Class Notes/Obits

April 24th, 2014 Posted in Class notes/In memoriam

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Gordon C. Cox (UTCTC ’67) retired as bridge & road designer and professional surveyor for the Wood County engineer’s office following 42 years of service. During his career he was also a Navy Seabee, realtor, appraiser and instructor at Bowling Green State University. He now works full-time with his wife, son and six grandchildren on their farm in Haskins, Ohio.

*Paul Sullivan (A/S ’60) has been a professional artist for 57 years. In September 2013, one of Paul’s paintings was chosen to be in the Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial Exhibition which is being held now in Shenzhen, China. Of the 2,825 entries, 260 were accepted and only 53 were from the United States.

Joe Cotruvo (A/S ’63) has been an expert advisor to the World Health Organization for about 30 years and continues to serve on several committees that develop the international drinking water guidelines that almost every country adopts.

**Birdel Jackson (Eng ’68) was reappointed to the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District Governing Board.

Medford “Med” Barr II (Ed ’66) and his wife Linda (Doane) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on February 8, 2014. They reside in Fla.


**Patti Pennypacker (UTCTC ’75) published a children’s book called “Jingles for Jesus, Volume 1.” It is a book of short rhymes about familiar topics, designed to enable young minds to listen and learn about Jesus. She plans to publish four volumes.

Ted Ligibel (Univ Coll ’72) has been reappointed to the State Of Michigan Historic Preservation Review Board. Ted is currently a professor at Eastern Michigan University.

Hon. Thomas Breslin (Law ’73) was appointed as Administrative Judge of the Third Judicial District for the New York State Unified Court System.

Donalek Peter Donalek (MS ’73) has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is being recognized for contributions to grid-connected pumped storage hydro systems.

*Paul D. Longenecker (A/S ’82, MBA ’89) has accepted a graduate faculty position at Otterbein University in a brand new program, masters of science in allied health. He is coordinating the allied health administration track. Paul was previously a faculty member at Lourdes University.

David Noggle (Univ Coll ’88) participated in the 2013 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Half Marathon on Sunday, October 20, 2013 with Dan Maloney (Bus ’88, MBA ’93, Law ’97) They finished at the two-hour mark and are planning to run a full marathon together in 2014.

*Sharon Speyer (Law ’85), the president of Huntington Bank’s Northwest Ohio region, has been named recipient of the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Athena Award. The award is given each year to an area woman who shows excellence, creativity, and initiative in her business or profession, provides service to improve the quality of life for others in her community, and assists women in reaching their full leadership potential. speyer_photo_2013
Matthew Mitten Matthew Mitten (Law ’84) was on a team of nine arbitrators – all lawyers, judges or law professors from around the world who specialize in sports law and arbitration – that settled any dispute related to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

Joe Guerrero (Ed ’81) gained his 300th career high school basketball coaching victory in February 2014 when E.L. Bowsher High School defeated Morrison R. Waite High School. Joe has been a coach for 27 seasons at Waite, Clay and Bowsher high schools.

Deborah Forkas (A/S ’81) has been hired as the new executive director for the Department of Job and Family Services by the Stark County, Va. commissioners. She took over the position on March 10, 2014.


Jennifer Greico (A/S ’93, Law ’97) has been named a top rated lawyer by DBusiness Magazine for the third consecutive year.

Rudy Ruiz (Ed ’93) was hired by Bedford Township as its new fire chief. He was previously a member of the Sandusky Fire Department for 23 years. RUIZ

Anthony Pattin (Pharm ’07, PharmD ’09) was accepted into the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation Faculty Scholars Program. The organization is based in Washington, D.C. and works to educate assistant professors from U.S. schools and colleges of pharmacy about designing, implementing, and publishing community pharmacy-based patient care research. Anthony is a clinical assistant professor at Wayne State University’s Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy.

Bradley S. Slomsky (Univ Coll ’09) is now senior property manager at Lifestyle Communities in Columbus, Ohio.

JohnDMachewichPartner John D. Mackewich (Law ’05) was announced as a new partner at the Royal Oak, Mich. based Tomkiw Machewich, PLC. John specializes in general corporate and business law, private and public securities offerings, venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions, and international law.

Andrea Mason (A/S ’06) is now a bartender at King Street Grille in Kiawah Island, S.C.


Matt Schultz (HSHS ’10) is the new therapy program manager at Auglaize Acres Nursing Home. His goal is to shape the image of Auglaize Acres more toward a temporary rehabilitation center.

Janssen W. Lemley (CALL ’11) is the new senior district executive for the Chinquapin District of the Black Swamp Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. This district serves Henry, Defiance, Fulton and Williams Counties in Ohio.

Births, Marriages and Engagements

Ashleigh Spies (MEd ’11) and Elliot Tippmann were united in marriage on August 2, 2013 at Maumee Bay State Park. The couple resides in Ind.

Anthony Tartaglia (A/S ’05, MBA ’09) and Amanda Whittaker (NRS ’09) married on July 6, 2013 at the Toledo County Club. Anthony is director of business development for an international publication and Amanda is a nurse. The couple lives in Fort Myers, Fla.

Nick Oblizajek (Eng ’12, Honors ’12) and Carolynn Smith were married on July 27, 2013 at St. Joseph Church in Sylvania, Ohio.

Amy Bondy (Ed ’07) and Jeremy Baker were joined in marriage on January 3, 2014 at Norman Towers Chapel. The couple lives in Monroe, Mich.

*Kandice Jo Mickunas (Eng ’13, Honors ’13) and John Kelsey Gray (current UT student) announced their engagement. Their wedding is planned for May 16, 2015 at St. Mary’s, Massillon, Ohio. MICKUNAS
ColeZiesmer Ryan Ziesmer (Univ Coll ’00) and Alicia Cole were joined in marriage on September 14, 2013 at St. John Lutheran Church in Dundee, Mich.

Tiffany Lenee Parron (Ed ’06) and Jared Ray Holland announced their engagement and are planning a July 12, 2014 wedding.

Adrienne Dennis (Ed ’10) and Bradley Nyholm announced their engagement and will be married on June 20, 2014 at The Quarry Golf Club in East Canton, Ohio.

Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Pixi Lee Carone, Maumee, Ohio at 84. Carone served as an EKG technician in the cardiac station at MCO from 1981 to 1992. She retired from MCO in 1995.

Patricia A. (McNamara) Beazley, Toledo at 83, was as a local artist whose portraits of faculty and administrators hung at the University.

Carolyn L. Garrison Miller, Hamtramck, Mich. at 81. The professor emeritus of health and human services joined the University in 1977 as an instructor of public service technologies. She retired in 1993.

**William H. Patterson, Jr. (Bus ’43), Canton, Mich. at 92. The retired executive worked at the former Sheller-Globe Corp. for four decades. He was an avid Rocket fan and was involved with his alma mater by serving as president and vice president of the UT Alumni Foundation’s Board of Trustees during the 1970’s. He also chaired the Foundation’s investment committee. In 1983, Patterson received the Pacemaker Award from the College of Business for outstanding achievement in business as well as contributions to the community and the University. In 1990, he received the Blue T Award, which recognizes contributions to the UT Alumni Association and the University through committee and community involvement.

Edward J. Shultz, Toledo at 69. The retired chair and CEO of the former Dana Commercial Credit Corp. served on the College of Business Advisory Board and college committees.

Bernice “Bea” Waite, Toledo at 94, volunteered as a member of the Satellites Auxiliary.


Emma Murphy (A/S ’41), Ann Arbor, Mich. at 94.

**Frederick Miller (Eng ’49), Toledo at 89.

Thelma Turvey (A/S ’40), Temperance, Mich. at 96.


Howard Shoup (Law ’54), Rittman, Ohio at 87.

Charles Bauer (Pharm ’50), Chagrin Falls, Ohio at 86.

**Raymond Krall (Pharm ’53), Toledo at 94.

Franklin Montry (Ed ’51), Dearborn, Mich. at 99.


Francis Bauer (Bus ’60), Kettering, Ohio at 90.

Ruth Ewing (Master’s ’60), Paw Paw, Mich. at 79.

Cloyd Bair (Bus ’61), Temperance, Mich. at 76.

James Staczek (UTCTC ’60), Rossford, Ohio at 77.

Robert Trost (Bachelor’s ’65), Toledo at 71.

Debra Waldron (UTCTC ’74, Univ Coll ’96), Northwood, Ohio at 62.

**Joseph Patay (Eng ’63), Hudson, Ohio at 83.


Arnold Meissner (Eng ’72), Plymouth, Mich. at 71.

Kent Becker (UTCTC ’75), Pioneer, Ohio at 60.

M. Spice (Ed ’73), Temperance, Mich. at 82.

Patricia Fravel (MEd ’75, MEd ’88), Toledo at 69.

**Gregory Norenberg (Eng ’73), Medina, Ohio at 63.

Renee Kolby-Sharp (UTCTC ’78), Temperance, Mich. at 58.

**Dr. Patrick Welch (MED ’75), West Palm Beach, Fla. at 67.


Karen Krause (UTCTC ’84), Toledo at 45.

Elsie Perch (MEd ’82), Rossford, Ohio at 94.

Annabelle Shilling (UTCTC ’84), Findlay, Ohio at 76.

Joseph Thompson (Ed Spec ’86), Cape Coral, Fla. at 81.

John Meyer (MEd ’82), Saint Augustine, Fla. at 91.

Margaret Cowles (MEd ’81), Ann Arbor, Mich. at 88.

*Richard Hostettler (Univ Coll ’86), Custar, Ohio at 65.


Jeffrey Shook (A/S ’10), Toledo at 44.

*Annual Alumni Association Member
**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

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