Class Notes

February 6th, 2013 Posted in Class notes/In memoriam

*Member of the UT Alumni Association
**Lifetime member of the UT Alumni Association


Lance Talmage **Lance Talmage (Eng ’60), has been installed as chair of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), a national organization representing 70 medical and osteopathic state boards within the United States and its territories.

*Mark Staples (Univ Coll ’81), was awarded the Northeastern University 2012 Excellence in Innovation Award for the novel use of a lecture recording solution to meet the needs of student athletes missing class due to game commitments.

Dr. Jerome Webster (A/S ’88, MEd ’92, PhD ’02), was named the new president of Terra State Community College in Tiffin, Ohio.

Neema M. Bell (Law ’86), a partner in the Toledo office of the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP, is the recipient of the Mercy College of Northwest Ohio Misericordia et Cura Award. The award recognizes alumni or community leaders who act with “compassion and care.”

**Eileen Bradner (A/S ’80), was presented with the 2012 Steel Manufacturers Association James Collins Achievement in Advocacy Award. Eileen Bradner

Paul Kelly (Law ’80), has joined the Jackson Lewis LLP Boston office as partner.

Dr. Kimberly Grieve (MEd ’94, PhD ’09), was appointed dean of students at the University of South Dakota.


Wildman, Kristina *Kristina L. M. Wildman (Law ’07), joined the firm Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP as an attorney in the Trusts and Estates Department.

Jason Saul (Bus ’06), has received a promotion within Fairfield National Bank. He continues to manage the FNB Slater Ridge office and with this recent promotion, he will also oversee the business development of the FNB offices in the northern Fairfield County area.

Megan Crotte Mahon (PhD ’09), has been named the Outstanding Young Alumnae of the Year for 2012 for St. Ursula Academy in Toledo.

Galat Adam Adam M. Galat (Law ’06), joined the Columbus office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP as an Associate in the Litigation Practice Group.

Dr. Michael A. Grandillo (PhD ’06), was introduced as the new president of Lakeland College in April 2012.
Kevin J. Cooper (Law ’01), has been selected to serve a one-year term as chairman of the Toledo Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Committee.

*Julia Hanson (JHCOEHSHS ’12), is one of two recipients of the first National Association of Legal Assistants Certified Paralegal Scholarship Award.

Extended Class Notes

J. Gilbert Mohr, who helped write The University of Toledo’s alma mater “Fair Toledo,” died May 3 at age 98. His wife, Jean Strout Mohr, who received her bachelor of education degree from UT in 1946, heard about a contest to write a new alma mater for the University on the radio. The couple wrote the song in 1959. “Fair Toledo” was one of eight original compositions submitted to the contest sponsored by the UT Alumni Association and the UT Student Senate. The couple won a $100 savings bond, which they received during halftime of the UT-Marshall basketball game March 2, 1959, when the song was presented to the student body. “Fair Toledo” was first played publicly during commencement in June 1959.

The song penned by the Mohrs replaced “Golden and the Blue,” which was sung to the tune of “Amici,” a melody used by many institutions, including Cornell University. The couple wed in 1948. Jean passed in 1987. A research engineer by trade, Mohr worked at Corning Glass Works in Corning, N.Y., before joining the fiberglass division of Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass Co., in Toledo in 1947. Other career notes included the Johns Manville fiberglass division in West Virginia, Allied Chemical Corp. in Toledo, and Johns Manville in Waterville until his retirement in 1978. He held 10 patents for fiberglass products. The former Maumee resident also was a musician and amateur songwriter. He played brass instruments as well as piano and violin.

Jim Lange – written by Patty Gelb
Lange photo4Jim Lange loves it when he is asked about his height because he says it is a great conversation starter. He is often asked if he played basketball and his pat answer is “Nope, I was a jockey on the horse racing team.” Standing over 6’8” tall, Jim Lange wasn’t a jockey. And yes he did play basketball, including four years as a member of the University of Toledo varsity basketball team. He graduated with a BBA (‘85) in computer systems and has been in business for over 20 years, first as a computer programmer, then as a sales representative and currently as the President of Five Feet Twenty. lange 1His business name is another homage to his incredible height and as he says “I’m actually 6’ 8 ½”, but five feet twenty and a half doesn’t quite have the same ring to it”. The focus of his business/ministry is to help doctors and business owners consistently and effectively impact the spiritual health of their patients and employees. Another facet of Jim is he is an author having written and released, Bleedership, Biblical First-Aid for Leaders in 2005. The book was named Best Christian Business Book of the Year by Christian Storyteller.

lange 8Jim Lange just released his newest literary creation: Calming the Storm Within: How to Find Peace in this Chaotic World. “This book was created out of my own struggles to find peace in my life. This book shares my successes and failures as well as the revelations God has given me concerning finding peace,” said Lange. “Through reading this book, you will find that it is possible to experience peace, regardless of your circumstances, and you will discover how to make this a reality in your life.”
Released on December 12, Calming The Storm Within has already received some well deserved critical acclaim. John D. Beckett, Chairman of The Beckett Companies and author of Loving Monday and Mastering Monday says “this is the best book on attaining peace that I’ve ever read. Jim Lange takes us deep into the scriptural foundation for true peace and, through a transparent window into his personal life, gives us hope that we needn’t spend our days in anxiety and worry. Calming the Storm Within has all the makings of a classic, but for now I recommend making it your personal and valued companion.” To learn more about the book or to order a copy for yourself you can go online to

Jim has been married to his wife Connie since 1985 and they have three children: Kristin, Molly and Robbie. He currently resides in Lambertville, Michigan.

Marriages & Unions

Dr. Renee D. Niese (Pharm ’08, PharmD ’10) and Dr. Thomas M. Henry (Pharm ’08, PharmD ’10) were united in marriage on November 12, 2011 at St. John Orthodox Church in Warren.

Matthew Denis Budds (Law ’08) and Dana Evan Schinzel were married in an October 27 wedding ceremony in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Justin Krendl (Eng ’11) and Kelsey Martin exchanged vows on July 14 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos.

Michelle Celeste Lindeman (Bus ’09) and Adam Joseph Kayser (Bus ’09) were united in marriage on November 19, 2011 at Ottoville Immaculate Conception Church.

Gregory James Metzger (Bus ’07) and Trisha Renee Suever exchanged vows on June 23 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Dr. Tyler James Banachowski, DDS (A/S ’08) and Kelly Marie Looser exchanged vows in June in the garden of The Oldest House in Key West, Fla.

Angela Maria Kleman (Eng ’03, MEng ’05) and David Michael Van Epps exchanged vows on June 2 at Corpus Christi University Parish in Toledo.

Emily Ann Klausing (Edu ’08) and Joshua Gerald Maag exchanged vows in June at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos.

Dr. Heather Nicole Kaverman (HHS ’07) and Brent Bockrath exchanged vows on July 21 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Kalida.

Mary Catherine Denman (HSHS ’09) and Philip Mazi were wed in January 2013 at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Warren.

Matthew Izenson (MBA ’11) and Kathleen Distel exchanged vows in October 2011 at Wildwood Golf Club in Allison Park, Pa.

Meghan Nedrich (HSHS ’10) and Michael Tropodi were united in marriage on July 14 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Parma.

Elissa Altier (Bus ’09, MBA ’11) and Matthew Krieg married in September in Massillon.

Death Notices

Faculty, Staff, Alumni & Friends

Reynaldo G. Jaso, Gibsonburg, was a custodian at UT from 1985 until his retirement in 1995. Passed at age 83.

Lawrence E. Trausch, Toledo, age 75, former lay minister at MCO.

David LeRoyd Schaffer, Toledo, at age 70. He was a grants accountant at UT for more than a decade and served as a financial officer for the Associated Physicians of MCO.

Pamela D. Van Camp, Toledo, at age 64. She played an integral role in the creation of the UT Sexual Assault Education and Prevention Program in the 1990’s.

Genevieve “Jean” Zalecki, Whitehouse, at age 65. She was a former MCO employee, the last position she held was Secretary 2 in the Pathology Department.

Sharon L. (Dickens) Zupancic, Maumee, at age 65. A secretary in the MCO Family Medicine Department from 1998 – 2001.

Jo Ann Earlywine, Toledo, at 78. She was a registered nurse at MCO from 1975 until her retirement in 1998.

Daniel J. Kalo, Vero Beach, Fla., at age 64. A former UT instructor.

Edgar E. Maddux III, Swanton, at 50, a paramedic at MCO until 2002.

Bea (Onsted) Noble, Toledo, at 81, a former MCO employee.

Joanne Schwartzberg, Toledo, at 77. She was an associate professor emerita of nursing, joining the MCO faculty as an assistant professor in the College of Nursing in 1973. Over the years, she made substantial contributions to the instructional curriculum and teaching of both undergraduate and graduate students. Schwartzberg served as associate dean for the Registered Nurse Program and collaborated on a number of geriatric research projects. She retired in 1994.

Consuelo Temple Scott, Toledo, at 82, a former MCO employee who attended UT in the 1960’s.

Paul L. Vahle, Toledo, at 87, he worked with the UT ROTC Program and was a longtime member of the Lady Rockets Fan Club.

Dr. J. Hugh Webb, Toledo, at 90. He was appointed to the volunteer faculty rank of clinical associate of neurosurgery in 1970 and was clinical associate professor of neurological surgery when he left in 1999.

Dr. Robert G. Page, York Harbor, Maine at 90. He was the first dean of the School of Medicine at the former Medical College of Ohio.

*J. Mohr, Toledo, at 98.

**JoAnn F. Maher, Parrish, Fla., She was a member of the UT Athletic Board and served as chair.  She also served on the board of the UT Alumni Association. She received her bachelor and master of education degrees from UT in 1955 and 1980, respectively.

Karen McGruder, Washington D. C. at age 54, a former employee who worked in Carlson Library.

Dorothy C. (Downey) Mohler, Sylvania at 90. A former MCO employee who worked in Mulford Library. She received a master of arts and education specialist degrees from UT in 1979 and 1988, respectively.

Doris (Collins) Williams, North Fort Myers, Fla. at 93, a former nurse at MCO.

Drew A. Cleghorn, Maumee at 19, a junior who was majoring in accounting in the College of Business and Innovation.

Clara E. Corona, Toledo at 85, was a former UT employee.

Mary M. Durfy, Allen Park, Mich., at 94. For more than 20 years, she was a volunteer with the Satellites Auxiliary and worked in the former MCO gift shop.

Tyler A. Earle, Ottawa Lake, Mich., at 21. A sophomore in The Judith Herb College of Education, Health Science and Human Service.

Josephine A. (Ulibarri) Hibbeln, Ogden, Utah at 77. She was an associate professor of nursing for over 30 years. She received a master’s degree in nursing in 1989 and a nurse practitioner certification from MCO.

Lucille R. Laskiewicz, Toledo at 87. A former employee of the UT bookstore.

Dr. Cloyd A. Payne Jr., Toledo at 72. He was a part-time faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, where he taught since 1986. He received his doctorate from UT in 1978.

Calvin Lieberman (Bus ’34), Sylvania at 100.

*Adele Pocotte (A/S ’34), Union Pier, Mich. at 99.

*Betty Andrews (A/S ’36), Toledo at 96.

E. Wolff (Bus ’48), Toledo at 87.

*Richard Shock (A/S ’41), Alamogordo, N.M. at 91.

*Joan Price Bing (A/S ’45), Stanleytown, Va.

*Lawrence Jacob (A/S ’43, MS ’58), Toledo at 91.

**Jacquelyn Bruno, att. in 1949, Toledo at 84.

**John LeFrancois (Eng ’43), Fairfax, Va. at 90.

Hilary Petee (Bus ’49), Toledo at 92.

*Paul Whitman (Bus ’49), Temperance, Mich. at 89.

*Allen Trimmer (Eng ’49), Durango, Colo. at 92.

Betty Lane (Edu ’42), Martinsville, Va. at 91.

*Lola Sheline (A/S ’47), Naples, Fla. at 87.

James Kwiatkowski (Ed ’59), Toledo at 77.

*Louis Lenkay (Bus ’53), Toledo at 88.

Irene Poletes (MEd ’50), Toledo at 83.

Richard Cothern (Bus ’58), Holland at 80.

*Jay Martin (A/S ’50), Cocoa Beach, Fla. at 85.

*Mardo Hamilton (Bus ’50), Mahwah, N.J. at 85.

**Joseph Bassett (Bus ’58), Toledo at 79.

**J. Bohn (Bus ’56), Bloomfield Hills, Mich. at 82.

Dr. Paul Mabie (A/S ’51), Fullerton, Calif.

Judith Bargmann Morgan (Edu ’54), Toledo at 81.

Reverend Ronald Davis (Edu ’58), at 75.

**Louise Baker (A/S ’55), Toledo at 80.

David Mohr (Law ’66), Sun City Center, Fla.

*Robert Nesbit (Pharm ’65), Holland at 73.

Marilyn Zeiter (Ed ’60, MEd ’76), Holland at 74.

Viva Cook (Ed ’68, MEd ’71, Ed Spec ’74), Montpelier at 90.

Dr. Joseph Schneider (A/S ’69, MED ’72), Toledo at 65.

John Hamilton (Ed ’66), Lakeland, Fla. at 66.

Mark Hohenbrink (MEng ’68, MBA ’72), Maumee at 80.

Thomas Nortz (UTCTC ’60), Toledo at 73.

**Francis Zatko (Bus ’66), Toledo at 85.

Paul Dymarkowski (UTCTC ’62), Toledo at 69.

Frederick Basting (Bus ’67), Perrysburg at 83.

**Kit Elliot Werth (UTCTC ’75, MEd ’87), Bowling Green.

Colleen Tetlow-Johnson (Ed ’73), Sylvania at 83.

Theresa Leonard (UTCTC ’77), Graytown, Ohio at 55.

Alphonse Jurowski (UTCYC ’79), Akron at 89.

Douglas Nemire (Bus ’75), Plantation, Fla. at 60.

*Louise Dompier (MEd ’70), Oregon, Ohio at 81.

Austin Saylor (UTCTC ’77), Sylvania at 65.

Micaela Maxwell (Edu ’72), at 82.

*Marsha Dunaway (Edu ’70, MEd ’80), Lambertville, Mich. at 64.

*Ronald Tarasiewicz (A/S ’71), Toledo.

Kathryn Lorensen (Ed ’79), Port Clinton.

Dorothy Downey Mohler (MA ’79, Ed Spec ’88), Toledo at 90.

Russell Burton (Bus ’71), Bowling Green at 78.

Dennis Clark (Law ’78), Cheshire, Conn. at 59.

*Dr. Leonard Kingsley (Edu ’72), Bluffton at 95.

Raymond O’Donnell (Edu ’70), Powell, Ohio at 78.

Lindsey Whitehead (MEd ’78, MA ’81), Toledo at 78.

James Pearson (Edu ’74), Fort Wayne, Ind. at 62.

Kurt Portmann (Law ’72), Dayton.

Linda Taylor (UTCTC ’88), Toledo at 55.

Patricia Sullivan (Ed ’80, A/S ’81), Toledo at 65.

Julie Holewinski (A/S ’81), Toledo at 53.

Vari Edwards (UTCTC ’81), Toledo at 53.

Kathleen Jansen (MEd ’82), Columbus, Ohio at 74.

Kurt Hofmeister (Eng ’84, MEng ’93), Holland at 50.

Carl Calcamuggio (UTCTC ’84, Univ Coll ’87), Westfield, Ind. at 50.

Frederick Baden (Law ’82), Avon Park, Fla. at 67.

Josephine Hibbeln (NRSG ’89, NRSNP ’98), Ogden, Utah at 77.

Ruth Voyles (A/S ’87), Toledo at 51.

Jerry Pollock (Eng ’86), Waterville at 57.

Steven Price (UTCTC ’89), Toledo at 52.

Susan Futrell (A/S ’89), at 48.

Michael Witzman (UTCTC ’96), Maumee at 68.

Pamela Vancamp (UTCTC ’90), Toledo at 64.

Sandra McIntyre (A/S ’90), Coronado, Calif. at 47.

*Ken Kalosky (Pharm ’97), Campbell, Ohio at 45.

Katherine Krasinski (Bus ’93), Toledo at 63.

Christine Ballinger (Edu ’91), Toledo at 66.

*Kristina Gauss (Bus ’93), Polk, Ohio at 40.

*Erella Dimentstein (MS ’94), Washington Crossing, Pa. at 55.

Michael Garner (Univ Coll ’04), Toledo at 64.

Sarah Sawyer (Univ Coll ’03), Toledo at 76.

Emily Davis (A/S ’04, MS ’06), Toledo at 31.

Kimberly Andry (Univ Coll ’09), Sylvania at 45.

Elizabeth Smith-Ensign (Univ Coll ’09), Toledo at 87.

Dr. Adam Antczak (MBA ’12, MED ’12), Toledo at 29.

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