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February 23rd, 2016 Posted in Class notes/In memoriam

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**Dr. Richard Perry (Ed ’48, MA ’50, PhD ’64) was presented with the Soldier’s Medal during a ceremony at UT in November 2015. Perry earned the medal by helping after an explosion at a post in Germany on April 6, 1945. He carried men to safety and returned several times to remove unexploded ammunition before he was injured by an exploding phosphorus grenade. The medal is awarded for heroism not involving enemy contact. Perry is a retired UT professor.


Charles H. Fairbank Jr. (Bus ’67) was selected as the Henderson County Habitat for Humanity Volunteer of the Year in 2014. He also received the Hendersonville Shrine Club Distinguished Service Award for 2013. Fairbank is a long-time resident of Hendersonville, N.C.


**Thomas M. Wochok (Law ’74) recently became associated with the Law Office of William E. Artz, P.C. in Northern Virginia. The firm specializes in medical negligence cases and handles matters in Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland.


Dr. William Jaquis (MED ’89) was announced as the secretary-treasurer of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Board of Directors. Jaquis is chief of emergency services at LifeBridge Health and chief of the department of emergency medicine at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. He has been active on the state and national levels for ACEP for two decades and assumed the presidency of Maryland ACEP this year. ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine and has 53 chapters in the United States and its territories.

Terri Mortemore (Ed ’82, MEd ’91) was awarded the title of High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year for the Toledo area from the local American Chemical Society. The organization honored her for sharing the excitement of chemistry and inspiring future scientists through her dedication to motivating students. Mortemore has taught chemistry at Maumee High School since 1989.

Michelle Bogue (A/S ’87) received the 2015 Conservation Educator of the Year award from the Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District. Bogue is an environmental sciences teacher at Sylvania, Ohio’s Northview High School.

*Tim Croak (A/S ’82) had his book, “The Light, A Guide for Living Life with Awareness, Honor, and Purpose,” published in September 2015. Croak is one of America’s top financial advisors, and he helps put money, wealth, and power into perspective. He confirms that life is about the people around us, the experiences we share, and the ways we help each other grow individually and as a society. Croak

Carrie Rehmert (Univ Coll ’98) was named Reid Health’s November Ambassador. She has worked at Reid for 17 years and is the lead CAT scan technologist in the radiology department. Reid Health’s main campus is located in Richmond, Ind.

Jana McVetta (Ed ’93, MEd ’93) was promoted to support services quality manager of the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities in Lima, Ohio. The position oversees ancillary support services and programs in the community support services department, coordinating all quality and compliance systems.

William Sholl (MBA ’97) was hired at Defiance College, located in Defiance, Ohio, in January as an assistant professor of practice of marketing.

DiBasio Barry DiBiasio (Univ Coll ’90) recently joined the Bolte Real Estate staff of realtors, located in Port Clinton, Ohio. DiBiasio is the founder and CEO of STEPS Agency, Inc., based in Fremont, Ohio. STEPS is certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and serves over 70 individuals with developmental disabilities throughout Northwest Ohio.

John D. McIntyre (UTCTC ’93) was reappointed to the five-member Ohio Real Estate Appraiser Board by Gov. John Kasich. McIntyre is president of the John McIntyre Group Ltd., which specializes in residential and commercial Ohio real estate property appraisals, located in Toledo.

Mark W. Stahl (Bus ’91) was been sworn in as an Ottawa County, Ohio, commissioner. Stahl previously served as a county commissioner from 2009 through 2012 and will serve as the commissioner through January 1, 2017.

Ali H. Ismail (Bus ’95, MBA ’00) was appointed as the Minister of National Planning and Development of the Republic of Somaliland in November 2015. Ismail is now responsible for all national planning of economy and development in a macro-level. Somaliland is internationally recognized as an autonomous region of Somalia.

Dr. Sherri Winegardner (MNRS ’95) is the director of the new four-year academic program in nursing at Bluffton University, located in Bluffton, Ohio.

Khaled Smaili (Eng ’93) was invited to join The Expert Network, an invitation only service for distinguished professionals. Smaili has been chosen as a Distinguished Executive based on peer reviews and ratings, dozens of recognition, and accomplishments achieved throughout his career. He currently works for Accenture, located in San Jose, Calif., one of the premier global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing firms in the world. There he serves as a leading solution architecture executive at the firm’s infrastructure services practice.

Dr. Scott J. Anzalone (MED ’95) was chosen by The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, located in Athens, Ohio, as one of its master faculty. Every four years, the college bestows this honor on a small number of physicians teaching at its clinical campuses, for their outstanding contributions to Heritage College.

*Dr. Caroline Brackette (A/S ’94, A/S ’98, MHSHS ’00, PhD ’07), associate professor of counseling in Mercer University’s Penfield College, located in Atlanta, Ga., was appointed to the Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities Planning Board by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. The board provides and facilitates coordinated and comprehensive planning in conformity with standards and procedures established by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.

Milan D. Slak (Bus ’91) is now a taxation law member of the Pennsylvania office of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus P.A. The firm is a full-service, mid-sized business law firm with 130 attorneys in three offices in Allentown, Pa., Bridgewater, N.J., and New York, N.Y.

Edward L. Schimmel (A/S ’99, Law ’03) took office on January 1, 2016 as mayor of the city of Northwood, Ohio. He previously served as a city councilman for eight years. Schimmel will continue to practice law with the firm Hizer & Schimmel, with offices in the Toledo area.

Denise Friend (MEd ’97) won Ohio’s Yearly Excellence in Teaching Award from the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, a statewide award for teaching English to people from around the world.


Jonathan Gadd (Bus ’05) was elected to the board of directors for First Tee of Akron, Ohio. Gadd is vice president of sales and marketing for Managed Care Advisory Group (MGAG), headquartered in Toledo. MGAG is a medical consulting firm specializing in audits and settlements. First Tee of Akron provides young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop life-enhancing values such as confidence, perseverance, and judgement through golf and character development.

Stephen Chang (Bus ’02) has been named senior manager of Rehmann’s audit and assurance department in Troy, Mich. Chang will serve commercial clients. Rehmann provides one-on-one financial services to small business and middle-market companies throughout Michigan and beyond. Chang

Dr. Jeffrey Hunek (MED ’01) opened his new practice, Dermatology and Dermatolic Surgery in Venice, Fla.

jackson, evan Evan Jackson (Univ Coll ’04, MHSHS ’06), a school counselor at Sidney High School in Sidney, Ohio, has been elected as president of the Ohio School Counselor Association (OSCA). He will serve a 3-year term and serves as the representative for all school counselors, counselor educators and student members of the OSCA.

Dr. Judi Nath (PhD ’00) is one of six faculty appointments for the 2015-16 academic year at Lourdes University, located in Sylvania, Ohio. Nath is the writer-in-residence for the College of Arts and Sciences and also teaches anatomy and physiology, biology, nursing and pre-med to undergraduate and graduate students.

Laila Ariss (Ed ’02, MEd ’09) was recognized by her peers at Maumee Valley Country Day School, located in Toledo, as an excellent teacher. She is a leader in implementing differentiated instructional practices in her classroom.

Carl J. Daniel (HSHS ’09), a State Highway Patrol Trooper, has been selected 2015 Trooper of the Year of the Findlay, Ohio, post. He was selected by his fellow troopers based on leadership abilities, professional ethics, courteous treatment of others, enthusiastic work attitude and cooperation with supervisors, peers, and the public.

Kenneth P. Hicks (Law ’00) was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates for Wayne County, District 19. Hicks is an attorney in Huntington, W. Va.


Dr. Dilip Das (PhD ’13), assistant vice provost for academic affairs at the University of Michigan, was named to the Washtenaw Community College board of trustees.

Dr. Brett Brodbeck (HSHS ’11) opened his new chiropractic office, Modern Spine Chiropractic Center in Bucyrus, Ohio. In addition to seeing patients in Bucyrus, he also works with patients in Columbus, Ohio, Tennessee, and other locales describing those as “virtual” appointments on Skype. Brodbeck_small

*Blake Bacho (Comm/Arts ’15) accepted the position of sports editor for the Potter Leader-Enterprise, located in Coudersport, Pa.

Births and Marriages
BOBmILLER Bob Miller (A/S ’96) married his partner of 19.5 years, Brian Jantz, on December 30, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. They have been together since August 1996 and first exchanged rings on December 30, 1996. They met when Bob went to grad school at Mississippi State University for his master’s program.
*Jennifer K. Ryan (Ed ’15) and *Michael D. Thomas (Bus ’14) were married on August 1, 2015 at Heatherdowns Country Club in Toledo. They currently reside in Toledo. THOMASryan
spitler Noelle Gabrielle Spitler (MNRS ’14) and Robert James Isphording were married July 25, 2015 at GESU Roman Catholic Parish in Toledo. Noelle is an RN at Flower Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio and Robert is an audiologist employed at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Toledo.

Chelsea Kay Wymer (A/S ’11) and Joseph Michael Khristov (Bus ’08) were joined in marriage on May 30, 2015 during a double-ring ceremony held at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Perrysburg, Ohio. Chelsea is employed by Hylant in Toledo as a talent acquisition specialist and Joseph is employed by Dana Corp., in Maumee, Ohio, as an accounts receivable analyst.

*Scott Grekowicz (Eng ’15) and Kayla Bischer announced their engagement and are planning a wedding on April 30, 2016. Grekowicz
Heil Thomas William Heil (Eng ’95) and Kristina Ann Jones are engaged and will be married on June 4, 2016 at Springfield Assembly of God in Akron, Ohio.
*Amanda Marie Isaacson (HS ’15) and Bryan James Cajka were joined in marriage on January 2, 2016 in Stony Ridge, Ohio. Isaacson

Lynn Moran (Ed ’87, Ed Spec ’11) and Jeff Gajdostik celebrated their love of the Ohio State University and University of Michigan rivalry during their November 2015 wedding reception. They each wore the jersey of their team of choice and the game was playing on TV during the festivities. Lynn is the principal at Larchmont Elementary School in Toledo and Jeff is a groundskeeper at UT’s Main Campus.

BifulcoSalsbury Alyssa Bifulco (Ed ’12, MHS ’14) and Clayton Salsbury (Eng ’11) announced their engagement in November 2015. Alyssa is employed as a speech language pathologist for Findlay, Ohio schools and Clayton is a maintenance and engineering manager at Lubrizol Advanced Materials. The couple will exchange vows in summer 2016 in Grand Rapids, Ohio.
Kendra Danielle Hudson (Ed ’11) and Matthew Thomas Lindsey were united in marriage on October 3, 2015 at Tall Timbers in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Kendra is a paralegal/licensing coordinator for the State of Ohio Chiropractic Board and Matthew is employed by Kroger. Hudson
Rentz *Brock Owen Rentz (Eng ’14) and Rebecca Lynn Kellogg are engaged and will wed on September 10, 2016 in Maumee, Ohio. Brock is an engineer at Toledo Engineering Co., Inc., and Rebecca is a resident support specialist at Behavioral Connections in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Curt Baden (Bus ’07) and Jennifer (Sutter) Baden were married June 20, 2015 in a ceremony held at Providence Lutheran Church in Holland, Ohio. Their reception was held at the Valleywood Golf Course in Swanton, Ohio. Baden
Greenleaf Amber Greenleaf (Law ’09) and Brandon Duber were married on October 11, 2015 in Aspen, Colo. Amber is a tax attorney and Brandon is lawyer and partner at Bentoff and Duber, located in Cleveland, Ohio.
Carly Safier (MED ’14) and Robert Dulabon announced their engagement and are planning an April 2016 wedding. Carly is a pediatric resident at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and Robert is a mechanical engineer at Phillips Respironics and director at Rodu Training. safier
Blakely Sarah (Heydinger) Blakeley (A/S ’04) and Matt Blakeley (Eng ’05) welcomed a baby girl, Ellena, to their family in September 2015. She joins big sisters Charlotte and Stella.
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Barbara Kolb Beittel, Marietta, Ohio at 89. She was a former adjunct faculty member in the Music Department.

Dr. Patrick Mulrow, Jupiter Island, Fla. at 88. Mulrow joined the MCO faculty in 1975 as professor and chair of the Department of Medicine. His research on hypertension was known around the world. In 1991, he was elected chair of the American Heart Association’s Council for High Blood Pressure Research. He was elected secretary-general of the World Hypertension League in Ottawa, Ontario. He retired in 1997, was granted emeritus status and continued his research. In 2004, Mulrow received the MCO Career Achievement Award.

Dr. Hector Ramirez, Perrysburg, Ohio at 76. He completed his residency in vascular surgery at MCO and was an assistant instructor of surgery in 1972 and 1973.

Howard M. Selland, Henderson, Nev. at 72. Selland was a former trustee on the MCO Board of Trustees from 1995 to 2000. He was the former president of Aeroquip and senior vice president and group executive of Eaton Corp.

Wilma G. Furfaro-Cook, Holland, Ohio at 84. She was a former nurse at MCO.

Barbara J. Hill Shaw, Toledo at 71. She was a former MCO employee.

Clara E. Patton Sciplin, Toledo at 81. She was a former UT employee.

Garry Lee Anderson, Toledo at 59. He was a custodial worker at the University for 21 years. He joined the MCO staff in 1994.

Mary Frances “Tibble” Doyle Foster, Perrysburg, Ohio at 86. She was a member of the MCO Board of Trustees from 1975 to 1984. She was a founding board member of Hospice of Northwest Ohio and a former president of Planned Parenthood of Toledo and Junior League of Toledo.

Carole A. Golder, Covington, Ky. at 58. She was a former UT employee.

Dr. Howard S. Madigan, Sylvania, Ohio at 94. He joined the College of Medicine and Life Sciences as assistant dean for continuing education in 1968 and became associate dean and associate professor of surgery one year later. In 1986, he returned to the faculty and retired as an associate professor in 1987. Madigan received a volunteer appointment as clinical associate professor of surgery, a position he held until 2004. He was a founding member of the American Academy of Continuing Medical Education.

JoAnn Valvo (Univ Coll ’91, MEd ’92), Toledo at 70. She volunteered with the Satellites Auxiliary for 20 years.

Donna M. Belkofer, Curtice, Ohio at 71. She joined the UT staff in 2002 and retired as administrative secretary 2 in 2014.

**Eloise N. Chantoff (Ed ’71, MEd ’76), Toledo at 87. She was a former UT clerical worker.

**Robert E. “Bob” O’Brien (Bus ’49), Toledo at 89. He was a founding member of the UT Center for Family and Privately Held Business. O’Brien was a member and former chair of the center’s advisory board.

Alicia E. Preslan, Bowling Green, Ohio at 64. She was a former instructor in the Judith Herb College of Education.

Russell W. Rice (Eng ’52), Toledo at 91. He retired from MCO as director of the physical plant.

Jacquelyn L. Romano, Toledo at 81. She was a former MCO employee.


Jesse Frey (Eng ’48), Indianapolis, Ind. at 93.

Claire Whitehead (Ed ’47, MEd ’74), Maumee, Ohio at 90.

Romilda Petersen (Ed ’48), Fairfield, Ohio at 92.

**Kenneth Leininger (Bus ’49), St. Petersburg, Fla. at 91.

**Helen Seizert (A/S ’48), Fort Myers, Fla. at 90.

Donald Sell (A/S ’49), Toledo at 89.

Ellsworth Shinavar (Eng ’47), Oxnard, Calif. at 89.


*Frederick Dzienny (Bus ’57), Toledo at 81.

**Delos Palmer (Eng ’52), Naples, Fla. at 86.

James Whitten (Eng ’55), Grand Rapids, Ohio at 85.

*Robert Dunlop (Eng ’56), Camarillo, Calif. at 84.

**Frederick Blanchard (Eng ’55), Tucson, Ariz. at 86.

Nancy Hipp (A/S ’55, Ed ’60, MEd ’69), Maumee, Ohio at 82.

Frank Swanson (Eng ’53), Livonia, Mich. at 85.

Joseph Kinshaw (Ed ’57), at 82.

James Hyland (MEng ’55, MBA ’66), Toledo at 92.

James Duwve (Eng ’57), Jerome, Mich. at 81.

Glenda Boehk (Ed ’56), Rockport, Texas at 81.

Dr. Frederick Gawecki (A/S ’58), Papillion, Neb. at 79.


John Szymanski (UTCTC ’64), Toledo at 80.

Michael Prephan (Ed ’61, Law ’68), at 81.

Owen Jansen (Ed ’63, MEd ’79), North Port, Fla. at 76.

**Paul Booher (Bus ’67), Toledo at 86.

**Robert Fox (MBA ’69), Holland, Ohio at 80.

Ronald Parsons (MEd ’68), Milton Freewater, Ore. at 81.

John Cooper (UTCTC ’68, Univ Coll ’80), Swanton, Ohio at 74.

Doran Snyder (MEd ’63), Walbridge, Ohio at 83.

Joseph Blumberg (Eng ’64), Atlanta, Ga. at 73.

Larry Gardner (Bus ’63), Waterville, Ohio at 74.

Orris Tabner (Ed ’68), Toledo at 83.


Henry Wolf (Ed ’71), Swanton, Ohio at 68.

Thomas Specht (Ed ’70), at 67.

Margaret Fields (MEd ’71), at 79.

Mertie Kynard (UTCTC ’78), Toledo at 76.

Martin Dorf (A/S ’78), Huber Heights, Ohio at 62.

George Deem (Univ Coll ’72), Oregon, Ohio at 75.

**William Bussdieker (UTCTC ’76, Eng ’79), Hilliard, Ohio at 70.

Patricia Wechtel (A/S ’71), Toledo at 87.

Joseph Shaw (Law ’75), at 66.

John Starzynski (A/S ’77, MS ’80), North Bend, Wash. at 60.

Charles Gibbons (MEd ’71), Rossford, Ohio at 77.

James Burlage (Univ Coll ’74), Perrysburg, Ohio at 63.

**Doris Danekind (Ed ’71), Oregon, Ohio at 92.

James Mack (Univ Coll ’76, MEd ’01), Toledo at 71.

Dr. Dean Huffman (MED ’74), Portage, Mich. at 68.

Dr. Jeffrey Miles (MEng ’73, PhD ’80), Beachwood, Ohio at 74.

Dr. Michael Schuster (A/S ’79), Elmore, Ohio at 59.

Marc Schoonmaker (A/S ’79), Toledo at 61.

Kenneth Iler (Univ Coll ’73), Las Vegas, Nev. at 73.

Daniel Matuszewski (Univ Coll ’90), Rossford, Ohio at 90.

John Atkinson (Unic Coll ’73), Toledo at 85.

Ronald Harris (UTCTC ’72), Toledo at 66.


Michael Mayer (Ed ’81), Fairborn, Ohio at 57.

**Timothy Boos (A/S ’89), Kenosha, Wis. at 49.

Carlton Bembry (Univ Coll ’84), Los Angeles, Calif. at 57.

Susan Picknell (Pharm ’80), Gahanna, Ohio at 58.

Thomas Biggs (MEd ’81), Maumee, Ohio at 80.

Janet Schoemaker-Wallbank (A/S ’82), Howell, Mich. at 68.

Dr. Randall McCollister (MED ’81, RES ’82), South Point, Ohio at 66.

Mary Schrock (Ed ’82, MEd ’85), Wauseon, Ohio at 80.

Jeanne Craig (UTCTC ’87), Maryville, Tenn. at 62.

Barbara Madden (UTCTC ’85), Toledo at 55.

Pamela Kyle (UTCTC ’82), Toledo at 69.

Ronald Niemesh (MBA ’89), Frankfort, N.Y. at 66.


David Wheeler (Eng ’96), Toledo at 42.

Charles Buckenmeyer (MEd ’95), Monclova, Ohio at 78.

Elaine Schimmoeller (NRS ’97), Columbus Grove, Ohio at 62.

Johnnie Kimble (UTCTC ’98), Toledo at 61.

Delia Workman (UTCTC ’92, A/S ’94), Holland, Ohio at 70.

Kathleen Scott (A/S ’97, MEd ’01), Waterville, Ohio at 63.

Barbara DeWitt (Eng ’91), Spring Valley, Ohio at 74.

Joy Tester (UTCTC ’93), Dallas, Ga. at 50.

Sister M. Cabrini Warpeha (PhD ’91), Sylvania, Ohio at 86.

David Dimmer (A/S ’90, MA ’96), Toledo at 50.


JoAnne Wright (UTCTC ’06), Toledo at 64.

Michael Emerson (Bus ’04), Curtice, Ohio at 41.

Dr. Lindsey Phibbs (CMS ’05, MED ’10), Perrysburg, Ohio at 36.

Chardell Russell (HHS ’04), Toledo at 72.

Heather Cheloff (HHS ’04), Toledo at 35.

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