Class Notes

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

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Arthur LaVerne “Verne” Tiffany (Bus ’55), Paul Winslow (Ed ’55) and their family members met for lunch in Punta Gorda, Fla. in April. This was only the second time that Paul and Verne have had the opportunity to visit with each other since their graduation 60 years ago. Verne resides in Punta Gorda and Paul and his wife, who live in Detroit, happened to be passing through prior to leaving on a European cruise.


Thomas A. Rohr (Law ’68) was named a Top Lawyer in New York State in 2013. Rohr was ranked very high in legal ability and legal ethics in 2014 by Martindale-Hubbell. He also sits on the Monroe County Bar Association Professional Performance Committee in Rochester, N.Y.

**Diana (Dee) H. Talmage (MEd ’65) was honored as a recipient of the Dr. Alice Skeens Outstanding Woman Award, given at the 29th annual Outstanding Women’s Award Ceremony at UT. The award is for excellent service and dedication to the campus community. Talmage is a UT Women and Philanthropy member, UT Foundation Board of Directors member emeritus, UT Alumni Association past president and community volunteer. For her dedication to the University, she received the Blue T Award at Homecoming in 1996. Her community involvement includes serving on the Owens Community College Board of Trustees and Foundation Board of Directors, and she has been elected Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee Woman for Senate District 2 since 2002.


Dr. Steven Yarinsky (RES ’89) was named a Regional Top Doctor for 2014, recognizing him as one of the leading physicians in the Saratoga Springs, N.Y. area. This honor indicates that Yarinsky is a medical leader in the community and metropolitan areas surrounding Saratoga Springs.

LoVerme Dr. Paul LoVerme (RES ’85) has been elected to serve on the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities, Inc., board of directors. AAAASF provides accreditation to independent and/or office-based surgery centers that meet and maintain several strict standards of safety and care. LoVerme is a plastic surgeon in Verona, N.J.
Dr. Kenneth Urban (MA ’85) has been selected as the fourth president of West Shore Community College, located in Scottville, Mich. Urban

Denise Hasbrook (A/S ’81, Law ’84) was elected as chair of the board of trustees for Mercy Health – Toledo. Mercy serves the residents of 20 counties in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Hasbrook is a partner at Roetzel & Andress LPA, located in Toledo.

Dr. Patricia A. Relue (Eng ’88) was honored as a recipient of the Dr. Alice Skeens Outstanding Woman Award, given at the 29th annual Outstanding Women’s Award Ceremony at UT. The award is for excellent service and dedication to the campus community. Relue is a professor of bioengineering and director of the undergraduate program in bioengineering in the College of Engineering. She joined the faculty in 1993 and her research applies engineering first principles to solve problems involving biological systems. These include producing ethanol and multispectral imaging of skin for diagnosis of cancer.

Kay Jones Kenetta Kay Jones (Bus ’94) has been elected vice president of community relations for the Northwest Ohio Human Resource Association. Jones is currently the human resources manager for the Rudolph Libbe Group, headquartered in Walbridge, Ohio. Rudolph Libbe is one of the region’s largest contractors and employer of the region’s largest self-perform workforce.

Christopher Camut (Univ Coll ’93) joined Integra Business as their 13th president. Integra is a fiber-based, carrier-grade networking, communications and technology solutions provider, headquartered in Vancouver, Wash.

Dr. Michele Lambert (PhD ’99) is the new principal of St. Joseph’s Academy, located in Baton Rouge, La. St. Joseph’s Academy is an all-girls Catholic school, established in 1868. Lambert

The Hon. Albert E. Davies III (Law ’91) was sworn in as the Eastern County Division Court Judge in Belmont County, Ohio. Prior to assuming the bench, Davies had an extensive criminal defense practice which involved representation of individuals within the Belmont County court system.

Langley Tina Langley (MEd ’99) is the new head coach of the women’s basketball team at Rice University, located in Houston, Texas. Langley began her coaching career at UT as a graduate assistant, then became a recruiting coordinator. Toledo made three NCAA Tournament appearances during her tenure.

Matt Cleland (Bus ’95) joined the Metroparks of the Toledo Area as deputy director of administration. Cleland will be responsible for supervising the agency’s risk management, volunteer services, and financial operations and investments.

Dr. Judy Beck (MEd ’95, PhD ’97) is the new dean of the school of education at University of South Carolina Aiken. Beck has been on faculty at USC Aiken since 2003. Beck

Jonathan R. DeFosse (A/S ’99) joined the firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP as a partner in the intellectual property litigation practice. DeFosse works in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Bain Janet Bain (Ed ’96) was named as the 2014-15 Teacher of the Year at Penta Career Center. Bain has been an instructor of Cosmetology at Penta since 1991.

Jenny Schaub (A/S ’97) was selected as the new program coordinator for Hancock Saves, an affiliate of America Saves, a national organization focused on helping individuals increase savings and manage debt. Schaub has been involved with Hancock Saves in Findlay, Ohio, since 2008 as part of the volunteer committee, providing advice, assistance and time with the programs offered.

Kim Cutcher (A/S ’99) is now the executive director of the Local Initiatives Support Corp. Located in Toledo, LISC is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity-good places to work, do business and raise children. Cutcher

Marcus Beaumont (A/S ’96) is now a project manager at Vargo, a provider of material handling system integration, software and equipment solutions for major fulfillment and distribution operations. In his role he will manage software installation, oversee projects and maintain client relationships. Vargo is located in Hilliard, Ohio.

Dr. Michelle Grigore (MS ’92, PhD ’99) joined the staff of the Metroparks of the Toledo Area in March as the new director of programming. Grigore worked for the Metroparks from 1986-1999 and served for over 10 years as the director of parks and recreation for the City of Bowling Green, Ohio.

*Lt. Tressa Johnson (UTCTC ’90, Univ Coll ’98, HHS ’04) was honored as a recipient of the Dr. Alice Skeens Outstanding Woman Award, given at the 29th annual Outstanding Women’s Award Ceremony at UT. The award is for excellent service and dedication to the campus community. Johnson is a member of the UT Police Department and joined the staff in 1998. She started the Healthy Boundaries Program that promotes strong relationships among students, and she implemented the UT Police Department’s first domestic violence training program, providing resource materials for all officers.

Hefner Cory Hefner (Ed ’09) is the new varsity football coach at Cory-Rawson High School, located in Rawson, Ohio. Hefner was also hired as a high school math teacher teaching algebra I and II.
Dr. Allison Parkman (MED ’03) has been named medical director of FASTLane Urgent Care by Lane Regional Medical Center, located in Zachary, La. Parkman is a board-certified family medicine practitioner with more than seven years of urgent care and family medicine experience. Parkman
Gamble Rob Gamble (Bus ’04) has joined the real estate team at Bee Gee Realty, located in Van Wert, Ohio. Gamble is very active in the Van Wert community and enjoys spending time with his wife, Nicci, and their two children, Robbie and Jordyn.
Dr. Nicole (Fortier) O’Brien (MED ’02) is a physician in the division of critical care medicine and director of the global health certificate program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. O’Brien is the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. She plans to travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to study the epidemiology, treatment and outcome of pediatric traumatic brain injury. Nicole-O'Brien

Pam Dymond (NRSG ’07) recently joined the staff at the Sandusky Wellness Center, located in Sandusky, Ohio. Dymond also works part-time as a nurse practitioner in the emergency departments at Fulton County Medical Center and The University of Toledo Medical Center.

Beth Tischler (Law ’03, MBA ’03) was the featured speaker at the University of Rio Grande Honors Alumni Banquet in March 2015. Tischler has a degree from The University of Rio Grande, located in Ohio, and is currently the City of Maumee, Ohio, law director. As city law director she drafts city policy and procedure, assists with finance and budgetary issues and manages the entire law department for the Maumee.

Eric Benington Eric Benington (MBA ’11) has accepted the position of chief financial officer for the Rudolph Libbe Group. Rudolph Libbe, headquartered in Walbridge, Ohio, is one of the region’s largest contractors and employer of the region’s largest self-perform workforce.
Nathan Elias (VPA ’11) had his short film “The Chest” accepted into the 2015 Cannes International Film Festival, located in Cannes, France. Elias directed, co-wrote and co-starred in the film. The dramatic short is about three dysfunctional siblings battling over their father’s possessions after his death. The Cannes Film Festival is invitation-only and being accepted is one of the most prestigious honors for filmmakers. Elias
Faculty, staff & friends

Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich (current UT faculty) was honored as a recipient of the Dr. Alice Skeens Outstanding Woman Award, given at the 29th annual Outstanding Women’s Award Ceremony at UT. The award is for excellent service and dedication to the campus community. Bryant-Friedrich is an associate professor of medicinal and biological chemistry and director of international pharmaceutical sciences graduate student recruitment and retention in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She is a strong advocate for women in science.

Dr. Celia Regimbal (current UT faculty) was honored as a recipient of the Dr. Alice Skeens Outstanding Woman Award, given at the 29th annual Outstanding Women’s Award Ceremony at UT. The award is for excellent service and dedication to the campus community. Regimbal joined the UT faculty in 1986 and serves as chair of the Faculty Senate Committee on Academic Regulations and is the UT Faculty Athletic Representative for the NCAA.

Births and Marriages
Sima Albert J. Sima Jr. (Univ Coll ’96) and Rebecca L. Janka announced their engagement and are planning to marry on July 11, 2015.
Natalie Bauer (Bus ’12) and James Dubbert are now engaged and they are planning a wedding for September 26, 2015. Bauer
Spitler *Noelle Spitler (NRSG ’14) and Robert Isphording announced their engagement and will wed on July 25, 2015.
Frederick L. Cooper IV (A/S ’07) and Glenda Judith Vasquez were married on April 18, 2015 at the Chapel Springs Assembly of God in Bristow, Va. Cooper
Garrett Shaundra Janelle Garrett (HHS ’06, OTD ’09) and Oscar Earl Blair Jr. are engaged and plan to wed on April 2, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio.
John Dennis Thobe (Eng ’11) and Carla Ann Meyer were married on May 30, 3015 in the St. Michael Catholic Church in Fort Loramie, Ohio. Thobe

David E. Long (NSM ’13) and Angela Katterheinrich were joined in marriage on May 23, 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, located in St. Marys, Ohio.

Allison Kantner (MEd ’09) and Sean Blomquist were married on April 12, 2014 at Christ the King Roman Catholic Church in Toledo.

Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Earl W. Apgar, College Station, Texas at 71. Apgar was a former Toledo Public Schools administrator and taught some UT education classes.

Dr. Evelyn F. Baugh, Toledo at 89. She was affiliated with MCO Pediatrics for 21 years. Baugh joined the college of medicine as a clinical associate in pediatrics in 1975. In 1977, she joined the faculty as an instructor and was named an assistant professor in 1980 and an associate professor in 1992. She retired in 1996.

*Dr. John M. Croci (A/S ’69, MED ’72), Key West, Fla. at 68. Croci became a volunteer clinical associate in family medicine in 1975 and was a volunteer clinical associate professor of family medicine from 1978-2009.

Barbara Ann (Hirschle) Karst, Port Clinton, Ohio, and Bonita Springs, Fla. at 77. She was a member of the Satellites Auxiliary and served as its president in 1977. She coordinated the organization’s second cookbook and was the chair of Escapades International IV in 1976.

Dr. Michael J. Magura, Toledo at 71. He joined the faculty in the Department of Economics as an assistant professor in 1969, was named associate professor in 1977 and professor in 1987. Magura served as chair of the department and on the Faculty Senate and the Arts and Sciences Council. In 1992, he was named a Master Teacher. Magura conducted economic forecasting for cities, including Toledo. He retired in 1999 and was named professor emeritus.

Jayna L. Minnich, Toledo at 46. She was a volunteer with the Satellites Auxiliary since 2004.

Joycelyn “Joy” Harrison, Toledo at 68. She started working as a temp as a secretary from 1989-1990 when she was hired as a secretary in Infection Control. In 1992, she moved to Quality Assessment, and she was a secretary in Pediatrics when she retired in 2010.

**Dr. Mary A. Lenkay (RES ’72), Toledo at 93. She joined the faculty at MCO as a clinical instructor of psychiatry after she completed her residency. She was named assistant professor of psychiatry and in 1984, she became a clinical assistant professor and clinical associate professor three years later. In 1994, Lenkay was designated clinical associate professor emerita.

Barbara Wetzel, Toledo at 67. She joined the staff as a custodial worker in 1983 and became a clerk 2 in 1995.

*Dora Schiller (att. 1950), Farmington, Mich.

*Charles Koch (att. 1973), Toledo at 92.


**Beverly Girkins (A/S ’37), Naperville, Ill.


James Geiger (Ed ’48), New Port Richey, Fla. at 95.

James Gilger (Bus ’47), Tavares, Fla. at 92.


Craig Bruns (Bus ’53), Toledo at 84.

Norman Bercher (A/S ’50), at 58.

Herbert Amamoto (Eng ’51), Bethel Park, Pa. at 85.

Mary Maag (A/S ’52), Columbus, Ohio at 86.

*William Shull (Bus ’56), Toledo at 83.


**Rose McDaniel (Ed ’64, MEd ’71, Ed Spec ’75), Toledo at 86. She was a past member of the Alumni Association Board of Trustees.

Terence Lehaney (Eng ’66), Holland, Ohio at 73.

Judith Kauser (Ed ’64), Sarasota, Fla. at 73.

Siegfried Pelwecki (A/S ’68, MEd ’81), Lambertville, Mich. at 73.


Dr. John Moorhead (MED ’72), Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. at 69.

Thomas Aubry (UTCTC ’77), Perrysburg, Ohio at 67.

Gary Koester (Ed ’70), Toledo at 68.

Richard Bartkiewicz (Eng ’73), Temperance, Mich. at 79.

Thomas Friend (UTCTC ’74), Toledo at 70.

F. Bercher (Bus ’75, MBA ’80), Toledo at 62.

Walter Hoff (Law ’76), Columbus, Ohio at 67.

Valerie Mikluscak (A/S ’75), Cleveland, Ohio at 62.


Dr. Jerome Hightower (RES ’87), Youngstown, Ohio at 61.

Amy Brehm (MBA ’89), Whitmore Lake, Mich. at 48.

**Dr. William Steers (MED ’80), Charlottesville, Va. at 60. He was named the College of Medicine and Life Sciences Distinguished Graduate for 2013.

Gary George (Bus ’86, MBA ’95), Toledo at 62.

Sara Cottle (Univ Coll ’81), Toledo at 56.

Daniel B. Gerogosian (Bus ’82), Vandalia, Ohio at 53.


Michael Moore (LLSS ’12), Swanton, Ohio at 34.

*Annual Alumni Association Member
**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

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