Class Notes

June 2nd, 2016 Posted in Class notes/In memoriam

Please Submit Your Class Note to:

Crooker Jan Crooker (Ed ’71) announced that her painting “Heirlooms” was juried into the OH+5 Ohio Border Exhibition at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio. The exhibition serves to promote artists residing in Ohio and the five states that border Ohio; Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
David White (Law ’79) joined the firm Flexible Plan Investments, Ltd., as chief financial officer. Flexible Plan Investments, Ltd., located in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is a leading provider of active-investment-management solutions. White will be responsible for keeping accounting records and preparing financial statements. White

Dr. Scott M. Campbell (MED ’89) is the new co-vice chief of the Firelands Regional Medical Center, located in Sandusky, Ohio. Campbell is board certified in emergency medicine and is the medical director and co-chair for the Department of Emergency Services and past treasurer of the Firelands medical staff.

Nizar-Salhi Nizar Salhi (Eng ’85) is the new Manager of the Middle East Africa Roads & Structures division. In this role, Salhi will lead the continued growth and development of the division’s business and operations.

Brian Bates (MA ’81) was presented with the St. Thomas More Award by The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Colorado. The Guild presents the award to an attorney who exemplifies the intellect, integrity and moral courage of St. Thomas More in service to God, country and profession. Bates specializes in corporate counsel and commercial litigation.

Suzanne Gagle (Bus ’87, Law ’92) has assumed the role of vice president and general counsel of Marathon Petroleum Corp.

Calvin Nichols (UTCTC ’87, Eng ’88) has been appointed senior vice president of Clarion Corporation of America’s OEM Sales. Clarion, headquartered in Cypress, Calif., has been an international leader in car audio and electronics since 1940.

Kevin Veroneau (Ed ’95) is the new girls’ soccer coach at Sidney High School located in Sidney, Ohio. Veroneau

Chris Weber (Law ’92) was named as managing director of the Columbus law firm, Kagler Brown Hill & Ritter. The firm is Central Ohio’s fourth largest law firm with 75 local attorneys.


Bill Pridgeon (MBA ’00) has been promoted to president and chief financial officer of Hylant, one of the nation’s largest privately owned insurance brokerage firms. In his new role, Pridgeon will be responsible for the overall management and direction of the operational and financial functions of the firm, which includes 14 offices and all related businesses. He is also a member of Hylant’s executive leadership team and board of directors. Hylant is headquartered in Toledo, Ohio.

**Amy Hunter (Bus ’05, MBA ’06) recently became an accredited facilitator of The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, a national program designed to help individuals and organizations reveal what it takes to build a truly cohesive and effective team in the most approachable, competent, and effective way possible. Hunter is a managing partner of Simmons Group, located in Las Vegas, Nev. Simmons Group provides talent management, strategic planning and executive coaching to clients worldwide.

pepper Elizabeth Pepper (Law ’09) was honored as the 2016 Woman of the Year by the Athens Foundation’s Women’s Fund for her work to represent victims of sexual assault. Pepper is the Athens County Chief Assistant Prosecutor. The Women’s Fund aims to support social, educational and artistic projects aimed at improving the quality of life for low-income women and girls in Athens County, Ohio.

Kenneth J. Laurain (A/S ’01) is the new Monroe County Assistant Prosecutor in Michigan. In this role, his principal duties will include the review and authorization of misdemeanor cases as well as being assigned to the docket of First District Judge Jarod M. Calkins.

Andy Billman (A/S ’02) directed the documentary “Believeland” which was premiered at the Cleveland International Film Festival. The documentary, part of ESPN’s “30 for 30” series, attempts to explain the devotion of Cleveland sports fans through the decades of The Drive, The Fumble, The Shot, and The Decision. Read more about Billman’s work:

Brandon R. Bytnar (Law ’08) is an attorney in the law office of Brandon R. Bytnar, P.L. and was recently selected as a 2016 Top 40 Under 40 Trusts & Estates Lawyer in Florida by the American Society of Legal Advocates. Bytnar has practiced law in Naples, Fla. since 2009 and focuses primarily on estate planning, probate & trust administration, elder law, real estate law, and guardianship. Brandon+Bytnar-1

Candice Harrison (A/S ’01) is the new director of communications for The Toledo Museum of Art. Harrison will be responsible for the museum’s internal and external communications, marketing and online communications, and will be involved in advancing the Museum’s strategic objective to engage more diverse audiences.


*Jasmyne Brandon (Comm/Arts ’15) recently relocated to Charlotte, N.C. to work at Central Piedmount Community College as their program assistant for economic recruitment in the corporate and continuing education department.

Births and Marriages
**Dr. Bill Mies (Phm ’61) and Jim Larson were married on April 2 at the Gamble Plantation in Palmetto, Fla. Mies, a retired professor in the College of Pharmacy and former Associate Dean of Student Affairs at UT and Larson, a retired professor and the first full-time director of what is now the Jesup Scott Honors College at UT, met on campus 41 years ago. Jim reports that he wrote the vows as a former English teacher and that Bill’s ethnic heritage – Ukrainian – determined the garb they wore for their special day. Their wedding was attended by 76 people from all over the world, with many former Toledo students, faculty and staff in attendance. The couple will be moving from Ellenton, Fla., to Sarasota, Fla., in August. output_C68FJu
schwellerMartin *Kristin Schweller (HS ’15) and *Kyle Martin (HS ’15) exchanged vows on May 7, 2016 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ottoville, Ohio. Kristin is employed at The University of Toledo and Kyle is an engineer at Owens Illinois Co.
*Robert Michael Wetzel (MED ’16)  and Holly Elizabeth Aselage were married on April 23, 2016 in St. Michael Church in Fort Loramie, Ohio. Holly is employed by the Spa at River Ridge in Dublin, Ohio as the artistic director and Robert is a resident physical at Mount Carmel Health Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in Columbus, Ohio. wetzel
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Dr. Edward C. Kennedy III, Gibsonburg, Ohio at 69. He was a former faculty member in the College of Education.

Sharon Lee (Cichy) Pitney, Maumee, Ohio at 71. She was a former UT employee.

Dr. Michael G. Brattain, Omaha, Neb. at 68. In 1992, Brattain joined MCO as professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, and was named acting chair of the department in 1997 shortly before leaving the college.

Delores “Dee” Davis, Temperance, Mich. at 87. She worked in the College of Pharmacy for 17 years and retired as an executive assistant.

*Eugene DeAngelis (A/S ’62), Toledo at 89. He was a member of the Satellites Auxiliary who volunteered in the Pastoral Care Department.

Bruce D. Gregory, Elmore, Ohio at 83. He worked at UT for 21 years. He was appointed controller in 1971 and was named bursar at 1980, the position he retired from in 1992.

Joyce V. Nantz, Kingwood, Texas at 82. She was a UT employee who retired in 1995.

Dr. Richard E. White, Sylvania, Ohio at 90. White joined the UT College of Education as an associate professor in 1967 and was named a professor two years later. In 1971, White was named assistant dean for finance and budget services for three years before he was promoted to associate dean for administration, a position he held from 1975 to 1985. In addition, White served as interim dean of the College of Education for seven months and as chair of the Department of Higher Education for six years. In 1985, he was named director of the John H. Russel Center for Higher Education. He served two terms on Faculty Senate and was vice chair for one year. During his two decades at the University, White was a member of some 50 dissertation committees and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

**Corlene J. Papenfuss (Bus ’68), Perrysburg, Ohio at 89. She was a former UT Medical Center employee.

Greta R. Bradford, Toledo at 60. She worked in ambulatory and transport services at MCO/MUO/UTMC from 1998 to 2012.

Dr. Thuong Le, Ann Arbor, Mich. at 67. The professor of marketing retired in 2015 after 35 years at the University. Le developed and taught classes on e-commerce, supply chain management and international business.

Dr. Sam B. Nadler, Toledo at 76. He was a visiting scholar in the Department of Mathematics from 2007 to 2011.

Matthew Obee, Woodville, Ohio at 56. He was a plumber in the Maintenance Department from 1978 to 2001.

Kurt K. Zimmerman, Toledo at 77. He was a former placement director in the UT Career Services Office. He retired from UT in 1998 after 18 years of service.

**Clark Pringle, Holland, Ohio at 65.


Esther Spearing (Ed ’41), Temperance, Mich. at 96.

*Francis Pizza (Bus ’49), Sylvania, Ohio at 90.


Evelyn Ballogg (Ed ’50), Park Ridge, Ill. at 86.

Nancy Park (Ed ’54), Auburn, Ind. at 83.

Winona Schafer (MEd ’59), Oak Harbor, Ohio at 85.

*Leonard Kreinbrink (Ed ’59, Med ’65), Toledo at 79.

Thomas Burnep (Bus ’53), West Hartford, Conn. at 85.

*Philip Long (Eng ’56, MEng ’60), Largo, Fla. at 81.

Margaret Gow (Ed ’58), Toledo at 79.

Richard Farman (Bus ’50), Bonaire, Ga. at 88.


**Lt. Col. Richard Kury (UTCTC ’69), Boardman, Ohio at 68.

Sharon Webster (Med ’67), Janesville, Wis. at 71.

*JoAnn Bean (Ed ’69, Med ’01), Ottawa Lake, Mich. at 68.

Ahmad Khan (UTCTC ’68), Toledo at 78.

**Barry Liber (Bus ’67), Ottawa Hills, Ohio at 71.

**Corlene Papenfuss (Bus ’68), Perrysburg, Ohio at 89.

Millicent Tropf (A/S ’68), Fort Myers, Fla. at 87.

Richard Harris (Bus ’61), Toledo at 85.

James Liwo (Eng ’66), Toledo at 72.

Ronald Lincoln (UTCTC ’62), Holland, Ohio at 75.


Tom Ley (UTCTC ’76), Delta, Ohio at 75.

Robert Wulf (Eng ’70), Maumee, Ohio at 75.

Margaret May (Ed ’75), Baton Rouge, La at 63.

Frederick Palm (Bus ’73), Toledo at 66.

Thomas Pawlecki (Bus ’71), Waterville, Ohio at 70.

June Edmunds (A/S ’76), Ottawa Hills, Ohio at 92.

Jesse Adams (Ed ’75), Toledo at 77.

Gloria Penn (MEd ’75), Toledo at 71.

Gregg Faunce (UTCTC ’72), Toledo at 64.


Barbara Costic (Univ Coll ’85), Bowling Green, Ohio at 53.

Michael Sexton (Bus ’82), Toledo at 63.

Karen Ramirez (UTCTC ’80), Toledo at 69.

Christie Kennelly (UTCTC ’81), Toledo at 54.

Regan Smith (Bus ’82), Toledo at 56.

Sidney Mallory (UTCTC ’84, Univ Coll ’88), West Chester, Pa. at 56.

Ronald Langenderfer (Bus ’85, Law ’90), Toledo at 65.

David Ringenbach (Bus ’86), Northwood, Ohio at 58.


Kenneth Arquette (UTCTC ’93, Univ Coll ’95), Toledo at 43.

Karen Stack (Bus ’91, Med ’10), Sylvania, Ohio at 49.

Darling Mensing (Ed ’91), Martin, Ohio at 56.

Sandra Reecer (UTCTC ’92), Silver Springs, Fla. at 65.


Brianna Bertok-Schack (NRS ’06, MNRS ’10), Dayton, Ohio at 33.

*Annual Alumni Association Member
**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

Comments are closed.