Class Notes

March 27th, 2017 Posted in Class notes/In memoriam

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Craig A. Schmidt (Univ Coll ’76) has been selected as the new chief executive officer of the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce. His most recent role was as the executive director of Chamber of Commerce in Mammoth Lakes, Calif.

The Hon. James E. Barber (Law ’73) retired from the Fulton County Common Pleas Court after 30 years. Barber is the longest-sitting judge in the court’s history. In his retirement, he will focus on his three children and two grandchildren, and plans to indulge in fishing, drawing and painting. He may write a memoir about his experiences on the bench, and he’ll keep his feet in the profession by offering his services as a visiting judge.

*Jon Strole (Bus ’79) assumed the role of CFO at Hylant, a full-service insurance brokerage with 14 offices in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, and Florida. Strole will lead finance, analysis, real estate and strategic vendor relationships, and oversee the Hylant 401k plan.


Patricia R. Richards (A/S ’83) was appointed chair of the Salt Lake City Branch board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Richards is president and chief executive officer at SelectHealth, Inc., a wholly-owned not-for-profit health plan subsidiary of Intermountain Healthcare, one of the nation’s top-ranked integrated health systems.

*Dr. Shelley McNally (A/S ’98, MA ’06, PhD ’16) is the new clinical assistant professor and executive director of education programs at the Jean Tyson Child Development Study Center at the University of Arkansas. Her responsibilities include leading management of the children’s program; working with center faculty and faculty researchers; maintaining national accreditation; training future early childhood education professionals; working with family; making key enrollment decisions; providing support and education to parents; and collaborating on research using the center.
Jeffrey J. Rosengarten (Bus ’93) was announced as a new owner of the firm Payne Nickles & Company, CPAs, with offices located in Norwalk and Sandusky, Ohio. The firm is locally owned and their team of business advisors and CPAs provide forward-looking, client-oriented professional accounting and advisory services.

Matthew M. Jones (Eng ’98) was promoted to partner of Chagrin Valley Engineering, Ltd. He is an active member of the Municipal Engineers Association of Northeast Ohio and the Lake Erie chapter of the American Society of Highway Engineers. Currently Jones acts as the city engineer for the city of Brunswick, Ohio, and handles other municipal and private management projects.

Rebecca E. Shope (Law ’08) was elected to partnership at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in the Toledo office. She is a member of the labor and employment and litigation practice groups. Shope represents employers in administrative and litigation matters, and assists employers in navigating complex employment laws and regulations. Additionally, she represents clients in divorce and child custody matters, and is trained in collaborative divorce law matters. Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is a full-service law firm and a premier provider of quality legal services with five offices in three states.

Dr. Jakleen M. Labbad (MED ’06) is now accepting patients at Fisher-Titus Family Medicine in Wakeman, Ohio. Labbad offers a full-spectrum family medicine for patients of all ages. She also provides care as a hospitalist at Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

Sheri Bokros (A/S ’04) was named a shareholder to the ownership group of Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. She serves as vice president of business development and has been with the firm for more than 12 years. Bokros is responsible for strategic planning, business development and the promotion of long-term client relationships. She directs marketing and sales efforts in the firm’s 11 offices throughout Ohio and Michigan and is credited with helping to improve Mannik & Smith Group’s market position while achieving steady and consistent growth.
Rahul Parab (MEng ’03) was selected as one of Engineering News-Record New York’s 2017 Top Young Professionals. He is an assistant department manager at Dewberry, a leading, market-facing firm with a proven history of providing professional services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. Parab is a member of the firm’s water resource group with more than 15 years of engineering experience in the planning and design of water-related infrastructure for coastal and riverine projects.

Michael J. Riesen (Law ’08, MEng ’08) was announced as a partner in the BakerHostetler law firm’s Atlanta office. He is a member of the Intellectual Property Group, focusing his practice on patent prosecution, including preparing and prosecuting domestic and international patent applications, managing patent portfolios, and providing patentability and freedom to operate opinions.


Amanda Patton (A/S ’10) was in the 614Columbus, 2017 Interview Issue, which featured 10 people in Columbus who have made a positive impact. She is a pro-choice activist, and strong supporter of women’s rights. She attributes finding communications and the broadcast studio, a place where she found a sense of community, to her time at UT.

Births and Marriages

*Angie Moore (Law ’16) and David Zavac (Law ’14) announced their engagement and are planning a wedding for June 3. Angie is an attorney at the Lucas County Public Defender’s Office, and David is a teacher at St. John Jesuit High School in Toledo.

Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Dr. Marion S. Boss, Toledo, 76. She began teaching in the Special Education Department in 1985, later moving to the Criminal Justice Department. In 1992, she founded the UT Court Academy, an advanced special education teacher training collaborative between the College of Education, the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas Juvenile Division, and the Child Study Institute. The program was recognized as one of the state’s innovators in education in 1997, by Ohio’s Building Excellent Schools for Today and the 21st Century. Boss also directed the School for Autistically Impaired Learners, a program that provided teaching opportunities for UT graduate students at St. Vincent Medical Center. She served as associate dean of research and graduate education in the College of Health and Human Services. Boss retired in 2007.

Mary Lou Fox, Perrysburg, Ohio, 85. She was a local benefactor and former member of the UT Foundation Board of Trustees. She established the Gina Rheinfrank Foley Endowment in her daughter’s honor.

Dorothy L. (Zurkammer) May (UTCTC ’73), Toledo, 90. She was a secretary in the UT Psychology Department from 1967 until her retirement in 1992.

Dr. Brian Anse Patrick, Palmyra, Mich. He joined the UT faculty in 2000 and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in research methods, group communication, propaganda, and persuasion. A nationally recognized expert on American gun culture, he wrote, lectured, and was interviewed on firearm rights and propaganda. He was the author of numerous scholarly articles and five books. In 2012, he was one of 25 UT faculty members who received the Student Impact Award. Those honored were selected based on nominations highlighting ways faculty members positively influenced students through enthusiasm, knowledge, dedication, and creativity.

Virginia E. “Ginny” (Jacobs) Dietrick, Keithville, La., 98. She worked in the Audio-Visual Department at UT from 1961 until her retirement in 1979.

Gloria A. (Fluharty) Drake, Sylvania, Ohio, 90. She was a nurse at the Medical College of Ohio Hospital from 1963 until her retirement in 1989.

Tamara S. “Tami” (Chamberlin) Komisarek, Whitehouse, Ohio. She joined the UT staff in 2009 as an analyst in the Budget Office.

Franklin W. Potts, Pemberville, Ohio, 97. He was a fire services consultant in vocational education at UT from 1968 to 1973.

Daniel J. Richardson, Columbus, Ohio, 67. He was a respiratory care practitioner at the Medical College of Ohio, the Medical University of Ohio, and the University of Toledo Medical Center from 1981 to 2010.

Monica (Boos) Shoviak (A/S ’98), Toledo, 49. She was a former UT instructor.

Everett E. “Willie” Williamson, Estero, Fla., 82. He held several positions at the University from 1983 to 1997. Williamson was a member of the UT Retirees Association.

Jeanne M. Bloom, Toledo, 90. She was a former employee of the UT Bookstore.

Sharon C. Heuring, Oregon, Ohio, 59. She was a former UT instructor.

Anna H. James, Toledo, 79. She was an academic advisor at the University and retired in 2002.

**Dr. James B. Farison (Eng ’60), Waco, Texas, 78. He began teaching at UT in 1964 as an assistant professor of electrical engineering. Two years later, he was promoted to associate professor and to professor in 1974. He was named the first assistant dean for graduate programs in the College of Engineering in 1969. One year later, he was tapped to serve as acting dean of the college and was selected as the seventh dean in 1971. He returned to the faculty in 1980, and he moved from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department to the Bioengineering Department in 1996. He retired in 1998. During his career, he collected several honors, including UT’s 1986 Outstanding Teacher Award, 1983 UT College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus designation, and the Technical Society of Toledo’s 1984 Engineer of the Year recognition. In 1979, he was named a fellow of the Ohio Academy of Science. Farison was also a member of the Faculty Senate and the Sigma Xi Chapter.

Beverly L. Patrick, Maumee, Ohio, 84. She chaired several committees over the years and started the American Red Cross blood drives at the Medical College of Ohio, where she was a charter member of the Satellites Auxiliary.

**Jean Bleasdale (att. 1959), Sylvania, Ohio, 80.


Charles Hardy (Ed ’49), Newark, Ohio, 91.

**Patricia Sorenson (A/S ’47), 89.

Harold Boehler (Bus ’40), Toledo, 98.

Harry Schaaf (Bus ’49), Sylvania, Ohio, 93.


Jack Stone (Bus ’55), Boynton Beach, Fla., 84.

**Dr. Anson Spohler (Ed ’51), Port Saint Lucia, Fla., 88.

Lois McGee (Ed ’55), Willoughby, Ohio, 91.

**Robert Beauch (Eng ’50), Holland, Ohio, 87.

Mark Welker (MEd ’56), Toledo, 95.

Jack Zohn (Bus ’56), 87.

Stephan George (’51), Toledo, 92.


Marilyn Ulrich (’60), Toledo, 78.

Charles Murawa (Bus ’62), Toledo, 82.

Terry Hartkopf (A/S ’69), Sylvania, Ohio, 67.

Thomas Rupp (Eng ’61), Put-in-Bay, Ohio, 82.

Joseph Swiergosz (Bus ’68), Toledo, 77.

Curtis Penn (Bus ’60), Toledo, 78.

James Adams (Ed Spec ’69), Toledo, 92.

Dale Lutz (Ed ’68), West Palm Beach, Fla., 70.

Minnetta Probert (Ed ’61), Hillsdale, Mich., 99.


**Harold Hanna (Law ’70), Bowling Green, Ohio, 70.

Mary Towse (Med ’74, MA ’87, Med ’93), Toledo, 85.

Barbara Cooper (UTCTC ’73), Swanton, Ohio, 63.

Paul Komisarek (A/S ’77), Flat Rock, Mich., 61.

**June Braden (UTCTC ’77), Edgewater, Fla., 80.

Linda Meyer (Ed ’72, MEd ’76), Sylvania, Ohio, 65.

Sarah Stone (UTCTC ’76), Northwood, Ohio, 76.

**Richard Braden (UTCTC ’76, Univ Coll ’82), Edgewater, Fla., 84.

Thomas Dixon (Eng ’78), Toledo, 82.

Dr. Elliott Saferin (RES ’74), Toledo, 71.

Donald Gembolis (UTCTC ’76, Eng ’79), Toledo, 64.


Ruth Seed (A/S ’84, MEd ’86), Toledo, 80.

*Doris Powell (A/S ’80), Toledo, 89.

Patrick Kilcorse (UTCTC ’82), Honolulu, Hawaii, 59.

Anne Marie Czubek (Univ Coll ’82), Toledo, 65.

Debbie Williams (MBA ’86, Law ’86), Laguna Woods, Calif., 62.

Patricia Cleland-Blinn (UTCTC ’89), South Glens Falls, N.Y., 80.

Michael Skali (Univ Coll ’87), Kansas City, Mo., 67.

Karen Keller (UTCTC ’88), Toledo, 79.

Janet Howard (Univ Coll ’89), Temperance, Mich., 69.


Walter Szczesny (UTCTC ’91, Univ Coll ’96), Toledo, 47.

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