Class Notes/Obits

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

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Roy Silver (A/S ’72, PhD ’82) is a longtime professor of sociology at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. He was honored as a recipient of the Helen Lewis Community Service Award from the Appalachian Studies Association in September. Recipients of the award are those whose work has influenced the field of Appalachian studies as well as someone who is influential in community participation, challenges traditional perceptions of the region and its people and contributes to the region by “living social justice.”


James D. Thomas (Law ’87) joined the law firm Voyrs, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP as a partner. Thomas has more than 25 years of legal experience, including as a former United States magistrate judge in the Northern District of Ohio and, most recently, as the leader of the Global Litigation Group for Squire Sanders, which included more than 250 legal professionals around the world. Voyrs, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP is located in Columbus, Ohio.

Honorable Mark S. Braunlich (Law ’81) was appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to the Monroe County Circuit Court bench to fill a vacancy. The Circuit Courts in Michigan have jurisdiction over felony offenses, civil disputes in excess of $25,000 as well as domestic relations. Braunlich has served Monroe as a district court judge for the past 12 years after almost 21 years of private practice in that city.

**Dr. Richard Paat (MED ’86) was recognized at the 25th anniversary of the Diamante Awards. The awards recognize individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievement and service to the Latino and greater Toledo community. The event is a collaboration between Bowling Green State University, Herzing University, Lourdes University, Owens Community College and The University of Toledo. Paat has provided free health care to the Latino communities of northwest Ohio, Guatemala and Honduras for more than 15 years. He received the award in September.

Dr. Kelli Jo Arndt (Ed ’87, PhD ’06) is the director of a new program at Winebrenner Seminary, located in Findlay, Ohio, that offers classes for the new Master of Arts in clinical counseling degree beginning in January 2015. Arndt previously taught students in the masters of school counseling and community mental health program for the past seven years at the University of Dayton


Dr. Andre A. Konski (Bus ’95, MA ’98), medical director of the department of radiation oncology at Chester County Hospital in West Chester, Pa. and professor of clinical radiation oncology in the department of radiation oncology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, was named among the 30 fellows of the American Society for Radiation Oncology in September 2014.

Tammie Hursh (Law ’91) was appointed by Ohio Governor John Kasich to replace the retiring judge in Lima Municipal Court. Hursh is the former Lima chief prosecutor and assistant law director.

*Jeffrey Dempsey (Bus ’93) has been named president and chief operating office at Mercy St. Charles Hospital in Oregon, Ohio. He has been with Mercy for 17 years, most recently as vice president of operations for St. Charles Hospital.

Marie-Joelle C. Khouzam (Law ’91) was welcomed as a partner to the law firm of Bricker & Eckler, LLP, located in Columbus, Ohio. Khouzam has significant experience in labor and employment and municipal law. She will serve clients in the firm’s employment and labor group.

Sandra Pinter (Bus ’94) was appointed as the new vice president of finance and accounting at CF Rail Services, located in Schaumburg, Ill. Pinter previously worked at Moxie Jean (Good Karma Clothing, Inc.) as co-founder and chief operating officer. CF Rail Services is a leading railcar repair and maintenance provider, offering quality running repair and program work for railroads, private car owners and shippers in North America.


Evan Hill (MA ’09, PhD ’11) is part of a group in the UT Psychology Department, studying infrasound hearing in birds. Hill found that not only do chickens hear infrasound, but they are even more sensitive to it than homing pigeons. Work is currently in progress to determine how widespread is the ability to hear infrasound among birds and how they use it. His article, “Conditioned suppression/avoidance as a method for testing hearing in birds: the domestic pigeon,” was published in 2013.

Rebecca E. Shope (Law ’08) has been appointed by the Honorable James G. Carr to serve on the Advisory Group for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Shope is an associate in the Toledo office of the law firm Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.

Mark Nagel (Ed ’09) is the new intervention specialist at Swanton Middle School, located in Swanton, Ohio. Nagel is native to Delta, Ohio and has three children.

**Lisa Williams (HHS ’01) accepted the position of vice president of learning and engagement at Cuyahoga County Community College. She previously served as the vice president of individual advancement and has served as the vice president for academic affairs at Terra State Community College in Fremont, Ohio since January 2009.

Dr. Bryon Borgelt (MA ’04, PhD ’09) is the new principal of St. Rose School, located in Perrysburg, Ohio. St. Rose School is a kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school with 296 students. Borgelt is a Perrysburg native and he has spent the past 15 years teaching, serving as an assistant principal and then working as principal of St. John Jesuit Academy in Toledo.

Ceci *Cecelia Rivera (HHS ’03) was named as the Greek life coordinator in the office of campus life at The University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Rivera previously worked at The University of Toledo before accepting the new position in Princess Anne, Md.

Anne Robinson (MA ’02) has taken over as executive director at Savannah-Chatham County Court-Appointed Special Advocates, a volunteer-run nonprofit that serves as advocates for abused and neglected children in Chatham County, Ga. Juvenile Court.


Matt Bollinger (Eng ’11) is the new assistant coach to the Toledo Walleye coaching staff for the 2014-15 season. Bollinger was the coach for The University of Toledo club hockey team the past three seasons and was named Coach of the Year last season.

*Scott Weis (NSM ’13) was announced as one of the 2014 Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellows. He will receive a $30,000 stipend while completing an intensive masters-level teacher education program at a participating Ohio university that will prepare him to teach math and/or science in high-need Ohio schools.

Ben Batey (MPH ’10) was selected as the Wood County Health District health commissioner. Batey has most recently served as chief executive for the Wood County Community Health and Wellness Center. He has also held other health district positions including epidemiologist and director of nursing. Wood County is located in northwest Ohio.

Erik Lange (MEng ’10) joined the law office of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, LLP in the intellectual property department. Lange will work out of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills, Mich. office. The firm is headquartered in Detroit, Mich. and has attorneys practicing in more than 50 different areas of concentration. Lange, Erik_9-2-14 - pr

Fadi Sarsour (HS ’13) was announced as one of the 2014 Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellows. He will receive a $30,000 stipend while completing an intensive masters-level teacher education program at a participating Ohio university that will prepare him to teach math and/or science in high-need Ohio schools.

*Dr. Cory Stine (PhD ’12) has been promoted to vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the Terra State Community College Foundation. Terra State Community College is located in Fremont, Ohio. Stine was previously the assistant director of enrollment services at Terra from 2000 to 2008. He then became director of admissions and dean of student development at Owens Community College before a year as interim director of adult, transfer, and military admission at The University of Toledo. In additional to Terra’s foundation and institutional advancement, he will continue to oversee enrollment work.

*Alyssa Hoop (NSM ’12, MS ’14) was announced as one of the 2014 Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellows. She will receive a $30,000 stipend while completing an intensive masters-level teacher education program at a participating Ohio university that will prepare her to teach math and/or science in high-need Ohio schools.

Stephanie Angel-in-lab *Stephanie M. Angel (NSM ’14) recently took top honors in the Sigma Xi Research Symposium in August 2014 for her research on an invasive type of brain tumor called glioblastoma. The research she performed on stage-four brain tumors won first place in the cellular and molecular biology division and first place among undergraduate competitors.
Faculty, staff & friends

Ashley K. Hall (current UT doctoral student in psychology) recently accepted a tenure-track faculty position at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville. She will be afforded the opportunity to continue her research in forensic developmental psychology while teaching undergraduate courses.

Dr. Henry Heffner and Dr. Rickye Heffner (current UT faculty) were invited to contribute chapters to the 50th volume of “The Springer Handbook of Auditory Research.” The handbook is celebrating the 22-year history of the series and Springer asked senior scientists in auditory research to provide essays for Volume 50 that focus on their contributions to auditory neuroscience in the past, on their views of the current state of the field and their thoughts for the future of their field, including outstanding questions that are still unanswered.

Births and Marriages

Mehdi Ismail (Bus ’06) and Faten Moussa celebrated their first anniversary in September. Their day-long wedding celebration in 2013 was held in Lebbaya, Lebanon. They welcomed their first born son, Sharif, on September 5, 2014.

*Andrew Vollmar (MED ’14) and Christine Carr were married on May 24 at Saint Peter Catholic Church in Canton, Ohio. Their reception was held at Congress Lake Country Club in Hartville, Ohio. They reside in Columbus, Ohio where Andrew is a resident in family medicine at Riverside Methodist Hospital.

**Connie Lee Brumbaugh (Ed ’76) and Martin Brumbaugh celebrated their 60th anniversary on August 15. They have resided in Hillsdale, Mich. for 25 years and spend their winters in Chandler, Ariz.

Perry Pirooz (A/S ’53, MS ’62) and Jean Pirooz celebrated their 60th anniversary on July 14 with a trip to Hawaii.

*Nan (Hershey) Smith (Ed ’88) and Sylvester “Sonny” Smith (Ed ’56) celebrated their 60th anniversary on August 21. They enjoyed a family dinner for the special occasion. SmithAnniversary
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Dr. Nadim Bitar, Bingham Farm, Mich. at 90. Bitar joined the UT faculty in the department of sociology and anthropology as an associate professor in 1969. The native of Lebanon had a reputation for his scholarly work focusing on revolutionary ideology and advocating the possibility for the unification of Arab countries. He was the author of several books, including “The Revolutionary Nature of Political Catastrophes” and “The Revolutionary Ideology.” In 1977, he received one of the University’s Outstanding Teacher Awards.

**Dr. Peggy Hull Smith (A/S ’76, MA ’80, PhD ’83), Toledo at 77. She worked as a research assistant in the psychology department from 1976 to 1979. She was named an instructor in 1979, served as a visiting assistant professor in 1983, and was promoted to assistant professor in 1984 and associate professor in 1992. Hull Smith’s research focused on infant memory and learning. In 1993, she was named a Master Teacher in the College of Arts and Sciences. She served as a faculty advisor for Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology and was a member of the American Psychological Society, International Society on Infant Studies and Jean Piaget Society.

Richard “Dick” Matthews, Medina, Ohio at 88. He was a former UT employee.

Christopher J. Pio, Toledo at 28. Pio was a former UT employee.

Jody Matzinger, Toledo at 66. She was hired as a secretary and worked in the medical director’s office at MCO in 1987. In 1990, she became a technical typist in the heart station, where, one year later, she became a records technician 2. Matzinger then worked as a registration specialist until her retirement in 2008.

**Gregory B. Siegel (Pharm ’79, Law ’84), Perrysburg, Ohio at 62. Siegel was a pharmacist at UT Medical Center from 1999 until his retirement in June 2014. He was a member of the University’s Institutional Review Board.

Mary C. (Henneman) Carr, Swanton, Ohio at 66. She was a former cook in the Student Union.

Colleen E. (Duncan) Kajfasz, Toledo at 55. She worked at the UT Federal Credit Union for more than 20 years as a loan processor.

Barbara (Brahier) McCauley, Toledo at 69. She established the library at Corpus Christi University Parish and served as its director for 10 years.


Marjory Schick (A/S ’37), Holland, Ohio at 99.

**Elizabeth Donaldson (A/S ’37), Fresno, Calif. at 99.

Robert Kemp (Eng ’36), Bristol, Ind. at 100.


Richard Chapman (A/S ’49), Lawton, Mich. at 88.

Harold Scheer (Law ’43), Coconut Creek, Fla. at 94.


**Richard Guyton (Ed ’53, MEd ’61), Toledo at 86.

Eunice Thomas (MEd ’59), Columbus, Ga. at 87.

**Donald Nichter (Pharm ’51), Columbus, Ohio at 86.

**Charles Mann (Bus ’50), Toledo at 90.

Clifford Dearbaugh (Ed ’56), Carlsbad, Calif. at 82.

Clara Shank (A/S ’58), Perrysburg, Ohio at 78.

Nancy Hendrikx (Ed ’52), Perrysburg, Ohio at 84.


Thomas Hayes (UTCTC ’69), Maumee, Ohio at 66.

Carol Hinkleman Morten (MEd ’68), Sylvania, Ohio at 87.

Charles Jones (Eng ’61, MEng ’66), Ottawa Lake, Mich. at 75.

**Patricia Pickett (MEd ’66), Maumee, Ohio at 82.

Stanley Wulf (Bus ’64), at 72.

Claude Moldenhauer (MBA ’66), Greensboro, Ga. at 76.

Robert Webb (UTCTC ’65), Holland, Ohio at 74.

Mildred Meyer (Ed ’69), Toledo at 93.

Joseph Kagy (MEd ’66, Ed Spec ’74), Toledo at 89.


Dr. Ruby Schendel (MEd ’76, PhD ’89), Wilsonville, Ore. at 83.

Jerry Tracy (Univ Coll ’75), Wauseon, Ohio at 69.

Douglas Dittman (Bus ’73), Strongsville, Ohio at 68.

Terrance Ryan (A/S ’73, Law ’76), Fort Collins, Colo. at 67.

Kathryn Randolph (UTCTC ’74), at 64.

Gerald Keane (Bus ’73), at 60.

James Arthur McFellin (Bus ’72, A/S ’74), Baldwin, Mich. at 75.


Mary Jilek (Univ Coll ’88), Worthington, Ohio at 72.

Arthur Mabrey (Univ Coll ’85), Columbus, Ohio at 67.

Loren Torgerson (Univ Coll ’83), Laurinburg, N.C. at 53.

*Margret Wright (UTCTC ’88), Perrysburg, Ohio at 80.


Cathy Connell (Bus ’97), Perrysburg, Ohio at 64.

Donald Sekulski (UTCTC ’95), Toledo at 41.

Arthur Arendt (Ed ’99), Coldwater, Mich. at 76.

*Judith Collins (Ed ’90), Toledo at 71.

Jacqueline Ritzman (Bus ’99), Barberton, Ohio at 39.


Emily Sidorowicz (Univ Coll ’05), Thermal, Calif. at 59.

Thomas Doty (Bus ’00), Maumee, Ohio at 66.

Emily Horton (Ed ’04), Conroe, Texas at 33.

Jaclyn Smith (MA ’07), Luckey, Ohio at 37.

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