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July 14th, 2016 Posted in Class notes/In memoriam

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Alton “Bud” Gladieux (Ed ’46) attended the celebration of 100 years of men’s basketball at UT. Gladieux joined the team in 1942 as a freshman, and was a member of the men’s team that won 22 games before falling in the NIT, then the country’s premier postseason tournament. He was honored at the game during the celebration. Gladieux
capozzi Anthony P. Capozzi (Law ’70) has been elected chairperson of the Commission on Judicial Performance, an independent state agency responsible for investigating complaints of judicial misconduct and disciplining judges. Capozzi operates his own law firm in Fresno, Calif. and focuses mainly on criminal justice law.
Mark Holycross (MS ’78) was honored with the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award in April 2016. The Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes dedicated and committed faculty from 20 SCICU member institutions who work one-on-one with students whom they also serve as advisers, mentors and friends. Holycross is a professor of physical science and physics at Spartanburg Methodist College in Spartanburg, S.C. MarkHolycross
driscoll Dr. Peter Driscoll (RES ’86) is the new general surgeon at Lincoln County Medical Center in Ruidoso, N.M. Driscoll is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and a member of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Vimal Kumar (A/S ’81, MED ’86) joined the Bellevue Hospital’s Pain Management Center as a member of the medical staff. Kumar is a pain management physician specialist and is board certified in pain management and anesthesiology.

Jim Beckman (Bus ’87) retired from the accounting firm Ernst and Whinney in April 2016 after more than 28 years of service. In his retirement, Jim plans to stay in the Toledo area and become more involved with community organizations. beckman
becker Dr. Janine Becker (UTCTC ’80, Univ Coll ’82) is the new dean of enrollment at Keystone College, located in La Plume, Pa. Becker brings with her more than 25 years of experience in higher education, finance and marketing.

Dave Deptula (Law ’84) was appointed to the newly-created position of VP of Legal and Special Projects for Dayton Freight Lines, Inc., located in Dayton, Ohio. Depulta will be involved in corporate legal matters and contracts, and pro-general accounting, tax and finance assistance to the company and its shareholders.

Paul Suber (Eng ’84, MBA ’91) has been named vice president, business development & manufacturing excellence at Metaldyne Performance Group Inc., a leading provider of highly-engineered components for use in powertrain and safety-critical applications for the global light, commercial and industrial vehicle markets.

Dr. Jeffrey L. Spiess (MED ’80) recently received the Josefina B. Magno Distinguished Hospice Physician Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The award recognizes a hospice medical director or hospice physician who provides the highest quality services and innovative programs and who demonstrates exemplary dedication to the practice of palliative medicine in a hospice setting. Speiss
beyer Michael Beyer (Bus ’91) is the new chief financial officer for Chassix, a global automotive supplier of precision casting and machining solutions. Beyer will be responsible for providing strategic guidance and oversight to corporate finance, treasury, financial planning and analysis, reporting, tax, and investor relations. Chassix is headquartered in Southfield, Mich.
*Dr. Gireesh Gupchup (PharmD ’90, PharmD ’93) was named as the new dean of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) School of Pharmacy. SIUE is located in Edwardsville, Ill. gupchup

Ted Bradley (Eng ’93) was appointed as the director of sales at B’laster Corporation. In his new position, he is responsible for developing and implementing all sales strategy, as well as managing the sales team. B’laster Corporation, located in Valley View, Ohio, manufactures penetrants, lubricants, rust inhibitors, and a full line of specialty, highly concentrated formulas for the automotive, industrial and hardware industries.

weber Chris Weber (Law ’92) is the new managing director of the law firm Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter, located in Columbus, Ohio. Weber is a professional responsibility and trial lawyer who joined the firm in 1991.
**Nadine Hoffmann (UTCTC ’94, Univ Coll ’07) is the recipient of the UT College of Engineering’s Outstanding Staff award for Spring 2016 and also the Alice H. Skeens Outstanding University Woman Award 2016. Hoffmann works at UT as an assistant to the interim undergraduate dean in the College of Engineering. College of Engineering 2nd Donor Recipient Brunch

Randy Krupp (UTCTC ’93) was honored as Bedford Township’s Deputy of the Year for Monroe County, Mich.


Robin Clancy (A/S ’06) has received two scholarships from Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science: the Mary T. Kim Endowed Scholarship, and the Vanita Scholars in Youth Librarianship Scholarship. Clancy’s career goal is to continue serving children and young adults by providing access to information in a library setting.

ben_brydges *Ben Brydges (Eng ’06, MBA ’14) assumed the role of senior program manager for Dana Holding Corporation’s new axle assembly facility, based in Toledo. Brydges joined Dana in 2003 as an applications engineer and has held other critical roles within Light Vehicle Driveline Technologies, including master data global lead, global program manager, and most recently, operations manager in Fort Wayne, Ind., since August 2015. In his most recent role, he improved efficiencies in numerous departments by reducing scrap and overtime, as well as improving labor efficiency. The new axle assembly facility will integrate Dana’s best global manufacturing practices and advanced operating systems, while assembling the latest axle technologies.

Ted Rath (Ed ’07) joined the medical department of the Miami Dolphins, an NFL team located in Miami, Fla., as the new assistant strength and conditioning coach. Rath will proactively focus on injury-prevention techniques by concentrating on players’ wellness.

Alex Hale (Law ’13) has been appointed to the position of Assistant Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney. Hale is assigned to the civil division of the prosecutor’s office. The civil division is the legal advisor to all county boards, county agencies, county elected officials, and township trustees, boards and commissions. hale
Births and Marriages
Torongo *Brianna Torongo (LLSS ’15) and Marcus Castro announced their engagement and are planning a September 23, 2016 wedding at Stone Ridge Golf Club in Bowling Green, Ohio. Brianna is employed by NorthWest Community Corrections Center in Bowling Green, Ohio and Marcus is employed at Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Maumee, Ohio.
Christa Lynn Adams (A/S ’09) and Ryan Lee Firsdon were wed on May 14, 2016. Christa is currently the human resource director for Ohioans Home Healthcare, Inc. in Perrysburg, Ohio and Ryan is an assistant parts manager for Lower Great Lakes Kenworth, also located in Perrysburg, Ohio. adams
zenczak Emily Zenczak (HS ’12) and *Duane Mancini (Pharm ’12, PharmD ’14) are engaged and planning a July 30, 2016 wedding.
John Joseph Stefancin (MED ’02) and Candace Marie Barak were married on June 4, 2016. The reception was held at The Lake Club in Youngstown, Ohio. John, an orthopedic surgeon, practices at University Orthopaedics in Youngstown and Candace is a nurse anesthetist at the Surgical Hospital at Southwoods in Boardman, Ohio. Stefancin

Jereme George Frey (Law ’12) and Sarah Mae Maxwell announced their engagement and will wed on September 3 at Mount Olivet United Church of Christ in North Lima, Ohio. A reception will follow at Avion on the Water in Canfield, Ohio. Jereme is an analyst for EdgePoint Capital in Beachwood, Ohio and Sarah is a physician liaison for University Hospitals in Cleveland.

*Ross Wuebker (Eng ’14) and Kelly Dahlinghaus were married on May 14, 2016 in Minster, Ohio. Ross is employed by the Auglaize County Engineers Department and Kelly is a physical therapist at Community Sports and Therapy.

Kesler Bryant Alan Kesler (Eng ’13) and Julie Marie Buescher exchanged vows on July 16, 2016 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos, Ohio. Bryant is employed at Allen Soil and Water Conservation District in Lima, Ohio and Julie is a teacher at Sts. Peter and Paul School in Ottawa, Ohio.
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Ryan A. Kelso, Perrysburg, Ohio at 41. He was a nurse and operations supervisor in the operating room at the UT Medical Center from 2006 to 2011.

Dr. Dean J. Reichenbach, Sandusky, Ohio at 80. He was a clinical assistant professor of medicine from 1982 to 2011.

**Dr. Bonnie J. Sloan (Ed ’52, MEd ’62, PhD ’78), Holland, Ohio at 84. She was an education instructor.

**Marsha M. (Hailman) Brown (MNRS ’94, Post Grad NRS ’01), Whitehouse, Ohio at 69. She was a member of the nursing staff and worked in various units, including critical care and surgery recovery, and was also a nursing supervisor. Brown became a nursing instructor in 1994. In 2008, she was named assistant professor of nursing, a title she held until her retirement in 2011. She also served as advanced practice nurse clinical coordinator from 2009 to 2011.

Richard K. Ransom, Sylvania, Ohio at 96. The local businessman founded Hickory Farms in 1959 and the company expanded to more than 450 franchised stores and 80 company-owned stores by 1980 when he sold it. Known for his philanthropy, Ransom was a former board member of both the UT Foundation and the MUO Foundation. He was also a member of the Presidents Club.

Catherine P. Ruby, Toledo at 93. She was an assistant professor in the College of Nursing from 1974 to 1980 and also taught in 1982 and 1983.

William H. Ryan (Eng ’77), Sylvania, Ohio at 78. He was a former UT instructor.

Mary Kay (Toth) Widener, Toledo at 55. She joined the MCO staff in 1999 as a delivery worker in Receiving.

*Egbert Brown, Dublin, Ohio at 78.


**Raymond Rex (Eng ’49), Boca Raton, Fla. at 95.

Shirley Leveton Hes (Bus ’47), at 90.

Kermit Hatfield (Bus ’49), Cincinnati, Ohio at 92.


Morton Leveton (Bus ’51, Law ’55), Toledo at 87.

Paul Smith (Eng ’50), Glen Ellyn, Ill. at 87.

James Schroeder (Bus ’50), Terre Haute, Ind. at 92.

**Clarence Pawlicki (Eng ’50), Palm City, Fla. at 88.


Patrick Hiller (UTCTC ’67), Willoughby, Ohio at 70.

**Dr. Roger Bell (MEd ’67), Sanibel, Fla. at 79.

Mary Martin (Ed ’69), Toledo at 92.

Jeanette Deye (Ed ’68), Sylvania, Ohio at 90.


James Steele (UTCTC ’77), Toledo at 61.

Terry Burns (Ed ’72), Toledo at 68.

James O’Connor (Univ Coll ’77), Maumee, Ohio at 78.

Roger Hendrickson (A/S ’75), Berkey, Ohio at 84.

Abdul-Rahman Smiley (Eng ’77, MEng ’87), Toledo at 61.

Donald Backus (UTCTC ’78, Bus ’80), Toledo at 66.

Carolyn Gates (UTCTC ’77), Toledo at 74.

Beatrice Rummell (UTCTC ’76, Univ Coll ’84), Toledo at 76.

Judith Haugh (A/S ’70), Toledo at 79.


Catherine Peacock (UTCTC ’86, UTCTC ’86), Toledo at 56.

Robert Folk (Univ Coll ’83), Northwood, Ohio at 72.

John Lynch (A/S ’80), Toledo at 62.

Tracy Guthrie (A/S ’81, MBA ’83), Maumee, Ohio at 56.

Marie Lonz (Ed ’89), Toledo at 85.

Judith Williams (UTCTC ’89), Toledo at 71.

Johanna Galevi (A/S ’88), Toledo at 86.


Dr. Meral Gknar (MEd ’94), San Fernando, Calif. at 87.

Carol Dodd (Univ Coll ’99), Toledo at 59.


Brendan Wilde (A/S ’07), Toledo at 34.

William Samiec (Univ Coll ’07), Swanton, Ohio at 76.

Michael Walker (HSHS ’02), Toledo at 67.

Warren Clark (MA ’06), Columbus, Ohio at 69.


Dr. Cyrus Chan (RES ’13), Holland, Ohio at 39.

Stephanie Zunk (MA ’10), Monclova, Ohio at 34.

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