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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Faculty, staff & friends

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Carol Michalak (Ed ’66), at 72.


George Bush (A/S ’78), Toledo at 60.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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George Palovich (Ed ’60) won first place in the oil painting category at the Glendale, Ariz. Arts Commission Annual Arts Show. His award-winning painting is an image of his friend Herbert Woodward Martin (A/S ’64) and words from his book “The Log of the Vigilante,” a series of poems on the slave ship Vigilante.


**Michael H. Ebner (A/S ’64) will complete his two-year term in the spring, as president of Congregational Solel, a reform synagogue in Highland Park, Ill.

**Dr. Lance A. Talmage (Eng ’60) was presented with the 50-year award from the Academy of Medicine of Toledo and Lucas County. Talmage is a past president of the academy.

Border **Dr. David A. Border (Eng ’76, MEng ’77, PhD ’86) became interim chair of the engineering technologies department at Bowling Green State University in October 2014. Dr. Border has served as a professor at BGSU since 1998.

Mary Arquette (A/S ’70) was appointed as a board member to the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund. This is a need-based scholarship program for children in grades kindergarten through eighth.

Ellen Columber (UTCTC ’77, Univ Coll ’79) retired as sergeant for the Maumee Police in January 2015.

**Robert Wadas (UTCTC ’77, Eng ’78) was named vice president of the Toledo Regional Architects, Contractors, and Engineers board of directors for 2015-16.

Jean M. Heartline (Eng ’83) is a new shareholder and vice president in the firm The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. Heartline joined MSG in 1989 and now manages a staff of 24 transportation engineers in the Maumee, Ohio office. She is the president of the Northwest Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies, a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the American Society of Highway Engineers. Hartline, Jean_MG_6650 copy
sarks James Sarks (UTCTC ’84) was voted into the office of president of the Ohio Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Sarks has worked in the architectural field for 30 years. In 2012, he joined the jdi group, Inc., located in Maumee, Ohio. The jdi group, Inc. specializes in the design of engineering processes, systems, and facilities for the automotive, food, manufacturing, refining, institutional, and commercial markets.
The Hon. Martin D. Burchfield (A/S ’83, Law ’86) was selected by Ohio Governor John Kasich to serve as Van Wert County Common Pleas Judge. He took office in February 2015 and will then run for election in November 2016 to retain the seat. Burchfield
Lymanstall *David Lymanstall (A/S ’88, MEd ’91, NRSG ’06) fulfilled a dream and was a volunteer for the 2015 Iditarod Dog Sled Race in Alaska. Lymanstall helped to line up around 1,280 dogs at the ceremonial start in Anchorage and again at the official start in Fairbanks. He thinks working in a different volunteer role at one of the many checkpoints along the race route is something he might consider in the future. Lymanstall is director, graduate nursing advisor, and also an Instructor in the College of Nursing. He is also a published poet, he paints and draws, and he plays the bodhran (Irish drum) and the fiddle.
Pradeep Saha (Eng ’88, MBA ’91) has been appointed president and CEO of Horsburgh & Scott, a world leader in large gear manufacturing, located in Cleveland, Ohio. Saha previously served as the company’s vice president of sales and marketing. Saha

*The Hon. Gene Zmuda (A/S ’81, Law ’84) has been elected as the presiding judge of the Lucas County Common Pleas Court for 2015. The presiding judge is responsible for conducting an annual meeting of the Common Pleas Court judges and assigns judges on a temporary basis to serve in other court divisions as required.

Dr. Paul LoVerme (RES ’85) has been named a ’top doctor’ in New Jersey Monthly Magazine for the 12th year in a row. LoVerme is a board certified plastic surgeon in Verona, N. J.

Greer The Hon. Kevin Greer (Law ’80) has served as Highland County Common Pleas Court Juvenile and Probate Division Judge for the past 18 years. He was sworn in for another six years in January 2015 by his son, Ross Greer, the assistant prosecutor.

Dr. Jane Anne Long (Bus ’89) was hired as the director of professional development for the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. Long has more than 20 years of professional experience managing, implementing, and teaching new and emerging online technologies.

Dr. James Greene (MED ’81) has been appointed deputy director for the Center for Health Statistics and Informatics at the California Department of Public Health, located in Sacramento, Calif.

Mark German (Ed ’88) was inducted to the Bronson, Mich. High School Hall of Fame. He earned four varsity letters in basketball. German played on the UT varsity basketball team for four years and was twice named the Mid-American Conference player of the week. He was also the team captain in 1988. German
Huffman Dr. Steve Huffman (A/S ’87, A/S ’88, MED ’92) was sworn in as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 131st General Assembly during a ceremony at the Statehouse in January. He represents the 80th District, which includes Miami County and portions of Darke County.

Matt Lohr (Bus ’88) has accepted the position of business development manager in GEM Energy’s HVAC service division. He is responsible for managing the new business development team and growing GEM Energy’s HVAC maintenance business in Northwest Ohio. GEM Energy is a member of the Rudolph Libbe Group of companies.

George Kral (UTCTC ’93) was promoted to police chief for the city of Toledo. One of Kral’s primary goals is to improve and retain trust between the community and the police department. He plans on holding quarterly meetings in various neighborhoods, visiting businesses and walking through main corridors of all neighborhoods visiting with residents. Kral

Patrick A. Ouellette (A/S ’93) was ordained as a permanent deacon in January 2015 at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, Va. Ouellette currently serves as an information technology specialist at the Law Library at the Library of Congress.

**Christina Dake (Ed ’99, MEd ’04) was named teacher of the month at Whitmer High School in Toledo. She won the University of Toledo Outstanding Health Education and Physical Education Student Award in 1999, led the Whitmer staff to win the Bronze Buckeye Best Award in 2002, and the Silver Buckeye Best Award in both 2006 and 2007. She was recognized as the 2008 School Health Educator of the Year by the American School Health Association, and led the Whitmer staff to win the 2009 National Apple Award given by the American Association for Health Education. She has presented at both The University of Toledo and Eastern Michigan University, and is a member of ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), and the American School Health Association.

Justin M. Croniser (A/S ’97, Law ’05) was elected to partner by Alliott Group Legal Member Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP. Croniser focuses his legal practice in the area of complex commercial litigation. He works out of the Cleveland, Ohio office.

Julie Beale (A/S ’96, MEd ’13) was named teacher of the month at Bowsher High School in Toledo. Beale was one of eight teachers to volunteer to plan, organize, and teach in Bowsher’s Freshman Academy. A new, district-wide initiative, the Freshman Academy is designed to provide additional academic opportunities, social and emotional support and collaborative teaching and learning for Bowsher’s freshman.

Paul Syring (Law ’90) has been elected Lucas County Bar Association president. Syring is currently general counsel for the City of Toledo. He was previously a deputy mayor overseeing economic development for Toledo.

Kristen Krueckeberg (Eng ’90) was promoted to senior project manager at the jdi group, Inc., a Maumee, Ohio architectural and engineering firm.

Reiss John Reiss (Bus ’04) is the executive director of the Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission, located in Cleveland, Ohio. Reiss is a former Army Signal Corps officer and served in Kuwait and Iraq. He was previously the intake and admissions coordinator for the Wade Park Veterans Domiciliary, which provides housing for homeless vets.

Jeffrey Webb (Law ’05) was promoted to partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, a global legal practice with more than 3800 lawyers based in over 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Webb is based in San Antonio, Texas and concentrates his practice on complex and high-stakes litigation, including energy (oil and gas), product liability and commercial litigation.

Matthew Ward (A/S ’01) was promoted to the vacant position of warehouse supervisor with the Lucas County Board of Elections. He previously served as a voting machine technician and field operations. The warehouse is used to store voting machines and other equipment.

Drew Nitschke (Law ’00) was appointed as a board member to the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund. This is a need-based scholarship program for children in grades kindergarten through eighth.

Dr. Chris Goliver (MED ’00) was named as the medical director of Mercy’s stand-alone emergency room in Perrysburg, Ohio. Goliver is an emergency-room physician at the Perrysburg facility. He will also oversee a similar facility slated to open in 2015 in Sylvania, Ohio.

Jason Graven (A/S ’09, MBA ‘12) currently works for the Department of Ohio American Legion as the director of internal affairs.

Dr. Janet E. Rozick (PhD ’09) has been hired as the executive director of the Maumee Valley Historical Society, which operates the Wolcott Heritage Center in Maumee, Ohio.

Brian Lauderman (UTCTC ’02, Eng ’05) was named project manager for the jdi group, Inc., a Maumee, Ohio architectural and engineering firm.

**Dr. Henry Housam Naddaf (MPH ’90, MED ’06) was inducted as the 157th president of the Academy of Medicine of Toledo and Lucas County.

Mark Smith (Law ’11) is a new attorney with Oglesby Ltd. Attorneys & Counselors at Law, located in Sandusky, Ohio. Smith_0

Christopher Worrel (Law ’11) joined Howard & Howard Attorneys in Royal Oak, Mich. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as in-house counsel for a major manufacturer of photovoltaic devices.

Dr. Muhammad Hameed (RES ’12) joined the medical oncology/hematology team at the West Michigan Cancer Center in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Elizabeth Sundburg (Bus ’10) has joined J.M. Wilson as content and social media facilitator. She will lead the development and implementation of social media and content marketing efforts to build awareness, generate customer traffic and market products and services. J. M. Wilson, located in Portage, Mich., is an insurance company providing specialty insurance products to independent agents.

Brad Klippstein (Eng ’11) has been announced as controls product specialist at Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tool manufacturing. Klippstein is based out of Charlotte, N.C.

David J. Fournier (Law ’13) joined the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP as an associate in the employee compensation and benefits practice group. Fournier will work out of the firm’s Toledo office.

Markus Rasmus (MBA ’12) was appointed as a board member to the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund. This is a need-based scholarship program for children in grades kindergarten through eighth.

Jeremiah Simpson (Eng ’10) was named manager of the electrical engineering department of the jdi group, Inc., a Maumee, Ohio architectural and engineering firm.

Faculty, staff & friends
Palermo Jerry Palermo (current UT student) is a fourth-year international business and professional sales major. Palermo authored his first book, “Leadership Overhaul: Discover Yourself, Understand Others, Impact the World,” in October 2014. The book explores personality types and traits that comprise a good leader, how to nurture those traits in yourself, and how to apply yourself as a leader in the world. Palermo’s book is available for purchase on Amazon.
Births and Marriages
Natalie Scarsella (LLSS ’12, Ed ’12) and Alex Friend (NSM ’12) announced their engagement and are planning a wedding on July 25, 2015 at St. Charles Church in Boardman, Ohio. Scarsella is employed as a Spanish teacher for Canal Winchester Schools in Canal Winchester, Ohio. Friend is employed as a claims adjuster for Nationwide Insurance in Columbus, Ohio. Friend

*Sarah E. Bialecki (OTD ’14) and Benjamin A. Roe are engaged and planning an October 2015 wedding. Bialecki is employed by Heartland-HCR ManorCare in Toledo and her future groom is a production operator at Chrysler Jeep in Toledo.

RobertFiala Dr. Robert Fiala (MED ’11) and Rachel Franklyn announced their engagement and plan to wed in 2016. Fiala is currently finishing his residency in anesthesiology at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Fla. Franklyn begins her residency in Ob-gym in June.

Lauren Elizabeth Notario (HSHS ’10) and Ian Scott Hopkins (current UT student) announced their engagement and plan to wed on June 6, 2015. Notario is a speech pathologist at Hicksville Elementary School in Hicksville, Ohio and is also a speech pathologist at Encore in Toledo and Promedica Monroe Regional Hospital in Monroe, Mich. Hopkins is a Toledo firefighter and paramedic.

Courtney Holbein (Bus ’11) and Eric Neumeier (NRS ’11) were united in marriage on October 25, 2014 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Silver Spring, Md. The couple resides in Annapolis, Md. EricandCourtneyNeumeier

Sarah Scorziello (Bus ’07) and Anthony Merritt (Eng ’10) are engaged to be married. They are planning a February 14, 2016 wedding. Scorziello is a sourcing analyst at La-Z-Boy and Merritt is a product quality engineer at Tenneco.

HatleyMelone Rebecca L. Melone (Law ’12) and Charles D. Hatley (Law ’13) are now engaged and plan to wed in December 2016. Melone is the principal attorney of Melone Law, P.C. based in Northern Va. and Hatley is a senior attorney at Hanover Law, P.C. based in Washington, D.C.
*Kyrsten Kachmarik (Bus ’09) and Tim Vargo (Eng ’09) were married on June 29, 2014. The couple visited UT’s main campus to take their wedding pictures and were even able to have a few taken in the Glass Bowl and the William and Carol Koester Alumni Pavilion. Kachmarik now works as a customer service representative at Nemsys in Toledo and Vargo is an assistant project manager at SSOE in Toledo. Vargo
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Diane L. Hymore, Toledo at 58. She was the longtime executive assistant for former UT President Dr. Lloyd Jacobs. She joined the MCO staff in 2001 as team coordinator in the Office of Institutional Advancement. Two years later, Hymore moved to the President’s office. In 2004, she was named administrative associate and later that year administrative assistant to the president. In 2012, she was named director of administrative operations for the president and the senior leadership team. She was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2012 and left the University in 2013. To honor Hymore, the University created an award in her name. She received the inaugural Diane Hymore Exemplar of Excellence Award in 2013. The recognition is presented annually to an individual whose work defines the core values of UT in Hymore’s spirit of support, encouragement and service.

Shirley R. Majeski, Sylvania, Ohio at 85. She was a custodian at UT from 1981 until her retirement in 1993.

Dr. Barbara L. Straus, Sylvania, Ohio at 64. She was clinical assistant professor of pediatrics from 1995 to 2009 and Distinguished University Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics. Straus was a pediatrician who worked at several practices, including Airport Highway Pediatrics.

**Dr. Mary Louise Glen (MEd ’62, Ed Spec ’74, PhD ’77), Toledo at 84. She taught at UT for more than four decades. Glen was a graduate assistant in the College of Education in 1961 and in the junior college one year later. She became an instructor in education and in general studies in 1962. In 1967, she was a professor of social studies in the Community and Technical College. Glen was named chair of the General Studies Department in 1978 and later taught social sciences. In 1999, the professor moved to the Sociology Department, where she also was an undergraduate advisor until 2002. She served on faculty senate and was a member of the UT Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

*George Isaac, Bryan, Ohio at 91. Isaac was a longtime benefactor of the Medical College of Ohio. He donated more than $1 million to MCO/Medical University of Toledo for the Isaac Presidential Scholarship. In 2006, Isaac gave $1 million to show support for both the new surgery center and the merger between MUO and The University of Toledo. The institution honored him by naming the facility the George Isaac Minimally Invasive Surgery Center. He served on the MCO Board of Trustees from 1987-1996 and was chair from 1991-1996, and was a past member of the MUO Foundation Board of Trustees. He was chair of the Isaac Corp., a scrap iron and metal business and president of Isaac Property Co., a real estate development company. Isaac was a past president of the Bryan, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, a charter member of the Bryan Area Foundation, and past president of Bryan Properties, which developed the Bryan Industrial Park. Over the years, he was recognized for his leadership, generosity and community involvement. He was selected as the Master Entrepreneur of the Year of Northwest Ohio, was named Outstanding Philanthropist by the Northwest Ohio Society of Fundraising Executives, and was a member of the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.

Dr. Claudette M. Konzen, Holland, Ohio at 78. She helped staff the Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic on the Health Science Campus. She also worked with UT physical medicine and rehabilitation residents.

Dr. Gerald Stark, Toledo at 88. He assisted with the development of the Surgery Department at MCO, where he served as a volunteer faculty member for several years starting in 1968. In 1999, Stark was named clinical professor emeritus of surgery.

Donald L. Beachey, at 72. He was a staff nurse at MCO from 1981 until his retirement in 2002, where he worked in Surgical Intensive Care.

Donald R. Cowell, Sylvania, Ohio at 65. He was hired as a custodial worker in 2006 and became a building finishes technician in 2007. One year later, he was named a maintenance repair apprentice and in 2010 became a building maintenance repair journeyman, the position he retired from in 2014.

Odessa M. Dodd, Southfield, Mich. at 83. She is a former licensed practical nurse at MCO. She was hired in 1976 to work in Nursing Services and was in Ambulatory Services when she left in 1993.

Patricia A. Manger, Temperance, Mich. at 73. She is a former UT employee.

Merle G. (Nelson) Runkle, Toledo at 91. She was hired as a secretary for the Chemistry Department in 1967. Five years later, she became secretary to the vice president of academic affairs. In 1973, she started working for the executive vice president. Runkle retired in 1983.

Bruce G. Sinner, Maumee, Ohio at 91. Sinner was a former instructor who taught photography classes at the University.


Richard Fuller (Ed ’49), Mount Gilead, Ohio at 88.

Antoinette Meyer (Ed ’48), at 63.

Eunice Limmer Thom (Bus ’40), Holland, Ohio at 97.

Jean Sherer (A/S ’43), Toledo at 93.


Joseph Cappello (Pharm ’52), North Canton, Ohio at 87.

George Lindeman (Ed ’50), Toledo at 65.

Leland Tadlock (Bus ’57), Macomb, Mich. at 85.

David Diller (Bus ’50), Milwaukee, Wis. at 81.

*Richard Bensman (Eng ’52), Marco Island, Fla. at 85.

Alvin Beitelschess (Eng ’50), Carmel, Ind. at 89.

Parviz Boodjeh (Pharm ’54), Independence, Ohio at 88.


Donald Mowry (Ed ’65), Republic, Ohio at 73.

Alan Simmons (MEng ’62), Temperance, Mich. at 80.

Roger Blair (Law ’68), New Albany, Ohio at 72.

Judith Coci (Ed ’63), Toledo at 75.


Dr. Irving Kipnis (PhD ’72), Ellicott City, Md. at 69.

Dr. Thomas Spalding (A/S ’77, A/S ’77), La Habra Heights, Calif. at 61.

**Dr. Jerrold Smith (MED ’77), Newport, Minn. at 66.


Kathleen Landon (Univ Coll ’81), Elmore, Ohio at 81.

Tamara Amidon (A/S ’80), Sylvania, Ohio at 58.

Lillian Hackney (Univ Coll ’83), Pickerington, Ohio at 80.


Louis Ocker (Ed ’91), Sylvania, Ohio at 60.

Steven Taylor (UTCTC ’95, Eng ’01), Holland, Ohio at 43.

Michael Chamberlin (MEd ’95), Perrysburg, Ohio at 57.

Dr. Thomas Michaud (PhD ’90), Winter Park, Fla. at 55.


Dr. Michael Homsher (PhD ’00), Mount Blanchard, Ohio at 71.

Naomi Brown (A/S ’03), at 87.


Gregory Smith (Ed ’13), Saint Clair Shores, Mich. at 24.

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Rochelle Larry Rochelle (Ed ’62, Ed Spec ’80) has published “Chilly Dogs,” a thriller in the Palmer Morel mysteries series. In this book, Carolina politics skewer tennis pro Palmer Morel like a hot dog on a stick. Mobster Chucky Minori adds the chili sauce as the election tips the power to the right-wing crazies and what the crazies want is control, cash and corpses.

Michael Ayre (MBA ’86) has accepted the position of director of human resources at Wacker Chemical Corporation, located in Adrian, Mich.

Kris Berger Long (A/S ’87) has been named executive director and chief development officer for the Scholars of Toledo Foundation, which promotes public education through supplemental funding for Toledo Public Schools.

Kevin Jaworski (UTCTC ’88, Eng ’92) was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame for St. Paul High School, located in Norwalk, Ohio. He is a state wrestling champion and also earned three letters in football.

Stephen S. Christie (A/S ’94, MBA ’01) published “Not Really “Of” Us: Why Do Children of Christian Parents Abandon the Faith,” in September 2014. In the book, Christie discusses why children raised as Christians often leave their faith when they are in their 20s. He explains how parents can help children who are questioning their faith, and how they might help children who have already left their religion to re-connect to it. ChristieBook

Aaron Nolan (A/S ’94) is a director in the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office. He received a hostage negotiation pin during the year-end awards ceremony in December.

Hewitt, Christopher Christopher Hewitt (Bus ’90) was announced as an Ohio Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine. Hewitt is an attorney with Tucker Ellis LLP, located in Cleveland, Ohio. Super lawyers is a rating serve of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The multi-phased selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.

Lisa Shumpert (UTCTC ’96) is a corrections officer with the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office and was awarded as officer of the month for December 2014.

The Hon. Peter Gerken (Univ Coll ’91) was named to three County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) positions, including co-chair of the new Water Quality Task Force. CCAO is an association of county commissioners of the 88 counties in Ohio. It is run by a board of directors consisting of 35 elected county commissioners from throughout the state. Gerken will serve a two-year term on the CCAO’s board of directors and was named as chair of the Metropolitan and Regional Affairs Committee and as co-chair of the water unit. As co-chair of the Water Quality Task Force, Gerken will have a hand in one of the most pressing issues facing Northwest Ohio and beyond. Gerken

Sonya Randall (Univ Coll ’96, MA ’03) is a deputy sheriff in the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office and was awarded as officer of the year for 2014. Randall also received a field training officer pin during the year-end awards ceremony in December.

mattplezia Matt Plezia (A/S ’94, MA ’96) was named as the new director of master planning for the Port of Long Beach, Calif. Plezia has been a harbor department employee for 17 years. He joined the Port of Long Beach in 1997 as a trade analyst and moved to planning in 2002. He was promoted to manager of master planning in April 2013.
Hossain Khaled (Bus ’97) was elected president of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in Bangladesh. Khaled is the chairman of Bangladesh Finance and Investment Company Ltd. and City Brokerage Limited. He is also managing director of AG Automobiles Ltd. and Anwar Jute Spinning Mills Ltd. as well as director of Anwar Group of Industries, The City Bank Limited, BD Finance Capital Holdings Ltd. and BD Finance Securities Ltd. khaled

Mike Shrewsberry (UTCTC ’94) is a deputy sheriff in the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office and was given a field training officer pin during the year-end awards ceremony in December 2014.

Scott Jaworski (UTCTC ’97) was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame for St. Paul High School, located in Norwalk, Ohio. He is a state wrestling champion and advanced to state twice, winning the 138-pound title as a senior. He also lettered four years in football.

KSwanson Kory Swanson (Law ’93) was promoted to the position of president and CEO of the John Locke Foundation, located in Raleigh, N.C. The John Locke Foundation was created as an independent, nonprofit think tank that works for truth, for freedom, and for the future of North Carolina. Swanson will help to carry out the vision of the foundation to help North Carolina have responsible citizens, strong families, and successful communities committed to individual liberty and limited, constitutional government.
David Eichenberg (A/S ’97) was awarded first place for his portrait “Doug” at the Toledo Area Artists’ exhibition in November. Eichenberg has a studio in a 19th-century building near the High Level Bridge in Toledo. He has been a finalist in such prestigious contests at the Boochever Portrait Competition at the Smithsonian Institution and the BP Award Exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery in London. Eichenberg-Doug

Jonathan “Jon” Ewald (Bus ’04) joined Sutton Bank as assistant vice president, commercial/aglender. Ewald has 10 years of agriculture lending experience and extensive knowledge of USDA and other government programs from his time with the Farm Service Agency. His office is in Attica, Ohio.

Sara Martino (HHS ’03, MPH ’04, MHHS ’07) received the 20 Under 40 Leadership Award for contributions to her community. Martino is a physician assistant in the emergency department at the UT Medical Center. One of her community contributions includes her involvement with the Junior League for eight years, where she currently serves as sustainer representative to the volunteer resources council and has served as the nominating and placement chair and board secretary.

McVey Dr. Ann McVey (PhD ’08) announced her retirement as Bowling Green City Schools’ superintendent, a position she has held since 2011. She has worked for Bowling Green Schools for 35 years. She joined the school system in 1980 as a tutor for students with learning disabilities. She was a seventh-grade teacher at the middle school for nearly 19 years, director of special education and gifted services for six years, and assistant principal at the middle school for a year. McVey had previously served as assistant superintendent of student services.

Cindy Ursell (A/S ’04) has been promoted to be the new director of sales and marketing of the YES-FM Radio Network, located in Toledo.

Dr. Stephen M. Wojdyla (RES ’01, MS ’02) has joined Lima Dental Associates, located in Lima, Ohio. Wojdyla is a member of the American Dental Association, the Ohio Dental Association, Toledo Dental Society and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He is also a published author. Wojdyla
Hanna Stephanie Hanna (Bus ’01) is the new treasurer for Monroeville Local Schools in Ohio. The school board voted unanimously to hire her. She has shown creativity and enthusiasm to excel as the district’s treasurer.

Dustin D. Godenswager (A/S ’10) joined the firm McGlinchey Stafford, located in Cleveland, Ohio. He is an associate and handles consumer financial services, focusing on lender-related regulatory compliance matters.

Kelley Saam (Ed ’12) joined the Au Glaize Real Estate Co., located in Wapakoneta, Ohio. Saam has 13 years of experience working in the preschool field and has spent the last year working at Wapakoneta Elementary School. Saam
Zysik Dr. Meghan Zysik (MED ’10) joined The Albany Medical Center in N.Y. as an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology. Zysik has an interest in contraception and family planning, abnormal bleeding and minimally invasive techniques for treatment.
Births and Marriages
Jamie Doster (MHSHS ’11) and Christopher Szulc announced their engagement and are planning a June 2015 wedding. Doster is employed at Bexley City Schools in Bexley, Ohio and her fiancé is employed at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. DOSTER_SZULC_ENG
Yosay Dr. John Martin Yosay (MED ’08) and Nora Katherine Ackermann announced their engagement in December. The couple is planning a May 2015 wedding in Virginia Beach. Yosay is a lieutenant commander and chief medical officer at Boone Clinic in Virginia Beach and his fiancé is a lieutenant junior grade stationed on the USS Gunston Hall in Virginia Beach.
Anthony Jania (Pharm ’10) and Allie Lisabeth Rothman exchanged vows on September 21 at Belmont Country Club in Perrysburg, Ohio. Jania works in information technology for Shopmetrics Inc. in Toledo and Rothman is a marketing director for Chick-Fil-A in Toledo. RothmanJania

Amy Lutman (Ed ’09) and Jeffrey McMahon announced their engagement and are planning a June 20, 2015 wedding in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Jim Sherman (Eng ’64) and Mary Jo Sherman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on January 30. They will celebrate with their children and grandchildren in Vail, Colo. in August 2015.

Caption goes here Michael Wahl (Law ’10) and Stephanie Lorentz were married on August 9, 2014 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Defiance, Ohio. Michael is an attorney at Clemens, Korhn, Liming & Warncke, Ltd., in Defiance, Ohio and Stephanie is a business banking specialist at First Federal Bank in Defiance.
Curt Baden (Bus ’07) and Jennifer Sutter announced their engagement in December and are planning a June 2015 ceremony at Providence Lutheran Church in Holland, Ohio. Sutter is a technical recruiter with OtterBase and Baden is a national account manager at ECCO Group. The couple resides in Holland, Ohio. Baden
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Faculty, staff & friends

Dale Beaudry, Toledo at 92. He worked at UT for three decades. He joined the staff as a carpenter in 1947 and resigned in 1951 to rejoin the U.S. Navy for the Korean War. He was rehired in 1952 and was named carpenter foreman in 1965. He retired from the University in 1978.

Jack K. Paquette, Toledo at 89. Paquette was a former member of the UT President’s Council. He retired from Owens-Illinois, Inc. as vice president and director of corporate relations. He acquired archival documents and photographs on the glass industry while working at Owens-Illinois for more than 30 years, later researching and writing about the glass industry in Toledo. He gave the materials, titled the Jack Paquette Collection of Northwest Ohio’s Glass Industry, to the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections in 2003.

Alfred E. Gabrys, Toledo at 83. Gabrys was a former volunteer with the Satellites Auxiliary. He also was a member of the advisory board and served as the vice president for finances, and was also an ambassador.

Joseph P. Granata, Toledo at 83. He was a former instructor who taught engineering courses.

Frances E. “Fran” (Trumbull) Link, Toledo at 89. Link was a former volunteer with the Satellites Auxiliary and was also a member of the advisory board and served as recording secretary.

Violet R. Pochadt, Toledo. She was a secretary in the College of Education from 1974 until her retirement in 1989.

Dr. Edward R. Savolaine, Westerville, Ohio. Savolaine was a faculty member at MCO for more than two decades. He was hired as an assistant professor in the Department of Radiology and was promoted to associate professor in 1980 and professor in 1989. Savolaine received a joint appointment as an associate professor in neurological surgery in 1986 and was promoted to professor in the Department of Neurosciences in 1999. He received tenure in 1994 and was named professor emeritus when he retired in 2000.

Dr. Calman Winegarden, Toledo at 95. Winegarden joined the University in 1962 as an instructor in the Department of Economics and worked his way up to professor. His research focused on economics and demography. Winegarden was a member of the UT chapter of the American Association of University Professors. When he retired in 1989, he was named research professor emeritus.

Laurene E. Zaporozhetz, Huber Heights, Ohio at 63. She served as dean of University Libraries from 1999 to 2001.

Patricia Beebe, Maumee, Ohio at 84. She was a nurse at MCO from 1976 until her retirement in 1992.

Patricia E. “Patsy” Kropp, Toledo at 79. She helped establish the Satellites Auxiliary at the former Medical College of Ohio. Kropp was involved with early volunteer efforts for the new college and served as president of the Women’s Association. MCO President Marion Anderson asked Kropp to unite several volunteer groups on campus, and she helped found the Satellites Auxiliary and served as president of the organization. Later in life, she was a foster mom for newborns. Kropp also write five books, including a children’s story, “Three Bears and a Rabbit.”

Ruth Pio (GNRS ’92), Toledo at 82. Pio was an adjunct instructor in the MCO School of Nursing from 1986 to 1991.

*Dr. William W. “Bill” Wolfe (A/S ’75, MEd ’76, PhD ’94), Sylvania, Ohio. Wolfe was a former faculty member who taught education and business classes.

**Merle Runkle, Perrysburg, Ohio at 91.

**Christopher R. Helm (Ed ’64, MEd ’67), Toledo at 73. Helm worked at UT for 23 years. After teaching junior high students in the Washington Local School District, he joined the University in 1968 as an administrative assistant in personnel services. In 1970, Helm was named employment supervisor and then employment manager in 1974. Six years later, he was promoted to manager of the office. He retired in 1991. He served on the board of the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women for nine years. Helm was an avid fly tyer and fly fisherman. In 1991, he opened his own business in Toledo, Whitetail Fly Tieing Supplies. He was a certified instructor for fly casting and taught numerous fly tying classes at UT, the International and Local Federation of Fly Fishers, Monroe County Community College and in his home studio. Additionally, he wrote numerous magazine articles and made several instructional DVD’s on the subject of fly tying and fly fishing.


**Parker Tracy (Eng ’37), Toledo at 100.


*Wilbur Hague (A/S ’42), Littleton, Colo. at 96.

Gloria Burke (A/S ’47), at 88.

Janet Brewington (Ed ’47), Toledo at 88.

James Lloyd (Bus ’49), Englewood, Fla. at 91.

**Lorene Cameron (A/S ’42), Toledo at 94.

Mary Luetke McGowan (Ed ’48), Toledo at 87.

**Rodney Glesser (Bus ’43), Maumee, Ohio at 93.


*John Reifsnider (Bus ’52), Winston-Salem, N.C. at 84.

Barbara Judge (Bus ’51, Ed ’54, MEd ’78), Toledo at 86.

Robert Riedmayer (Bus ’52), Seabrook, S.C. at 85.

Allen Goodman (Pharm ’53), Cleveland, Ohio at 87.

David Binder (Eng ’52), Berea, Ohio at 87.


Ray Stanbery (A/S ’64), Holland, Ohio at 88.

Donald Hubay (Bus ’60), Toledo at 82.

Wesley Welling (MEd ’69, Ed Spec ’71), Ormond Beach, Fla. at 76.

David Apling (Bus ’63), Marco Island, Fla. at 73.

Thomas Moore (Bus ’63), Toledo at 82.

Roger Clark (Law ’67), Toledo at 77.

Dr. Robert Beiringer (PhD ’69), Toledo at 80.

Chadwick Brown (Bus ’60), Bradford Woods, Pa. at 76.

Laura Billings (Pharm ’61), Livonia, Mich. at 75.

Mary Sulier (Ed ’63), Maumee, Ohio at 98.


Margaret Najarian (UTCTC ’75), Swanton, Ohio at 89.

*Robert Rapp (Bus ’73), Walbridge, Ohio at 89.

Joanne Heggen (MA ‘78), Milwaukee, Wis. at 78.

**Marie Gorka (MEd ’75), Temperance, Mich. at 80.

**Norman Ashbacher (Bus ’72), Charlotte, N.C. at 69.

Ann Minnick (Ed ’75, MEd ’94), Waterville, Ohio at 62.

Frederic McDonald (Bus ’73), Perrysburg, Ohio at 66.

**Michael Goodman (Law ’70), Westport, Conn. at 68.

Carol Mohler (Ed ’73), Toledo at 79.


Stanley Lewandowski (UTCTC ’87), Holland, Ohio at 63.

*Michael Cline (A/S ’87), Peoria, Ariz. at 52.

Kent Mooney (Bus ’81), Chardon, Ohio at 56.

Susann Chismar (Pharm ’80), Cambridge, Ohio at 57.

Donald Beachey (NRS ’82), Conneaut, Ohio at 72.

Susan Kieffer (Ed ’84, MEd ’88), Toledo at 67.


David Eckhardt (Bus ’97), Toledo at 43.

Sister Audrey Elfring (MEd ’92), Toledo at 59.

Doristeen Mickel-Oliver (UTCTC ’94), Toledo at 72.

Douglas Schumaker (UTCTC ’94), Toledo at 55.


Derek Stender (A/S ’09, Ed ’09), Toledo at 28.

Lisa Cole (Ed ’01), Perrysburg, Ohio at 37.


Stephanie Schlitter (Eng ’10), North Olmsted, Ohio at 26.

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**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

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Spiros, Mike Michael Spiros (Bus ’69, Law ’72) received the UT Varsity T Hall of Fame Meritorious Service Award for his forty-plus years as men’s basketball statistician. Spiros currently works at UT as an associate professor in the criminal justice department.
*Dr. Cheryl A. Smith-Miller (A/s ’79, MEd ’82) was selected 2014 Nurse of the Year by the division of Nursing Practice and Professional Development at UNC Health Care. She is the nurse researcher at University of North Carolina Hospitals and an adjunct faculty member at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, located in Chapel Hill, N.C. Smith-Miller recently co-authored an article that was published in the September issue of The Journal of Nursing Administration. Cheryl Smith-Miller_pub

Dr. Steve Huffman (A/S ’87, A/S ’88, MED ’92) was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives for the 80th District. Huffman currently serves as the coroner in Miami County. He also played football during his time at UT. Huffman was a three-year starter for the Rockets, a two-time all Mid-American Conference selection as linebacker and served as team captain in 1987. He was also a two-time all-MAC academic performer and was the 1987 Jim Nicholson honoree.


George Kral (UTCTC ’93) was appointed to the position of Chief of Police for the Toledo Police Department. Kral is a 24-year Toledo police veteran and plans to move the department forward by enhancing community relations and community policing efforts.

Engle Erik Engle (Eng ’98) was honored by the city of North Ridgeville, Ohio as one of the first four inductees of its Athletic Hall of Fame. Engle was a member of both the track and football teams during his time at North Ridgeville High School. He also played football at UT, where he was a two-time varsity letterman and a member of the 1995 Mid-American Conference Championship team.

The Hon. Tammie Hursh (Law ’91)was appointed judge in the Lima Municipal Court in Allen County, in September 2014. Hursh is the former deputy law director of the city of Lima, Ohio.

Dr. Rupak Rauniar (MBA ’98, PhD ’05) is one of six faculty members from the University of Houston-Victoria School of Business Administration who were recognized with financial awards for their efforts in teaching and research. Rauniar was given the Bloomberg Spring 2014 Teaching Award, based on his use of the Bloomberg Businessweek’s teaching materials in the classroom.

Jay Demagall (A/S ’94) and his business partners have a spring target date to open Forest City Brewery in the Duck Island part of Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood.


Cindy M. Ursell (A/S ’04) was recently promoted to director of sales and marketing of the YES-FM radio network in Toledo, Ohio. YES-FM is a Christ-honoring radio network, located in Northwest Ohio.

*Ken Haynik (Bus ’00) is now the global head of data operations for Imagine Software, located in Cleveland, Ohio. Haynik has worked at Imagine Software since 2006.

Colonel Daniel L. Tack Jr. (MEng ’01) was promoted from lieutenant colonel to colonel in October 2013. He is the 179th Airlift Wing Support Group Commander. Tack commands more than 300 personnel, providing mission support to 1,200-plus personnel assigned to 179th Airlift Wing and 200th RED HORSE units. Tack
Mecklenborg Laura Mecklenborg (Bus ’09) recently joined Pilkington Architectural Glass North America, located in Philadelphia, Pa. She is a regional sales and marketing director for a territory stretching from Northern Virginia through New York and Long Island.

Becky Ziviski (Bus ’00) was selected by Penta Career Center as a recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Alumni Award. She was recognized in a banquet in November 2014. Ziviski, of Swanton, Ohio, is currently the administrator of Heartland of Waterville, Ohio, a skilled nursing facility.

*Alexandria Heinonen (Law ’14) joined the law firm of Smith and Miller, located in Jefferson, Ohio, as an associate attorney. Heinonen
House_Rebecca_300dpi Rebecca S. House (Law ’14) has joined the Toledo office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP as an associate in the REIT, corporate, and real estate practice groups. While in law school at UT, House was the editor-in-chief of The University of Toledo Law Review.
*Gary Johnson (Bus ’13) is the CEO of American Floors and Interiors (AFI), located in Toledo, Ohio. AFI was recently named to the 2014 Inner City 100 by Fortune Magazine and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. Johnson’s company came in first place in the fastest-growing inner-city construction company and eleventh fastest-growing inner-city company overall. GaryJohnson
Taj Dr. Asma Taj (RES ’11) joined St. Mary’s of Michigan’s medical staff as a medical oncologist. Taj is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and practices at St. Mary’s of Michigan Towne Center in Saginaw, Mich.
Faculty, staff & friends

*Katheryn Eckles (LLSS ’13), Erin Vogel (current UT psychology graduate student) and Lindsay Roberts (current UT psychology graduate student) along with Dr. Jason Rose (UT associate professor in the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences) conducted two studies to examine how people compare themselves on Facebook and how those comparisons affect them. Results showed that people feel worse about themselves after looking at others’ Facebook profiles, and frequent Facebook users have lower self-esteem in general.

Huilan Zhang (current UT PhD student) and Dr. Amal Said (UT associate professor in the College of Business and Innovation) were winners of the 2014 Excellence in Lean Accounting Award from the nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute. Zhang is conducting research into lean management in healthcare and manufacturing for her dissertation. Said was given the award for mentoring and encouraging undergraduate and graduate students to study lean principles as they learn about accounting and management. ZhangSaid
Births and Marriages

*Dr. Benjamin Joseph Reuben Wierwille (Eng ’05, MBA ’07) and Amber Michelle Kish announced their engagement and will exchange vows on May 23, 2015. Wierwille is employed at T-Cetra, LLC in Columbus, Ohio.

Wagner Brett Wagner (Bus ’09) and Haley Ann Whitcomb were in engaged in 2014 and are planning a July 25, 2015 wedding. Brett is employed at General Fabrications Corp. in Sandusky, Ohio.

Jason Allen Stienecker (Eng ’07) and Raquel Chacon Luna of San Rafael Alajuela, Costa Rica, were married on June 21, 2014 at Playa Mantas Beach in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. The couple honeymooned in Honolulu, Hawaii. Jason is currently employed by St. John’s Medical Center and Parkview Hospital in the Cleveland, Ohio area.

*Kyle Henry (Eng ’12) and Megan Gross (Bus ’13) announced their engagement in late 2014. Kyle is a turnaround engineer at Toledo Refining Co., in Oregon, Ohio. Megan is a marketing specialist at Therma-Tru Doors in Maumee, Ohio.

Jessica Mary Dupes (HSHS ’11) and Jacob Daniel Keller exchanged wedding vows on December 13, 2014 at St. John Catholic Church in Lima, Ohio. Jessica is currently working towards her doctor of physical therapy degree at UT. She will graduate in 2015.

Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Dr. Robert Ehrlich, New York City, N.Y. at 76. This former MCO faculty member joined the college in 1977 as an assistant professor in the department of pediatrics and was named an associate professor three years later. In 1985, he began a joint appointment after being named an associate professor in the department of anesthesiology. Ehrlich was director of the pediatric cardiology division when he resigned in 1988. He also served as director of the poison control center.

Nancy S. Kemper, Toledo at 93. Nancy worked in Carlson Library for 15 years. She joined the staff as a clerk in 1966, was promoted to clerk 2 in 1968 and clerk 3 in 1969. One year later, she became a library assistant and in 1975, a bibliographic assistant. In 1976, Kemper was named library media tech assistant 2, the position she held when she retired from the University in 1981.

Samantha Cozad, Toledo at 20. She was a security officer on the Health Science Campus. She worked at the University since 2013 and was taking classes and majoring in criminal justice at UT.

Edith A. Gholston (MEd ’72), Clarksburg, W.Va. at 92. She worked as a supervisor of student teachers.

JoAnn Redfern, Toledo at 75. She was a cashier in the UT bursar’s office from 1991 until her retirement in 2001.

Samuel P. Szor, Toledo at 84. He taught music at the University during the 1960s. Szor joined the UT faculty in 1963 as an assistant professor and conductor. He was director of the University band and concert bands. In 1969, he was named associate director of student activities and in the 1970s he left UT to teach for Toledo Public Schools. The local legend became known as “Mr. Music” for conducting the Music Under the Stars concerts at the Toledo Zoo and for leading the Toledo Choral Society for decades. He also played the bassoon in the Toledo Symphony Orchestra for years and later conducted the symphony’s Casual Concerts for 10 years. He was the conductor of the Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra for 20 years.

John P. Williamson, Northwood, Ohio at 92. He was a longtime chair and CEO of Toledo Edison Co. To celebrate the centennial of light in 1979, the company gave the University the Toledo Edison Memorial Foundation, which is located in front of the Student Union. A quote by Williamson is on a plaque on the fountain: “As Thomas E. Edison brought the light of electricity to mankind, this university brings the light of knowledge to its scholars.”

Mary T. Wolfe, Toledo at 82. Mary was a UT benefactor and advocate for the arts. She and her husband, Frederic “Fritz,” gave the lead gift of $1.5 million for the research laboratories for the College of Pharmacy and the departments of biological sciences and chemistry. Dedicated in 1998, Wolfe Hall is adjacent to Bowman-Oddy Laboratories on Main Campus. To honor the $2.5 million gift to support diabetes research, the new home for the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences on the Health Science Campus was named the Frederick and Mary Wolfe Center when it opened in 2011. She also served on the UT visual arts committee, which was responsible for integrating the arts on campus.

*Donna Mohn, Toledo at 81.

*Jacqueline Mattison, Toledo at 78.


Eleanor Stephens (A/S ’42), Manitou Beach, Mich. at 95.

Gid Searle (Pharm ’41), Boise, Idaho at 97.


**Martha Shoun (Ed ’53), Brigham City, Utah at 83.

Robert O’Connell (MBA ’53), Toledo at 83.

Robert Taylor (Pharm ’57), Midland, Mich. at 79.

Romaine Clark (Ed ’51), Toledo at 85.


John Riehle (Bus ’61), Toledo at 83.

James Harton (Bus ’65), Toledo at 75.

Ella Heath (Ed ’69), Toledo at 76.

G. Roberts (MA ’69), Greensboro, N.C. at 77.


**Alyce Lutomski (A/S ’74), Toledo at 63.

Barbara Thames-Vaughan (Ed ’79), Toledo at 74.

Richard Vail (Ed ’73, MEd ’89, Ed Spec ’93), Walbridge, Ohio at 65.

Stephen Prudente (Bus ’71), Freehold, N.J.

Richard Hettel (A/S ’77, MS ’78), Whitehouse, Ohio at 61.

James Everett (UTCTC ’76), Toledo at 69.

Daniel McLaughlin (MEd ’78), Bay Village, Ohio at 77.

Dr. Charlie Grice (MEd ’73, Ed Spec ’77, PhD ’84), Cape Coral, Fla. at 83.

*Dr. William Wolfe (A/S ’75, MEd ’76, PhD ’94), Toledo at 67.


Rodger Hall (UTCTC ’84), Cordova, Tenn. at 74.

Suzanne Dennis (Univ Coll ’81), Toledo at 85.

Michael Young (Law ’83), Cincinnati, Ohio at 58.

Sheryl Shipman (Univ Coll ’88), Toledo at 57.

Randy Dossat (Eng ’80), Las Vegas, Nev. at 60.

John Green (Univ Coll ’85), Toledo at 52.

Kerry Myers (Eng ’88), Oregon, Ohio at 51.

Merrilee Ehrlich (NRSG ’88), New York, N.Y. at 57.

Lavern Miller (Eng ’82, A/S ’82), Cheyenne, Wyo. at 57.

Timothy Ireland (A/S ’88), Richmond, Va. at 59.

Arthur Lovisi (Law ’83), Norfolk, Va. at 59.

Mildred Balzer (UTCTC ’85), Gwynedd, Pa. at 85.


Joshua Martin (Bus ’01), Newark, Ohio at 35.

Elizabeth Kelley (MEd ’09), Ironton, Ohio at 51.


*Martin Peters (Pharm ’11, PharmD ’13), Toledo at 31.

Katie Morrissey (Pharm ’12), Toledo at 29.

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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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