Class Notes and Obits

December 23rd, 2013 Posted in Class notes/In memoriam

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*Lawrence Rochelle (Ed ’62, Ed Spec ’80), entered his book, Wilmington Witch, in the National Novel Writing Month. His book tells the story of a man in the witness protection program who settles near the Cape Fear River in hopes of avoiding the mob, but meets a witch instead. bookcover

*Judy Shepherd (A/S ’79) received high marks from her clients in the recent Ameriprise Financial Client Relationship Study. She ranked in the top 25 percent of participating advisors who scored 96 percent or higher based on overall client satisfaction.

Dr. Richard M. Markoff (PhD ’78) recently celebrated as several of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’ top graduate students made their mark in October 2013 at the Strive Together Cradle to Career Network Convening in Dallas, Texas. The students earned widespread praise for a presentation that was born in one of several organizational leadership and supervision courses taught by Markoff, a School of Engineering and Technology faculty member.


Dr. J. William Wulf (MED ’85) was elected to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians, Inc.

Stephen L. Clarke (A/S ’86) is now the vice president of Environmental Affairs and Real Estate for Emerson Electric Company in St. Louis, Mo.


Brett Bohl (A/S ’94) is the executive producer of the Celebrate America Tour and co-author of Getting to Thanksgiving, a novel about parents passing on values to their children that features Ottawa Hills, Ohio.

Belt_Jenifer_300dpi Jenifer A. Belt (Law ’95), was named a “2013 Most Powerful and Influential Woman in Ohio” by the National Diversity Council. She serves as co-administrator of the healthcare practice group at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.

Joshua D. Thomas (A/S ’04, MS ’06) has been appointed assistant professor of physics at Clarkson University in New York.

Marriages & unions
Ginny Marie Duncan (Bus ’07) and Cory J. Burkholder were married on October 26, 2013 at St. Charles Catholic Church in Lima, Ohio. DUNCANmarriage
Henschel-boland Stephanie Henschel (HSHS ’09) and Michael Bohland (Eng ’08) were engaged in October 2013. An August 2014 wedding is planned.

Angela Vandemark (Univ Coll ’08) and Craig Katafiasz announced their engagement in October 2013. They will exchange vows on December 31, 2013 in Grand Rapids, Ohio.

Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Helen Cortes, Toledo at 94, was a custodian at UT from 1981 until her retirement in 1993.

**James R. Findlay Sr. (Bus ’48), Sylvania, Ohio at 87. He was a respected business leader known for his philanthropy and love for UT. He was co-founder and former president of Impact Products Inc., and also established Canberra Corp., Fresh Products and Ad Sensations. Findlay co-founded the UT Center for Family and Privately Held Business. He and his wife, Celia (Ed ’49), supported the University over the years. Their generosity benefited the Athletic Department, Camp Adventure, National Youth Sports Program, Catherine S. Eberly Center for Women, College of Business and Innovation and the Judith Herb College of Business. In 2001, the Findlay Athletic Complex on Scott Park Campus was dedicated; the couple funded the home of UT’s baseball, softball and soccer programs. “This is a great University, and we always try to do our best to support it. Celia and I are thankful for everything the University has done for us,” Findlay said at the dedication. The couple contributed more than $1.4 million to the University, establishing eight endowments and impacting the lives of countless students. He was a past president of the UT Foundation Board, served as chair of the Business Advisory Board for the UT College of Business and was a past president and member of the Downtown Coaches Association. Findlay was also a contributor to the Glass Bowl Stadium Project and a former member of the UT Athletic Committee and the Rocket Fund Advisory Board. In 1993, he received the Pacemaker Award from the College of Business for outstanding achievement in business as well as contributions to the community and the University. Findlay also received the UT Alumni Association’s Blue T award in recognition of his dedication to his alma mater.

**Marion F. Fitch (Univ Coll ’76, MS ’87, Ed Spec ’80, MEd ’80, MS ’82), Toledo at 82, a former police chief and detective who taught criminal justice classes at UT.

Kimberly S. (Roehrs) Hansen (UTCTC ’88), Toledo at 52. She joined the hospital staff in 1982.

Caroline Heintz, Ottawa Hills at 93, was a former instructor of continuing education classes at UT.

Bernard R. Sanchez, Oregon, Ohio at 78, was a professor emeritus of music. The New Orleans native joined the UT faculty in 1963 and served as chair of the Department of Music from 1976 until his retirement in 1993. While he was head of the department, master’s degrees in music performance and music education were added to the program. The trumpet player was a member of the UT Brass Quintet for many years. Sanchez also was principal trumpet with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra for seven years and the Toledo Opera Orchestra. At the University, he served as conductor of the UT Brass Choir, the UT Wind Ensemble, UT Chamber Orchestra and the UT Orchestra. He also conducted the Jewish Community Center Orchestra and the Northwest Ohio Regional Orchestra. Sanchez also was a guest conductor with the Toledo Ballet, Toledo Symphony and Toledo Opera Orchestra.

Bonnie Jeanne (Haffelder) Billnitzer (att. ’57, UTCTC ’89, Nurs ’92) , Toledo at 78, was an office manager at MCO from 1973 to 1977.

Barry R. Burk, Toledo at 67, was a longtime HIV/AIDS advocate who volunteered at MCO/UTMC.

Richard G. Habib (A/S ’49), Toledo at 90, was a librarian and business services officer at UT from 1958 until his retirement in 1987.

**Robert A. Papenfuss (Bus ’50), Maumee, Ohio at 88, was a member of the Satellites Auxiliary who served as a patient advocate and later a greeter at the hospital.

Annmarie (Kwiatkowski) Heldt, Toledo at 66, was the former director of personnel at both UT and MCO. She also served as interim director of employee and labor relations at UT from 2003 to 2007.

John H. Malone, Delta, Ohio at 61, was a stationary engineer at MCO from 1983 to 1992.

Roy A. Miller, Gahanna, Ohio at 96, was a former UT instructor.

Dr. Richard L. Schafer, Toledo at 89, was a clinical associate professor of medicine at MCO from 1969 to 1985, when he was appointed to associate professor of medicine and director of the UT Student Medical Center. He retired in 1994 and was named clinical associate professor of medicine in 1999 and clinical professor in 2006.

Dr. R. Douglas “Doug” Wilkerson, Toledo at 69, joined the MCO faculty as an associate professor of pharmacology and therapeutics in 1979 and was promoted to professor in 1989. Two years later Wilkerson added another title: associate vice president for research. In 2006, the professor of now pharmacology and physiology took on a third title: associate dean of graduate programs in the College of Medicine. Wilkerson kept those three titles after MCO merged with UT in 2006. He was named professor emeritus when he retired in 2009.


**The Hon. John Potter (A/S ’40), Toledo at 94.

** Betty Margraf (Bus ’44), Tiffin, Ohio at 91.

**Carmen Buser (Bus ’40), Port Charlotte, Fla. at 99.

**Donald Schafer, att. 1942, Bradenton, Fla. at 94.


*John Hart (Ed ’50), Toledo at 85.

William Corrello (Bus ’54), Toledo at 82.

Jane Bauman Cherry (Ed ’58), Houston, Texas at 77.

Arnold Younkman (Bus ’81), Valrico, Fla. at 81.

*Mary Weber (Ed ’57, MEd ’81), Toledo at 78.

**Clarence Walker (Bus ’50), Toledo at 87.

Leroy St. Clair (Bus ’51), Toledo at 89.


**Herbert Metzger (MEd ’65, Ed Spec ’68), Sylvania, Ohio at 90.

Patricia McGee (Ed ’64), Toledo at 72.

*Allen Gutchess (Law ’60), Sylvania, Ohio at 85.


Diane Wlodarski (Ed ’76, MEd ’80, Ed ’80, A/S 90, Ed Spec ’05), Toledo at 57.

Nancy Mayle (UTCTC ’78, UTCTC ’89, A/S ’91), Toledo at 65.

Brian Lockrey (Univ Coll ’77), Lafayette, Ind. at 58.

Rosetta Young (MEd ’76), Toledo at 74.

Karen Krause (A/S ’76), Toledo at 73.


William Kreinbihl (Eng ’85), Graytown, Ohio at 62.

**Dr. James Chengelis (MEd ’82, MED ’87), Brookline, Mass., at 58.

Tina Warsop Beam (UTCTC ’89), Fostoria, Ohio at 49.

Cynthia Irmen (Ed ’88), Toledo at 70.

Versie Bohannon (A/S ’81), Toledo at 82.

Brian Auler (Bus ’84), Columbus, Ohio at 51.

*John Zajacz (UTCTC ’80, Eng ’83), Strongsville, Ohio at 81.


Peter Jaegly (A/S ’91), Toledo at 49.

Michael Severino (Bus ’97, MBA ’07), Toledo at 38.

J. Sly (HS ’98), South Haven, Mich. at 42.

Jean Scott (UTCTC ’98), Oregon, Ohio at 62.


Cynthia Hansen (HSHS ’04), Northwood, Ohio at 57.

Correction – Dr. David S. Rosenberger, Altoona, Pa., was referred to by an incorrect last name in the November 2013 eMagazine. He worked at the University for more than two decades. Rosenberger helped establish University Placement Services, which he directed from 1975 to 1977.

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