 season. Bollinger was the coach for The University of Toledo club hockey team the past three seasons and was named Coach of the Year last season.

*Scott Weis (NSM ’13) was announced as one of the 2014 Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellows. He will receive a $30,000 stipend while completing an intensive masters-level teacher education program at a participating Ohio university that will prepare him to teach math and/or science in high-need Ohio schools.

Ben Batey (MPH ’10) was selected as the Wood County Health District health commissioner. Batey has most recently served as chief executive for the Wood County Community Health and Wellness Center. He has also held other health district positions including epidemiologist and director of nursing. Wood County is located in northwest Ohio.

Erik Lange (MEng ’10) joined the law office of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, LLP in the intellectual property department. Lange will work out of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills, Mich. office. The firm is headquartered in Detroit, Mich. and has attorneys practicing in more than 50 different areas of concentration. Lange, Erik_9-2-14 - pr

Fadi Sarsour (HS ’13) was announced as one of the 2014 Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellows. He will receive a $30,000 stipend while completing an intensive masters-level teacher education program at a participating Ohio university that will prepare him to teach math and/or science in high-need Ohio schools.

*Dr. Cory Stine (PhD ’12) has been promoted to vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the Terra State Community College Foundation. Terra State Community College is located in Fremont, Ohio. Stine was previously the assistant director of enrollment services at Terra from 2000 to 2008. He then became director of admissions and dean of student development at Owens Community College before a year as interim director of adult, transfer, and military admission at The University of Toledo. In additional to Terra’s foundation and institutional advancement, he will continue to oversee enrollment work.

*Alyssa Hoop (NSM ’12, MS ’14) was announced as one of the 2014 Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellows. She will receive a $30,000 stipend while completing an intensive masters-level teacher education program at a participating Ohio university that will prepare her to teach math and/or science in high-need Ohio schools.

Stephanie Angel-in-lab *Stephanie M. Angel (NSM ’14) recently took top honors in the Sigma Xi Research Symposium in August 2014 for her research on an invasive type of brain tumor called glioblastoma. The research she performed on stage-four brain tumors won first place in the cellular and molecular biology division and first place among undergraduate competitors.
Faculty, staff & friends

Ashley K. Hall (current UT doctoral student in psychology) recently accepted a tenure-track faculty position at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville. She will be afforded the opportunity to continue her research in forensic developmental psychology while teaching undergraduate courses.

Dr. Henry Heffner and Dr. Rickye Heffner (current UT faculty) were invited to contribute chapters to the 50th volume of “The Springer Handbook of Auditory Research.” The handbook is celebrating the 22-year history of the series and Springer asked senior scientists in auditory research to provide essays for Volume 50 that focus on their contributions to auditory neuroscience in the past, on their views of the current state of the field and their thoughts for the future of their field, including outstanding questions that are still unanswered.

Births and Marriages

Mehdi Ismail (Bus ’06) and Faten Moussa celebrated their first anniversary in September. Their day-long wedding celebration in 2013 was held in Lebbaya, Lebanon. They welcomed their first born son, Sharif, on September 5, 2014.

*Andrew Vollmar (MED ’14) and Christine Carr were married on May 24 at Saint Peter Catholic Church in Canton, Ohio. Their reception was held at Congress Lake Country Club in Hartville, Ohio. They reside in Columbus, Ohio where Andrew is a resident in family medicine at Riverside Methodist Hospital.

**Connie Lee Brumbaugh (Ed ’76) and Martin Brumbaugh celebrated their 60th anniversary on August 15. They have resided in Hillsdale, Mich. for 25 years and spend their winters in Chandler, Ariz.

Perry Pirooz (A/S ’53, MS ’62) and Jean Pirooz celebrated their 60th anniversary on July 14 with a trip to Hawaii.

*Nan (Hershey) Smith (Ed ’88) and Sylvester “Sonny” Smith (Ed ’56) celebrated their 60th anniversary on August 21. They enjoyed a family dinner for the special occasion. SmithAnniversary
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Dr. Nadim Bitar, Bingham Farm, Mich. at 90. Bitar joined the UT faculty in the department of sociology and anthropology as an associate professor in 1969. The native of Lebanon had a reputation for his scholarly work focusing on revolutionary ideology and advocating the possibility for the unification of Arab countries. He was the author of several books, including “The Revolutionary Nature of Political Catastrophes” and “The Revolutionary Ideology.” In 1977, he received one of the University’s Outstanding Teacher Awards.

**Dr. Peggy Hull Smith (A/S ’76, MA ’80, PhD ’83), Toledo at 77. She worked as a research assistant in the psychology department from 1976 to 1979. She was named an instructor in 1979, served as a visiting assistant professor in 1983, and was promoted to assistant professor in 1984 and associate professor in 1992. Hull Smith’s research focused on infant memory and learning. In 1993, she was named a Master Teacher in the College of Arts and Sciences. She served as a faculty advisor for Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology and was a member of the American Psychological Society, International Society on Infant Studies and Jean Piaget Society.

Richard “Dick” Matthews, Medina, Ohio at 88. He was a former UT employee.

Christopher J. Pio, Toledo at 28. Pio was a former UT employee.

Jody Matzinger, Toledo at 66. She was hired as a secretary and worked in the medical director’s office at MCO in 1987. In 1990, she became a technical typist in the heart station, where, one year later, she became a records technician 2. Matzinger then worked as a registration specialist until her retirement in 2008.

**Gregory B. Siegel (Pharm ’79, Law ’84), Perrysburg, Ohio at 62. Siegel was a pharmacist at UT Medical Center from 1999 until his retirement in June 2014. He was a member of the University’s Institutional Review Board.

Mary C. (Henneman) Carr, Swanton, Ohio at 66. She was a former cook in the Student Union.

Colleen E. (Duncan) Kajfasz, Toledo at 55. She worked at the UT Federal Credit Union for more than 20 years as a loan processor.

Barbara (Brahier) McCauley, Toledo at 69. She established the library at Corpus Christi University Parish and served as its director for 10 years.


Marjory Schick (A/S ’37), Holland, Ohio at 99.

**Elizabeth Donaldson (A/S ’37), Fresno, Calif. at 99.

Robert Kemp (Eng ’36), Bristol, Ind. at 100.


Richard Chapman (A/S ’49), Lawton, Mich. at 88.

Harold Scheer (Law ’43), Coconut Creek, Fla. at 94.


**Richard Guyton (Ed ’53, MEd ’61), Toledo at 86.

Eunice Thomas (MEd ’59), Columbus, Ga. at 87.

**Donald Nichter (Pharm ’51), Columbus, Ohio at 86.

**Charles Mann (Bus ’50), Toledo at 90.

Clifford Dearbaugh (Ed ’56), Carlsbad, Calif. at 82.

Clara Shank (A/S ’58), Perrysburg, Ohio at 78.

Nancy Hendrikx (Ed ’52), Perrysburg, Ohio at 84.


Thomas Hayes (UTCTC ’69), Maumee, Ohio at 66.

Carol Hinkleman Morten (MEd ’68), Sylvania, Ohio at 87.

Charles Jones (Eng ’61, MEng ’66), Ottawa Lake, Mich. at 75.

**Patricia Pickett (MEd ’66), Maumee, Ohio at 82.

Stanley Wulf (Bus ’64), at 72.

Claude Moldenhauer (MBA ’66), Greensboro, Ga. at 76.

Robert Webb (UTCTC ’65), Holland, Ohio at 74.

Mildred Meyer (Ed ’69), Toledo at 93.

Joseph Kagy (MEd ’66, Ed Spec ’74), Toledo at 89.


Dr. Ruby Schendel (MEd ’76, PhD ’89), Wilsonville, Ore. at 83.

Jerry Tracy (Univ Coll ’75), Wauseon, Ohio at 69.

Douglas Dittman (Bus ’73), Strongsville, Ohio at 68.

Terrance Ryan (A/S ’73, Law ’76), Fort Collins, Colo. at 67.

Kathryn Randolph (UTCTC ’74), at 64.

Gerald Keane (Bus ’73), at 60.

James Arthur McFellin (Bus ’72, A/S ’74), Baldwin, Mich. at 75.


Mary Jilek (Univ Coll ’88), Worthington, Ohio at 72.

Arthur Mabrey (Univ Coll ’85), Columbus, Ohio at 67.

Loren Torgerson (Univ Coll ’83), Laurinburg, N.C. at 53.

*Margret Wright (UTCTC ’88), Perrysburg, Ohio at 80.


Cathy Connell (Bus ’97), Perrysburg, Ohio at 64.

Donald Sekulski (UTCTC ’95), Toledo at 41.

Arthur Arendt (Ed ’99), Coldwater, Mich. at 76.

*Judith Collins (Ed ’90), Toledo at 71.

Jacqueline Ritzman (Bus ’99), Barberton, Ohio at 39.


Emily Sidorowicz (Univ Coll ’05), Thermal, Calif. at 59.

Thomas Doty (Bus ’00), Maumee, Ohio at 66.

Emily Horton (Ed ’04), Conroe, Texas at 33.

Jaclyn Smith (MA ’07), Luckey, Ohio at 37.

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Straub_John_300dpi *John L. Straub (Law ’69) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Straub is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo.

**Francis K. (Joe) Holtzman (Bus ’65) retired from McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) as the director of general purchasing and providing senior consulting services for Oracle Corporation. He retired to Estes Park, Colo. but also retains a residence in Mission Viejo, Calif., where he is involved with community activities such as serving on the home owner’s association board, school board assignment and Citizens for Integrity in Government. He will now be pursuing his love of fly fishing in Colorado, Utah and Montana.

Stephen K. Haller (Law ’68) was inducted into the distinguished alumni hall of fame by Carroll High School’s alumni association, located in Dayton, Ohio. The ceremony was held on the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. Haller has had a 39-year career in the prosecutor’s office and has represented the state and county in thousands of criminal and civil cases in all courts in Greene County, Ohio. In August 2006, he was appointed Greene County prosecuting attorney. He was elected to the office in 2006, 2008 and 2012. Haller
Nelson_John_300dpi John K. Nelson (Law ’79) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Nelson is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo.
Jack G. Fynes (Law ’79) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Fynes is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo. Fynes_Jack_300dpi
Pletz_Thomas_300dpi **Thomas G. Pletz (Law ’71) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Pletz is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo.
David W. Wicklund (Law ’74) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Wicklund is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo. Wicklund_David_300dpi
Trudeau_3361_Background_CMYK **Stephanie Dutchess Trudeau (Law ’78) was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Trudeau is employed by Ulmer & Berne LLP, located in Cleveland, Ohio.

Mark McGranaghan (Eng ’77, MEng ’79) was selected by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers as its 2014 Charles Proteus Steinmetz awardee. McGranaghan is the vice president of power delivery and utilization for the Electric Power Research Institute, headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif. The Steinmetz award was established by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and is presented to an individual for exceptional contributions to the development or advancement of standards in electrical and electronics engineering.

Philip Fink (Bus ’70, MBA ’71) was named as the Larry and Kathy Ulrich Endowed Professor in Accounting by Lourdes College. Fink teaches in the College of Business at Lourdes. The endowed professorship in accounting was created to assist Lourdes in attracting and retaining accounting faculty who possess both respected academic credentials and extensive professional experience.

*Bruce Bailey (Law ’70) helped to escort two members of the Return to Normandy Association, a reunion group rooted in Southern California, to France for the 70th anniversary observance of D-Day on June 6. Bailey is CEO of the Mount Soledad Memorial Association based in La Jolla, Calif.

**Michael S. McGowan (Bus ’78, Law ’81) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. McGowan is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo. McGowan_Michael_300dpi
Hoffman07_colorJPG Marta J. Hoffman (Univ Coll ’88, Law ’92) was selected to participate in the 2014-2015 Leadership Development Program for the Hospital and Health Systems Practice Group of the American Health Lawyers Association. She works at Plunkett Cooney, located in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and is licensed to practice in Michigan and Ohio.
**Mark A. Urrutia (UTCTC ’88) has been named the 2014 recipient of the Pi Kappa Phi National Fraternity’s Regional Governor of the Year award. Urrutia has served as a volunteer of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity for nearly two decades, working with the chapter at The University of Toledo. Mark_Urrutia
Bell_Neema_300dpi Neema M. Bell (Law ’86) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Bell is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo.
Michael G. Sanderson (Law ’81) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Sanderson is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo. Sanderson_Michael_300dpi

Charles D. Niehaus (Law ’86) was appointed to the board of directors and First Federal Bank board of directors for First Defiance Financial Corp. Niehaus is the managing partner at the law firm Niehaus & Associates, Ltd, located in Toledo.

Simpson_Joseph_300dpi Joseph S. Simpson (Law ’88) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Simpson is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo.
Kathryn J. Woodward (Law ’86) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Woodward is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo. Woodward_Kathryn_300dpi

Susan C. Wajert (Bus ’86) was named as the president of Mercy College of Ohio located in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Michael Valdes (Bus ’87) has been named as the new chief financial officer for Eastern Michigan University. His primary responsibilities are to provide budget management, monitor liquidity positions, exercise executive control over university budgets and safeguard all assets of the university.

Dr. Scott A. Frederick (UTCTC ’88, Ed ’91, MEd ’95, MED ’01, RES ’04) is now an assistant professor in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences at The University of Toledo. Frederick is teaching in the internal medicine department.

Mike Mudrow (A/S ’87) has been the assistant coach for the Logan High School boy’s soccer program, in Logan, Utah. He is now the head coach for the Lady Grizzlies soccer team at Logan High School. Mudrow has been a German and English as a second language teacher there since 2003.

Doug Blackwood (UTCTC ’85) has been promoted to vice president of retail operations manager for First Federal bank in Lima, Ohio. He is now responsible for supporting First Federal’s sales and service goals.

Zimmann Dr. Angela Zimmann (Eng ’94) will serve as advancement and communications executive and will assist in the teaching of preaching to seminarians at Gettysburg Seminary, located in Gettysburg, Pa. She was previously a Jerusalem-based pastor and returned from East Jerusalem in August to begin work in the seminary.
Jenifer A. Belt (Law ’95) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Belt is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo. Belt_Jenifer_300dpi
Rothschild_James_300dpi James I. Rothschild (Law ’93) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Rothschild is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo.

Jon Molter (UTCTC ’91, Univ Coll ’94, MEd ’03) is now the principal of Fayette, Ohio’s Local School’s K-12 complex.

Kevin Molyet (Eng ’94, MEng ’96, PhD ’05) has been promoted from assistant to associate professor of mechanical engineering at Trine University in Angola, Ind.

Brian Greenwell (MS ’92) was appointed as the new chief information officer of Walsh University, located in North Canton, Ohio.

Tom Shafer (MEd ’92) was named as the new superintendent of The Toledo Maritime Academy. Shafer is a Navy veteran and was previously the principal of Evergreen Middle School in Toledo.

Jean Ann Bowman (Univ Coll ’96) was presented with the Award of Excellence by NASCAR. Bowman is the event operations and logistics manager at Kansas Speedway. The Award of Excellence was given to Bowman for her work at ensuring the safety and security of tens of thousands of fans and competitors at the speedway.


Joshua Crites (HHS ’05, MA ’09), is a Seattle housing authority strategic adviser and a member of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Official. He has been named one of 10 U.S. recipients of the prestigious 2014 German Chancellor Fellowship. This fellowship will give him the opportunity to spend a year in Germany exploring new solutions to the global issues of our times. His research will take place in Hannover, Germany and will focus on the German model for providing affordable housing, specifically funding models, program design and administration.

Dr. Andrew Smock (MED ’09) is a new physician at Genesis HealthCare System, located in Zanesville, Ohio. Smock specializes in urology.

Joe Ayers (A/S ’06, Ed ’06) is now the head football coach at Erie Mason High School, located in Erie, Mich. He has been a math teacher at Erie Mason since 2006.

*Garret Garcia (LLSS ’12, MLLSS’14) has been hired as the University of Notre Dame’s video coordinator for the women’s basketball program. Garcia spent four years as a student assistant with the Toledo men’s basketball team and one year working as the video board and ribbon operator for the Toledo Mud Hens and Toledo Walleye. As an undergraduate, he worked for two years as a student videographer for the UT Communications Department covering football, basketball, women’s soccer, tennis and volleyball events for the University. While in graduate school, Garcia spent two years as a graduate assistant video coordinator with the Rockets’ women’s basketball program. Garcia
*Cameron Roehm (A/S ’10, MEd ’13) was recently awarded the prestigious New Teacher of the Year Award from the Clark County School Districted located in Las Vegas, Nev.


He was nominated due to his amazing rapport with students, professionalism with all staff members, advanced technology, integrated lesson deliveries, and passion for education. While Roehm attended UT, he was an undergraduate and graduate assistant at the Student Recreation Center, where he was responsible for operations, intramural sports, sport clubs and summer camp. He currently teaches middle school science and coaches multiple sports at Cram Middle School.

LaSalle Dr. Karen La Salle (MED ’10) has joined New Beginnings Pediatrics in Norwalk, Ohio and will also join the medical staff at the Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk and the Bellevue Hospital.
John P. Dombrowski (Law ’13, MBA ’13) has joined the firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP as an associate in the Taxation Practice Group. Dombrowski works out of the Toledo office and focuses on business taxation at the local, federal and international levels. Dombrowski_John_300dpi

T.J. Fatinikun (Comm/Arts ’13) signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL team.

*Dr. Brooke Donaldson (MED ’11) is a new physician at Genesis HealthCare System, located in Zanesville, Ohio. Donaldson specializes in emergency medicine.

*Nava Paudel (PhD ’14) is currently a medical physics resident in the University of Arkansas for medical sciences. He presented his research carried during his graduate studies at UT at the 56th annual meeting of American Association of Physicists in Medicine in Austin, Texas in July 2014. The title of his talk was “Nanoparticle-Aided Microwave Hyperthermia is Accompanied by Free Radical Generation and Enhanced Cell Kill.”

*Giselle Thompson (MLLSS ’14) wrote a review of a book called Chronic Illness, Spirituality and Healing, and has been accepted to present a paper at the Canadian Sociological Association’s Annual Conference. She also co-authored a book chapter with Dr. Rubin Patterson, UT professor and chair of the Sociology and Anthropology Department, titled “Transnational Factors Driving U.S. Poverty and Inequality” for the Routledge Handbook of Poverty and the United States.

*Ning Xu (MLLSS ’14) reviewed a book titled Caring for Orphaned Children in China, and has been accepted into the PhD program at New School University in New York.

Births and Marriages
Reiner Matthew Reiner (A/S ’09) and Paris Malin were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, located in Seaview, Wash., on Saturday, June 21, 2014. They are both second-year medical residents residing in Cleveland. Paris is at University Hospitals Medical Center and Matt at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center.
Jacqueline Baumgartner (Pharm ’05) and Michael Rowan were married on August 16, 2014 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Oak Harbor, Ohio. The couple resides in North Brandford, Conn. BaumgartnerEngagement

**Jonathan James Nichols (Bus ’07) and Kathryn Nicole Williams were married on September 6, 2014 at Harvest Baptist Church in Wapakoneta, Ohio.

Helm **Christopher Helm (Ed ’64, MEd ’67) and **Judith (Garrison) Helm (Ed ’63, MEd ’84) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 15, 1964.
Emily Rush (HS ’12) and Gregory Peper wed on September 6, 2014 at Light of Christ Catholic Church in Blissfield, Mich. RushPeper
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

*June Stuart, Ann Arbor, Mich. at 85.

Dr. Melvern A. Ayers, Perrysburg, Ohio at 83. He joined MCO in 1968 as an associate clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology. One year later, Ayers was named associate professor and acting chair of the department and held those positions until 1974, when he was appointed associate clinical professor.

Kimberly A. (Pacer) Horn, Monroe, Mich. at 48. She was a nurse at MCO/MUO/UTMC from 1991-2012.

Martin Bobowick, Toledo at 71. He taught tax law and estate planning in the College of Law.

Flora (Hugg) Benton Poad (MS ’64), Oregon, Ohio at 64. She was a library assistant and taught in the UT Library Sciences Department.


Lucille Meinle (Ed ’37), Venice, Fla. at 81.


**Patricia Vyn (Bus ’45), Highland Park, Ill. at 91.

**Dr. Robert F. Cooke (A/S ’43), Harbor Springs, Mich. at 94.

James D. Madigan (att. ’48-’50), Toledo at 84.


Robert Kreps (Eng ’54), Toledo at 82.

Jack Coyle (Eng ’52), Danville, Va. at 84.

William Rohweder (Eng ’50), at 89.


Mark Joseph Nyitray (att. ’64), Toledo.

Michael A. Warehime (att. ’64-’66), Hanover, Pa. at 73.

Mark S. Derkin (att. ’66-’69), Monclova, Ohio at 66.

Maximilian Hofmeister (A/S ’63), at 57.

Doris Fauble (Ed ’67), Maumee, Ohio at 85.

Joyce D. Pitts (UTCTC ’63, att. ’74-’75), Toledo at 70.


Jack Ferree (UTCTC ’74), Martin, Ohio at 90.

Maureen O’Malley (A/S ’79), Toledo at 84.

**Gregory Siegel (Pharm ’79, Law ’84), Perrysburg, Ohio at 62.

Ahmed Spour (MEng ’75), Herndon, Va. at 71.

**Dr. Peg Smith (A/S ’76, MA ’80, PhD ’83), Toledo at 77.

**Peggy Myers (Ed ’76), Whitehouse, Ohio at 60.

Raymond John Lawniczak (att. ’73-’74), Whitehouse, Ohio at 85.


Kristine Mullen (UTCTC ’85), Findlay, Ohio at 49.

Todd Peake (att. ’88-’90), Toledo at 44.

Norma Jean Pittman (UTCTC ’80, A/S ’85), Toledo at 58.

Robert P. ‘Bob’ Zukowiec (att. ’86-’88), Toledo at 52.


Therese Raymond (MEd ’91), Toledo at 71.

Darvoiress Johnson (Bus ’97), Whitehouse, Ohio at 41.


Howard Young (Univ Coll ‘02, Law ’07), Vancouver, Wash., at 41.

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Fountain *Robert O. Fountain (Bus ’59), was honored with the 12th Man Award for his continued commitment to the University of Toledo’s student-athletes and to the UT Athletics Department. He has been affiliated with UT Athletics and the Downtown Coaches Association (DCA) for many years. In 1995-96, Bob was recognized by his peers as the “National Athletic Fundraiser of the Year.” He retired from the University in 1996, but to this day he still assists the DCA with their various fundraising efforts.
Larry Rochelle (Ed ’62, Ed Spec ’80), has published “Killing Karaoke,” his 15th thriller in the Palmer Morel Mysteries series. In this book, Palmer Morel needs a hide out to escape from a murder plot. He finds a good place to hide out at the Old-Time Saloon. KillingKaraokeBook
Rappbook James E. Rapp (Eng ’64, MEng ’69), published his book, “A Scientist in the Shadow of God: His Journey of a Lifetime,” in May 2014. The book describes how God used a spirit-filled scientist and his invention to spread the gospel message around the world. His experiences demonstrate how a layperson can minister salvation, healing and deliverance just by being in the right place at the right time. By skillfully embedding biblical teachings into the manuscript, Rapp shows how the scriptures can be used in a natural way to respond to the needs of others.

Rapp served with men’s ministries and on mission boards and taught adult Sunday school classes in local churches. He received extensive Biblical training by attending several international conferences in the U.S. and Singapore. He has served as an associate member of International Charismatic Bible Ministries based at Oral Roberts University. His name is on 32 U.S. patents resulting from many years of research on ceramic materials. These patents produced two businesses and resulted in his selection as a 1998 Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Engineering at UT.

*Sharon Osterud Richards (Ed ’63), was inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame in 2012 for her work in establishing a YWCA in Anchorage, Alaska. She was the president of the organizing board then become the first executive director. She grew the organization for the next 14 years from a staff of one to a staff of 14 operating out of their own building. She retired in 2002. Sharon-Richards

**Francis K. Holtzman (Bus ’65), retired from McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) and moved to Mission Viejo, Calif.

Roberts Ronald L. Roberts (Bus ’73), developed a product that he believes can reduce concussions in contact sports. He has patented a protective skullcap that uses a thin, waffle-shaped gel liner to absorb and disperse the shock that comes from a blow to the head. The caps, which look like normal skullcaps many football players already wear, are meant to be worn under a standard football helmet or other helmet. Roberts was a member of the defense on UT’s undefeated 1969, 1970 and 1971 football teams. He never suffered a concussion himself, but became increasingly interested as his son began playing football.

Jan Mrozinski Crooker (Ed ’71), had a one-woman show, “Images of Summer Light,” at Bishop’s Stock Gallery in Snow Hill, Md. in July 2014. Her paintings in the show all reflect light we experience during long, lazy summer days.

**David A. Brunkhorst (Eng ’70), was appointed by Gov. John Kasich to the recreation and resources commission for a term lasting through January 31, 2018. Brunkhorst is a resident of Oak Harbor, Ohio.

**Michael S. Hanley (Bus ’77), announced his retirement from Ernst & Young in July 2014, culminating his 36-year career serving global automotive clients. During his tenure at Ernst & Young, he was responsible for managing the firm’s global automotive center in Detroit and for developing the firm’s automotive industry strategy initiatives worldwide. He also served as the senior advisory partner for three component suppliers and two vehicle manufacturers and as the global client service partner for several component suppliers.

Louise A. Jackson (Law ’76), a member of Eastman & Smith LTD, has been elected to serve a three-year term as District 4 representative on the Board of Governors of the Ohio State Bar Association. District 4 includes 1,203 members in Lucas, Ottawa and Sandusky counties.

**Dr. Thomas Wakefield (A/S ’75, MED ’78), head of vascular surgery at The University of Michigan Medical Center, has been appointed as a director of The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center. The Frankel Cardiovascular Center combines advanced patient care, ground-breaking research, educational opportunities and a culture of collaboration and respect. He is also the 2014-15 president of the University of Toledo Alumni Association. Wakefield
Vargo **Deborah Vargo (UTCTC ’77, NRS ’84, NRSG ’94), has been hired as dean of Madonna University’s College of Nursing and Health. Vargo previously worked as director of the master of science in nursing program and associate professor of Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio.

**Dr. Robert Nielson (A/S ’77), has been named New York State 2014 Family Doctor of the Year. The award, from the New York State Academy of Family Physicians, recognized Nielson’s outstanding contributions as a partner in his patients’ care.


**David O. Bisbee (Bus ’82), opened Lakemore Tax and Accounting in Lakemore, Ohio in July 2014. The business offers tax and accounting assistance for individuals and small businesses.

Patricia Gory (Bus ’85), is now director of marketing at Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services in Toledo. Visiting Angels provides top-quality, in-home, elder care service for loved ones.

Dr. Joel Hellman (RES ’87), a cardiologist, has joined SwedishAmerican Health System and Midwest Heart Specialists in Rockford, Ill. He will see patients at the SwedishAmerican Renaissance Pavilion in Rockford.

John W. Henry (A/S ’86), is the co-owner of a new cigar store in Waterville, Ohio, Third Street Cigar. It is a retail store and two-story smoking lounge where Toledo history mixes with blues music and the rich smell of tobacco. Henry

Harold “Hal” Miller (MBA ’89), has moved into a new role as executive advisor to the chief executive officer of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company. He previously served as the president of the international tire division. Miller will assist the company in the process to determine the future ownership of the Cooper Chenghsan (Shandong) Tire Company Ltd. joint venture, as well as continuing to support international segment growth plans and helping to assure and orderly transition in leadership.

Susan M. Watkins (HS ’89), has been named program director for therapy services at Baton Rouge Medical & Therapy Services in Lima, Ohio. She will be responsible for managing all aspects of therapy services at Baton Rouge. Watkins has more than 29 years of physical therapy experience.

Christopher Deeter (Bus ’84, MBA ’85), has been recognized as the American Municipal Power, Inc. “AMP DNA Award” recipient. Deeter is assistant vice president of finance and member credit compliance, and has been with the Columbus-based organization since 2003.

Garbe-TrustCompany William T. Garbe (Bus ’86), is the new director of client relations of The Trust Company of Toledo. He joins The Trust Company following 11 years with Fifth Third Bank. In his new role, he will be responsible for upholding client service standards and developing new relationships.
Kerry Trautman (A/S ’98) had her poetry book, “To Have Hoped,” published. Trautman is active in the Northwest Ohio poetry community and participates in readings and events in the area. Her poetry and short fiction has appeared in journals and anthologies such as “Mourning Sickness”and “Journey to Crone.” Trautman
Mary Siefke_CFO Mary K. Siefke (MBA /99), joined the Toledo Museum of Art staff as chief financial officer. She is active in the community, serving as treasurer for the First Presbyterian Church of Maumee and has been a member of the Parks and Recreation Committee for Perrysburg Parks. Siefke had been with ProMedica Health System since 2002.

Lynnette Werning (A/S ’92), was welcomed as a member in the worldwide collaborative network of boutique PR firms, PR Boutiques International. Her company, Blue Water Communications, brings extensive expertise to the collaborative in the museum and performing arts sector.

Dr. G. R. Jarrod Tudor (A/S ’93, Law ’95), was named as the interim dean and chief administrative officer of Kent State University at Geauga, located in Burton, Ohio, and the Kent State University Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, Ohio. Tudor has taught courses at Kent State in the departments of paralegal studies, higher education administration, justice studies, political science, finance, history and journalism for 18 years. He has been a member of faculty senate and served on the executive committee for three years. For several years he served as grievance chair for the full-time, non-tenure track chapter of the American Association of University Professors. His one-year appointment began on July 1, 2014.

Vikram Shrivastava (MEng ’97), was awarded the highest post-license certification available in the water resources engineering profession, Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer. He is employed by Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, in their Fairfax, Va. office as a department manager. Vikram Shrivastava

Eric Mueller (Ed ’92), recently moved his family from Austin, Texas to Indianapolis, Ind. to become the CEO for Community Rehabilitation Hospital. The hospital is custom-built to enhance patient outcomes and provide the rehab team with access to the best tools in the area.

Wendy Miller (A/S ’92, MA ’96, PhD ’98), is now end user support manager at The Andersons, Inc. in Toledo. The Andersons is a Toledo-owned company that has four retail stores and also works with grain, ethanol, plant nutrient, rail and turf industries.

Rahul Parab Rahul Parab (MEng ’03), was awarded the highest post-license certification available in the water resources engineering profession, Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer. He is employed by Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, in their New York City office as a project manager.

Brian Wiggins (Bus ’05), an Ohio attorney and partner at Wiggins & Hall Law Group, LLC, located in Dayton, Ohio, became licensed to practice in Florida. At the firm, he represents clients in estate and probate matters, including those involving business succession planning and elder law.

Zachary D. Prendergast (Law ’06), joined the firm of Roetzel & Andress, LPA as an associate. He will work in the Cincinnati office and practice in the business litigation group.

Kristen Miller (Law ’09), has been promoted to registrar of Adrian College, located in Adrian, Mich. She previously served the college as assistant registrar. Adrian College is a private, co-educational liberal arts college offering degrees in 40 academic majors and programs.

**Wonna Paul Sehzue (Univ Coll ’04), has been hired as the head track and field coach of the boys team at Golden Gate High School in Naples, Fla. He was a three-time Mid-American Conference hurdles champion and school record holder at UT. Competing for Liberia, Sehzue reached the quarterfinals in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

*Matt Rubin (LLSS ’11, MBA ’13) and Breanne Rubin (Democko) (A/S ’09, Law /12), were featured on an episode of “House Hunters” that aired July 22, 2014 on HGTV. Television cameras followed the recently married couple around the Toledo area as they searched for their first home. Matt wanted to live downtown and Bre wanted a home in the Toledo suburbs. After weighing their options on national TV, they chose a loft in downtown Toledo’s warehouse district. House Hunters Matt Rubin

Matt has been reappointed by Gov. John Kasich to the Ohio Commission on Service and Volunteerism until April 21, 2017.

Dr. Raji Jacob (RES ’10), has joined Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton, Ill. as a new physician. She is board certified in nephrology and internal medicine. Jacob is employed with the Illinois Kidney Disease and Hypertension Center in Peoria.

Sarah Matter (MEd ’11), has been named the head of materials management at Fisher-Titus Medical Center, located in Norwalk, Ohio. Matter has been employed at Fisher-Titus since 2008 and has served as supply specialist, supply chain analyst and most recently as assistant director of materials management.

Black **Andrew Black (A/S ’10), had his doctoral dissertation published on OhioLink. Black has his master of arts in media and communication from Bowling Green State University and his thesis title is “DTV Implementation: A Case Study of Angola, Indiana.”

Markus Rasmus (MBA ’12), has been named commercial real estate relationship manager at Fifth Third Bank in Northwestern Ohio. He will be responsible for developing new and maintaining existing relationships with commercial real estate developers and investors.

Dr. Karen LaSalle (MED ’10), has joined New Beginnings Pediatrics in Norwalk, Ohio and will also join the medical staff at the Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk and the Bellevue, Ohio hospital. LaSalle

*John Luckoski (MLS ’13), entered a video contest for The Khan Academy, a nonprofit organization that offers free educational videos online, and won. He not only won the video contest, he also won a separate, but related, writing contest. The contests were part of an initiative to provide free, online resources for students preparing for the revised Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) that will be administered in 2015.

Faculty, staff & friends
Patrick Brian A. Patrick, a professor in the communications department at UT, published his latest book, “Zombology: Zombies and the Decline of the West (and Guns).” The book talks about how the zombie phenomenon represents a disturbance in the western collective unconscious caused by mass anxiety over the widely perceived decline of western civilization.
Births and Marriages
Megan Michelle Schmidt (MEd ’11) and Derek Rafael Wiesenberg will exchange vows on October 4 at St. Joan of Arc in Toledo. Megan works as an art teacher at Community Middle School in Princeton, Ind. Wiesenberg Schmidt

Mike Hentges (Bus ’93) and his wife, Jo (Dioletti), celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June 2014. They renewed their vows surrounded by their children, grandchildren and friends at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Oregon, Ohio.

Richard Fisher (Ed ’68, MEd ’76) and his wife, Sandra (Throne), celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June 2014. Richard retired from Toledo Public Schools and Sandra is retired from the Lion Store.
Collins **Dr. Nancy E. Collins (A/S ’69, MS ’74) welcomed her newest grandson, Nathanael Heffner Napier, into the world on July 4, 2014.

David Woolford (Bus ’64) and Susan (Steele) (Ed ’64) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in May 2014. They have been blessed with three children and nine grandchildren.

**Stephen Shawaker (Bus ’58) and **Joyce (Porter) Shawaker (Ed ’59, MEd ’63) celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in June 2014. He is retired from UBS Financial Services as a stock-broker and she retired from UT as the law school placement director.
Bette Charlene (Wollack) Werner (PhD ’81) and William Werner observed their 50th wedding anniversary in June 2014. They celebrated with a trip to Stratford, Ontario, where they attended the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, just as they did on their honeymoon. She retired from UT, where she taught in the English department.
Tabb Schreder (MEng ’05) and Dana (Van Wormer) (Ed ’66) married in June 1964 and just celebrated their 50th anniversary with a river cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg, Russia.

Kassi Kadesch (Ed ’12), married Jared Easley in August 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Paulding, Ohio.

*Mark Fox (A/S ’99, MS ’04, Law ’07) and Sheri Copanic were married on May 25, 2014 in Portland, Maine. They took a train ride on the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad following the ceremony and held their reception at the Westin Portland Harborview. They celebrated with friends and family on June 14, 2014 at the William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion on UT’s Main Campus. Mark works at UT as a patent technology associate in the technology transfer department and Sheri works at Health Care REIT at their corporate headquarters in Toledo. (photo courtesy of Kurt Nielsen Photography) Fox
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

**George Robinson

**Virginia Northup, Toledo at 101.

Rose T. Biscard, Toledo at 89. She was a 26-year member of the Satellites Auxiliary who volunteered in the hospital gift shop.

**Mary Pat Boatfield (Ed ’74, MEd ’85), Hallsville, Mo. at 64. She was a supervisor and instructor in the division of laboratory animal medicine at MCO from 1978-1985.

Dr. John Boening, Maumee, Ohio at 72. He joined the English department as an instructor in 1969 and was promoted to assistant professor in 1971, associate professor in 1975 and professor in 1980. Boening served as department chair from 1991-1997. He had an international reputation as a comparative literature scholar. He wrote a 10-volume compilation titled “The Reception of Classical German Literature in England, 1760-1860: A Documentary History from Contemporary Periodicals” (1997), and was working on a book on the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s art criticism. Boening was on the arts and sciences council, a senior fellow of the UT Humanities Institute and a member of the honor society Phi Kappa Phi. When he retired in 2006, he was named professor emeritus.

Catherine M. Heintschel, Toledo at 68. She was a MCO/MUO employee.

Constance A. Netter (Ed ’50, MEd ’57), Toledo at 85. She was a volunteer with the Satellites Auxiliary who worked in the hospital gift shop. Netter was also a member of Zeta Tau Alpha.

Gloria A. Roach, Toledo at 86. She was a cashier and account clerk in the UT Finance Department from 1972-1983.

**Kenneth Lowell McGill (Eng ’50), Titusville, Fla. at 86. Ken served many roles with the University of Toledo Alumni Association, serving as President of the Alumni Association from 1970-71 and was also awarded the Blue T Award at the Homecoming Gala in 1974. McGill was honored with the 12th Man Award for his continued commitment to the University of Toledo’s student-athletes and to the UT Athletics Department


Daniel Gluck (A/S ’35), North Palm Beach, Fla. at 100.


Frank Nisch (Bus ’48), Sylvania, Ohio at 89.

Donald St. John (Eng ’49), Perrysburg, Ohio at 90.


Rodger Wadsworth (Bus ’53), Sylvania, Ohio at 84.

*Bert Warrick (Eng ’57, Law ’64), Sylvania, Ohio at 82.

Lewis Whitman (Ed ’52), Allison Park, Pa. at 96.

Constance Netter (Ed ’50, MEd ’57), Toledo at 86.

James Fallon (Eng ’50), Perrysburg, Ohio at 90.

Joanne Alder (Ed ’52), Amarillo, Texas at 82.

LeMarr French (Pharm ’58), Willoughby, Ohio at 83.

**Marilyn Gabriel (Ed ’50, MEd ’74, Ed Spec ’78), Sylvania, Ohio at 85.

Thomas Meeker (Bus ’54, MBA ’60), Kalamazoo, Mich. at 81.


Donna Michalski (Ed ’68, MA ’70), Mission, Texas at 88.

**David Boost (Ed ’68, MEd ’75), Fredericksburg, Va. at 68.

Karen Jahns (Ed ’61), Toledo at 76.

George Chorba (Ed ’68), Galion, Ohio at 69.


John Chovan (Eng ’73), North Olmsted, Ohio at 89.

Ralph Behrendt (Bus ’77), Toledo at 63.

Curtis Cotton (Ed ’71, MEd ’74), Toledo at 76.

Nellie Edwards (MEd ’77), Toledo at 70.

Dr. Conrad Pritscher (PhD ’71), Maumee, Ohio at 82.

Lisa Gottschalk (A/S ’77), Toledo at 59.

John Hyma (MBA ’75), Sylvania, Ohio at 81.

Susan Tucker (UTCTC ’79), Toledo at 68.

Leonard Scheuer (UTCTC ’77), Oregon, Ohio at 62.

*Catherine McDonough (MA ’77), Saint Petersburg, Fla. at 79.

Clara Straight (UTCTC ’74), Bowling Green, Ohio at 89.

Frank M. Carrozza (Law ’71), Muskegon, Mich. at 69.


**Karen Fulton (A/S ’85), Scotts, Mich. at 51.

James Stefango (Eng ’81), Ann Arbor, Mich. at 60.

Franklin Kuhr (Bus ’88), Holland, Ohio at 54.

Linda Turk (Liming) (Ed ’85), Swanton, Ohio at 53.


Linda Seibert (Pharm ’94), Tipp City, Ohio at 57.

Timothy Meyer (MA ’90), Luckey, Ohio at 63.


Joseph Evans (HSHS ’00), Toledo at 47.

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David E. Corbin (MEd ’73) co-authored “Health for Life,” a high school health textbook. The book has been published in both print and e-book by Human Kinetics.

**Randall C. Dixon (A/S ’75, Law ’80) was sworn in as the new president of the Toledo Bar Association. He practices law at Dixon & Hayes, LTD in Toledo. Dixon is a third-generation west Toledo attorney, practicing in both Ohio and Michigan.

Dr. Richard M. Markoff (PhD ’78) has become the founding president of the Damar Foundation in Indianapolis, Ind. The Damar Foundation was established to help raise funds to support the work of Damar, the non-profit that has been serving children and adults challenged by autism, as well as intellectual, developmental and behavioral disabilities, for more than 40 years.

Martin E. Mohler (Law ’73) began his term as president of the Ohio State Bar Association in July 2014. Mohler is a partner in the Toledo law firm of Shindler, Neff, Holmes, Worline and Mohler LLP.
Mary Jane Strickland (A/S ’75) recently retired from The Ohio State University. She was an office manager in the psychology department.


*Michael Weaver (MSN ’85, PhD ’90) has been named the interim dean of the college of nursing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Weaver received the Outstanding Alumnus for Research Award in The College of Nursing from The University of Toledo Alumni Association in 2013.

Fedor The Hon. Teresa Fedor (Ed ’83), a state representative for Ohio, had her End Demand Act signed into law. This legislation is aimed at tackling the black market-driven demand for purchasing commercial sex with a minor.
**Dan Saevig (A/S ’84, MBA ’89) was sworn in as a member of the Oregon City Schools Board of Education in July 2014. Saevig is associate vice president of alumni relations and executive director of the University of Toledo Alumni Association. Saevig
Grosko Sandra Huth Grosko (Law ’91) was appointed by the Supreme Court of Ohio as clerk of the court. She is the third woman to serve in this role. Grosko has served as reporter of decisions since August 2011 and served as interim clerk of the court in 2007. The clerk of the court oversees the office of the clerk, which is responsible for administering the filing of cases and documents before the court and other important functions of case management.

Sandra Speller (A/S ’96) is an insurance specialist at Family Heritage Life Insurance Company of America in Toledo.

M. Sean McNulty (Law ’94) has been named chief public defender by the board of directors at the Toledo Legal Aid Society. McNulty has been employed by Toledo Legal Aid Society since 1994 and has been supervising attorney at Lucas County Juvenile Court since 1994.

Cheri A. Budzynski (Law ’07) was selected to join the 2014-2015 Class of the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation Leadership Institute. Cheri is an associate in the Toledo office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP. Cheri practices in the environmental practice group, focusing on environmental law, administrative law and litigation. Her primary practice has focused on matters falling under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and Solid Waste Regulations. Budzynski_Cheri
Lucas_Small Lucas Blazejewski (Pharm ’09, PharmD ’12) has been awarded Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity’s Thirty Under 30 Award for 2014. After Lucas received his graduate degree he secured a full ride scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health to pursue a Peace Corps Masters International degree in public health. He left the United States for a Peace Corps appointment in Kenya in June 2013.
Neil Beavers (Bus ’08) has been awarded Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity’s Thirty Under 30 Award for 2014. Neil was this year’s recipient of the Young Alumni of the Year Award for Beta Iota Chapter. He is currently a quality manager for Preform Technologies, located in Swanton, Ohio. Neil also started and developed a real estate investment and management company. He specializes in the single family home with an emphasis on the student market. NBeavers_Small

Josh Crites (HSHS ’05, A/S ’09) works as a strategic advisor for the Seattle Housing Authority. He was recently awarded the German Chancellor Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He will spend the next year in Germany researching the affordable housing model used across the country.

Rachel_Small Rachel Schipull (MEd ’09) was honored at the Windy City Times 30 Under 30 Awards in June 2014. Thirty individuals under thirty years of age from all parts of the LGBTQIA community were selected based on activism, business, culture, non-profit work and more. Rachel recently became a holistic life coach and went back to school for a certificate in urban agriculture through Windy City Harvest program. She’s currently interning at the Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Births and Marriages
Alyssa Marie Klausing (HSHS ’10) and Kory James Hesseling (HS ’12) exchanged vows on July 26 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos, Ohio. Alyssa is a speech-language pathologist at Therapy Solutions at Van Wert County Hospital and Kory is a personal trainer with the Van Wert County YMCA. klausing-hesselingweb
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Faculty, staff & friends

Michael J. Barron, Sylvania, Ohio at 78, formerly taught in the history department.

Paul W. Hankins, Toledo at 84, was a facilitator at the Northwest Ohio Center for Labor-Management Cooperation from 1989 until his retirement in 2003.

John “Jack” A. Honsberger, Perrysburg, Ohio at 84, joined MCO as an employee in 1999 and worked at the University until 2010. He was also a volunteer with the Satellites Auxiliary.

Dr. Marvin L. Michael Kay, Oberlin, Ohio at 86, was a professor emeritus of history. He joined the UT faculty as an associate professor in 1971 and retired in 1992. He was chair of the UT Faculty Committee for Peace and Justice.
Joseph J. Monto II, Toledo at 79, was a member of the Satellites Auxiliary. He was a greeter at the George Isaac Minimally Invasive Surgery Center and a laundry delivery volunteer.

Nancy C. (Freeborn) Peluso, Toledo at 58, was a clinic manager in family practice from 2005 to 2008.

H. Alan Rudolph, Holland, Ohio at 80, was a former local executive who taught marketing and sales.

Maryal Slee, Perrysburg, Ohio at 85, was a telephone operator from 1979 to 1992.

Leona E. Bacon, Roswell, N.M. at 74, taught at the University.

Dr. William “Bill” Leons, Brattleboro, Vt. at 78, taught anthropology for 35 years. He joined UT as an assistant professor in 1975 and was named professor emeritus when he retired in 2010. Leons served as adviser to the Vietnamese Student Association for several years and was adviser to the Latin American Studies Program from 1979 to 1985. While attending college in the early 1960s, the civil rights activist joined the Freedom Riders in Jackson, Miss.
*Marilyn Hankins, at 82.


Donna Schultz Hall (Ed ’48), Maumee, Ohio at 88.

Dr. Robert Shuff (Ed ’45), Hot Springs National, Ark. at 94.

**Virginia Church (Ed ’48, MEd ’72, Ed Spec ’75), Tiffin, Ohio at 87.

**Rose Huebner (A/S ’44), Toledo at 91.

Richard Light (Eng ’42), Toledo at 94.

Jacob Jakab (Eng ’49), Jensen Beach, Fla. at 95.


William Bretschneider (Eng ’51, MEng ’57), Erie, Mich. at 91.

Fritz Grensing (Eng ’59), Palatine, Ill. at 78.

Normal Wolfe (A/S ’50), Cumming, Ga. at 88.

William Haffelder (att. in 1950), Holland, Ohio at 93.

Dorothy Pudlicki (Ed ’50), Toledo at 87.

**Robert Gibson (Eng ’57), Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. at 85.

Leon Yaffe (Bus ’51), at 58.

*James F. Walton (Eng ’50), Ocala, Fla. at 88.

Harmon Ingwersen (Bus ’58), Saint Joseph, Mich. at 83.

Donald Dugan (Pharm ’50), Oregon, Ohio at 89.


Patricia Myler (Ed ’68, MEd ’79), Toledo at 85.

Donald Dyer (Ed ’66), Oregon, Ohio at 86.

Mary Debien (Ed ’61, MEd ’69), Port Clinton, Ohio at 87.

Jeanne Davis (Ed ’64), Monroe, Mich. at 95.


**Mary Pat Boatfield (Ed ’74, MEd ’87), Nashville, Tenn. at 65.

Dr. Norman Barry (PhD ’72), Southgate, Ky. at 73.

**David Davis (Bus ’70), at 68.


John Nutter (A/S ’81), College Station, Texas at 59.

Charles Cline (Bus ’85), Scottsdale, Ariz. at 53.

Meredith Niedermeier (Univ Coll ’82), Monroe, Mich. at 76.

Linda Turk (Ed ’85), Swanton, Ohio at 54.

Joan Hoffman (MEd ’84), Temperance, Mich. at 84.

Wendell Jones (Law ’85), Bowling Green, Ohio at 82.

Cynthia O’Brien (Ed ’85, MEd ’91), Elkhart, Ind. at 67.

David Saygers (Bus ’85), Central Lake, Mich. at 84.


Wilhelmina Bartlett (UTCTC ’94), Toledo at 53.

Jo Anne Durnwald (MA ’98), Toledo at 81.


Robert Wenzlaff (Eng ’01), Toledo at 50.

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Mark Welker (Eng ’63) retired from IBM in 2006 after nearly 43 years of employment as an engineer, project manager, product planner and market intelligence professional. Mark and his wife Suzanne congratulated their grandson, Colten Zane Gruchow, on graduating with honors from Platt Canyon High School, located in Bailey, Colo. Colten completed over 20 hours of classwork at The Colorado School of Mines during his senior year of high school. These hours give him a jump-start on his computer science degree when he starts there this fall. Welker

Steve Rhodes (Bus ’85, MBA ’91) was named the CEO at CHELCO Electric Cooperative in 2013, CHELCO is located in DeFuniak Springs, Fla. He was previously the CEO of Kosciusko Electric Cooperative in Warsaw, Ind. from 2003 to 2013. Steve was elected chair of the Touchstone Energy Cooperative’s board of directors in March 2014 and he has served on the board since 2010. Touchstone Energy is a national brand associated with nearly 800 electric cooperatives located across the U.S.

DEA with his Smithsonian Exhibit_updated **Dr. Darrick Antell (MED ’81) has his groundbreaking research on identical twins on display in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. His research is part of the Human Genome Exhibit, a display commemorating the 10th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project. Starting in September 2014, the Human Genome Exhibit will tour other natural history museums around the country and the world.

*Amy Siffer (Bus ’92, Honors ’92) is now the business development manager at ENS Group, Indiana’s leading technology firm, located in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Dr. Guy S. Cavaliere (Res ’96) joined AllCare Clinical Associates, PA as an anesthesiologist. AllCare Clinical Associates is one of the largest private physician-owned anesthesia practices serving North Carolina and provides anesthesia and pain services for over 70,000 procedures annually.

Jennifer Greico (A/S ’93, Law ’97) presented at the Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s Deposition Workshop at The Inn at St. John’s in May 2014. The two-day educational conference taught winning cross-examination strategies, the dos and don’ts of witness preparation, deposition techniques and question selection. Greico is a partner at Neuman Anderson, P.C., a Birmingham, Mich. based business law firm specializing in complex commercial litigation. Greico

*Jonathan D. Mondelli (A/S ’06) was promoted to executive director of the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. weekday newscasts at WTVG 13abc, located in Toledo. Mondelli will also oversee all of the directors for these newscasts.

**Chief Warrant Officer 2 Justin Shedron (A/S ’07) has obtained 500 hours of flight time in the UH-60 “Blackhawk” helicopter and is currently undergoing maintenance test pilot training at U.S. Army post Fort Rucker, located in Fort Rucker, Ala.

Ladd Mallory Ladd (A/S ’11, Honors ’11) received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in May 2014 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Ladd is a first-year graduate student in the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Education’s energy science and engineering doctoral program. Her dissertation research focuses on how nitrogen affects biogeochemical processes associated with greenhouse gas emissions from warming permafrost soils in the Artic.
Derek Mull (A/S ’11, Honors ’11) received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in May 2014 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Mull is a first-year graduate student in chemistry. Mull

*Ross Madison (SJHS ’13) signed a free-agent contract with the Washington Redskins, an NFL team located in the Washington, D.C. area.

Births and Marriages
xavier 8 Joe Bates (CALL ’10) celebrated the birth of his son, Xavier Bates, in May 2014. Joe was featured in the February 2014 eMagazine and he currently works at Youth Uprising in Oakland, Calif
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Faculty, staff & friends

Dr. Robert W. Hamilton, Kernersville, N.C. at 76. He was a faculty member at MCO for a decade. From 1989 to 1995 he was the chief of the division of nephrology and a professor of medicine. For two years, he served as director of curricular review. Hamilton retired in 1999 and one year later was named professor emeritus.

Francis “Frank” J. Kollarits Jr., Whitehouse, Ohio at 75. He joined the UT faculty as an associate professor of electrical engineering in 1981 and continued as an adjunct professor of radiology at MCO. In 1996, he started the bioengineering division in the College of Engineering.

Shelley S. Lehnert, Whitehouse, Ohio at 56. She was a clerical specialist in rehabilitation service administration at UT Medical Center from 2006 to 2009. Shelley is survived by Chuck Lehnert, UT vice president for corporate relations.

Benjamin F. Marsh, Maumee, Ohio at 87. Marsh was a former chair and member of the MCO board of trustees. He served from 1981 to 1990.

Annabelle B. Orendorff, Perrysburg, Ohio at 82. She was a maintenance clerk and typist in plant operations from 1977 until her retirement in 1992.

Betty Mae Runkle, Perrysburg, Ohio at 90. She began working as a billing clerk in the Maumee Valley Hospital, which later became MCO. She was an accounting clerical supervisor when she retired in 1984.

Jacob “Jake” A. Campbell, Toledo at 54. He was a custodian from 1997 to 2006.

Delories A. Galloway, Toledo at 85. She was a custodial worker at UT from 1975 until her retirement in 1989.

Dr. Ruth A. Myers, Toledo at 80. She taught at the University for three decades. She joined the UT faculty as an instructor in psychology in 1963 and was named assistant professor of psychology in 1965. She was later named adjunct associate professor.

Dr. George A. Nankervis, Akron, Ohio at 84. He was a professor and chair of the MCO Department of Pediatrics from 1979 to 1985. He received the Golden Apple Award for teaching in 1982.

Adamae Schooner, Holland, Ohio at 84. She was a dietary food service worker at MCO from 1982 to 1991.

Beverly “Bev” Vasko (A/S ’88, MA ’02), Toledo at 61. She was a counselor in student services from 1993 to 1998.

Dr. William “Bill” Wiersma, Holland, Ohio at 83. He joined the UT faculty as an assistant professor of educational research and measurement in the College of Education in 1963. Two years later, he was promoted to associate professor and founded the Center for Educational Research and Services and served as its director for 22 years. Wiersma was named professor in 1967. He wrote or co-wrote seven textbooks and was recognized for his work in the classroom in 1979 when he received the University’s Outstanding Teacher Award. He retired from UT in 1987, was named professor emeritus and continued to teach part-time for 14 years.


Robert Meffley (UTCTC ’21, A/S ’23, MA ’24), Maumee, Ohio at 82.


Dorothy Gladieux (Ed ’31), at 85.


Francis O’Connor (Law ’49), Sarasota, Fla. at 88.

*William Searless (Bus ’46), Sylvania, Ohio at 88.


Kristin Skornia (Ed ’58), Boyne City, Mich. at 78.

Charles Young (Eng ’57), Sidney, Ohio at 80.

*Donald Rutz (Bus ’50), Erie, Pa. at 88.

*James Walton (Eng ’50), Ocala, Fla. at 88.

LeMarr French (Pharm ’58), Willoughby, Ohio at 83.

Col. Dale Anderson (Law ’50), Toledo at 91.


Norma Buchholz (Ed ’69), Murphy, N.C. at 79.

**Robert McIlvain (Ed ’60), at 77.

John Clark (Bus ’69), Defiance, Ohio at 70.

Gary Hable (Bus ’65), Weaverville, N.C. at 70.


Allan Devine (Ed Spec ’79, MEd ’77), Sylvania, Ohio at 67.

Michael Hoefflin (A/S ’57), Toledo at 57.

Johnnie Zachman (MEd ’79), Traverse City, Mich. at 99.

Robert Stochl (MEng ’70), Middleburg Heights, Ohio at 80.

Doris Perry (MEd ’81), Toledo at 81.

Dr. James Owens (PhD ’72), Springfield, Ohio at 83.

The Hon. Warren Lotz (Law ’72), Henderson, N.C. at 87.

*Paul Hankins (att. ’73), Toledo at 84.

John Balch (MBA ’76), Bexley, Ohio at 62.


Charles Brisbin (UTCTC ’83), Toledo at 77.

Lori Jansen (UTCTC ’87, Univ Coll ’89), Brunswick, Ohio at 47.

Douglas Chryst (Eng ’87), Kings Mountain, N.C. at 57.

M. Jean Conkle (Univ Coll ’83), Toledo at 92.


Reverend Mack Armstrong (MA ’90), Napoleon, Ohio at 69.

Dr. Edward Pike (MBA ’90), Valencia, Calif. at 73.


Dr. Jill Olthouse (PhD ’10), Findlay, Ohio at 36.

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**Diana H. (Dee) Talmage (MEd ’65) is the new chair of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges Board of Directors, an organization made up of Ohio’s 23 community colleges. She is also a member of the Owens Community College Board of Directors.

GILDAN MEDIA HOT FLASH Ellen Goldberg (Ed ’69) recently published her book, “What the Hell Happened to Me? The Truth about Menopause and Beyond.” Her book is written with an irreverent, dry sense of humor and covers everything from wrinkles to spider veins, falling body parts to skin tags, flatulence to muffin tops, and everything in between.

**Joel Levitan (Pharm ’69) was installed as a trustee for the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) in April 2014. He has practiced community pharmacy in the city of Toledo for 42 years. For 20 years, he has served in leadership roles with the Toledo Academy of Pharmacy. He is a past recipient of OPA’s Bowl of Hygeia Award.


*Philip Miller (Pharm ’71, MPharm ’88) was selected as the recipient of the Walter Frazier Award by the Ohio Society of Health System Pharmacists at its recent 75th annual meeting. The Frazier Award is given to an Ohio health system pharmacist for a combination of practice excellence, community service, professional education endeavors, and continued service to the Ohio Society.

**Mark S. Mandula (Bus ’79, MBA ’80), managing partner of United Capital Funding Corp., was the sole speaker at an unprecedented pre-convention master marketing class before the 14th Annual RFIx Convention that was held in Warsaw, Poland in March 2014. Mandula was also a featured speaker at the European Business Union Economic Eurosummit that was held in Paris, France in March 2014. United Capital Funding Corp, is based in the United States and is headquartered in the Tampa Bay, Fla. area and also has regional offices in Nashville, Tenn., and Charlotte, N.C.

*Deborah Randall (Pharm ’77) was installed as a trustee for the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) in April 2014. She has practiced community pharmacy in the Cleveland, Ohio area for more than 30 years. She currently works as a staff pharmacist at Gibsonburg Pharmacy in Gibsonburg, Ohio. Randall has also been active in the Sandusky Valley Academy of Pharmacy as well as the UT College of Pharmacy Alumni Affiliate.


*David M. Mohr (Eng ’82) retired from the State of Ohio, Department of Natural Resources in April 2014 with 30 years of service. He was chief engineer for six years and worked on many projects in Ohio’s state parks and recreational facilities, including Maumee Bay State Park and Marina. He met his wife *Karen (Perry) (Ed ’82) as a freshman at UT and they have been together ever since. Their son, John, is a graduate student studying history at Auburn University in Alabama.

Mary Gaynier (A/S ’89) began experimenting with cut-paper art forms in 2001, and started showing her work in 2005. She has won many awards with this intricately-crafted paper art style. In addition to creating works in her studio, she teaches paper-cutting workshops at the Toledo Museum of Art and The University of Toledo. Her intricate works start by folding a high-quality rag paper infused with strands of cotton, into eighths or quarters then uses an Xacto blade to cut the paper. The meaning of her creations can only be guessed by the viewer upon close inspection. Her go-to themes include aliens, monsters, mischievous dogs, menacing plants, and accidents waiting to happen. Gaynier

Scott Procop (UTCTC ’89) opened CODA Brewing Co. in April 2014 in Aurora, Colo. Procop owns Cedar Creek Pub, located next to the brewery. CODA brews craft beers using a 10 barrel system.


Renata Brown (A/S ’93) wrote her first book, “Gardening Lab for Kids: 52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy Your Garden.” The book aims to teach kids about gardening and the natural world, and it also contains a year’s worth of indoor and outdoor garden-related activities and crafts. She is currently the vice president of education at the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

*James Adams (Law ’90) has been a shift quality manager at Chrysler Trenton Engine Complex in Mich. since August 2013. His son, Ryan, age 23, is studying public health at The University of Toledo in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. Ryan graduated from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. in April 2013.

Knowles Scott Knowles (Law ’02) has been promoted to chief executive officer of Sims Brothers Recycling. He served as vice president of regulatory affairs and compliance, general counsel prior to the promotion. The firm buys, accepts, transports, processes, brokers and sells recyclable products including scrap iron and steel, nonferrous metals, cardboard, newspaper, high-grade paper, plastics, electronic scrap and glass. Sims Brothers Recycling is headquartered in Marion, Ohio with three additional Ohio locations.

Shaleeta A. Smith (NSM ’11, MPH ’13) was introduced as the new city health commissioner of Steubenville, Ohio in April, 2014.

*Kelsey Croak (HS ’13) is a graduate assistant athletic trainer at the Virginia Military Institute, located in Lexington, Va. She has earned the David H. Perrin Athletic Training & Sports Medicine Award from the University of Virginia. The award is given annually to a graduate student in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia working towards a master’s degree in kinesiology. Croak

*Margaret Reynolds (Bus ’10, MBA ’10, Law ’10) was recently hired by Reno & Zahm LLP, located in Rockford, Ill. Her practice focuses on business law, and civil and commercial litigation.

Dr. Kellie Buschor (Pharm ’10, PharmD ’12) was chosen to participate in the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation’s 2014 Critical Care Traineeship. The traineeship is a 5-month, ACPE-accredited, educational experience during which pharmacists will be trained to develop and maintain specialized services for the management of critically ill patients.

Dr. Evan Hill (MA ’09, PhD ’11) accepted a tenure-track faculty position as an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, located in Kearney, Neb.

*Heather Haught (MA ’13) is a current psychology doctoral student and has been awarded a summer internship in Washington, D.C. She will be working with the Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA) where she will be working as a data analyst. The IDA is a think tank that is contracted by the Federal government to analyze real-world national security issues.

Faculty, staff & friends

Jill Brown (current UT doctoral student in psychology) was accepted into a highly selective summer program organized by the European Association of Social Psychology this August in Lisbon, Portugal. She was also awarded a travel scholarship from the Society of Personality and Social Psychology to attend this program.

Dr. Jason Rose and Dr. Andrew Geers (current UT faculty) recently examined how the perception of vasovagal symptom (dizziness, nausea and fainting) alters blood donation. The research, to be published in the journal Transfusion, revealed that non-donors vastly overestimated how typical it is for people to experience vasovagal symptoms during blood donation.

Shane Close (current UT doctoral student in psychology) has been awarded a summer internship in Washington, D.C. He will be working as an intern with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) as a data analyst. The GAO supports Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities to legislate, appropriate, and oversee the Federal government for the benefit of the American people, and is commonly referred to as the congressional watchdog.

Dr. Andrew Geers (current UT faculty) was featured in articles in the Huffington Post and Psychology Today. The articles describe research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology about whether high levels of optimism helped married couples sustain their relationship, or, if high levels of optimism can leave married couples vulnerable to relationship problems.

Gabriela Hurtado (current UT doctoral student in psychology) was selected to be part of the student subcommittee of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS)’s Board of Directors. This subcommittee has primarily focused on presenting student initiatives related to the annual conference and student group to the board each year.

Ateka Contractor (current UT doctoral student in psychology) had four first-authored research papers accepted for publication recently. Contractor’s papers will appear in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Psychiatry Research, Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, and Psychiatry Findings.

Ashley Hall and Monica Rohrabaugh (current UT students in psychology) were competitively selected to attend the Summer School on Crime, Law, and Psychology, held from July 5-12, 2014 in Prague.

Monica Rohrabaugh (current UT student in psychology) was awarded a research grant from the American Psychology and Law Society (AP-LS). This grant will fund research examining children’s memory for dyadic conversations. For an applied perspective, this research aims to inform the legal system of a child witnesses’ ability to provide accurate conversational testimony during forensic interviewing and following trials.

Births and Marriages
McCabe Jenna McCabe (HSHS ’11) and Adam Aebischer announced their engagement in March 2014. They are planning to marry on August 16, 2014 at St. James Meeting House in Boardman Park, located in Boardman, Ohio. McCabe currently works as a speech language pathologist for Campus Health Care Center in Youngstown, Ohio.
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Faculty, staff & friends

*Joyce Kissoff, Toledo at 77.

William “Red” Mitchell, Toledo at 84. Mitchell coached the UT hockey club during the 1966-67 season.

John A. Toepfer, Waterville, Ohio at 80. John was the owner of Four Wheel Drive Diversified Inc. in Maumee, Ohio. He was also a member of the UT Center for Family Business and Privately Held Business and had served on its board.

Beverly Ann Blake, Toledo at 80. She worked in the UT Finance Office from 1990 to 1995.

Elvine M. Britter, Holland, Ohio at 94. She was supervisor of food services at MCO from 1962 until her retirement in 1992.

Delores A. “Dee” Damschroder, Oregon, Ohio at 78. She was a nurse at MCO in 1980 and 1981.

Mary C. (Sue) Nissen, Oregon, Ohio at 72. She worked in MUO/UT Health Information Management from 2005 to 2009.

Dr. Robert T. Sandin, Minneapolis, Minn. at 86. He joined UT as a professor of higher education in 1968. He was named director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education in 1969. He also served as assistant vice president for academic affairs in 1969 and was named director of planning in 1971.

Alphonsus L. “Red” Barron, Millbury, Ohio at 93. Barron was a UT continuing education instructor from 2001 to 2003.

William A. “Bill” Cameron, Toledo at 86. He was a UT faculty member from 1997 to 2002.

Anna Josephine (Polesovsky) Stevens, Monclova, Ohio at 91. She was a secretary in the department of anesthesiology at MCO from 1970 to 1980.


Dr. William Schmeltz (Bus ’45), Bowling Green, Ohio at 89.

**Walter Baldwin (UTCTC ’48, Bus ’51), at 94.

Selma Cohen (A/S ’42), Sylvania, Ohio at 93.


Franklin Montry (Bus ’51), Livonia, Mich. at 98.

Charles Reif (Bus ’51), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. at 82.

Bernard Nebel (Pharm ’57), Highland Heights, Ohio at 79.

Richard Slopey (Bus ’56), Prescott, Ariz. at 87.


David Zaski (Bus ’62), Pemberville, Ohio at 81.

Thomas Gregory (Bus ’64), The Villages, Fla. at 73.

Steven McLaughlin (A/S ’64), Perrysburg, Ohio at 72.


Jenatha Boose (Ed ’72, MEd ’76), Leonard, Mich. at 62.

Dr. Emilio Bisaccia (MED ’79), Basking Ridge, N.J. at 59.

Dr. Zaiful Girgis (RES ’75), Potomac, Md. at 85.

Michael Martin (Univ Coll ’78), Elk Grove, Calif. at 69.

Ronald Wolf (UTCTC ’72), Toledo at 69.

Stephen Bowman (Bus ’73), Cleveland, Ohio.

Paul Sontchi (UTCTC ’72), Edgerton, Ohio at 74.

David Livermore (Bus ’70), Honeoye Falls, N.Y. at 65.

**Judith Fitch (Univ Coll ’77, MS ’80), Toledo at 74.

Sister Mary Longeway (MS ’75), Toledo.

*Dr. Sabry Gohara (RES ’75, Teaching Scholar’s Fellowship Program ’02), Ottawa Hills, Ohio at 72.


Pauline Nagy (NRS ’87), Indian Harbour Beach, Fla. at 68.

Therese Shaver (NRS ’89), Pickerington, Ohio at 44.

*Howard Abernathy (Bus ’88), Pickerington, Ohio at 68.

Elna Hatcher (A/S ’81, A/S ’88), Toledo at 92.

Dr. Cheryl Kish (Ed ’80, MEd ’91, PhD ’93), Hilliard, Ohio at 64.

Earl Rowland (MBA ’81), Swanton, Ohio at 60.

Judith Zapadka (A/S ’83, MEd ’84), Oregon, Ohio at 68.


John Rathke (MA ’96), Montpelier, Ohio at 73.

Scott Smith (A/S ’97), Oregon, Ohio at 43.

Angela Bennett (UTCTC ’91), Adrian, Mich. at 42.

Michelle Bruns (A/S ’98), Maria Stein, Ohio at 36.

*Annual Alumni Association Member
**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

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Mike Robarge (Ed ’69) was honored with a career achievement award by the Ohio Iota Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon at The University of Toledo in April 2014. Mike served two years as Ohio Iota Sigma Phi Epsilon Chapter Rush Chairman and was the Greek Week King when he attended the University.

Tom Bartolett (Eng ’69) and his wife, Sue, helped to come up with the concept of Ozzie’s Market, located on W. Central Ave. in Toledo across from Secor Metropark. It is a convenience store with gas pumps and it has elements of an old-fashioned general store. It is also a location to show pride in Toledo-area products and to help the local community and business owners.


Cris Hastin (Univ Coll ’75) was honored at the Ohio Iota Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni and Senior Appreciation Dinner in April 2014. He was recognized for his significant and long-term service with the fraternity’s alumni association.

John C. “Archie” Myers (Ed ‘77) was inducted into the Ohio Iota Sigma Phi Epsilon Founder’s Circle. He served as fraternity president in 1974 when he attended UT. This award recognizes outstanding service and leadership as an undergraduate or alumni at a critical time in the Ohio Iota Sigma Phi Epsilon Chapter’s development.

Clarence “Skip” Cubbedge (Eng ‘79) recently simulated a complete satellite-to-ground communications system with DigitalGlobe, a commercial vendor of space imagery and operator of civilian remote sensing spacecraft. Cubbedge wanted to test if the system would support a 50 percent increase in data rate. The results showed that simulations speed increased tenfold and the data rate did increase by 50 percent.

**Dr. Fred Hill (A/S ’75, MED ’79, Res ’82) joined the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies as the chief medical officer for the southern region. Hill will lead medical affairs for its Medicaid health plans in Louisiana and South Carolina. FredHill

Robert C. Meyer (Law ’78) is a certified specialist in workers’ compensation law and co-founder of Morrow & Meyer LLC, a labor and employment law firm in North Canton, Ohio. The firm is a state-wide practice representing employers in workers’ compensation and employment matters.


Jan Hillman (MA ’86) was named as vice president for institutional advancement at Urbana University, located in Ohio. Hillman has a 35-year track record of success in fundraising, strategic planning and board management at institutions, including Wright State University, Clark State Community College and Kettering Medical Center.

Kevin Dintino (Ed ’89) recently earned his doctorate of physical therapy through the Evidence in Motion Institute for Health Professions. He is currently the regional director of the southeast and central Virginia-based independent physical therapy practice’s 12 clinics in Richmond, Va.

MarkDaniel Mark Daniels (Bus ’83) is the new superintendent for the McLean County Unit 5 schools in Normal, Ill. He will oversee more than 13,000 students across 23 schools and other facilities.

Lisa (Werner) Autry (Ed ’85, MEd ’91) recently completed a mural for Immaculate Conception church in Forest City, N.C. The mural depicts the story of Jesus on the cross with the thief who taunted him on one side and the thief who believed in him on the other side. The mural is one of many that Autry has completed over the years.

Karen Bailey (MBA ’88) was appointed to the Atlanta, Ga. Ronald McDonald House Charities board of directors. Bailey serves as the vice president of national accounts for Georgia-Pacific Professional’s Food Services Solutions business. Bailey

John Jutila (MBA ’85) was appointed as the chief executive officer for Champion One, a leading third party optical transceiver company located in Beachwood, Ohio.


Dr. Jeffrey Finn (MED ’99) of Susquehanna Valley Pain Management Center, P.C. in Harrisburg, Pa., began seeing patients in Fulton County Medical Center’s Specialty Services building in February. He practices physical medicine and rehabilitation.

John Lechman (A/S ’96) has been named director of development for Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Previously he was director of development for the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters’ schools and care center of Monroe, Mich. and Mercy Children’s Hospital/Children’s Miracle Network of Northwest Ohio.

Lawrence D. Tribble Jr. (A/S ’96) is the author of “Sweatless Victory: 10 Answers to Everyday Questions.” Tribble is a life and empowerment coach, and is also a dedicated and results-driven community leader and youth advocate. This book can unlock your hidden treasures through empowerment and self-realization. Tribble
Shawn Fitzgerald Dr. Shawn Fitzgerald (MEd ’95, PhD ’97) has been named dean of the school of education, innovation and continuing studies at Widener University in Chester, PA.

Kelley Hartley Hutton (A/S ’91) has been named the director of athletics for Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), Ind. Hutton has served as the head women’s volleyball coach for 15 seasons. She also previously served for 12 years at IPFW as senior woman administrator and associate athletic director.

Jennifer Grieco (A/S ’93, Law ’97) recently presented at the 2014 mid-year meeting of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. Her workshop session was titled “Win-Win: Matching Unmet Legal Needs with Available Legal Talent.” Greico is a partner at Neuman Anderson, P.C., based in Birmingham, Mich. Greico

Jalen Parmele (att. 2004-07) was inducted into The University of Toledo Varsity “T” Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 22 in Savage Arena. Parmele played football for the Rockets from 2004-07 and was a First Team All-Mid-American Conference running back in 2006 and 2007. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. He played for Baltimore from 2008-10, Jacksonville in 2010 and signed with Tennessee in 2013 but was released before the regular season started. He is currently a free agent.

stein Dr. Thomas Stein (PhD ’06) was selected as the vice president for enrollment and financial aid at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA.

Kenneth M. Thompson (A/S ’05) returns as a juror for the eighth annual Art in Public Places Knoxville exhibition. This is an outdoor sculpture exhibition that opened in April 2014. The pieces are on display in downtown Knoxville, Tenn. and McGhee Tyson Airport through March 20, 2015.

Chadd Johnston (Bus ’06) has accepted a position on the business development team for HVAC services at GEM Energy in Walbridge, Ohio.

Dr. Scott Foster (MED ’05, Res ’10) joined Avita’s orthopedic and sports medicine team. Foster is a fellowship-trained joint replacement surgeon and has four Ohio offices located in Ontario, Galion, Crestline and Bucyrus.

Dr. Gratia Pitcher (A/S ’03, MED ’06) has been appointed to the role of medical director at Rainbow Hospice Care in Johnson Creek, Wis. She will work as part of an interdisciplinary team that provides a full spectrum of physical, emotional, social and spiritual care to terminally ill patients and their families.

Dr. Matt Noyes (MED ’07) is a member of the East Ohio Orthopedic Group and is the only physician in the Dover, Ohio area trained to perform a new, minimally invasive procedure for tendonitis pain in elbows and shoulders. He uses an ultrasound probe and ultrasonic energy to remove the diseased part of a tendon, but leave the healthy tissue untouched.

Patrick Hankos Jr. (A/S ’10, Honors ’10) is the new assistant prosecutor in the Huron County prosecutor’s office. Located in Norwalk, Ohio, Hankos will be handling most of the juvenile court cases and occasionally some adult cases. 032014_Hakos_Patrick
Maggie Reynolds *Margaret Reynolds (Bus ’10, Law ’13, MBA ’13) joined Reno & Zahm LLP as an associate in March 2014. The law firm is located in Rockford, Ill. and offers experienced counsel in 12 areas of law.
*Tyler Haldeman (Bus ’13) joined the News-Messenger in Fremont, Ohio as an advertising representative for the newspaper. Haldeman

Dr. Carl Ortman (MED ’10) is a new primary care physician at OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital Athens Medical Associates in Athens, Ohio. His focus is in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases.

Births and Marriages

Scott Steven Rindler (Bus ’10) and Katie Marie Drees announced their engagement and have plans to marry on June 7, 2014 in the St. Remy Catholic Church in Russia, Ohio.

Katina Kay Kill (A/S ’05) and Anthony Thomas Graham exchanged vows in March 2014 at St. Gerard Catholic Church in Lima, Ohio.

Katelin Rudolph (PhD ’12) and *Michael Iott (PhD ’13) were joined in marriage on October 26, 2013 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Monroe, Mich.

KrouseWedding Karin Krouse (A/S ’06) and Coit (Tony) Black were married in July 2011 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Defiance, Ohio.

Laryn Ziegler (Ed ’11) and Jeff Wheeler married in March 2014 and currently reside in Northwood, Ohio.

Ryan Foglyano (Eng ’03) and Laura (Schaefer) Foglyano (A/S ’03) welcomed their first child, Julia, on August 13, 2013. julia
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Faculty, staff & friends

Carol Brandt Brug (A/S ’87), Toledo at 60, was a part-time instructor in the department of mathematics for 22 years.

Rosemarie Kehres, Toledo at 84, was a member of the Satellites Auxiliary.

Sharon Kay Periat, Sylvania, Ohio at 66. She started working at the University in the late 1980s at the former Community and Technical College as a placement-testing monitor. Periat then became a part-time adviser to those seeking associate degrees. In 1999, she was named an adviser in the College of Health and Human Services, where she later became director of student services. In 2010, Periat received one of the Outstanding Women Awards from the University Women’s Commission. She retired in 2011.

John Bennett Bacon, Toledo at 73, was an author and his books included “Being and Existence: Two Ways of Forman Ontology” and “Ontology, Causality and Mind,” he also taught at UT and several other universities.

Marguerite E. (Pollex) Faulkner, Toledo at 92, was a clerk who worked in UT Student Records from 1971 until her retirement in 1990.

Melvin Stewart, Toledo at 75, was a member of the Satellites Auxiliary.

Millianne (Priest) Duffey, Toledo at 89, was a secretary at MCO from 1980 until her retirement in 1988.

David L. James, Toledo at 48, was a painter journeyman at the University. He joined the UT staff in 2008.

June L. Mallory, Toledo at 84, began working with the University in 1965 as a clerical specialist in the UT library. She retired as a secretary in 1987.

Adela Mundt, Maumee at 77, was a local restaurateur and UT Medical Center benefactor. She helped lead several area restaurants: Loma Linda, Ventura’s and Barron’s Café. Since 1970, she owned Loma Linda; the Swanton establishment is often cited as the first area restaurant to serve Mexican food. In the late 1980s, Mundt had a new Loma Linda built next to the original, which was then torn down. Her success was in the spotlight when the U.S. Small Business Administration named her Small Business Person of the Year in 1992 for the Cleveland District. When her husband, Alfred, had a heart attack in 1983, the couple sought care at the former Medical College of Ohio. Alfred had quadruple bypass surgery and after congestive heart failure he received a heart transplant in 1998. The grateful couple became major supporters of the UT Medical Center, establishing the Adela and Alfred Mundt Endowed Professorship in Transplantation Cardiology, and also making a significant contribution to the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center at UTMC.

*Florence Meyer, Toledo at 96.


Robert Roehrs (A/S ’36), at 62.

Betty Roehrs (A/S ’37, MEd ’74), at 99.


Doris Jenkins (A/S ’41), Norwell, Mass. at 95.

*Dorothy McHenry (Ed ’41), Toledo at 95.

William Lewis (Eng ’49), Kent, Wash. at 87.


**James Arite (A/S ’56), Seboyeta, N. M. at 81.

Dr. James Annarino (A/S ’59), Toledo at 77.

Robert Holey (Eng ’50), Black Mountain, N.C. at 87.

Shirley Warren (UTCTC ’54), Sylvania, Ohio at 82.

*Charles Hohly (Bus ’50), Toledo at 87.

**Sharon Miller (Ed ’54), Glen Arm, Md. at 81.

George Meyer (Eng ’51), Toledo at 86.

Howard Mercer (Eng ’53), Monclova, Ohio at 85.


John Gueldenzoph (Bus ’68), Perrysburg, Ohio at 75.

James Carr (UTCTC ’62), Freedom, Pa. at 72.

Sander Simen (Law ’69), Flint, Mich. at 71.

Michelle Fall (UTCTC ’96), at 45.

Donald Laframboise (Ed ’66), at 73.

Ronald Klein (UTCTC ’60), Maumee, Ohio at 76.

Rosalyn Siegel (Ed ’65), Toledo at 87.

Richard Farkas (A/S ’60), Las Vegas, Nev. at 77.

Melvin Bettinger (Bus ’65), Toledo at 82.

Jane Knorr (Ed ’64), Oregon, Ohio at 92.


Dr. Terrence Johnson (MED ’73), Van Wert, Ohio at 65.

William Wuensch (Pharm ’76), New London, Ohio at 69.

Rita Tansey (Ed ’73, MEd ’86), Toledo at 77.

Robert Schneider (A/S ’75), Toledo at 63.

Joseph Bettinger (Bus ’71), Toledo at 65.


Gary Collins (Ed ’80), Perrysburg, Ohio at 62.

Dr. Mary Jones (PhD ’81), Tipton, Mich. at 89.

Arlene Russell (Ed ’81), Toledo at 72.

Dr. Rosa Lewis (PhD ’80), Sylvania, Ohio at 86.

Dr. Stephen King (PhD ’83), Readsboro, Vt. at 66.

Mark Reinbolt (UTCTC ’86, Eng ’89), Whitehouse, Ohio at 50.


Gregory Keener (UTCTC ’97), Swanton, Ohio at 41.

Lois Mackey (A/S ’92), Celina, Ohio at 86.

Jawonia Reynolds (Bus ’99), Toledo at 39.

Cheri Hass (Law ’95), Columbus, Ohio at 47.

*Annual Alumni Association Member
**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

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