Class Notes/Obits

February 25th, 2015 Posted in Class notes/In memoriam


Rochelle Larry Rochelle (Ed ’62, Ed Spec ’80) has published “Chilly Dogs,” a thriller in the Palmer Morel mysteries series. In this book, Carolina politics skewer tennis pro Palmer Morel like a hot dog on a stick. Mobster Chucky Minori adds the chili sauce as the election tips the power to the right-wing crazies and what the crazies want is control, cash and corpses.

Michael Ayre (MBA ’86) has accepted the position of director of human resources at Wacker Chemical Corporation, located in Adrian, Mich.

Kris Berger Long (A/S ’87) has been named executive director and chief development officer for the Scholars of Toledo Foundation, which promotes public education through supplemental funding for Toledo Public Schools.

Kevin Jaworski (UTCTC ’88, Eng ’92) was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame for St. Paul High School, located in Norwalk, Ohio. He is a state wrestling champion and also earned three letters in football.

Stephen S. Christie (A/S ’94, MBA ’01) published “Not Really “Of” Us: Why Do Children of Christian Parents Abandon the Faith,” in September 2014. In the book, Christie discusses why children raised as Christians often leave their faith when they are in their 20s. He explains how parents can help children who are questioning their faith, and how they might help children who have already left their religion to re-connect to it. ChristieBook

Aaron Nolan (A/S ’94) is a director in the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office. He received a hostage negotiation pin during the year-end awards ceremony in December.

Hewitt, Christopher Christopher Hewitt (Bus ’90) was announced as an Ohio Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine. Hewitt is an attorney with Tucker Ellis LLP, located in Cleveland, Ohio. Super lawyers is a rating serve of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The multi-phased selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.

Lisa Shumpert (UTCTC ’96) is a corrections officer with the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office and was awarded as officer of the month for December 2014.

The Hon. Peter Gerken (Univ Coll ’91) was named to three County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) positions, including co-chair of the new Water Quality Task Force. CCAO is an association of county commissioners of the 88 counties in Ohio. It is run by a board of directors consisting of 35 elected county commissioners from throughout the state. Gerken will serve a two-year term on the CCAO’s board of directors and was named as chair of the Metropolitan and Regional Affairs Committee and as co-chair of the water unit. As co-chair of the Water Quality Task Force, Gerken will have a hand in one of the most pressing issues facing Northwest Ohio and beyond. Gerken

Sonya Randall (Univ Coll ’96, MA ’03) is a deputy sheriff in the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office and was awarded as officer of the year for 2014. Randall also received a field training officer pin during the year-end awards ceremony in December.

mattplezia Matt Plezia (A/S ’94, MA ’96) was named as the new director of master planning for the Port of Long Beach, Calif. Plezia has been a harbor department employee for 17 years. He joined the Port of Long Beach in 1997 as a trade analyst and moved to planning in 2002. He was promoted to manager of master planning in April 2013.
Hossain Khaled (Bus ’97) was elected president of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in Bangladesh. Khaled is the chairman of Bangladesh Finance and Investment Company Ltd. and City Brokerage Limited. He is also managing director of AG Automobiles Ltd. and Anwar Jute Spinning Mills Ltd. as well as director of Anwar Group of Industries, The City Bank Limited, BD Finance Capital Holdings Ltd. and BD Finance Securities Ltd. khaled

Mike Shrewsberry (UTCTC ’94) is a deputy sheriff in the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office and was given a field training officer pin during the year-end awards ceremony in December 2014.

Scott Jaworski (UTCTC ’97) was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame for St. Paul High School, located in Norwalk, Ohio. He is a state wrestling champion and advanced to state twice, winning the 138-pound title as a senior. He also lettered four years in football.

KSwanson Kory Swanson (Law ’93) was promoted to the position of president and CEO of the John Locke Foundation, located in Raleigh, N.C. The John Locke Foundation was created as an independent, nonprofit think tank that works for truth, for freedom, and for the future of North Carolina. Swanson will help to carry out the vision of the foundation to help North Carolina have responsible citizens, strong families, and successful communities committed to individual liberty and limited, constitutional government.
David Eichenberg (A/S ’97) was awarded first place for his portrait “Doug” at the Toledo Area Artists’ exhibition in November. Eichenberg has a studio in a 19th-century building near the High Level Bridge in Toledo. He has been a finalist in such prestigious contests at the Boochever Portrait Competition at the Smithsonian Institution and the BP Award Exhibition in the National Portrait Gallery in London. Eichenberg-Doug

Jonathan “Jon” Ewald (Bus ’04) joined Sutton Bank as assistant vice president, commercial/aglender. Ewald has 10 years of agriculture lending experience and extensive knowledge of USDA and other government programs from his time with the Farm Service Agency. His office is in Attica, Ohio.

Sara Martino (HHS ’03, MPH ’04, MHHS ’07) received the 20 Under 40 Leadership Award for contributions to her community. Martino is a physician assistant in the emergency department at the UT Medical Center. One of her community contributions includes her involvement with the Junior League for eight years, where she currently serves as sustainer representative to the volunteer resources council and has served as the nominating and placement chair and board secretary.

McVey Dr. Ann McVey (PhD ’08) announced her retirement as Bowling Green City Schools’ superintendent, a position she has held since 2011. She has worked for Bowling Green Schools for 35 years. She joined the school system in 1980 as a tutor for students with learning disabilities. She was a seventh-grade teacher at the middle school for nearly 19 years, director of special education and gifted services for six years, and assistant principal at the middle school for a year. McVey had previously served as assistant superintendent of student services.

Cindy Ursell (A/S ’04) has been promoted to be the new director of sales and marketing of the YES-FM Radio Network, located in Toledo.

Dr. Stephen M. Wojdyla (RES ’01, MS ’02) has joined Lima Dental Associates, located in Lima, Ohio. Wojdyla is a member of the American Dental Association, the Ohio Dental Association, Toledo Dental Society and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He is also a published author. Wojdyla
Hanna Stephanie Hanna (Bus ’01) is the new treasurer for Monroeville Local Schools in Ohio. The school board voted unanimously to hire her. She has shown creativity and enthusiasm to excel as the district’s treasurer.

Dustin D. Godenswager (A/S ’10) joined the firm McGlinchey Stafford, located in Cleveland, Ohio. He is an associate and handles consumer financial services, focusing on lender-related regulatory compliance matters.

Kelley Saam (Ed ’12) joined the Au Glaize Real Estate Co., located in Wapakoneta, Ohio. Saam has 13 years of experience working in the preschool field and has spent the last year working at Wapakoneta Elementary School. Saam
Zysik Dr. Meghan Zysik (MED ’10) joined The Albany Medical Center in N.Y. as an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology. Zysik has an interest in contraception and family planning, abnormal bleeding and minimally invasive techniques for treatment.
Births and Marriages
Jamie Doster (MHSHS ’11) and Christopher Szulc announced their engagement and are planning a June 2015 wedding. Doster is employed at Bexley City Schools in Bexley, Ohio and her fiancé is employed at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. DOSTER_SZULC_ENG
Yosay Dr. John Martin Yosay (MED ’08) and Nora Katherine Ackermann announced their engagement in December. The couple is planning a May 2015 wedding in Virginia Beach. Yosay is a lieutenant commander and chief medical officer at Boone Clinic in Virginia Beach and his fiancé is a lieutenant junior grade stationed on the USS Gunston Hall in Virginia Beach.
Anthony Jania (Pharm ’10) and Allie Lisabeth Rothman exchanged vows on September 21 at Belmont Country Club in Perrysburg, Ohio. Jania works in information technology for Shopmetrics Inc. in Toledo and Rothman is a marketing director for Chick-Fil-A in Toledo. RothmanJania

Amy Lutman (Ed ’09) and Jeffrey McMahon announced their engagement and are planning a June 20, 2015 wedding in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Jim Sherman (Eng ’64) and Mary Jo Sherman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on January 30. They will celebrate with their children and grandchildren in Vail, Colo. in August 2015.

Caption goes here Michael Wahl (Law ’10) and Stephanie Lorentz were married on August 9, 2014 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Defiance, Ohio. Michael is an attorney at Clemens, Korhn, Liming & Warncke, Ltd., in Defiance, Ohio and Stephanie is a business banking specialist at First Federal Bank in Defiance.
Curt Baden (Bus ’07) and Jennifer Sutter announced their engagement in December and are planning a June 2015 ceremony at Providence Lutheran Church in Holland, Ohio. Sutter is a technical recruiter with OtterBase and Baden is a national account manager at ECCO Group. The couple resides in Holland, Ohio. Baden
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Dale Beaudry, Toledo at 92. He worked at UT for three decades. He joined the staff as a carpenter in 1947 and resigned in 1951 to rejoin the U.S. Navy for the Korean War. He was rehired in 1952 and was named carpenter foreman in 1965. He retired from the University in 1978.

Jack K. Paquette, Toledo at 89. Paquette was a former member of the UT President’s Council. He retired from Owens-Illinois, Inc. as vice president and director of corporate relations. He acquired archival documents and photographs on the glass industry while working at Owens-Illinois for more than 30 years, later researching and writing about the glass industry in Toledo. He gave the materials, titled the Jack Paquette Collection of Northwest Ohio’s Glass Industry, to the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections in 2003.

Alfred E. Gabrys, Toledo at 83. Gabrys was a former volunteer with the Satellites Auxiliary. He also was a member of the advisory board and served as the vice president for finances, and was also an ambassador.

Joseph P. Granata, Toledo at 83. He was a former instructor who taught engineering courses.

Frances E. “Fran” (Trumbull) Link, Toledo at 89. Link was a former volunteer with the Satellites Auxiliary and was also a member of the advisory board and served as recording secretary.

Violet R. Pochadt, Toledo. She was a secretary in the College of Education from 1974 until her retirement in 1989.

Dr. Edward R. Savolaine, Westerville, Ohio. Savolaine was a faculty member at MCO for more than two decades. He was hired as an assistant professor in the Department of Radiology and was promoted to associate professor in 1980 and professor in 1989. Savolaine received a joint appointment as an associate professor in neurological surgery in 1986 and was promoted to professor in the Department of Neurosciences in 1999. He received tenure in 1994 and was named professor emeritus when he retired in 2000.

Dr. Calman Winegarden, Toledo at 95. Winegarden joined the University in 1962 as an instructor in the Department of Economics and worked his way up to professor. His research focused on economics and demography. Winegarden was a member of the UT chapter of the American Association of University Professors. When he retired in 1989, he was named research professor emeritus.

Laurene E. Zaporozhetz, Huber Heights, Ohio at 63. She served as dean of University Libraries from 1999 to 2001.

Patricia Beebe, Maumee, Ohio at 84. She was a nurse at MCO from 1976 until her retirement in 1992.

Patricia E. “Patsy” Kropp, Toledo at 79. She helped establish the Satellites Auxiliary at the former Medical College of Ohio. Kropp was involved with early volunteer efforts for the new college and served as president of the Women’s Association. MCO President Marion Anderson asked Kropp to unite several volunteer groups on campus, and she helped found the Satellites Auxiliary and served as president of the organization. Later in life, she was a foster mom for newborns. Kropp also write five books, including a children’s story, “Three Bears and a Rabbit.”

Ruth Pio (GNRS ’92), Toledo at 82. Pio was an adjunct instructor in the MCO School of Nursing from 1986 to 1991.

*Dr. William W. “Bill” Wolfe (A/S ’75, MEd ’76, PhD ’94), Sylvania, Ohio. Wolfe was a former faculty member who taught education and business classes.

**Merle Runkle, Perrysburg, Ohio at 91.

**Christopher R. Helm (Ed ’64, MEd ’67), Toledo at 73. Helm worked at UT for 23 years. After teaching junior high students in the Washington Local School District, he joined the University in 1968 as an administrative assistant in personnel services. In 1970, Helm was named employment supervisor and then employment manager in 1974. Six years later, he was promoted to manager of the office. He retired in 1991. He served on the board of the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women for nine years. Helm was an avid fly tyer and fly fisherman. In 1991, he opened his own business in Toledo, Whitetail Fly Tieing Supplies. He was a certified instructor for fly casting and taught numerous fly tying classes at UT, the International and Local Federation of Fly Fishers, Monroe County Community College and in his home studio. Additionally, he wrote numerous magazine articles and made several instructional DVD’s on the subject of fly tying and fly fishing.


**Parker Tracy (Eng ’37), Toledo at 100.


*Wilbur Hague (A/S ’42), Littleton, Colo. at 96.

Gloria Burke (A/S ’47), at 88.

Janet Brewington (Ed ’47), Toledo at 88.

James Lloyd (Bus ’49), Englewood, Fla. at 91.

**Lorene Cameron (A/S ’42), Toledo at 94.

Mary Luetke McGowan (Ed ’48), Toledo at 87.

**Rodney Glesser (Bus ’43), Maumee, Ohio at 93.


*John Reifsnider (Bus ’52), Winston-Salem, N.C. at 84.

Barbara Judge (Bus ’51, Ed ’54, MEd ’78), Toledo at 86.

Robert Riedmayer (Bus ’52), Seabrook, S.C. at 85.

Allen Goodman (Pharm ’53), Cleveland, Ohio at 87.

David Binder (Eng ’52), Berea, Ohio at 87.


Ray Stanbery (A/S ’64), Holland, Ohio at 88.

Donald Hubay (Bus ’60), Toledo at 82.

Wesley Welling (MEd ’69, Ed Spec ’71), Ormond Beach, Fla. at 76.

David Apling (Bus ’63), Marco Island, Fla. at 73.

Thomas Moore (Bus ’63), Toledo at 82.

Roger Clark (Law ’67), Toledo at 77.

Dr. Robert Beiringer (PhD ’69), Toledo at 80.

Chadwick Brown (Bus ’60), Bradford Woods, Pa. at 76.

Laura Billings (Pharm ’61), Livonia, Mich. at 75.

Mary Sulier (Ed ’63), Maumee, Ohio at 98.


Margaret Najarian (UTCTC ’75), Swanton, Ohio at 89.

*Robert Rapp (Bus ’73), Walbridge, Ohio at 89.

Joanne Heggen (MA ‘78), Milwaukee, Wis. at 78.

**Marie Gorka (MEd ’75), Temperance, Mich. at 80.

**Norman Ashbacher (Bus ’72), Charlotte, N.C. at 69.

Ann Minnick (Ed ’75, MEd ’94), Waterville, Ohio at 62.

Frederic McDonald (Bus ’73), Perrysburg, Ohio at 66.

**Michael Goodman (Law ’70), Westport, Conn. at 68.

Carol Mohler (Ed ’73), Toledo at 79.


Stanley Lewandowski (UTCTC ’87), Holland, Ohio at 63.

*Michael Cline (A/S ’87), Peoria, Ariz. at 52.

Kent Mooney (Bus ’81), Chardon, Ohio at 56.

Susann Chismar (Pharm ’80), Cambridge, Ohio at 57.

Donald Beachey (NRS ’82), Conneaut, Ohio at 72.

Susan Kieffer (Ed ’84, MEd ’88), Toledo at 67.


David Eckhardt (Bus ’97), Toledo at 43.

Sister Audrey Elfring (MEd ’92), Toledo at 59.

Doristeen Mickel-Oliver (UTCTC ’94), Toledo at 72.

Douglas Schumaker (UTCTC ’94), Toledo at 55.


Derek Stender (A/S ’09, Ed ’09), Toledo at 28.

Lisa Cole (Ed ’01), Perrysburg, Ohio at 37.


Stephanie Schlitter (Eng ’10), North Olmsted, Ohio at 26.

*Annual Alumni Association Member
**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

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