Class Notes/Obits

July 25th, 2014 Posted in Class notes/In memoriam

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Mark Welker (Eng ’63) retired from IBM in 2006 after nearly 43 years of employment as an engineer, project manager, product planner and market intelligence professional. Mark and his wife Suzanne congratulated their grandson, Colten Zane Gruchow, on graduating with honors from Platt Canyon High School, located in Bailey, Colo. Colten completed over 20 hours of classwork at The Colorado School of Mines during his senior year of high school. These hours give him a jump-start on his computer science degree when he starts there this fall. Welker

Steve Rhodes (Bus ’85, MBA ’91) was named the CEO at CHELCO Electric Cooperative in 2013, CHELCO is located in DeFuniak Springs, Fla. He was previously the CEO of Kosciusko Electric Cooperative in Warsaw, Ind. from 2003 to 2013. Steve was elected chair of the Touchstone Energy Cooperative’s board of directors in March 2014 and he has served on the board since 2010. Touchstone Energy is a national brand associated with nearly 800 electric cooperatives located across the U.S.

DEA with his Smithsonian Exhibit_updated **Dr. Darrick Antell (MED ’81) has his groundbreaking research on identical twins on display in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. His research is part of the Human Genome Exhibit, a display commemorating the 10th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project. Starting in September 2014, the Human Genome Exhibit will tour other natural history museums around the country and the world.

*Amy Siffer (Bus ’92, Honors ’92) is now the business development manager at ENS Group, Indiana’s leading technology firm, located in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Dr. Guy S. Cavaliere (Res ’96) joined AllCare Clinical Associates, PA as an anesthesiologist. AllCare Clinical Associates is one of the largest private physician-owned anesthesia practices serving North Carolina and provides anesthesia and pain services for over 70,000 procedures annually.

Jennifer Greico (A/S ’93, Law ’97) presented at the Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s Deposition Workshop at The Inn at St. John’s in May 2014. The two-day educational conference taught winning cross-examination strategies, the dos and don’ts of witness preparation, deposition techniques and question selection. Greico is a partner at Neuman Anderson, P.C., a Birmingham, Mich. based business law firm specializing in complex commercial litigation. Greico

*Jonathan D. Mondelli (A/S ’06) was promoted to executive director of the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. weekday newscasts at WTVG 13abc, located in Toledo. Mondelli will also oversee all of the directors for these newscasts.

**Chief Warrant Officer 2 Justin Shedron (A/S ’07) has obtained 500 hours of flight time in the UH-60 “Blackhawk” helicopter and is currently undergoing maintenance test pilot training at U.S. Army post Fort Rucker, located in Fort Rucker, Ala.

Ladd Mallory Ladd (A/S ’11, Honors ’11) received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in May 2014 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Ladd is a first-year graduate student in the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Education’s energy science and engineering doctoral program. Her dissertation research focuses on how nitrogen affects biogeochemical processes associated with greenhouse gas emissions from warming permafrost soils in the Artic.
Derek Mull (A/S ’11, Honors ’11) received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in May 2014 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Mull is a first-year graduate student in chemistry. Mull

*Ross Madison (SJHS ’13) signed a free-agent contract with the Washington Redskins, an NFL team located in the Washington, D.C. area.

Births and Marriages
xavier 8 Joe Bates (CALL ’10) celebrated the birth of his son, Xavier Bates, in May 2014. Joe was featured in the February 2014 eMagazine and he currently works at Youth Uprising in Oakland, Calif
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Dr. Robert W. Hamilton, Kernersville, N.C. at 76. He was a faculty member at MCO for a decade. From 1989 to 1995 he was the chief of the division of nephrology and a professor of medicine. For two years, he served as director of curricular review. Hamilton retired in 1999 and one year later was named professor emeritus.

Francis “Frank” J. Kollarits Jr., Whitehouse, Ohio at 75. He joined the UT faculty as an associate professor of electrical engineering in 1981 and continued as an adjunct professor of radiology at MCO. In 1996, he started the bioengineering division in the College of Engineering.

Shelley S. Lehnert, Whitehouse, Ohio at 56. She was a clerical specialist in rehabilitation service administration at UT Medical Center from 2006 to 2009. Shelley is survived by Chuck Lehnert, UT vice president for corporate relations.

Benjamin F. Marsh, Maumee, Ohio at 87. Marsh was a former chair and member of the MCO board of trustees. He served from 1981 to 1990.

Annabelle B. Orendorff, Perrysburg, Ohio at 82. She was a maintenance clerk and typist in plant operations from 1977 until her retirement in 1992.

Betty Mae Runkle, Perrysburg, Ohio at 90. She began working as a billing clerk in the Maumee Valley Hospital, which later became MCO. She was an accounting clerical supervisor when she retired in 1984.

Jacob “Jake” A. Campbell, Toledo at 54. He was a custodian from 1997 to 2006.

Delories A. Galloway, Toledo at 85. She was a custodial worker at UT from 1975 until her retirement in 1989.

Dr. Ruth A. Myers, Toledo at 80. She taught at the University for three decades. She joined the UT faculty as an instructor in psychology in 1963 and was named assistant professor of psychology in 1965. She was later named adjunct associate professor.

Dr. George A. Nankervis, Akron, Ohio at 84. He was a professor and chair of the MCO Department of Pediatrics from 1979 to 1985. He received the Golden Apple Award for teaching in 1982.

Adamae Schooner, Holland, Ohio at 84. She was a dietary food service worker at MCO from 1982 to 1991.

Beverly “Bev” Vasko (A/S ’88, MA ’02), Toledo at 61. She was a counselor in student services from 1993 to 1998.

Dr. William “Bill” Wiersma, Holland, Ohio at 83. He joined the UT faculty as an assistant professor of educational research and measurement in the College of Education in 1963. Two years later, he was promoted to associate professor and founded the Center for Educational Research and Services and served as its director for 22 years. Wiersma was named professor in 1967. He wrote or co-wrote seven textbooks and was recognized for his work in the classroom in 1979 when he received the University’s Outstanding Teacher Award. He retired from UT in 1987, was named professor emeritus and continued to teach part-time for 14 years.


Robert Meffley (UTCTC ’21, A/S ’23, MA ’24), Maumee, Ohio at 82.


Dorothy Gladieux (Ed ’31), at 85.


Francis O’Connor (Law ’49), Sarasota, Fla. at 88.

*William Searless (Bus ’46), Sylvania, Ohio at 88.


Kristin Skornia (Ed ’58), Boyne City, Mich. at 78.

Charles Young (Eng ’57), Sidney, Ohio at 80.

*Donald Rutz (Bus ’50), Erie, Pa. at 88.

*James Walton (Eng ’50), Ocala, Fla. at 88.

LeMarr French (Pharm ’58), Willoughby, Ohio at 83.

Col. Dale Anderson (Law ’50), Toledo at 91.


Norma Buchholz (Ed ’69), Murphy, N.C. at 79.

**Robert McIlvain (Ed ’60), at 77.

John Clark (Bus ’69), Defiance, Ohio at 70.

Gary Hable (Bus ’65), Weaverville, N.C. at 70.


Allan Devine (Ed Spec ’79, MEd ’77), Sylvania, Ohio at 67.

Michael Hoefflin (A/S ’57), Toledo at 57.

Johnnie Zachman (MEd ’79), Traverse City, Mich. at 99.

Robert Stochl (MEng ’70), Middleburg Heights, Ohio at 80.

Doris Perry (MEd ’81), Toledo at 81.

Dr. James Owens (PhD ’72), Springfield, Ohio at 83.

The Hon. Warren Lotz (Law ’72), Henderson, N.C. at 87.

*Paul Hankins (att. ’73), Toledo at 84.

John Balch (MBA ’76), Bexley, Ohio at 62.


Charles Brisbin (UTCTC ’83), Toledo at 77.

Lori Jansen (UTCTC ’87, Univ Coll ’89), Brunswick, Ohio at 47.

Douglas Chryst (Eng ’87), Kings Mountain, N.C. at 57.

M. Jean Conkle (Univ Coll ’83), Toledo at 92.


Reverend Mack Armstrong (MA ’90), Napoleon, Ohio at 69.

Dr. Edward Pike (MBA ’90), Valencia, Calif. at 73.


Dr. Jill Olthouse (PhD ’10), Findlay, Ohio at 36.

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**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

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