Class Notes/Obits

June 26th, 2014 Posted in Class notes/In memoriam

Please Submit Your Class Note to:


**Diana H. (Dee) Talmage (MEd ’65) is the new chair of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges Board of Directors, an organization made up of Ohio’s 23 community colleges. She is also a member of the Owens Community College Board of Directors.

GILDAN MEDIA HOT FLASH Ellen Goldberg (Ed ’69) recently published her book, “What the Hell Happened to Me? The Truth about Menopause and Beyond.” Her book is written with an irreverent, dry sense of humor and covers everything from wrinkles to spider veins, falling body parts to skin tags, flatulence to muffin tops, and everything in between.

**Joel Levitan (Pharm ’69) was installed as a trustee for the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) in April 2014. He has practiced community pharmacy in the city of Toledo for 42 years. For 20 years, he has served in leadership roles with the Toledo Academy of Pharmacy. He is a past recipient of OPA’s Bowl of Hygeia Award.


*Philip Miller (Pharm ’71, MPharm ’88) was selected as the recipient of the Walter Frazier Award by the Ohio Society of Health System Pharmacists at its recent 75th annual meeting. The Frazier Award is given to an Ohio health system pharmacist for a combination of practice excellence, community service, professional education endeavors, and continued service to the Ohio Society.

**Mark S. Mandula (Bus ’79, MBA ’80), managing partner of United Capital Funding Corp., was the sole speaker at an unprecedented pre-convention master marketing class before the 14th Annual RFIx Convention that was held in Warsaw, Poland in March 2014. Mandula was also a featured speaker at the European Business Union Economic Eurosummit that was held in Paris, France in March 2014. United Capital Funding Corp, is based in the United States and is headquartered in the Tampa Bay, Fla. area and also has regional offices in Nashville, Tenn., and Charlotte, N.C.

*Deborah Randall (Pharm ’77) was installed as a trustee for the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) in April 2014. She has practiced community pharmacy in the Cleveland, Ohio area for more than 30 years. She currently works as a staff pharmacist at Gibsonburg Pharmacy in Gibsonburg, Ohio. Randall has also been active in the Sandusky Valley Academy of Pharmacy as well as the UT College of Pharmacy Alumni Affiliate.


*David M. Mohr (Eng ’82) retired from the State of Ohio, Department of Natural Resources in April 2014 with 30 years of service. He was chief engineer for six years and worked on many projects in Ohio’s state parks and recreational facilities, including Maumee Bay State Park and Marina. He met his wife *Karen (Perry) (Ed ’82) as a freshman at UT and they have been together ever since. Their son, John, is a graduate student studying history at Auburn University in Alabama.

Mary Gaynier (A/S ’89) began experimenting with cut-paper art forms in 2001, and started showing her work in 2005. She has won many awards with this intricately-crafted paper art style. In addition to creating works in her studio, she teaches paper-cutting workshops at the Toledo Museum of Art and The University of Toledo. Her intricate works start by folding a high-quality rag paper infused with strands of cotton, into eighths or quarters then uses an Xacto blade to cut the paper. The meaning of her creations can only be guessed by the viewer upon close inspection. Her go-to themes include aliens, monsters, mischievous dogs, menacing plants, and accidents waiting to happen. Gaynier

Scott Procop (UTCTC ’89) opened CODA Brewing Co. in April 2014 in Aurora, Colo. Procop owns Cedar Creek Pub, located next to the brewery. CODA brews craft beers using a 10 barrel system.


Renata Brown (A/S ’93) wrote her first book, “Gardening Lab for Kids: 52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy Your Garden.” The book aims to teach kids about gardening and the natural world, and it also contains a year’s worth of indoor and outdoor garden-related activities and crafts. She is currently the vice president of education at the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

*James Adams (Law ’90) has been a shift quality manager at Chrysler Trenton Engine Complex in Mich. since August 2013. His son, Ryan, age 23, is studying public health at The University of Toledo in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. Ryan graduated from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. in April 2013.

Knowles Scott Knowles (Law ’02) has been promoted to chief executive officer of Sims Brothers Recycling. He served as vice president of regulatory affairs and compliance, general counsel prior to the promotion. The firm buys, accepts, transports, processes, brokers and sells recyclable products including scrap iron and steel, nonferrous metals, cardboard, newspaper, high-grade paper, plastics, electronic scrap and glass. Sims Brothers Recycling is headquartered in Marion, Ohio with three additional Ohio locations.

Shaleeta A. Smith (NSM ’11, MPH ’13) was introduced as the new city health commissioner of Steubenville, Ohio in April, 2014.

*Kelsey Croak (HS ’13) is a graduate assistant athletic trainer at the Virginia Military Institute, located in Lexington, Va. She has earned the David H. Perrin Athletic Training & Sports Medicine Award from the University of Virginia. The award is given annually to a graduate student in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia working towards a master’s degree in kinesiology. Croak

*Margaret Reynolds (Bus ’10, MBA ’10, Law ’10) was recently hired by Reno & Zahm LLP, located in Rockford, Ill. Her practice focuses on business law, and civil and commercial litigation.

Dr. Kellie Buschor (Pharm ’10, PharmD ’12) was chosen to participate in the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation’s 2014 Critical Care Traineeship. The traineeship is a 5-month, ACPE-accredited, educational experience during which pharmacists will be trained to develop and maintain specialized services for the management of critically ill patients.

Dr. Evan Hill (MA ’09, PhD ’11) accepted a tenure-track faculty position as an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, located in Kearney, Neb.

*Heather Haught (MA ’13) is a current psychology doctoral student and has been awarded a summer internship in Washington, D.C. She will be working with the Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA) where she will be working as a data analyst. The IDA is a think tank that is contracted by the Federal government to analyze real-world national security issues.

Faculty, staff & friends

Jill Brown (current UT doctoral student in psychology) was accepted into a highly selective summer program organized by the European Association of Social Psychology this August in Lisbon, Portugal. She was also awarded a travel scholarship from the Society of Personality and Social Psychology to attend this program.

Dr. Jason Rose and Dr. Andrew Geers (current UT faculty) recently examined how the perception of vasovagal symptom (dizziness, nausea and fainting) alters blood donation. The research, to be published in the journal Transfusion, revealed that non-donors vastly overestimated how typical it is for people to experience vasovagal symptoms during blood donation.

Shane Close (current UT doctoral student in psychology) has been awarded a summer internship in Washington, D.C. He will be working as an intern with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) as a data analyst. The GAO supports Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities to legislate, appropriate, and oversee the Federal government for the benefit of the American people, and is commonly referred to as the congressional watchdog.

Dr. Andrew Geers (current UT faculty) was featured in articles in the Huffington Post and Psychology Today. The articles describe research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology about whether high levels of optimism helped married couples sustain their relationship, or, if high levels of optimism can leave married couples vulnerable to relationship problems.

Gabriela Hurtado (current UT doctoral student in psychology) was selected to be part of the student subcommittee of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS)’s Board of Directors. This subcommittee has primarily focused on presenting student initiatives related to the annual conference and student group to the board each year.

Ateka Contractor (current UT doctoral student in psychology) had four first-authored research papers accepted for publication recently. Contractor’s papers will appear in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Psychiatry Research, Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, and Psychiatry Findings.

Ashley Hall and Monica Rohrabaugh (current UT students in psychology) were competitively selected to attend the Summer School on Crime, Law, and Psychology, held from July 5-12, 2014 in Prague.

Monica Rohrabaugh (current UT student in psychology) was awarded a research grant from the American Psychology and Law Society (AP-LS). This grant will fund research examining children’s memory for dyadic conversations. For an applied perspective, this research aims to inform the legal system of a child witnesses’ ability to provide accurate conversational testimony during forensic interviewing and following trials.

Births and Marriages
McCabe Jenna McCabe (HSHS ’11) and Adam Aebischer announced their engagement in March 2014. They are planning to marry on August 16, 2014 at St. James Meeting House in Boardman Park, located in Boardman, Ohio. McCabe currently works as a speech language pathologist for Campus Health Care Center in Youngstown, Ohio.
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

*Joyce Kissoff, Toledo at 77.

William “Red” Mitchell, Toledo at 84. Mitchell coached the UT hockey club during the 1966-67 season.

John A. Toepfer, Waterville, Ohio at 80. John was the owner of Four Wheel Drive Diversified Inc. in Maumee, Ohio. He was also a member of the UT Center for Family Business and Privately Held Business and had served on its board.

Beverly Ann Blake, Toledo at 80. She worked in the UT Finance Office from 1990 to 1995.

Elvine M. Britter, Holland, Ohio at 94. She was supervisor of food services at MCO from 1962 until her retirement in 1992.

Delores A. “Dee” Damschroder, Oregon, Ohio at 78. She was a nurse at MCO in 1980 and 1981.

Mary C. (Sue) Nissen, Oregon, Ohio at 72. She worked in MUO/UT Health Information Management from 2005 to 2009.

Dr. Robert T. Sandin, Minneapolis, Minn. at 86. He joined UT as a professor of higher education in 1968. He was named director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education in 1969. He also served as assistant vice president for academic affairs in 1969 and was named director of planning in 1971.

Alphonsus L. “Red” Barron, Millbury, Ohio at 93. Barron was a UT continuing education instructor from 2001 to 2003.

William A. “Bill” Cameron, Toledo at 86. He was a UT faculty member from 1997 to 2002.

Anna Josephine (Polesovsky) Stevens, Monclova, Ohio at 91. She was a secretary in the department of anesthesiology at MCO from 1970 to 1980.


Dr. William Schmeltz (Bus ’45), Bowling Green, Ohio at 89.

**Walter Baldwin (UTCTC ’48, Bus ’51), at 94.

Selma Cohen (A/S ’42), Sylvania, Ohio at 93.


Franklin Montry (Bus ’51), Livonia, Mich. at 98.

Charles Reif (Bus ’51), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. at 82.

Bernard Nebel (Pharm ’57), Highland Heights, Ohio at 79.

Richard Slopey (Bus ’56), Prescott, Ariz. at 87.


David Zaski (Bus ’62), Pemberville, Ohio at 81.

Thomas Gregory (Bus ’64), The Villages, Fla. at 73.

Steven McLaughlin (A/S ’64), Perrysburg, Ohio at 72.


Jenatha Boose (Ed ’72, MEd ’76), Leonard, Mich. at 62.

Dr. Emilio Bisaccia (MED ’79), Basking Ridge, N.J. at 59.

Dr. Zaiful Girgis (RES ’75), Potomac, Md. at 85.

Michael Martin (Univ Coll ’78), Elk Grove, Calif. at 69.

Ronald Wolf (UTCTC ’72), Toledo at 69.

Stephen Bowman (Bus ’73), Cleveland, Ohio.

Paul Sontchi (UTCTC ’72), Edgerton, Ohio at 74.

David Livermore (Bus ’70), Honeoye Falls, N.Y. at 65.

**Judith Fitch (Univ Coll ’77, MS ’80), Toledo at 74.

Sister Mary Longeway (MS ’75), Toledo.

*Dr. Sabry Gohara (RES ’75, Teaching Scholar’s Fellowship Program ’02), Ottawa Hills, Ohio at 72.


Pauline Nagy (NRS ’87), Indian Harbour Beach, Fla. at 68.

Therese Shaver (NRS ’89), Pickerington, Ohio at 44.

*Howard Abernathy (Bus ’88), Pickerington, Ohio at 68.

Elna Hatcher (A/S ’81, A/S ’88), Toledo at 92.

Dr. Cheryl Kish (Ed ’80, MEd ’91, PhD ’93), Hilliard, Ohio at 64.

Earl Rowland (MBA ’81), Swanton, Ohio at 60.

Judith Zapadka (A/S ’83, MEd ’84), Oregon, Ohio at 68.


John Rathke (MA ’96), Montpelier, Ohio at 73.

Scott Smith (A/S ’97), Oregon, Ohio at 43.

Angela Bennett (UTCTC ’91), Adrian, Mich. at 42.

Michelle Bruns (A/S ’98), Maria Stein, Ohio at 36.

*Annual Alumni Association Member
**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

Comments are closed.