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Jibilian Art Jibilian (Bus ’51) was honored by Congressman Bob Latta (Law ’81) as he spoke on the House floor in favor of legislation that was authored to honor veterans of the Office of Strategic Services with a Congressional Gold Medal. The bill passed unanimously and Jibilian was honored posthumously with the Congressional Gold Medal for his service in Operation Halyard in Yugoslavia.
**Dr. Robert F. Flora (MED ’87, RES ’91) has been appointed chief academic officer/designated institutional officer for McLaren Health Care Corp. Flora’s responsibilities include administering all McLaren Health Care graduate medical education programs, ensuring McLaren meets all requirements set by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education as well as other professional, educational, accreditation, and regulatory standards, as well as supervising all academic-related scholarly activity. McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Flint, Mich., is a fully integrated health network committed to quality evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. Flora
Schmitz Kathleen Schmitz (Bus ’88) was unanimously approved as the Van Wert City Board of Education assistant treasurer. Van Wert, located in Ohio, has an elementary school, middle school, and high school.
Richard White (Eng ’80) was appointed as senior vice president of business development of government systems at Space Systems Loral (SSL), based in Palo Alto, Calif. SSL is a premier designer, manufacturer, and integrator of reliable communications satellites and satellite systems for an international roster of commercial and government customers. White
Kimberly Harder Danes Kimberly Harder Danes (Univ Coll ’88) is the new director of development for The Ability Center of Greater Toledo. The Ability Center actively seeks partnerships with community organizations and supports individuals with disabilities and their families to achieve their vision of independent living.

Gwen Roth (Univ Coll ’95) participated in Miami University’s Earth Expeditions global field course in Guyana, where she studied traditional ecological knowledge of the Makushi and the potential local wisdom to guide conservation initiatives. Roth, an educational specialist at Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District, resides in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her studies in Guyana were for a graduate course in pursuit of her master’s degree from Miami University’s Advanced Inquiry Program.


Sara M. (Bodi) Gorman (HSHS ’09) received the 2016 Pediatric Respiratory Care Achievement Award from University Hospitals – Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, located in Cleveland, Ohio.

James Andrew “Andy” Curliss (A/S ’07) has been appointed the new chief executive officer of the N.C. Pork Council, located in Raleigh. The N.C. Pork Council is the respected voice of North Carolina’s pork industry that provides meaningful leadership for the state’s dynamic pork industry while engaging the diverse segments of the industry. curliss

Phil Riegle (Law ’04) was sworn in as the Hancock County, Ohio, prosecutor and will serve a four-year term beginning in January.

Cheslock_Zachary_300dpi *Zachary A. Cheslock (Law ’16) joined the Toledo office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP. as an associate attorney in the corporate practice group.
Faculty, staff & friends
Dr. Richard F. Leighton, former professor of medicine at the former Medical College of Ohio, has recently written his memoirs, “Dear Folks.” Here is a letter written to Dr. Peter White, Professor Emeritus from MCO, about his experiences at MCO. Leighton

Dear Peter,

Adobe Photoshop PDFI’m writing you to recount and share some of the experiences we had in launching the relatively new medical school, then known as the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo.  Much of what appears in this letter reflects the content of letters I wrote to my mother in the 1970s and 1980s.  She kept those letters and just recently my nephew discovered them and sent them on to me.  I’ve supplemented that information with excerpts from the book on the early history of the college that you edited and for which I wrote a chapter.  I realize that you probably recall all these events as well as I do but I’m writing about them now in hopes they will not on only stimulate both of our memories but will also be of interest to other readers of this memoir.

30.2 copyIn the Spring of 1972 I first became aware that the Medical College of Ohio (MCO) was looking for a Chief of Cardiology.  The school was new, just graduating its first class that year.  In spite of my aversion to cold weather, I paid a visit and was interviewed by the school’s first Chairman of Medicine, and your colleague, Dr. George Ludwig.   He was an endocrinologist with a special interest in metabolic diseases and he had been recruited from the University of Pennsylvania 3 years before my visit.  His first year was spent on a research sabbatical so during that year you began organizing the department which remained quite small.  Having accompanied him from Penn, I think you shared his vision of the kind of department he was hoping to build.

30.4 copyFacilities were rather primitive in those days. The Department of Medicine was housed in a former hospital building (the Roche Building) that was adjacent to the Maumee Valley Hospital, itself an older county hospital.  In the cardiovascular area there were only two full-time faculty, each of whom had primary responsibilities elsewhere.  Bob Page had arrived in 1968 as the institution’s first Dean and Mary Clifford had arrived in 1971 with a primary appointment in a sister department, the Department of Social Medicine.  She directed a 3-bed CCU and became involved in developing the cardiovascular curriculum.  Each of them taught students (the first class had 32 students) and residents physical diagnosis and they read electrocardiograms but beyond ECG recorders there were no cardiovascular diagnostic facilities and no cardiac surgery program.

A Distracted Chairman

For me to move into this situation from Ohio State where I had become accustomed to state-of-the-art diagnostic and research facilities presented significant challenges.  On the other hand, it provided me an opportunity to build a cardiovascular division from the ground up and I found that possibility intriguing and potentially the source of a lot of satisfaction.  As a result, after my visit, I let Dr. Ludwig know that I was interested.

With a limited faculty and many demands on his time Dr. Ludwig was easily distracted.  After my visit in May I heard nothing from him until the following December when he called me one evening to offer me the job.  Thus it seemed that after 7 months he suddenly realized he still didn’t have a Chief of Cardiology.  This time delay suggested to me that I was unlikely to get the support I would need so I declined his offer.  A year later Dr. Ludwig met the same fate as had Dr. Wiseman, my former Chairman of Medicine at Ohio State: he had an intracerebral hemorrhage and died.  In both cases they had apparently not had adequate management of their hypertension which was  unfortunate.  As physicians they should have recognized that hypertension is known as the silent killer.   Blood pressure should be closely monitored.  With Dr. Ludwig’s passing you became the acting chairman.  We opened a new dialogue and by July of 1974 I felt I was ready to assume the position of Chief of Cardiology at the Medical College of Ohio.

My 23 years in Toledo began with the purchase of a 3-story frame house, built in 1918. Located in the Ottawa Hills suburb, it was within walking distance of an excellent school system.  The house needed considerable renovation, including replacement of water pipes and a radiator system, installation of central forced air heating and air conditioning, a complete renovation of the kitchen and enclosure of a screened porch off the living room. This process consumed much of the first year and challenged our family as we accommodated to living in a construction project.


30.5 copyThe house needed reconstruction but so did the Cardiology Division at MCO.  As part of my recruitment I had been given a commitment to develop an up-to-date cardiac catheterization lab, an expanded CCU and a heart station capable of supporting a variety of noninvasive measurements.  I brought no new faculty with me but as part of my recruitment the institution agreed to support Dr. Subhash Khullar for a year of training in nuclear cardiology at the University of California San Diego and subsequently as junior faculty at MCO.   He had been a resident in internal medicine at MCO and then a cardiology fellow at Ohio State.

To assume my position as division chief and plan such an ambitious cardiovascular program in the absence of a permanent Chairman of Medicine, my academic superior, appeared to be a risky move.  On the other hand it appeared that my skills were needed and I already had a lot of other key faculty support. Dr. William Blakemore, a cardiothoracic surgeon you had known in Philadelphia, had arrived as Chairman of the Department of Surgery the year before and was anxious to get an open-heart surgery program started.  Dr. Ramon Rodriguez-Torres, a pediatric cardiologist, was chairman of the Department of Pediatrics.  He wanted access to a catheterization lab and open-heart surgery as well.   A former colleague of mine at Ohio State, Dr. Atis Freimanis, was Chairman of the Department of Radiology and was eager to cooperate in this effort; and, of course, I had your support.

A Unique Curriculum

MCO’s School of Medicine began in 1969 with a 3-year curriculum.  When I arrived the third class had just graduated.  At that time the State of Ohio, based on the perception that there would be a physician shortage, had provided funding to encourage creation of 3-year curricula.  The teaching of the basic sciences was a combined effort of clinical and basic science faculty.  I found this arrangement stimulating since clinicians like me had to meet with our basic science counterparts to plan the curricular segments; and I got to meet and know faculty that I wouldn’t have encountered otherwise. This arrangement continued until 1980 when the curriculum reverted to a conventional 4-year arrangement with 2 basic years and 2 clinical years.  By that time the additional State funding had been withdrawn.  The change was welcomed by most of the faculty for different reasons: many of the basic scientists wanted to deliver their lectures unimpeded by a discussion process with their clinical counterparts; and the clinicians, having become busier with patient care responsibilities, felt they didn’t have the extra time to devote to a more integrated curriculum.  I thought the change constituted a significant loss for both camps.

An Informal CCU

30.1 copyDuring our first year, working in the old Maumee Valley Hospital, we created an expanded six-bed CCU and a heart station.  Construction of the cardiac catheterization lab began in the Department of Radiology, to be completed by year’s end.  Dr. Clifford continued to direct the CCU with considerable help from the able head nurse, Debbie Rodeghero and subsequently by her equally able successor, Kate DeMain McGreevey.  The CCU was one large room with a central nursing station and dividers placed between patient beds.  While this arrangement afforded little patient privacy, some patients who occupied our more private subsequent CCU related that they felt more secure in the original unit.

Initially for intravascular pressure monitoring we had only one transducer (recording device) so if two patients required monitoring, the transducer would be passed back and forth under one of the dividers.  One patient who was there because of recurrent ventricular tachycardia used to walk around the unit, entertaining fellow patients with his singing.  The nurses let the girl friend of one elderly man sneak his dog into the unit for a brief assignation.  One night, to relieve the tedium, after the CCU received an urgent call about an admission from the emergency room, a stretcher bearing a large dead fish was rushed to the unit.  Air conditioning was always problematic and there were no screens on the windows.  This combination allowed some bees to enter the unit one evening when we had a patient who was allergic to bee stings.  The unit had no backup power which became a problem one night when a squirrel was zapped in the hospital transformer, knocking out the power for several hours.

An Auspicious Year

In many ways the year 1975 was an auspicious year.  First was the arrival of a new Chairman of the Department of Medicine, Dr. Patrick Mulrow, relieving you of your duties as acting chairman.  He had been Chief of Endocrinology at the Yale University School of Medicine.  He came with new faculty and the promise of more faculty positions and a large research grant devoted to elucidating the endocrine causes of hypertension.

“A Drunken Sailor”

My relationship with Pat Mulrow didn’t get off to the best start.  MCO faculty were supported by a combination of state salaries and a practice plan which had a taxation system that permitted the school, the department and the division to accrue monies.  At that time noon conferences for faculty, residents and students were often supported by drug companies who supplied lunches.  I didn’t want to be beholden to the drug companies for lunch money so I had been using some of my division money to buy lunches for our weekly cardiovascular conference. Pat Mulrow who apparently was more tight-fisted than I with the expenditure of institutional funds, called me in one day and accused me of spending money “like a drunken sailor.” Having had some experience with drunken sailors, I denied the allegation.  We were able to resolve that issue and subsequently became close colleagues and the best of friends.

The Stranahan Foundation

With the opening of the new cardiac catheterization lab in 1975 Dr. Khullar returned to MCO and we recruited Dr. Dennis Nelson, a newly minted PHD in bioengineering from Case Western Reserve University to support our interest in the computer quantification of scintigraphic images.   A key event was the award of funds from the Stranahan Foundation that permitted us to purchase a gamma camera devoted to animal studies.  The Stranahan Foundation was a Toledo-based organization, established by the Stranahan brothers who had created the once very successful Champion Spark Plug Company.  This foundation provided grants for a variety of community betterment projects in Toledo.

Canines and Fellows

Working with Dr. Tom Andrews who directed bioengineering efforts at MCO and with Dr. Jim Ross, a cardiovascular physiologist in the Department of Physiology, we were then able to obtain an NIH contract devoted to quantification of myocardial infarction in a canine model by using scintigraphic techniques.  Eventually this grant funded the involvement in this project of 19 MCO faculty members from 8 departments and the institution’s Animal Research Facility.  I found that working in this relatively small institution had certain advantages.  I liked the ease of working with colleagues across departmental lines.

We also began a cardiology fellowship training program in 1975, incorporating  cardiologists at The Toledo Hospital and St. Vincent Medical Center as well.  Initially this was a two-year program with 3 fellows per year but by the early 1980s it had evolved into a 3-year program that took one or at the most two fellows per year, with clinical rotations at MCO and at The Toledo Hospital for two years.  A third year was devoted to a research project, funded by the local branch of the American Heart Association.  One of my greatest satisfactions derived from my professional activities in those years has been the training and development of new specialists in cardiovascular medicine.

Ohio-Genesee Valley and the Necktie Test

When I was still at Ohio State a regional cardiovascular research group was formed that included faculty from Ohio State, the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University.  Later the group expanded to include the University of Cincinnati, the University of Rochester, the University of Michigan and MCO.  Since the group extended from Ohio eastward to Rochester, we chose the name “Ohio-Genesee Valley Heart Group” on the pretense that there was such a valley.  This organization had an annual meeting that rotated among the institutions and provided an informal forum for fellows and junior faculty to present their research.

On the way to one of these meetings in Pittsburgh I was the driver of a car that had an unreliable gas gauge and came to a halt along the Ohio Turnpike.  Dr. Khullar diagnosed the problem by utilizing the necktie test.  He removed his necktie and fed it down into the gas tank.  When it emerged dry he rightly concluded that the gas tank was empty .  This was in the days before cell phones but fortunately a passing motorist summoned help and we were soon on our way.

New President

RFL,90s copyAt the top of the administrative structure at MCO there was a President, advised by a 9-member Board of Trustees.  The first President was Glidden Brooks who came from Brown University.  He was followed by Marian Anderson who had been recruited to MCO as Chairman of the Department of Surgery.  When Dr. Anderson left in 1977 Dr. Richard Ruppert was appointed to fill the vacancy.  I had known Dick Ruppert at Ohio State where he had been a student, resident, fellow and finally faculty member in the Gastroenterology Division; and he had been the  caregiving physician for my father in his terminal illness a decade earlier.

Prior to his MCO appointment Dick Ruppert had served as the State’s Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs.  As a result, he had developed unique legislative connections that enabled him to secure funding that was needed to develop this still new institution in Toledo.  During his 16 year tenure as President, he oversaw tremendous growth in campus buildings and programs.  In 1990 his recommendation was key to my assuming first an acting role, then a permanent appointment at MCO as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine.

New Faculty, New Hospital

Before the 1970s were out I had recruited three new faculty members, Drs. Peter Temesy-Armos, Lucy Goodenday and Ted Fraker who brought us new skills in electrophysiology, nuclear medicine and echocardiography.  They continued in these roles throughout my tenure as division chief.  The new faculty came when we were still housed in the old county hospital with its inconveniences and limited resources with the faith that a new hospital would arise as part of the new MCO campus; and indeed, the 1970s ended with completion of this state-of-the-art facility.  I remember that you were part of the transition to the new hospital when one Satuday morning, December 15, 1979, 100 patients were safely moved in seven tractor-trailer vans from the Maumee Valley Hospital to the new Medical College Hospital.

Like other buildings on campus the new hospital was an architectural gem. It was part of the original campus plan that had been developed by Minoru Yamasaki, the renowned architect who had designed the World Trade Center’s twin towers in New York City.  Patient rooms on the third to sixth floors of the hospital were housed in four distinctive “fans”, each with reflective windows.

In the new building we had a 16-bed combined CCU and Medical Intensive Care Unit with an adjacent 11-bed progressive care unit, equipped with telemetry monitoring.  Immediately adjacent to these units was the heart station and a procedure room where catheters and pacemakers could be inserted in critically ill patients.  A new cardiac catheterization lab had been created as well in the Department of Radiology.

30.3 copyIn the 1980s two of our cardiology fellows, Dr. Tom Walsh and Dr. Mark Burket became faculty members.  Currently Mark Burket is chief of the cardiology division.  Subsequently we added two more faculty members, Dr. Blair Grubb and Dr. Jack Schwakun.  Jack moved on as did Mary Clifford but Blair stayed and he has become a world renowned expert in the diagnosis and management of orthostatic hypotension and related syndromes.  Mary completed a psychiatric residency at the University of Michigan and then she was placed in charge of the medical aspects of Michigan’s heart transplant program.

Our early years at MCO were exciting, Peter.  Working with a relatively small faculty we got a new medical school off the ground and I believe we initiated first-rate training programs for residents and students.  We can look back on these times with pride.

Births and Marriages
petty Katie Jo Petty (Ed ’14) and Jared James Brandewie were married on November 12 in the St. Remy Catholic Church in Russia, Ohio. Katie is employed by the Council on Rural Services as a preschool teacher and Jared is employed by Honda of America EGA as a mechanical technician.
Angie DeGenova (Bus ’03) and Jon Bellack exchanged vows on September 10 in a ceremony at St. Paul Shrine in Cleveland, Ohio. Angie works as director of human resources for Alpha Technologies in Akron and Jon is a street supervisor for the City of Wadsworth. Bellack
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Catherine A. Belt, Holland, Ohio at 64. She was a clerical specialist at MCO/MUO/UTMC from 1970 until her retirement in 2006.

**Dr. Andre Delbecq (Bus ’58), Almeda, Calif. at 80. He was a lecturer at UT in 1959 and 1960. After receiving master’s and doctoral degrees, he returned to Toledo as an assistant professor of general business in 1962 and was an associate professor or organization behavior when he left UT in 1967.

John R. Hoellrich, Sylvania, Ohio at 75. He was a local architect who started his own firm, Hoellrich’s, whose projects included Centennial Hall, which was renamed Savage Arena. He was also an instructor in UT’s former Community and Technical College.

Dorothy (Gust) Rouppas, Toledo at 54. She worked at MCO/MUO/UTMC from 1983 until her retirement as an enterprise health application administrator in Clinical Informatics in 2013.

Marlyn “Marly” Jean (Theiler) Reider, Perrysburg, Ohio at 80. She was a teaching associate in the College of Nursing from 1990 to 1993.

Roderick C. Stokes, Toledo at 64. He was a former employee who worked in Maintenance.

Dr. Richard J. Boden Jr., Rochester, N.Y. at 57. He was a former associate professor of finance.

Judy L. Rice, Toledo at 46. She joined the University in 2002 as a custodial worker and also took classes at UT.


Richard Burnett (Bus ’47), San Angelo, Texas at 94.

**Helen Benschoter (Ed ’44), Toledo at 94.

Richard Wojcikowski (Eng ’49, MEng ’78), Toledo at 95.

**Edward Yosses (Bus ’49), Toledo at 91.


Arthur Jaworski (Pharm ’50), Sylvania, Ohio at 88.

Norman McClurg (Bus ’55), at 83.

Joseph Hendrikx (Bus ’58), Perrysburg, Ohio at 87.

Allan Chabler (A/S ’58, Law ’61), Toledo at 81.

**Edward Stepp (Eng ’55), Frostburg, Md. at 82.

**Charles Marr (Bus ’51), Brooklyn, Mich. at 89.

**Richard Bradley (Bus ’54), Sylvania, Ohio at 85.

Carol Gates (A/S ’50), Pittsburgh, Pa. at 88.

Richard German (A/S ’50), Toledo at 90.

Erleen Steiger (Ed ’50), Toledo at 88.

**The Hon. Gary Gabriel (A/S ’50, Law ’55), Sylvania, Ohio at 87.

Richard Lardinais (Pharm ’56), Bowling Green, Ohio at 82.


Marie Williamson (Med ’69), Maumee, Ohio at 86.

Don Neifer (Eng ’62), Swanton, Ohio at 77.

**Dr. Richard Penwell (Eng ’64), Cornelius, N.C. at 74.

Richard O’Brien (Bus ’65, Law ’69), Lambertville, Mich. at 78.

**Jean Micham (Ed ’65, Med ’70), Loveland, Ohio at 81.

Harold Singer (Bus ’68, MBA ’85), Reynoldsburg, Ohio at 70.

**Dr. Flora McKenzie (Ed ’60), Toledo at 90.

Katherine Eby (A/S ’61, MA ’66), Holland, Ohio at 92.


Georgia Poplar (Med ’74), Rochester Hills, Mich. at 91.

Patrick McNulty (UTCTC ’73, A/S ’76), Toledo at 91.

Ralph Weiner (Eng ’71), Maumee, Ohio at 69.

Aimee Kotecki (Ed ’72), Toledo at 66.

Edward Grosswiler (UTCTC ’78), Sylvania, Ohio at 71.

**Joseph Schaefer (Bus ’77), Toledo at 63.

Nancy Collins (Med ’77), Edon, Ohio at 73.

Kenneth Shotlander (Law ’71), Somerville, N.J. at 71.

Robert Pereus (Bus ’77), Temperance, Mich. at 88.

Lawrence Curtis (A/S ’71, Law ’75), Lambertville, Mich. at 68.

Barbara Gearhart (Univ Coll ’76, Med ’86), Toledo at 69.

**Rita Kolbeck (Med ’73), Toledo at 95.

Berene Miller (Bus ’75), Toledo at 91.


Dr. James Frank (MED ’82), Sandusky, Ohio at 63.

Keith Brown (UTCTC ’83), Holland, Ohio at 56.

Richard Rhonehouse (UTCTC ’81), Grand Rapids, Mich. at 76.

Jonathan Augustine (Bus ’86), Perrysburg, Ohio at 58.

Stefan Ourlian (Pharm ’85), Olmsted Falls, Ohio at 54.

Margaret Urbaniak (Ed ’88), Maumee, Ohio at 68.

Doris Hofstetter Yoesoep (Ed ’82), Toledo at 87.

**William Candelore (Univ Coll ’81), Clermont, Fla. at 88.


Lisa Nordhaus (UTCTC ’96), Perrysburg, Ohio at 45.

Thomas Simpson (Univ Coll ’92), Ypsilanti, Mich. at 72.

Christina Dudley (Eng ’96), Dayton, Ohio at 44.

Shannon Kusian (A/S ’97), Sylvania, Ohio at 43.

Cynthia Curtis (Ed ’91), at 58.

Robert Gleason (Univ Coll ’94), Columbus, Ohio at 78.

Pauline Pool (UTCTC ’96), Sylvania, Ohio at 66.

Churton Budd (A/S ’91, UTCTC ’93), Port Clinton, Ohio at 52.


Tara Bunge (A/S ’01), Ottawa Lake, Mich. at 38.

Dr. Carl Miller (PhD ’01), at 53.

Craig Wittenberg (Ed ’00), Temperance, Mich. at 70.

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over-40-tennis-team-membersJames “Skip” Aston (Bus ’73), Tony Donofrio (Bus ’80), Kevin Brooks (A/S ’92), Srini Hejeebu (RES ’96), Supriya Chakravarty (RES ’06), along with Jack Eid, Dan McCloskey, Ed Nahhas, Gus Safadi, Dave Strup, Frank Viviano, and Max Forster are all members of a tennis team at Shadow Valley Tennis and Fitness Club, located in Maumee, Ohio. They are state champions, Midwest champions, named Team of the Year in the USTA NWO Region, and made it to the nationals, located in Palm Springs, Calif., where they lost to Hawaii, the eventual champions. The team’s record for the year was an impressive 17-2.

*Don King (Eng ’79) embarked on an adventure to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. King and three friends had a firsthand view of the residing snow and glaciers at 19,400 feet. They also investigated the high levels of fluoride in the water and soil, and enjoyed meeting the people of Africa, converting a couple to become Rocket fans.


Michael A. Buczkowski (Bus ’83) was announced as chief marketing officer in the division of continuing education at the UCLA Extension, located in Los Angeles, Calif. Buczkowski was the founder, owner and CEO of Digit Integration in Chicago, an agency known for the hyper-connected “always-on” social world, fusing big data modeling with a technology platform to publish, listen, monitor and measure. UCLA Extension has over 90,000 enrollments annually. Courses are evenings and weekends in Westwood and Downtown Los Angeles, also offering online degrees.

*Glenn Plumby (MBA ’85) was elected to serve on the board of directors for the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). Plumby is the senior vice president of operations at Enon, Ohio-based Speedway LLC. NACS serves the convenience and fuel retailing industry by providing industry knowledge, connections and advocacy to ensure the competitive viability of its members’ businesses.


Karen Adinolfi (A/S ’92) has been named as vice president of the board of directors for the Akron Area Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. Adinolfi is a partner at the law firm of Roetzel & Andress LPA and focuses her practice on labor and employment litigation, regulatory compliance, and union matters.

*Gino Torio (Eng ’98, MEng ’06) attended freshman orientation with his daughter, Ashlen, over the summer. They discussed that she was a third generation Rocket and between all of the family members combined, held 16 degrees from UT. Gino’s father, Dick Torio (Bus ’54), is in the hall of fame at UT for wrestling. His mother, Barb Torio (Med ’96), sister Mary Torio (Ed ’90), brother Richard Coady Torio (Bus ’90), sister Sheila Torio (Ed ’91, Med ’04, Ed Spec ’15), brother Anthony Torio (Ed ’96, A/S ’00, MA ’02), sister Angela Torio (Ed ’02), and sister Theresa Torio (Ed ’03, MHSHS ’10, Ed Spec ’12) all hold degrees from the University and are proud Toledo graduates.

paiz Dr. Joshua M. Paiz (A/S ’09, MA ’11) has published his co-edited volume on second language writing with Beijing Foreign language Teaching and Research Press. This book was co-edited with Drs. Tony Silva from Purdue University, Junju Wang and Cong Zhang from Shandong University.
Louise M. Schlatter (Eng ’99) received The American Institute of Architects Ohio (AIA Ohio) Mentor Award. The award is given to an architect, who through dedication to the profession, has committed themselves to assisting and advancing knowledge and skills of those entering the profession. louise_schlatter

Kyle Kubik (Ed ’12) is the new principal of pre-kindergarten to grade four at Monroe Catholic Elementary Schools. He will oversee education at the St. Michael and St. John campuses, located in Monroe, Mich.

Births and Marriages
young Katie Young (MED ’14) and Chad Estep wed on September 24 at Hotel Monaco in Chicago. Katie is completing her last year as a resident physician in internal medicine at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago and plans to pursue a fellowship in pulmonary critical care. Chad recently completed his PhD in neuroscience at Northwestern University in Chicago.
Scott Braddock (Eng ’05, MEng ’08) and Summer Reinke were married on October 15 at the Club at Hillbrook in Chagrin Falls, Ohio in an outdoor ceremony. Scott is employed as an FEA Engineer for Tenneco in Milan, Ohio and Summer works as an artist. braddock-reinke-wedding
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Daryl Blanchard, Toledo at 82. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1969. He became a full professor in 1978 and coordinated the Architectural Technology Program at the former Community and Technical College. He taught in the Engineering Technology Department until 2014.

Dr. Ray A. Brinker, Marshfield, Wis. at 84. He joined the MCO faculty in 1984 and was professor of radiology with a joint appointment in surgery when he retired in 2006. For a time, Brinker also served as chair of radiology.

William “Bill” Candelore, Clermont, Fla. at 88. He was a former instructor in the ROTC Program.

Marlene J. Corey, Toledo at 80. She worked at MCO from 1992 until her retirement as director of worker’s compensation in 1998.

Dr. Frank O. Horton III (MED ’73), Toledo at 69. In 1976, he was named a clinical associate professor in the MCO Department of Medicine.

Sandra L. (Rice) Tegtmeier, Northwood, Ohio at 63. She was a former employee of MCO and UT Medical Center.

Dr. John Chrysochoos, Toledo at 82. A physical chemist, he joined the UT faculty as an assistant professor in 1967. The native of the Greek island Ikaria was promoted to associate professor in 1971 and professor in 1976. Chrysochoos served as department chair in 1993 and 1994; he retired in 2003. The avid UT sports fan wrote eight books, including “Longevity,” “In Reason We Trust,” “Elusive Dreams,” and “Ikaria – Paradise in Peril.”

**Dr. Andrew Delbecq (Bus ’58), Almeda, Calif. at 80. He was a lecturer at UT in 1959 and 1960. After receiving master’s and doctoral degrees, he returned to Toledo as an assistant professor of general business in 1962 and was an associate professor or organization behavior when he left UT in 1967.

Churton Budd (A/S ’91, UTCTC ’93), Toledo at 52. He worked at MCO and UTMC from 1987 to 2015. Over the years, he was a laboratory technician, paramedic, emergency nurse, and systems analyst in clinical informatics. Budd worked on the scene of disasters, including Hurricane Andrew in Florida and New York City after 9-11.

Lucielle F. “Luci” Gorski, Perrysburg, Ohio at 86. She was a member of Women & Philanthropy at UT. Gorski was on the grants committee for the volunteer organization that promotes the University through grants and UT initiatives.

Fred Lewis Schierloh, Temperance, Mich. at 72. He was a former UT employee.

Ellen M. Clarke, Toledo. She was a former MCO employee.

James “Jim” Dyko (A/S ’69) Toledo at 69. He was an associate lecturer in the Judith Herb College of Education from 1998 to 2013. Dyko also coordinated the sign language program.


**Joanne Juergens (Ed ’50), Fort Wayne, Ind. at 87.

Charles Rymers (Ed ’50, Med ’53), Elmore, Ohio at 88.

Linda Wilgus Taylor (Ed ’51), at 87.

John Huffer (Law ’57), Port Clinton, Ohio at 84.


Occie Burt (Ed ’65), Cincinnati, Ohio at 79.

Gerald Hendricks (Med ’65), Bryan, Ohio at 98.


Peggy Coleman (Ed ’73, Med ’77), Toledo at 76.

Mary Haefner (Ed ’71), Toledo at 98.

James Wesolowski (UTCTC ’74), Toledo at 63.

Edward Sobczak (UTCTC ’72), Lake Oswego, Ore. at 92.


Dr. Lee Bowlus (MED ’80), San Diego, Calif. at 61.

Carol Walker (A/S ’83), Toledo at 62.

Berry Whitehead (Univ COll ’85), Melbourne, Fla. at 93.


Dr. Bonita Buckley (PhD ’90), Toledo at 89.

Betty Liller (Ed ’90, Med ’97), Grove City, Ohio at 67.


Dr. Susan Meisner (Pharm ’01, PharmD ’03), Brownstown Township, Mich. at 46.

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November 28th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Class Notes

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*Miriam Plummer Vidas (Ed ’66, MEd ’84) has enjoyed tutoring children of an Ethiopian background for a few years. They are always ready to learn and sweet, delightful, and very polite to her, adding to her positive experience. SANY0022
holdcroft **Barbara (Bertke) Holdcroft (Ed ’68, PhD ’03) has been named the co-coordinator of the Special Olympics in Avery County, located in Newland, N.C. Holdcroft has over 16 years of experience working as a coach and volunteer for Lucas County Special Olympics with her disabled daughter, Katie.
*John L. Straub (Law ’69) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, 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. straub_john_300dpi
wicklund_david_300dpi David W. Wicklund (Law ’74) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, 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.
**Thomas G. Pletz (Law ’71) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, 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. pletz_thomas_300dpi
macritchie John MacRitchie (Bus ’71, MBA ’82) is the new vice president of commercial lending at Unity National Bank in Piqua, Ohio.
Jack G. Fynes (Law ’77) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, 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
rheddy Robert H. Eddy (Law ’79) has joined the law firm Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in their Toledo office as a partner in the litigation practice group. Eddy’s practice includes commercial litigation, product liability, professional liability, personal injury defense, insurance coverage, and bad faith and employment practices litigation.
John K. Nelson (Law ’79) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, 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. nelson_john_300dpi
bell_neema_300dpi Neema M. Bell (Law ’86) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, 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.
Dr. Carolyn F. Nemec (MED ’85) joined Health Quest Medical Practice in the primary care division in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Nemec focuses her practice in the area of women’s health. nemec
fry *Catherine Fry (Pharm ’84) made her fourth medical mission trip as a pharmacist to Haiti in September 2016. She makes the trip with Friends of the Children of Haiti.
Joseph S. Simpson (Law ’88) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, 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. simpson_joseph_300dpi
storgion **Dr. Stephanie Storgion (MED ’82, RES ’85) has been named chair of the department of physician assistant studies at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). In addition to her new role, Storgion is medical director of the intermediate care unit at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and co-medical director of pediatric neuro intensive care there, as well as professor and coordinator of faculty mentoring in the department of pediatrics at the UTHSC.
Scott Hoppert (Ed ’89) has been appointed principal at Raisinville Elementary School in Monroe, Mich. Hoppert has taught at Monroe Public Schools for 26 years and for two years led the district’s Summer Learning Academy as its administrator. hoppert
woodward_kathryn_300dpi Kathryn J. Woodward (Law ’86) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, 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.
Dr. Joy Lauerer (UTCTC ’83, A/S ’88) is the recipient of the 2016 Award for Excellence in Education from the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Lauerer received the award for her hands-on approach to learning and innovative strategies to engage students. She tries to eliminate the stigma students associate with psychiatric-mental health nursing. lauerer
mcgowan_michael_300dpi **Michael S. McGowan (Bus ’78, Law ’81) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, 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.
Christopher Hewitt (Bus ’90) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, one of the most highly-regarded referral publications in the legal profession. Hewitt is employed at the law firm of Tucker Ellis LLP in Cleveland, Ohio. hewitt-christopher
lee Sang Lee (Eng ’90) was hired as president of Larson Financial Group, headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. In his role, Lee will develop and implement processes designed to increase client retention and growth while overseeing core business functions.

Lawrence W. Lobb (Law ’97) was sworn in as the Kane County Bar Association president in June 2016. Lobb practices with the firm Drendel & Jansons Law Group, located in Batavia, Ill. His practice emphasizes consumer bankruptcy, residential and commercial real estate, zoning and land use, estate planning, contracts, collections, and civil litigation.

Brandi Carson (Bus ’99) is a recipient of the 2016 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award in Toledo. She was selected from a field of 163 candidates. The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or the community. Carson is the controller for The Anderson’s Ethanol Division. carson-brandi
beasley Col. Jonathan Beasley (Univ Coll ’94) was promoted to the rank of U.S. Army Colonel. Beasley has earned six promotions while in the U.S. Army and he has served four tours of duty, including two in Afghanistan. Beasley previously taught military science at UT. He currently works at the Pentagon on the Joint Staff as director of current operations for the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency. The Joint Staff assists the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the principal military advisor to the President, Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council.
Ryan Tackett (UTCTC ’93, Univ Coll ’94) was sworn in as the new sergeant of the Bowling Green, Ohio Police Department. Tackett has been a part of the BGPD for over 20 years. tackett

James Falter (MBA ’93) was chosen as the new dean of the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business at Buena Vista University, located in Storm Lake, Iowa.

mercer James Mercer (Ed ’98) is the new principal of Henry County Middle School, located in McDonough, Ga.
Jenifer A. Belt (Law ’95) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, 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
pankowski *Jared Pankowski (MEd ’96) has been named the new corporate health consultant at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, located in Mooresville, N.C.
Dr. Andrea Milner (Ed ’93, MEd ’01, PhD ’08) has been named the new dean of graduate studies at Adrian College, located in Adrian, Mich. Milner is also an associate professor of teacher education and director of Adrian College’s Institute for Education. milner
kimball Andrea Kimball (Law ’97) was hired as vice president and general counsel for Sporting Kansas City. Kimball will oversee all legal matters for the club, including contract negotiations, business deals, and risk management. Sporting Kansas City is an American professional soccer club based in Kansas City, Missouri, playing its home games in Kansas City, Kansas. The club competes as a member of the Western Conference in Major League Soccer.
James I. Rothschild (Law ’93) has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, 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. rothschild_james_300dpi
dawn-rose-sohnly Dawn Rose-Sohnly (UTCTC ’93) is the new manager of the Toledo office of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.
Patrick Sadowski (A/S ’02) is a recipient of the 2016 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award in Toledo. He was selected from a field of 163 candidates. The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or the community. Sadowski is a member attorney at Eastman & Smith Ltd. in Findlay, Ohio. sadowski-patrick
snyder-ben **Ben Snyder (A/S ’01, MA ’08) is a recipient of the 2016 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award in Toledo. He was selected from a field of 163 candidates. The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or the community. Snyder is the lead pastor at Cedar Creek Church, one of the largest and fastest-growing churches in the United States.
Ben McFarland (Law ’05) joined the litigation team of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, located in Wheeling W.Va. McFarland focuses his practice almost exclusively on litigation, focusing on professional liability, construction disputes, workplace accidents, premises liability, and other matters relating to workplace safety. mcfarland
hutcheison-roy Roy Hutcheison (Bus ’05) is a recipient of the 2016 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award in Toledo. He was selected from a field of 163 candidates. The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or the community. Hutcheison is a commercial portfolio officer with Signature Bank.

Xiao-qun Zeng (PharmD ’08) was certified as Registrant of the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists. Professionals are certified microbiologists in food, pharmaceutical and medical device, and biological safety microbiology at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels. Zeng is a project team lead of LexaMed, Ltd, located in Toledo. LexaMed provides quality lab services in microbiology and chemistry.

Nicole Khoury (Law ’01) is a recipient of the 2016 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award in Toledo. She was selected from a field of 163 candidates. The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or the community. Khoury is a self-employed criminal defense attorney and a musician with Artic Clam Front Woman. khoury-nicole
schumacher Jodie Schumacher (Law ’04) is the new assistant prosecutor of the Richland County Prosecutor’s Office, located in Mansfield, Ohio.
Dr. Kraig Korbas (Pharm ’07, PharmD ’09) was promoted to director of pharmacy at Fisher-Titus Medical Center, located in Norwalk, Ohio. In his new position, Korbas is responsible for planning, budgeting, directing, and supervising pharmacy activities and personnel, including managing new programs within the department and for the hospital. korbas
fulcomer Dr. Eric W. Fulcomer (PhD ’03) was welcomed to the SwedishAmerican Hospital board of directors. Fulcomer is currently the 18th president of Rockford University. Rockford is a private American liberal arts college in Rockford, Ill.
Christine Kilman (A/S ’01) was elected chairman of the board for Worldwide Partners, Inc., the 10th largest marketing communications network in the world. Kilman is the vice president of account services for Gelia, a full-service agency specializing in strategic marketing communications that drive integrated campaigns with measurable results. kilman
tighe Dr. Ryan Tighe (HSHS ’08) was added to the Novant Health Oceanside Family Medicine’s Southport, N.C. office as a family medicine physician.
Cheryl Swisher (Bus ’00) was hired by the Defiance City Schools board of education as the new CFO/Treasurer for the district. swisher
fisher Robert Fisher (UTCTC ’09, Bus ’16) accepted the position as the Paulding, Ohio village administrator. In this role, his duties include communication goals, objectives and programs to village departments and to the general public in the development and implementation of special projects and programs.
Getro Jean-Claude (Bus ’15) is a recipient of the 2016 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award in Toledo. He was selected from a field of 163 candidates. The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or the community. Jean-Claude is a financial analyst for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. jean-claude-getro
matthews-holly Holly Matthews (Law ’11) is a recipient of the 2016 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award in Toledo. She was selected from a field of 163 candidates. The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or the community. Matthews is the executive director of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council where she oversees a staff of 45 and a budget of $3.8 million.
*Will Lucas (Bus ’14, Bus ’15) is a recipient of the 2016 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award in Toledo. He was selected from a field of 163 candidates. The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or the community. Lucas founded Classana, a software which helps people share, discover, and organize educational resources for personal and professional development; as well as Creadio, a brand-marketing firm servicing nationally recognized brands. lucas-will
josh-driskell Josh Driskell (Law ’11) was elected to the board of directors of Leadership Pasadena, an 8-month program designed to strengthen individuals to become more effective leaders for the Pasadena, Calif. community and build strong cross-sector relationships among diverse community and business leaders. Driskell is the managing partner of Primuth & Driskell, LLP. in Pasadena.
Births and Marriages

*Kathyrn Whitehill (Eng ’16) and *Austin Norden (Eng ’15) were married on October 22 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Napoleon, Ohio. Kathyrn is working on her second degree in history and Austin is employed at Cooper Tire in Findlay, Ohio.

Dr. Hillary Hannah Voss (A/S ’08) and Nicholas Hirth exchanged vows on October 21 at Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church with a reception following at The Golf Club at Yankee Trace, located in Centerville, Ohio. Hillary is completing her residency in pediatrics and Nicholas is completing his residency in family medicine in Dayton. voss
young Katie Young (MED ’14) and Chad Estep were married on September 24 and held their wedding and reception at the Hotel Monaco in Chicago.
Megan Almaraz (LLSS ’14) and Brian Wellman (Eng ’15) exchanged wedding vows on October 1 at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Defiance, Ohio. Megan is currently working on her master’s degree in counseling and is employed at Werlor Waste Control and Brian is employed at Jones and Henry Engineers. almarazwellman
babcock Jennifer Lynn Babcock (A/S ’05) and Jason Allan DeGraff were married on September 10. Jennifer is employed in media sales at Time Warner Cable and Jason is employed at Schwann’s Food Company.
Chase Landon Roan (Eng ’07) and Shianne Jewel Gunther announced their engagement and forthcoming wedding in July 2017. Chase is a construction project manager for Larion Engineering and Shianne is a business operations analyst for Cisco Systems. The couple will reside in Cedar Point, N.C. after the wedding. roan
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

John K. Clement, Toledo at 101. He and his wife, Dorothy, established the Clement Gallery at the Center for the Visual Arts in honor of their daughter, Susanna, who died in 1988.

Dr. Thomas O. Karst, Port Clinton, Ohio at 78. He joined the MCO faculty in 1973 and retired in 1993. Karst worked with local businessman Marvin Kobacker, whose family donated funds for the Kobacker Center, which serves children and teens with emotional troubles. Karst and other MCO colleagues also helped develop a therapeutic community for adults that became Bittersweet Farm.

Dr. Maureen M. McCorquodale, Winfield, Ill. She was an associate professor of pediatrics from 1975 to 1989. While at MCO, she directed laboratories and published research on prenatal diagnosis, medical genetics, and biochemistry.


Charles Husum (A/S ’37), Toledo.


**Martha Merrill Sheets (Ed ’45), Toledo at 93.


Janet Gerlinger (Ed ’52), Advance, N.C. at 87.


Eugene Alexander (Law ’66), Madison, N.J. at 76.

James Dyko (A/S ’69), Toledo at 69.

**Beverly King (Ed ’60), Lambertville, Mich. at 79.

Duane Brown (Bus ’60), Perrysburg, Ohio at 84.


Gary Graalman (Bus ’71), Englewood, Colo. at 74.

Richard Kern (UTCTC ’79), Toledo at 58.

Ronald Kotwica (Law ’72), Pittsburgh, Pa. at 72.

**Nancy Emrick (Ed ’71, MEd ’73), Perrysburg, Ohio at 67.

**Barbara Bruce (A/S ’71), Oregon, Ohio at 83.

Douglas Burlew (Bus ’75), Toledo at 74.

Pamela Palmer (A/S ’74), Moscow, Idaho at 63.

Thomas McGrail (Bus ’72, Law ’76), Perrysburg, Ohio at 79.

Carolyn Zimmerman (UTCTC ’73), Toledo at 86.

Joseph Hollister (UTCTC ’79), Curtice, Ohio at 58.


Marianne Barabash (A/S ’84, MHSHS ’09), Temperance, Mich. at 59.


Sandra Cline (UTCTC ’96), Bowling Green, Ohio at 45.

Kevin Clapp (UTCTC ’90), Toledo at 53.

Erika Zimmerman (UTCTC ’91, A/S ’92, MEd ’97), Oak Harbor, Ohio at 79.

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October 27th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Class Notes

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Karen Krumeich (Pharm ’77) was appointed as senior vice president and chief financial officer at Soligenix, a late-stage biopharmaceutical company based in Princeton, N.J., focused on developing and commercializing products to treat rare diseases where there is an unmet medical need.

Michael Downing (A/S ’74) is now the director of development at Tacoma Art Museum, located in Tacoma, Wash. He is a career fundraising and advocacy professional with more than 30 years of experience.


**Dr. John K. Estell (Eng ’84), has been named a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) for his outstanding contributions to the society and contributions to engineering education. The Fellow designation is one of unusual professional distinction and is conferred by the organization’s board of directors upon a member with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications, significant experience in engineering or engineering technology education or allied field, and contributions to ASEE.

perez-davis Dr. Marla Perez-Davis (MEng ’87) is the new deputy director for NASA Glenn Research Center, located in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a 33-year veteran of NASA, and has most recently served as Glenn’s deputy director of research and engineering.

Col. Tyler Osenbaugh (UTCTC ’87, Eng ’88) has accepted an appointment as superintendent of the Howe Military Academy Board of Trustees, located in Howe, Ind.

Sally Gesouras (Bus ’84) joined Mechanics Bank as assistant vice president, commercial lender. She has over 30 years of experience in the financial industry. Mechanics Bank is located in Mansfield, Ohio. gesouras
Adam Schultz for Hillary for America **Dr. Darrick “Rick” Antell (MED ’81) recently had dinner with former U.S. President Bill Clinton. He and his wife have five children, ages 16-28. They live in Greenwich, Conn., and Rick continues to run his plastic surgery practice at his own private clinic.

*Dr. Paul Longenecker (NRS ’82, MBA ’89) was appointed director of the masters of science in allied health program at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

**Tim Selgo (Ed ’80, MEd ’82), retired as Grand Valley State University’s athletics director. Selgo worked at the university, located in Grand Rapids, Mich., for 20 years. His retirement plan is to do some college athletics consulting, and teach athletics leadership in sports governance at Davenport University’s sports management program. selgo

Andrew Zukowski (Bus ’89) was named as the new CFO of Raleigh, N.C.-based UNC Rex Healthcare. He will help guide a health system with nearly $1 billion in annual revenue and more than 5,800 employees.

stumpp Kim Stumpp (Bus ’85) is the new president of Findlay Rotary. Stumpp is the director of client relations and marketing for Consortia Consulting, located in Findlay, Ohio. She is also an owner of Consortia and currently serves on the company’s board of directors.
Jenifer A. Belt (Law ’95), a partner in the Toledo, Ohio office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP., received the Ohio LGBT Ally Award presented by the Diversity Council. The award was presented to leaders in corporate America and within the community who exemplify recognizable LGBT advocacy efforts. belt_jenifer_300dpi

Scott Steinke (UTCTC ’93) was recently named as the new police chief/executive director of Owens Community College, located in Perrysburg Township, Ohio. His responsibilities will include overseeing all aspects related to the strategic and administrative leadership coordination and development of the College’s Public Safety Department within the framework of federal, state and local laws.

bowman-english Vallie Bowman-English (A/S ’92) is the new president of Toledo Bar Association for the 2016-2017 membership year. The Toledo Bar Association is a voluntary professional association of 1400 attorneys in Northwest Ohio. Bowman-English is the clerk of courts for the Toledo Municipal Court.

John Stipancich (Bus ’90) was appointed as vice president, general counsel and secretary of Roper Technologies, located in Sarasota, Fla. Roper designs and develops software and engineered products and solutions for healthcare, transportation, food, energy, water, education and other niche markets worldwide.

Dr. James Falter (MBA ’93) is the new dean of the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business at Buena Vista University, located in Storm Lake, Ia. falter

James Irwin (Bus ’94) was named vice president of strategy and corporate development for Evoqua Water Technologies, located in Pittsburgh, Pa. Irwin will work on further developing and implementing their growth strategies as art of Evoqua’s plan to double the reach of its business over the next five years.

Lawrence W. Lobb (Law ’97) was sworn in as the Kane County, Ind. Bar Association president in June 2016. He will serve as president for one year.

kelly-savage-award *Kelly Savage (Bus ’91) is the winner of the 2016 Advisor Group Women’s Community Leadership Award. Advisor Group is one of the largest independent broker-dealer networks in the nation. The Community Leadership Award is presented to a female financial advisor who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to helping women grow personally professionally or financially within her community.

Amanda M. Leffler (A/S ’99) has been elected to serve a three-year term as an at-large member of the Board of Governors of the Ohio State Bar Association. Leffler is a partner in Brouse McDowell’s Akron, Ohio office, where she chairs the firm’s litigation practice group. She focuses her practice in the areas of commercial litigation and insurance recovery.

Dr. Billie J. Barker (MED ’99, RES ’01) joined Heritage Valley Medical Group, located in Beaver, Pa., as a practitioner in pulmonary and critical care medicine. barker

Judge Denise L. Moody (Law ’90) has been elected to serve a three-year term as the District 6 representative on the Board of Governors of the Ohio State Bar Association. Moody is employed by the Clark County Municipal Court in Springfield, Ohio.

budzynski_cheri_300dpi Cheri A. Budzynski (Law ’07), was sworn in as president of Toledo Women’s Bar Association in May 2016. She is a lawyer in the firm Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, located in Toledo. As a partner in the environmental practice group, her practice area has an emphasis on air and water issues that impact the industry.

Dr. C. Joseph Northup (RES ’03) joined Premier Metabolic & Bariatric Associates, a part of Premier Health Specialists, located in Dayton, Ohio. Northup is a bariatric surgeon with well-known accomplishments in the field both on the regional and national level.


Rev. Daniel G. Beaudoin (MA ’12) was installed as bishop of the Northwestern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Beaudoin has served as pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Stony Ridge, Ohio since 2004. He was pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Edon from 1996-2004.

Births and Marriages
Jenny Vetter (Ed ’08) and Jason Kraus were married on September 30 in an outdoor ceremony at Mon Ami Winery in Port Clinton, Ohio. Jenny is currently a teacher in La Jolla, California. Jason is an engineer in Carlsbad, California. vetter

Courtney Webb (HSHS ’07) and Bill Wright wed on September 17 at the Heartland County Resort in Fredericktown, Ohio.

Richard John Martin (Eng ’14) and Amanda Louise Thorp married on October 8 at Zoar Lutheran Church in Perrysburg, Ohio. Richard is an engineering project manager at Cooper Tire in Findlay, Ohio and Amanda is a process engineer at BP Husky in Oregon, Ohio.

Aaron Robert Gilliland (Eng ’13) and Amanda Sue Imwalle exchanged vows on July 16 in St. Marys, Ohio. Aaron is employed at HDR in Columbus, Ohio and Amanda is employed at TLC Learning Center.

katelyn-hesterman *Katelyn Hesterman (NRS ’15) and Jordan Fisher married on September 17 in Archbold, Ohio. Katelyn is a registered nurse at ProMedica Toledo Hospital and Jordan is an applicator at the Gerald Grain Agronomy Center in Ridgeville Corners.

Tony Bibler (LLSS ’11) and Emily Pheils wed on September 4 in Toledo. Tony is a special events and game day presentation coordinator for the Toledo Mud Hens and Walleye and Emily volunteers for several charities in Toledo.

Emilie Johanna Brasher (MBA ’11) and Ross Perry Reyome were married on September 12, 2015 and have lived in Adrian, Mich. since that day. Emilie is a tax accountant at GreenStone Farm Credit Services in Adrian and Ross is a heavy truck technician at H & H Repair in Blissfield, Mich.

Jason Michael Hudson (MS ’13) and Sherri Ann All married in August in Bluffton, Ind. Jason is a medical physicist and Sherri is a Registered Nurse in Bluffton. jason-michael-hudson

Kathryn Davidson (A/S ’14) and Jacob Junge were united in marriage on April 30 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Napoleon, Ohio. Kathryn is employed as a chemist at Campbell Soup Company in Napoleon, Ohio and Jacob is a shop technician at Cummins in Maumee, Ohio.

Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

David R. Dierks (Pharm ’79), Toledo at 65. He was a pharmacist at the UT Medical Center. He joined the MCO staff in 2004.

Therese M. Floro, Toledo at 82. She is a former MCO employee.

Kathleen S. (Beczynski) Brooks, Toledo at 63. She is a former UT secretary.

Genevieve “Genny” Cullen, Maumee, Ohio at 93. She volunteered with the Satellites Auxiliary at MCO.

**Dorothy MacKenzie Price (Bus ’48), Toledo at 90. In the 1990s, she established a performance endowment fund that led to the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series, which annually brings in four pianists for performances and master classes. The patron of the arts also established the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Music Scholarship Fund and the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Endowed Fund for the Canaday Center for Special Collections. In addition, she started the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Health Mission Scholarship and the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Scholarship in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. She was a longstanding member of the Presidents Club, Heritage Oak Society, and Women & Philanthropy at UT.

James K. Mansfield, Bowling Green, Ohio at 91. He was a teaching assistant in anatomy at MCO from 1982 to 1992.

Carol L. Butler, Swanton, Ohio at 85. She was a former secretary at UT.

Barbara J. Ervin, Sylvania, Ohio at 73. She taught at the Kobacker Center for Toledo Public Schools for a time.

George T. Gill, Toledo at 61. He joined the MCO staff as a custodial worker in 1993.

Joella Webb, Toledo at 56. She was a former member of the Satellites Auxiliary.

**Patricia L. Yonkee (Pharm ’53), Greenwood, S.C. at 84. She was an employee benefits specialist in Human Resources at MCO from 1983 to 1995.

Louis M. Zavac, Toledo at 87. Zavac volunteered with the Satellites Auxiliary.

**Dr. David K. Scheer (A/S ’40), Toledo at 97. He was a former community-based volunteer faculty member at MCO. He served as chief of staff at the former Maumee Valley Hospital and was appointed clinical assistant professor in the Department of Medicine in 1970.

Dr. Eric W. Snider Jr., Lansing, Mich. at 58. He joined the Department of Philosophy as an assistant professor in 1987, was promoted to associate professor in 1992, and served as department chair from 2001 to 2007. In 1998, Snider received one of UT’s Outstanding Teacher Awards and served on several committees before leaving the University in 2008.

Dr. Charles Creutz, Lambertville, Mich. at 77. He came to UT as a postdoctoral associate in chemistry in 1971. Two years later, he became an assistant professor of biology and was promoted to associate professor in 1993. Creutz received one of UT’s Outstanding Teacher Awards in 1995, and he was honored as a master teacher and master mentor in the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2003, he was recognized as one of the state’s top 100 college educators by Ohio Magazines. He was an academic adviser for 30 years and a member of the Faculty Senate. In addition, he served on numerous UT committees. He retired in 2010 and received emeritus designation.

James D. Davis, Sylvania, Ohio at 71. He was a hospital aide at UT Medical Center from 2003 to 2007.

Sierah “Ce” Joughin, Metamora, Ohio at 20. She was entering her third year as a student in the UT College of Business and Innovation. Sierah was also a member of the business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi and played intramural volleyball.

Mary C. “Katie” (TenEyck) Loch, Toledo at 87. She was a former MCO employee.

Dr. Marjorie Romanoff (Ed ’47, MEd ’68, PhD ’76), at 92. She joined UT in 1968 as a supervisor of student teachers. She taught English as a second language as an instructor in the American Language Institute from 1978 to 1992. In the mid-1980s, she became an assistant professor of elementary education. In 1990, the University Women’s Commission honored her with one of its Outstanding Women Awards.

James L. Clemens, Toledo at 76. He was a former employee with the UT Print Shop and Mail Services.

Larry B. Lewis, Delta, Ohio at 64. He worked in maintenance from 1988 to 2012.

Katherine Mae MacKinnon, Perrysburg, Ohio at 96. She was a former UT instructor of special education.

Connie Jean (Rafferty) Oates, Toledo at 57. She was an operator at MCO from 1992 to 2001.

Charles G. “Chuck” Beaver, Toledo at 74. He taught CPR classes at MCO and UT.

Willie Riggs, Toledo at 76. He worked in the UT Maintenance Department from 1986 to 2013.

Dr. DeForest L. “Woody” Trautman, Lambertville, Mich. at 96. In 1976, he joined the UT staff as chief of management information systems.

*Dr. Lancelot C.A. Thompson, Toledo at 91. Thompson was the first African-American full-time faculty member at the University, the first black to receive tenure, one of the first four recipients of UT’s Outstanding Teacher Award, the first African-American vice president, and the first person to hold the post of vice president for student affairs. The native of Jamaica joined the UT faculty as an assistant professor of chemistry in 1958. He was promoted to associate professor in 1962 and was named assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1964, the same year he won the University’s Outstanding Teacher Award. Two years later, Thompson was appointed dean of student services. In 1967, he was promoted to professor and in 1968, he became vice president for student affairs, the position he retired from in 1988, when he was named professor emeritus. As vice president for student affairs, Thompson coordinated activities of more than a dozen offices. A track star in college and a cricket player, Thompson’s passion for athletics continued when he arrived in Toledo. Without a budget or bag, he organized and became the unpaid coach of UT track in 1960. When track became a varsity sport, he organized a soccer team. To inspire the next generation of college students, Thompson helped organize UT’s annual Aspiring Minorities Youth Conference. And the Toledo resident continued to mentor UT students throughout his life. In addition, he cared about the community. Thompson served on the executive committee of the Bridge Inc., the Toledo Health Planning Association Board, the Toledo Development Committee, and the board of trustees of the Neighborhood Health Association. In addition, he served on the Toledo Labor Management Citizens Committee, the board of trustees for the Better Business Bureau, Connecting Point, and the board of directors of the American Red Cross. A member of Kiwanis International since 1971, he served as president. A member of the American Chemical Society and chair of the Toledo section in 1965, Thompson was a member of Sigma Xi chemistry honorary, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Blue Key National Honor Fraternity. In 2014, the Dr. Lancelot C.A Thompson Meeting Room was dedicated in his honor in the Student Union. And on September 19, the University honored him again by renaming the Lancelot Thompson Student Union, pending approval by the UT Board of Trustees.


Jacque Passino (Eng ’48), Sarasota, Fla. at 95.

**Joseph Nachman (A/S ’40), The Woodlands, Texas at 98.

**Katherine MacKinnon (Ed ’42, Med ’69), Fremont, Ind. at 96.

**Rosemary Nachman (Bus ’42), The Woodlands, Texas at 95.

Rosalie Korman (A/S ’42), San Francisco, Calif. at 95.

Patricia Voorhees (Ed ’42), Lambertville, Mich. at 94.

Thaddeus Osial (Eng ’48), Randallstown, Md. at 93.

**Dr.  David Scheer (A/S ’40), Toledo at 97.

**Lois Thompson (Ed ’41), Sylvania, Ohio at 96.

**Charlotte Shaffer (A/S ’48), Oregon, Ohio at 90.


Orton Ryan (Ed ’59, MEd ’62), Toledo at 85.

**Phyllis Ustaszewski (Ed ’55, MEd ’76), Holland, Ohio at 89.

Shirley Wainer (Bus ’55), Sylvania, Ohio at 82.

**Patricia Yonkee (Pharm ’53), at 84.

**Col. William Kaser (Eng ’52), Leesburg, Va. at 87.

*Ralph Breese (Ed ’57, MEd ’60), Sylvania, Ohio at 85.

**Dr. Henry Rutschow (A/S ’53), Waddell, Ariz. at 84.

**Dorothy Saloff (Ed ’51, MEd ’71), Toledo at 87.

*Charles Bruner (Pharm ’58), Houston, Texas at 84.

Charles Ray (Eng ’59), Perrysburg, Ohio at 84


Richard Lovett (Ed ’68, MEd ’71, Ed Spec ’75), Sylvania, Ohio at 69.

**Donald Morford (Eng ’69), Archbold, Ohio at 83.

Gerald Knapik (UTCTC ’62), Toledo at 82.

Sandra Stow (UTCTC ’69, Ed ’80), Curtice, Ohio at 66.

Louis Zavac (Law ’69), Toledo at 87.

Ronald Chambers (Eng ’63), Tallmadge, Ohio at 84.

Gregory Wilcox (A/S ’60), Lexington, Ky. at 79.

John Kevern (Bus ’68), Perrysburg, Ohio at 74.

Darius Riggs (Eng ’63), Adrian, Mich. at 81.


Jacquelynn Martindale (UTCTC ’70), Maumee, Ohio at 65.

Edward Peiffer (UTCTC ’72), Curtice, Ohio at 63.

LeRoy Parke (A/S ’79), Toledo at 59.

**Delbert Perkins (MBA ’77), Toledo at 90.

Daniel Konczal (Ed ’72), Dublin, Ohio at 66.

Louis Yoppolo (A/S ’74, Law ’80), Sylvania, Ohio at 64.

Regino Sifuentes (UTCTC ’71), Sun City West, Ariz. at 67.

Dr. William Duke (Ed ’74), Fort Wayne, Ind. at 65.

Lynn Corrigan Kordash (MEd ’77), Perrysburg, Ohio at 63.

Peter Miller (MBA ’74), Camden, Mich. at 76.


Kevin Oberle (Univ Coll ’89), Ferndale, Mich. at 56.

Michael Sanderson (Law ’81), Bowling Green, Ohio at 61.

Daniel Vogl (Bus ’87), Gilbert, Ariz. at 53.

Dr. Roger Haar (MS ’86, PhD ’89), Tucson, Ariz. at 65.

Elaine Scarbrough (MEd ’85, Ed Spec ’93), Temperance, Mich. at 71.

David Bell (Eng ’85), Waterville, Ohio at 60.


Heidi Tasnadi (A/S ’93), Ottawa Hills, Ohio at 56.

Troy Reganall (Bus ’96), Northwood, Ohio at 46.

Steven Drossel (A/S ’96), Woodville, Ohio at 45.

Robert Jameson (Law ’96), Adrian, Mich. at 47.

Pauline Jefts (UTCTC ’93), Perrysburg, Ohio at 78.

Thomas Roth (Bus ’95), Toledo at 74.

Roxanne King  (Ed ’94), Toledo at 72.

Theresa Wilkins (MEd ’94), Holland, Ohio at 64.

Geoffrey Dupuis (UTCTC ’94), Toledo at 52.

Joyce Parrish (Univ Coll ’94), Temperance, Mich. at 78.


Tatum Bowerman-Hummel (A/S ’02), Delta, Ohio at 37.

Donald Mey (Bus ’07), Dunedin, Fla. at 92.


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*Robert Lang (Law ’78) joined the law firm Fox Rothschild as partner, in their Atlantic City, N.J. office. Lang advises individuals, families and small business owners on a wide range of matters, including estate planning, estate administration, real estate transactions and business succession strategies.

Brown *Dr. Kelli Brown (Univ Coll ’82, Med ’84) was named as interim president of Valdosta State University, located in Valdosta, Georgia. Brown previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville.
Jonathan Mack (Law ’83) was selected as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in Pennsylvania by The National Trial Lawyers Association, an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who met qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. In addition, Mack has been chosen, for the second consecutive year, by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel for its Nation’s Top Attorneys recognition, and selected for the sixth consecutive year by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine for inclusion in its Super Lawyers list. Mack is an owner and partner in the Indiana-based law firm of Marcus & Mack. Mack
Rossi Pam Rossi (A/S ‘82) published “Over Easy: Conversations with Pam Rossi,” a 500-page book based on her Sunday morning radio show “Over Easy,” featuring interviews with both national and local music artists. Rossi’s radio show airs on 94.7 WCSX, a Detroit classic rock station.
*Dr. Elizabeth D. Ramos (A/S ’92) won three faculty awards in 2016 at her position as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics and Allied Dental programs at the Indiana University School of Dentistry, located on the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus. Ramos received the IUPUI Women’s History Month Leadership Newcomer Faculty Award, the IUPUI Trustees’ Teaching Award for the IU School of Dentistry, and the American Academy of Periodontology Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in Periodontics Award for the IU School of Dentistry. RAMOS

*Dr. Thomas Sodeman (MED ’95) was selected to be the next commander of the 180th Medical Group, part of the 180th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard, located in Swanton, Ohio.

stevens truss Dr. Regina Stevens-Truss (PharmD ’93) was awarded Kalamazoo College’s highest teaching honor, the Florence J. Lucasse Lectureship for Outstanding Classroom Teaching. Stevens-Truss is a medicinal biochemist who has taught at Kalamazoo College since 2000.
*Joel Siefert (Bus ’96, MBA ’97) became a shareholder of Johnson Investment Counsel, an employee-owned, independent wealth management firm with over $8 billion in assets, located in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Siefert is a portfolio manager and holds the chartered financial analyst designation. siefert

Dr. Kenneth A. Kearns (MED ’06) joined the Philadelphia Hand Center, internationally-renowned experts in orthopaedics of the hand, wrist, arm, elbow, and shoulder. Kearns is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, shoulder and elbow specialist, and award-winning research physician.

Behniaye Dr. Hossein Behniaye (A/S ’01, MED ’06) is a new physician with Hannibal Regional Healthcare Group (HRMG), located in Hannibal, Mo. HRMG is a growing multi-specialty physician group continuing to expand primary and specialty care services to meet the health needs of northeast Missouri and west central Illinois residents.

Steve Elliott (Ed ’00) was named head coach of the Sylvania Northview High School Wildcats hockey team. Elliott teaches at Crissey Elementary in Springfield Schools, located in Holland, Ohio.

David Galluch (MED ’00) won the Ohio Athletic Trainer’s Association 2016 Team Physician Award. Galluch is the team doctor at Shawnee High School, located in Springfield, Ohio, and also works at the Springfield Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Institute.

Dr. Sarah E. Decker (Bus ’04) received a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2016. Following graduation, Decker began a residency in family medicine at Summa Health Akron City Hospital.

*Wayne Gniewkowski (Bus ’03) was promoted to risk consulting principal at Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest public accounting, consulting and technology firms in the nation. Gniewkowski serves financial institution clients in the areas of operational, compliance and information technology risk out of the Columbus, Ohio office. Gniewkowski_Wayne

*Neal Applin (CALL ’14) was hired as the director of transportation for Sylvania, Ohio, Schools. Applin began his new position on August 1.

jaing Yitong Jiang (MA ’10) was selected as one of the two doctoral-level recipients of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies’ Ethos Award at Indiana State University. The Ethos Award recognizes outstanding contributions across all areas including academic performance, research, teaching and service. She was also selected as an Outstanding Graduate Assistant by the department of earth and environmental systems.

Dr. Megan M. Montague (A/S ’12, A/S ’12) received a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2016. Following graduation, Montague began a residency in pediatrics at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

Sondra Parys (A/S ’13) is the new assistant coach of the Queens University of Charlotte women’s volleyball program. Parys was a four-year letter winner for the UT volleyball team. Additionally, she claimed an academic award three of her four years. She was also named to the MAC all-freshman team, all-tournament MVP and made the freshman all-conference team and all-tournament team. Her freshman year she ranked eighth in the conference with 3.32 kills per set.

Births and Marriages

*Eric David Huelskamp (Eng ’15) and Bridget Elizabeth Mescher were married on June 25. Eric is employed by Sapa Extrusion in Sidney, Ohio as a process engineer and Bridget is employed by Lunne Marketing Group in Dayton as a graphic designer.

Rebecca L. Pulfer (HSHS ’12) and Matthew J. Liebrecht (Bus ’13) were wed on June 4 in the St. Jacob Lutheran Church in Anna, Ohio. PulferLiebrecht

Elizabeth Todd (A/S ’09, MHSHS ’11, Ed Spec ’13) and Mark Gallagher (MHSHS ’11, Ed Spec ’13) were united in marriage on June 11 in New Albany, Ohio. Elizabeth is a school psychologist at the River Valley Local Schools district in Caledonia, Ohio and Mark is a school psychologist at Marysville Exempted Schools.

Maddocks Dr. Jordan Maddocks (Pharm ’11, PharmD ’13) and Carly Kalish married on June 4 at Frontline Worship Center in Massillon, Ohio. Jordan is a clinical pharmacist with Orchard Specialty Pharmacy in North Canton and Carly is an administrative assistant at Frontline Worship Center.
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Kelli G. Andres (Bus ’88), Sylvania, Ohio at 51. In the 1990s, she joined UT’s Public Relations Office, where she was responsible for the production of the faculty and staff newsletter. In 1999, she moved to Admissions, where she oversaw marketing, including UT’s view book, Career Series, and other promotional pieces. She left the University in 2001.

Douglas L. Erb, Maumee, Ohio at 69. Erb was a former assistant baseball coach.

James C. Casper (MEd ’58), Sylvania, Ohio at 85. He was coordinator of teacher placement in the College of Education from 1994 to 2001.

Dr. Diane J. Dixon (Ed ’64, Phd ’84), Toledo at 73. Dixon was a former instructor at UT.

Judith A. “Judy” Haas, Toledo at 81. She is a former bookkeeper at the UT Bookstore.

**Patricia A. Hite (MBA ’75), Canal Fulton, Ohio at 65. She is a former UT employee.

Edna M. Holt, Toledo at 75. She was a former MCO/MUO/UTMC employee.

Robert L. “Bob” Homier, Toledo at 70. He was a former instructor who taught accounting.

Philip C. Mueser, Toledo at 75. He was a former instructor at UT.

Dr. Demetrios D. “Spero” Raftopoulos, Lake Mary, Fla. at 90. He joined the College of Engineering faculty in 1967. An accomplished professor of civil and mechanical engineering, Raftopoulos began studying bioengineering after his son died from a rare form of cancer in 1978. That shift to bioengineering and biomechanics resulted in five of his seven U.S. patents. His research focused on the mechanics of the knee, leg, and many other bones in the human body. He earlier concentrated on stress, shock loads, and the effects of the earth’s tremors on nuclear power plants and other large structures. In 1983, he received an award for outstanding research from UT’s chapter of Sigma Xi scientific research honorary. That award later was renamed the Dion. D. Raftopoulos/Signma Xi Award for Outstanding Research in his honor. Raftopoulos served as president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary of the UT chapter of Sigma Xi. In 1989, he was promoted to Life Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Dr. Edwyn D. Smith, Toledo at 82. He was a faculty member in the College of Engineering for 30 years.

Albert G. “AG” Wright III (Ed ’65, MEd ’67, Ed Spec ’78), Maumee, Ohio at 92. He joined UT as a counselor and instructor in general studies in 1967 and was named assistant dean of students at the Community and Technical College in 1968. One year later, he was promoted to associate dean of students at ComTech and held that position until 1973. He continued to teach, redesigned the Career and Self-Evaluation class, and was an advisor and counselor for business management students. He also served on several University committees over the years. In 1989, he retired and was named professor emeritus and he continued to teach on a part-time basis for several years.

Sharon Cutlip, Toledo at 56. She was a former medical assistant at UTMC.

Bridget A. Hogan, Toledo at 54. She worked in the food service at MCO/MUO at UT from 1981 until her retirement in 2011.

Dr. Timothy R. Loeb, Toledo at 81. She taught biology at UT from 1997 to 2002.

Kathleen J. Voight (A/S ’54), Monclova, Ohio at 82. She was a faculty member in Carlson Library. She was professor of library administration when she retired.

Ruth L. (Ott) Klein, Toledo at 84. She worked in the Radiology Department at MCO from 1980 until her retirement in 1994.

Pamela J. Kyle, Toledo at 69. She worked in the College of Education for nearly 30 years, retiring in 2002. She was also briefly a staff member in the College of Law.

James P. “Jimmy” Limongi, Toledo at 74. A former UT Medical Center employee.

David C. Pohlman, Holland, Ohio at 67. He was a cook at UT for more than three decades.

Dr. Phillip A. Whitner (A/S ’78, PhD ’87), Perrysburg, Ohio at 80. In 1983, he was hired as a group leader to work with UT student-athletes. One year later, he was named coordinator of special programs in the Counseling Center and became a counselor in 1987. He was also an instructor of continuing education classes.

D’Arcy Woolson Orde (MEd ’91), Caldwell, Idaho at 79. She worked in the Theatre Department from 1997 to 2002.

*James Rahman, Clermont, Fla. at 81.


*Robert Siegel (Pharm ’49), Toledo, Ohio at 91.

**Alfred Mohr (Bus ’49), Wheelersburg, Ohio at 91.


Joyce Yeager (A/S ’54), Grand Rapids, Ohio at 83.

*James Theaker (Eng ’50), Sylvania, Ohio at 89.

**Carl Roth (MBA ’55), Toledo at 98.

Marilyn Grogg (Ed ’58), Toledo at 84.

*Marlene Weisman (UTCTC ’50), Sylvania, Ohio at 85.


Dennis Keller (A/S ’68, Law ’74), Ottawa Hills, Ohio at 70.

Michael Szolosi (A/S ’66), Columbus, Ohio at 71.

**Carl Conner (Eng ’62), Swartz Creek, Mich. at 77.

**Thomas Lane (Eng ’67), Perrysburg, Ohio at 82.

**Ruth Thompson (Ed ’67, MEd ’74), Waterville, Ohio at 96.

Dennis Hoffer (UTCTC ’68), Oregon, Ohio at 69.

Karl Kish (Univ Coll ’68), Toledo at 75.

Darius Riggs (Eng ’63), Adrian, Mich. at 81.

Jerry Viles (Eng ’65, Univ Coll ’03), Maumee, Ohio at 80.

Robert Wrobel (Bus ’69), Sylvania, Ohio at 72.


Robert Homier (Bus ’73, MBA ’78), Toledo at 70.

Kim Sutkus (Ed ’76), Elmore, Ohio at 62.

**Carol Elter (Ed ’73), Westerville, Ohio at 67.

Robert Aemmer (UTCTC ’73), Toledo at 69.

Thomas Santoro (Ed ’75), Maumee, Ohio at 65.

Larry Kirchhof (Eng ’79), Pickens, S.C. at 71.

Cheryl Kruczkowski (A/S ’75, MEd ’03), Toledo at 63.

Dr. Jeffrey Rice (A/S ’77), Toledo at 61.

William Brenner (A/S ’74, Law ’76), Stryker, Ohio at 63.

Peter Miller (MBA ’74), Camden, Mich. at 76.


Susan Slovak (MEd ’83, Ed Spec ’85), Oregon, Ohio at 74.

Michelle McCormick (UTCTC ’88), Toledo at 48.

Dr. Robert Kahle (PhD ’80), Monclova, Ohio at 67.


Richard Hunt (Univ Coll ’92), Toledo at 99.


Travis Robertson (Law ’08), Coldwater, Mich. at 33.

Marie Montrie (Univ Coll ’03), Toledo at 59.


*Tiffany Johnson (Bus ’15), at 31.


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