Class Notes

September 6th, 2016 Posted in Class notes/In memoriam

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*Robert Lang (Law ’78) joined the law firm Fox Rothschild as partner, in their Atlantic City, N.J. office. Lang advises individuals, families and small business owners on a wide range of matters, including estate planning, estate administration, real estate transactions and business succession strategies.

Brown *Dr. Kelli Brown (Univ Coll ’82, Med ’84) was named as interim president of Valdosta State University, located in Valdosta, Georgia. Brown previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville.
Jonathan Mack (Law ’83) was selected as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in Pennsylvania by The National Trial Lawyers Association, an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who met qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. In addition, Mack has been chosen, for the second consecutive year, by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel for its Nation’s Top Attorneys recognition, and selected for the sixth consecutive year by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine for inclusion in its Super Lawyers list. Mack is an owner and partner in the Indiana-based law firm of Marcus & Mack. Mack
Rossi Pam Rossi (A/S ‘82) published “Over Easy: Conversations with Pam Rossi,” a 500-page book based on her Sunday morning radio show “Over Easy,” featuring interviews with both national and local music artists. Rossi’s radio show airs on 94.7 WCSX, a Detroit classic rock station.
*Dr. Elizabeth D. Ramos (A/S ’92) won three faculty awards in 2016 at her position as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics and Allied Dental programs at the Indiana University School of Dentistry, located on the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus. Ramos received the IUPUI Women’s History Month Leadership Newcomer Faculty Award, the IUPUI Trustees’ Teaching Award for the IU School of Dentistry, and the American Academy of Periodontology Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in Periodontics Award for the IU School of Dentistry. RAMOS

*Dr. Thomas Sodeman (MED ’95) was selected to be the next commander of the 180th Medical Group, part of the 180th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard, located in Swanton, Ohio.

stevens truss Dr. Regina Stevens-Truss (PharmD ’93) was awarded Kalamazoo College’s highest teaching honor, the Florence J. Lucasse Lectureship for Outstanding Classroom Teaching. Stevens-Truss is a medicinal biochemist who has taught at Kalamazoo College since 2000.
*Joel Siefert (Bus ’96, MBA ’97) became a shareholder of Johnson Investment Counsel, an employee-owned, independent wealth management firm with over $8 billion in assets, located in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Siefert is a portfolio manager and holds the chartered financial analyst designation. siefert

Dr. Kenneth A. Kearns (MED ’06) joined the Philadelphia Hand Center, internationally-renowned experts in orthopaedics of the hand, wrist, arm, elbow, and shoulder. Kearns is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, shoulder and elbow specialist, and award-winning research physician.

Behniaye Dr. Hossein Behniaye (A/S ’01, MED ’06) is a new physician with Hannibal Regional Healthcare Group (HRMG), located in Hannibal, Mo. HRMG is a growing multi-specialty physician group continuing to expand primary and specialty care services to meet the health needs of northeast Missouri and west central Illinois residents.

Steve Elliott (Ed ’00) was named head coach of the Sylvania Northview High School Wildcats hockey team. Elliott teaches at Crissey Elementary in Springfield Schools, located in Holland, Ohio.

David Galluch (MED ’00) won the Ohio Athletic Trainer’s Association 2016 Team Physician Award. Galluch is the team doctor at Shawnee High School, located in Springfield, Ohio, and also works at the Springfield Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Institute.

Dr. Sarah E. Decker (Bus ’04) received a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2016. Following graduation, Decker began a residency in family medicine at Summa Health Akron City Hospital.

*Wayne Gniewkowski (Bus ’03) was promoted to risk consulting principal at Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest public accounting, consulting and technology firms in the nation. Gniewkowski serves financial institution clients in the areas of operational, compliance and information technology risk out of the Columbus, Ohio office. Gniewkowski_Wayne

*Neal Applin (CALL ’14) was hired as the director of transportation for Sylvania, Ohio, Schools. Applin began his new position on August 1.

jaing Yitong Jiang (MA ’10) was selected as one of the two doctoral-level recipients of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies’ Ethos Award at Indiana State University. The Ethos Award recognizes outstanding contributions across all areas including academic performance, research, teaching and service. She was also selected as an Outstanding Graduate Assistant by the department of earth and environmental systems.

Dr. Megan M. Montague (A/S ’12, A/S ’12) received a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2016. Following graduation, Montague began a residency in pediatrics at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

Sondra Parys (A/S ’13) is the new assistant coach of the Queens University of Charlotte women’s volleyball program. Parys was a four-year letter winner for the UT volleyball team. Additionally, she claimed an academic award three of her four years. She was also named to the MAC all-freshman team, all-tournament MVP and made the freshman all-conference team and all-tournament team. Her freshman year she ranked eighth in the conference with 3.32 kills per set.

Births and Marriages

*Eric David Huelskamp (Eng ’15) and Bridget Elizabeth Mescher were married on June 25. Eric is employed by Sapa Extrusion in Sidney, Ohio as a process engineer and Bridget is employed by Lunne Marketing Group in Dayton as a graphic designer.

Rebecca L. Pulfer (HSHS ’12) and Matthew J. Liebrecht (Bus ’13) were wed on June 4 in the St. Jacob Lutheran Church in Anna, Ohio. PulferLiebrecht

Elizabeth Todd (A/S ’09, MHSHS ’11, Ed Spec ’13) and Mark Gallagher (MHSHS ’11, Ed Spec ’13) were united in marriage on June 11 in New Albany, Ohio. Elizabeth is a school psychologist at the River Valley Local Schools district in Caledonia, Ohio and Mark is a school psychologist at Marysville Exempted Schools.

Maddocks Dr. Jordan Maddocks (Pharm ’11, PharmD ’13) and Carly Kalish married on June 4 at Frontline Worship Center in Massillon, Ohio. Jordan is a clinical pharmacist with Orchard Specialty Pharmacy in North Canton and Carly is an administrative assistant at Frontline Worship Center.
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Kelli G. Andres (Bus ’88), Sylvania, Ohio at 51. In the 1990s, she joined UT’s Public Relations Office, where she was responsible for the production of the faculty and staff newsletter. In 1999, she moved to Admissions, where she oversaw marketing, including UT’s view book, Career Series, and other promotional pieces. She left the University in 2001.

Douglas L. Erb, Maumee, Ohio at 69. Erb was a former assistant baseball coach.

James C. Casper (MEd ’58), Sylvania, Ohio at 85. He was coordinator of teacher placement in the College of Education from 1994 to 2001.

Dr. Diane J. Dixon (Ed ’64, Phd ’84), Toledo at 73. Dixon was a former instructor at UT.

Judith A. “Judy” Haas, Toledo at 81. She is a former bookkeeper at the UT Bookstore.

**Patricia A. Hite (MBA ’75), Canal Fulton, Ohio at 65. She is a former UT employee.

Edna M. Holt, Toledo at 75. She was a former MCO/MUO/UTMC employee.

Robert L. “Bob” Homier, Toledo at 70. He was a former instructor who taught accounting.

Philip C. Mueser, Toledo at 75. He was a former instructor at UT.

Dr. Demetrios D. “Spero” Raftopoulos, Lake Mary, Fla. at 90. He joined the College of Engineering faculty in 1967. An accomplished professor of civil and mechanical engineering, Raftopoulos began studying bioengineering after his son died from a rare form of cancer in 1978. That shift to bioengineering and biomechanics resulted in five of his seven U.S. patents. His research focused on the mechanics of the knee, leg, and many other bones in the human body. He earlier concentrated on stress, shock loads, and the effects of the earth’s tremors on nuclear power plants and other large structures. In 1983, he received an award for outstanding research from UT’s chapter of Sigma Xi scientific research honorary. That award later was renamed the Dion. D. Raftopoulos/Signma Xi Award for Outstanding Research in his honor. Raftopoulos served as president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary of the UT chapter of Sigma Xi. In 1989, he was promoted to Life Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Dr. Edwyn D. Smith, Toledo at 82. He was a faculty member in the College of Engineering for 30 years.

Albert G. “AG” Wright III (Ed ’65, MEd ’67, Ed Spec ’78), Maumee, Ohio at 92. He joined UT as a counselor and instructor in general studies in 1967 and was named assistant dean of students at the Community and Technical College in 1968. One year later, he was promoted to associate dean of students at ComTech and held that position until 1973. He continued to teach, redesigned the Career and Self-Evaluation class, and was an advisor and counselor for business management students. He also served on several University committees over the years. In 1989, he retired and was named professor emeritus and he continued to teach on a part-time basis for several years.

Sharon Cutlip, Toledo at 56. She was a former medical assistant at UTMC.

Bridget A. Hogan, Toledo at 54. She worked in the food service at MCO/MUO at UT from 1981 until her retirement in 2011.

Dr. Timothy R. Loeb, Toledo at 81. She taught biology at UT from 1997 to 2002.

Kathleen J. Voight (A/S ’54), Monclova, Ohio at 82. She was a faculty member in Carlson Library. She was professor of library administration when she retired.

Ruth L. (Ott) Klein, Toledo at 84. She worked in the Radiology Department at MCO from 1980 until her retirement in 1994.

Pamela J. Kyle, Toledo at 69. She worked in the College of Education for nearly 30 years, retiring in 2002. She was also briefly a staff member in the College of Law.

James P. “Jimmy” Limongi, Toledo at 74. A former UT Medical Center employee.

David C. Pohlman, Holland, Ohio at 67. He was a cook at UT for more than three decades.

Dr. Phillip A. Whitner (A/S ’78, PhD ’87), Perrysburg, Ohio at 80. In 1983, he was hired as a group leader to work with UT student-athletes. One year later, he was named coordinator of special programs in the Counseling Center and became a counselor in 1987. He was also an instructor of continuing education classes.

D’Arcy Woolson Orde (MEd ’91), Caldwell, Idaho at 79. She worked in the Theatre Department from 1997 to 2002.

*James Rahman, Clermont, Fla. at 81.


*Robert Siegel (Pharm ’49), Toledo, Ohio at 91.

**Alfred Mohr (Bus ’49), Wheelersburg, Ohio at 91.


Joyce Yeager (A/S ’54), Grand Rapids, Ohio at 83.

*James Theaker (Eng ’50), Sylvania, Ohio at 89.

**Carl Roth (MBA ’55), Toledo at 98.

Marilyn Grogg (Ed ’58), Toledo at 84.

*Marlene Weisman (UTCTC ’50), Sylvania, Ohio at 85.


Dennis Keller (A/S ’68, Law ’74), Ottawa Hills, Ohio at 70.

Michael Szolosi (A/S ’66), Columbus, Ohio at 71.

**Carl Conner (Eng ’62), Swartz Creek, Mich. at 77.

**Thomas Lane (Eng ’67), Perrysburg, Ohio at 82.

**Ruth Thompson (Ed ’67, MEd ’74), Waterville, Ohio at 96.

Dennis Hoffer (UTCTC ’68), Oregon, Ohio at 69.

Karl Kish (Univ Coll ’68), Toledo at 75.

Darius Riggs (Eng ’63), Adrian, Mich. at 81.

Jerry Viles (Eng ’65, Univ Coll ’03), Maumee, Ohio at 80.

Robert Wrobel (Bus ’69), Sylvania, Ohio at 72.


Robert Homier (Bus ’73, MBA ’78), Toledo at 70.

Kim Sutkus (Ed ’76), Elmore, Ohio at 62.

**Carol Elter (Ed ’73), Westerville, Ohio at 67.

Robert Aemmer (UTCTC ’73), Toledo at 69.

Thomas Santoro (Ed ’75), Maumee, Ohio at 65.

Larry Kirchhof (Eng ’79), Pickens, S.C. at 71.

Cheryl Kruczkowski (A/S ’75, MEd ’03), Toledo at 63.

Dr. Jeffrey Rice (A/S ’77), Toledo at 61.

William Brenner (A/S ’74, Law ’76), Stryker, Ohio at 63.

Peter Miller (MBA ’74), Camden, Mich. at 76.


Susan Slovak (MEd ’83, Ed Spec ’85), Oregon, Ohio at 74.

Michelle McCormick (UTCTC ’88), Toledo at 48.

Dr. Robert Kahle (PhD ’80), Monclova, Ohio at 67.


Richard Hunt (Univ Coll ’92), Toledo at 99.


Travis Robertson (Law ’08), Coldwater, Mich. at 33.

Marie Montrie (Univ Coll ’03), Toledo at 59.


*Tiffany Johnson (Bus ’15), at 31.


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