Class Notes

December 20th, 2011 Posted in Class notes/In memoriam


Gloria (Dugan) (Ed ’49) and Louis Cook (Eng ’52), Santa Ana, Calif., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in September. They’re active in the Balboa Power Squadron, and Lou restores aircraft at the Chino airport. They have three children and three grandchildren.

Richard (Ed ’56) and Carolyn (Bowers) McCallister (MEd ’52), Huron, Ohio, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in September. They have four daughters, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Lance A. Talmage MD (Eng ’60) was named chair-elect of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), a national organization representing 70 medical and osteopathic state boards nationwide. A practicing gynecologist and a clinical professor at UTMC, he previously served on the FSMB board of directors.


Jeffery E. Smith (A/S ’75, Law ’78) became a partner with Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, working in the law firm’s corporate and finance practice group in Columbus. He was previously a partner in the Columbus office of Bricker & Eckler LLP.

William H. Honaker (Eng ’79, Law ’84), Bloomfield Hills, Mich., was included in The Best Lawyers in America 2012 in the areas of intellectual property law, litigation — patent, patent law and trademark law. He’s a member at Dickinson Wright PLLC.


David Tigges (A/S ’86), Hilton Head Island, S.C., was elected to the board of the Heritage Classic Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is the general sponsor of the Heritage — South Carolina’s only PGA tour — and supports local charities and Heritage Classic scholarships. Tigges is managing shareholder and CEO of the McNair Law Firm.

Shelley Ahleman (A/S ’89, HS ’11) was hired as a high school guidance counselor by Liberty Center (Ohio) Schools.


Kleia R. Luckner (Law ’90), Toledo, was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame in August, held in the Statehouse. Nominated for her contributions in health service and law, the longtime nurse and advocate for women’s health issues helped develop a regionalized program for maternity care in Ohio, instituted community health programs, and served on a number of government panels to address public health policy.

Cheryl Bihn MD (MED ’93) joined the physical medicine and rehabilitation department at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Wis.

Gary Thompson (Bus ’93) joined the Regional Growth Partnership as director of JobsOhio — a private economic development agency formed by the state taking over responsibilities of the Department of Economic Development — for 19 counties in northwest Ohio.

Wendy L. Tressler (Univ Coll ’95, MEd ’98) was promoted to director of innovation and performance measures at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, where she has worked since 2001. She lives in Columbus with her son Jack.

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Todd Riddle (Ed ’98) opened a new practice, Southeast Sports Chiropractic, in Spartanburg, S.C., combining traditional chiropractic concepts with components geared to athletes. He also has a partnership with Team Globalbike in Charlotte, N.C.



Jill Trosin RN (NRS ’00) joined Memorial Hospital in Fremont as chief nursing officer. Previously, she was director of patient care services at Mount Carmel West in Columbus.

Arthur C. Kendig MD (MED ’03), a specialist in heart rhythm disorders, joined the staff of South Carolina Heart Center, which has offices in Columbia, Camden, Bamberg and Hartsville.

Zachary M Gatton MD (MED ’07) completed his four-year residency in anesthesiology at the University of Louisville Hospital, where he was named the Outstanding Resident in acute pain and regional anesthesiology. He accepted a position at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

Justin J. Shedron (A/S ’07) was accepted into the University of Akron School of Law. He will work on a joint JD/MPA program.



Cynthia Kenmuir MD, PhD (PhD ’10, MED ’11) is a resident in neurology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, with plans to complete her fellowship training in interventional neurology.

Marriages & unions

Jafar H. Awada (UTCTC ’96, HHS ’04) & Clare Hamner (HHS ’07). He owns and operates Bambino’s Pizza and Subs on Monroe St. in Toledo; she’s a nurse with ProMedica.


Carolyn Savage (MEd ’02) and her husband Sean, Sylvania, welcomed twin girls Reagan Linda and Isabella Jennifer in August.

Extended Notes

Michael Zelenka (A/S ’92), a Cleveland glass artist with Superior Hot Glass, shared some of the secrets of working with the molten material in a video that appeared in the Plain Dealer — note, he added, his UT shirt. See him playing with fire at here

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Don King

Sheri A. Caldwell PhD (MBA ’92, PhD ’98), director of human resources for UT Physicians Group LLC and a part-time instructor in the UT Department of Management, co-authored a book that was named last summer’s best-seller by the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest organization for human resource management professionals. Got a Minute? The Nine Lessons Every HR Professional Must Learn, written by Caldwell and Dale J. Dwyer PhD, UT professor of management, has resonated with HR professionals nationwide. Additional details can be found here.

Death Notices


**Donald Knoke, Perrysburg, att. 1938-1941, Aug. 29 at 93.

**Beatrice (Schuller) Friedman (MA ’35), Oak Park, Ill., Aug. 31 at 97.

Kathryn B. (Braunschweiger) White, Spring Lake, Mich., att. 1939-1941, Sept. 21 at 89. Chi Omega member.


*Barbara J. (McAuley) Keller (A/S ’47), Tavares, Fla., Sept. 21 at 84.

James R. Lovell, Toledo, att. 1947-1948 and in ’60s, Sept. 9 at 82.

Ann (Vangie) M. (Mack-Ahlbeck) Bourdeau (A/S ’49, MEd ’87), Davison, Mich., Aug. 31 at 84.

Charles E. Conrad Jr. (Eng ’49), Beaver, Pa., Aug. 27 at 85.

Robert Duket (Eng ’49), Maumee, Sept. 13 at 85.

Eldren A. Mayer (Eng ’49), Waterville, Sept. 19 at 87.

Jefferson D. Robinson III (A/S ’49), Granville, Ohio, Aug. Aug. 26 at 88.



**Cal Christensen (Ed ’51), Waterville, Aug. 31 at 84. He lettered in UT basketball in 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1950, and was among the first inductees in 1977 to the Varsity T Hall of Fame.

Charles H. Holmes (A/S ’51), Lambertville, Mich., Sept. 2 at 82.

Frederick J. Holmes, Toledo, att. 1951-1956, Sept. 13 at 78. Lettered in UT football in 1952 and 1953.

Paul Richards (Pharm ’53), Temperance, Mich., Sept. 5 at 85.

Richard T. Bieniek, Toledo, att. 1954-1958, Sept. 6 at 79.

**Gerald R. LeRoy (Ed ’55), Sun City West, Ariz., Sept. 20 at 82.

Mary L. (Cowell) Penn (Ed ’55), Toledo, Aug. 31 at 78. Delta Sigma Theta member.

Suzanne A. (Starkey) Gilsdorf (Ed ’56), Cincinnati, Aug. 27 at 76.

Thomas Rejent, Toledo, att. 1956-1964, Sept. 12 at 73.

Dorothy L. (Hatch) Moreland (Ed ’57), Toledo, Sept. 16 at 84.

George T. Appleton (Ed ’58), Las Vegas, Aug. 17 at 85.

Jack D. Heider (Eng ’58), Northwood, Sept. 6 at 80.

Gerald J. Printki (Pharm ’59), Perrysburg, Sept. 20 at 75.

Estella B. (Pavlos) Vardinakis (A/S ’59), Evansport, Ohio, Aug. 25 at 88.


*Duane O. Biglin (Eng ’60), Perrysburg, Aug. 28 at 73.

*Alan O. Draheim (Ed ’60), Flat Rock, Mich., Aug. 24 at 74.

Frederick W. Windisch (Bus ’64), Lake Wales, Fla., Sept. 11 at 84.

Sr. M. Eugene Wilk OSF (MS ’65, MEd ’65), Sylvania, Sept. 1 at 92.

LeVonne M. (Drier) (Goodman) Grueshaber, Toledo, att. 1967-1970, Sept. 4 at 84.

Patrick Barry, Toledo, att. 1968-1974, Sept. 10 at 62.

Rex C. Keener (Law ’68, MLS ’90), Holland, Sept. 2 at 81.


Lucille E. (Reichow) Jacyk (Bus ’74), Toledo, Sept. 15 at 78.

George N. Schoonmaker III (MA ’76), Fremont, Ind., Aug. 30 at 66.

Jonell “Jo” R. Neimeyer (MEd ’77), Toledo, Aug. 25 at 71.

Craig D. Kowalski (EngA ’78, Eng ’80), Collinsville, Ill., Aug. 29 at 54.

Michelle M. (Strawinski) Ressler (UTCTC ’78), Canton, Ohio, Sept. 5 at 53.


James H. Ross (Law ’81), Wooster, Ohio, Sept. 3 at 64.

Jennifer (Hieb) Keller (Univ Coll ’86), Brooklyn, Mich., Aug. 27 at 64.


Debra L. (Gray) Dockery (Ed ’91), Fort Wayne, Ind., Sept. 22 at 55.

Diana L. Ramirez-Merritt (Ed ’93), Toledo, Sept. 11 at 51.

Kristin A. Stahlbush (Law ’94), Toledo, Sept. 2 at 42.

Dewey Talley Jr. (A/S ’97), Toledo, Aug. 30 at 62.

Levi A. Weppler, Lambertville, Mich., att. 1999-2001, Sept. 13 at 30. Punter for UT Rockets.

Faculty, staff & friends

Leonard E. Brady Jr. PhD, Findlay, Sept. 5 at 83. He joined UT as an associate professor of organic chemistry in 1966 and was promoted to professor in 1971. From 1975 to 1981 he chaired the Department of Chemistry, retiring in 1989 as emeritus.

*Helen L. (Luedtke) Brooks PhD (A/S ’40, MS ’55, PhD ’01), Perrysburg, Aug. 31 at 94. A longtime supporter of astronomy at UT, she joined the faculty in 1952 as an instructor, in 1959 becoming an assistant professor of astronomy, a position she held until her 1972 retirement, at which time she was named emeritus. She was instrumental in the creation of the Ritter Planetarium and served as its director from 1967 until her retirement, continuing as a consultant. In 1986, she and her husband donated funds to establish the Elgin and Helen Brooks Observatory on McMaster Hall. Following Elgin‘s death in 1999, she established an undergraduate astronomy scholarship in his name. In 2008, she established a trust gift to create upon her death the Helen Luedtke Brooks Endowed Professorship of Astronomy. She was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2001. Member of the Heritage Oak Society and the Presidents Club.

William B. Kannel MD, renowned cardiovascular epidemiology medical researcher who received an honorary doctor of science degree from MCO in 1997, Aug. 20 at 87. He was associated with pioneering the Framingham Heart Study, which helped revolutionize the way heart disease is treated.

Gerald P. Rosen MD, Ottawa Hills, Aug. 15 at 76. He joined the MCO Department of Surgery in 1993 and retired as associate professor of surgery/otolaryngology in 2003, at which time he took a volunteer position as clinical associate professor of surgery.

Judith E. Royal, Liberty Center, Aug. 27 at 61. She was a word processing specialist at UTMC from 1992 until her retirement in 2007.

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**Lifetime member

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