Class Notes

September 25th, 2013 Posted in Class notes/In memoriam

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BirdelHabitatHumanity **Birdel Jackson (Eng ’68), president of B&E Jackson & Associates and Habitat North Central Georgia board member, presented keys to a new home to the Underwood family in Canton, Georgia on July 15.

*Alan J. Lehenbauer (Bus ‘81, Law ‘84) has been elected to serve a three-year term as District 3 representative on the Board of Governors of the Ohio State Bar Association. District 3 includes 492 attorneys who reside and practice in the district.

**Mark Susor (Bus ’81), vice president of Industrial Engineering for UPS and Habitat North Central Georgia board member, presented keys to a new home to the Underwood family in Canton, Georgia on July 15. See picture above.

Bonflglio Mark Bonfiglio (A/S ’82, Pharm ’85) was recently promoted to vice president for content development in the Clinical Drug Information Division of Wolters Kluwer Publishing.

Matthew Kutz (MS ‘97, MEd ‘97) recently wrote a book titled “Contextual Intelligence: Smart Leadership for a Constantly Changing World.” The book is a 2013 finalist for the Outstanding Leadership Book Award given by University of San Diego School of Leadership Studies. Matthew just returned from Rwanda with his family for six months as a Fulbright Scholar.

Dr. Neil Patel (A/S ‘93) has joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as an assistant professor and hospitalist in pediatrics. He will provide the medical care at SIU’s affiliated hospitals in Springfield and is also a member of SIU HealthCare, the medical school’s practice group.

**Chief Warrant Officer Justin Shedron (A/S ‘07, A/S ‘07) has received the 1,000 hour safe flight hour award and has also been awarded the Army Senior Aviator Badge for obtaining 1,000 accident free flight hours and seven years of service as a rotary wing aviator.

Dr. Mathew Weimer (MED ‘05) is among a select group of physicians honored by the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation for his commitment to education in the field of family medicine. Weimer

Brandon Estep (NSM ‘12, Eng ‘12) helped to lead the team behind the upcoming social impact racing game, The Solar Games. This is a revolution that is changing the video game and entertainment industries that is also effecting real world change. Brandon is the technical producer of the project.

Marriages & Unions

Castellino_Koontz Craig Koontz (MS ‘11) and Janelle Castellino were married on July 26, 2013 at Pinnacle Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio.

Faculty, staff & friends

The new University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation building, the Savage and Associates Complex for Business Learning and Engagement, has just been recognized with LEED silver distinction by the U.S. Green Building Council for its energy saving design and construction. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends
Dr. Simmie S. Blakney, Toledo at 85. He was a professor emeritus of mathematics and advocate for equal rights. He joined the UT faculty as an associate professor in 1964 and was promoted to professor in 1971. He was the first African-American appointed chair of the mathematics department; it was a post he held for ten years. He was one of the founding members of the UT Caucus of Black Faculty and Staff, which became the Association of Black Faculty and Staff. He served as chair of the organization from 1971 to 1975 and in 1982. He also helped establish the UT Office of Minority Affairs and assisted with drafting the University’s first affirmative action document. In addition, he served as chair of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship Committee and was a member of Faculty Senate and the Upward Bound Program’s Academic Advisory Committee. Blakney, an associate of the Danforth Foundation, also administered funding from National Science Foundation grants for in-service institutes for high school math teachers. He was named professor emeritus when he retired from the University in 1990 and continued to teach through UT’s Upward Bound Program.

Edward J. Fitzgerald, Toledo at 95. He was a Eucharistic minister at MCO for 25 years.

Marilyn L. (Schalitz) Martin Monti, Toledo at 84. She was a longtime member of the Satellites Auxiliary.

Bettie J. (Anderson) Rees, Holland, Ohio at 94. She was a secretary in the UT President’s Office from 1953 to 1957.

Sharon M. (Laughlin) Yost (UTCTC ’89), Rossford, Ohio at 70. She was the manager of the Neurology Department from 2003 to 2010.

Tricia Ann (Adamski) Appelhans, Luckey, Ohio at 34. She was a paramedic and nurse in the UT Medical Center Emergency Room from 2000 until 2012.

Richard “Rick” P. Byrnes, Fremont, Ohio at 70. He is a former instructor who taught physics and mathematics.

Dr. William J. Lenz Jr., Toledo at 68. He held a volunteer faculty appointment as a clinical assistant professor in the department of psychiatry from 1977 to 1995 and as a clinical associate professor from 1996 to 2004.

*Dr. Willard Bright (A/S ’36), Vero Beach, Fla. at 99.

**The Honorable Francis Restivo (A/S ’47, Law ’49), Maumee, Ohio at 91.

**Brandon Neal, att. 1944, Oroville, Calif. at 88.

**Dr. Philip Morton (A/S ’52), Indianapolis, Ind. at 82.

** Nancy Randolph (Ed ’50, MEd ’80), Henderson, Nev. at 77.

William Pasztor (Eng ’50), Folwom, Calif. at 86.

Bill Shuler (Eng ’53), Carthage, N.C. at 84.

Kenneth Miller (Bus ’65), Oregon, Ohio at 69.

Dennis Connolly (Bus ’68), Northwood, Ohio at 67.

**Larry Stalter (Eng ’66), Powell, Ohio at 76.

George Germain (Eng ’62), Oregon, Ohio at 77.

**Phyllis Nordin (A/S ’63, MA ’92), Pittsford, N.Y. at 84.

Emily Thayer (MEd ’76), Toledo at 65.

Patricia Craig (UTCTC ’78), Very Beach, Fla. at 79.

Janice Gauthier (Univ Coll ’78), Kasilof, Alaska at 67.

George Krueger (UTCTC ’78), Monclova, Ohio at 72.

Dr. Joan Tarloff (Pharm ’72, PharmM ’77, PhD ’82), Bluebell, Pa. at 63.

Sue Sgro (A/S ’74), Toledo at 63.

Ronald Kretzer (A/S ’76), Toledo at 59.

*Thomas Ketcham (Eng ’72), Perrysburg, Ohio at 64.

**Dr. Stephen Szychowski (Univ Coll ’76, MEd ’80, Ed Spec ’89), Apollo Beach, Fla. at 58.

Michael McWhorter (A/S ’73), Toledo at 68.

Timothy Sheehan (Law ’84), Toledo at 54.

**Dr. Katherine Gerke (Med ’80), Thetford Center, Vt. at 62.

Kenneth Bialecki (Univ Coll ’82), Toledo at 52.

Dr. Scott Longevin (MED ’86), Cincinnati, Ohio at 54.

David Grueshaber (Bus ’80), Maumee, Ohio at 57.

**William Weissenberger (Bus ’64), San Rafael, Calif. at 70.

Renee Sampson (UTCTC ’53), Toledo at 53.

Carol Delap (Univ Coll ’96, MEd ’99), Swanton, Ohio at 65.

Ann Roberts (A/S ’93), Toledo at 93.

Steven Solys (A/S ’91), Northville, Mich. at 54.

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