Class Notes

July 13th, 2017 Posted in Class notes/In memoriam

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George Palovich (Ed ’60) received the Best of Show Award in the West Valley Art Museum’s “Celebration of Artists” exhibition at its gallery in Peoria City Hall. The award-winning oil painting is titled “Sita Contemplates.” Palovich retired in January, but still teaches drawing at the Adult Learning Center in Sun City West, Ariz.
**Joel Levitan (Pharm ’69) was installed as executive committee member-at-large in the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA). Levitan has practiced community pharmacy in the city of Toledo for 48 years. For 28 years, he has served in leadership roles with the Toledo Academy of Pharmacy. He has served as OPA Trustee since 2012 and is a past recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia Award for service to his community. He is also a member of the University of Toledo Alumni Association Board of Trustees.

*Jenny Deason Copeland (A/S ’72) is a Nixon administration expert and analyzes the similarities and differences between Trump and Nixon. Deason Copeland was referenced in the news center, an online news resource. In her book, “Tiananmen West: Why Nixon Ordered the Kent State Massacre,” she provides details supporting her theory that Nixon was in direct control of the event.

**Dr. David A. Border (Eng ’76, MEng ’77, PhD ’86) became the faculty senate chair at Bowling Green State University. Border has been a professor at Bowling Green since 1998.

**Dr. John Rudley (Bus ’70) is the new director of the Erin Energy Corp. board of directors. Rudley most recently served as the president of Texas Southern University from February 2008 to July 2016. He is a certified public accountant in Texas. Erin Energy is involved in exploration, development, and production of oil and gas.

*Shannetta Griffin (Eng ’85) was named the Center for Leadership Development Minority Achiever Award recipient in the category of business and industry. Griffin is the senior director of planning and development with the Indianapolis Airport Authority. The Center for Leadership Development awards program honors individuals who have made significant strides to better organizations and communities via their actions throughout their careers.

William Chris (Law ’85) is the new managing partner at Roderick Linton Belfance law firm, located in Akron, Ohio. Chris focuses his practice on insurance defense and coverage, fraud investigation, as well as matters involving real estate, collections, and business litigation.

Richard White (Eng ’80) was promoted to president of SSL Government Systems. White will focus on growth in the U.S. government business as well as developing robust solutions across all U.S. government agencies. SSL, located in Palo Alto, Calif., is a provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems.

Tony Ciaccia (Pharm ’81) was installed to a second term as a Trustee in the Ohio Pharmacists Association. Ciaccia is pharmacy operations supervisor at St. John Medical Center in Westlake.
James Gatrell (MA ’96) is the new provost and vice president for academic affairs at Eastern Illinois University, located in Charleston. As provost, Gatrell will serve as the chief academic officer of the university with responsibility for academic and senior-level internal leadership. The provost also serves as the primary representative for the president in his absence, and supervises and guides the work of the senior university-wide academic staff and the school-based deans.

James Robert Elliott (Law ’96) was presented with the Alumnus of the Year Award by the Greater Scranton Chapter of Penn State University Alumni Association. Elliott owns a law practice in Scranton and focuses on litigation, criminal defense, and appellate practice.

Darren Schimmoeller (Eng ’92) was added to the staff of Mannik & Smith Group LLC as the senior construction engineer for the Ohio transportation construction group. Schimmoeller will focus on leading project delivery, operational coordination, business development, and strategic planning. Mannik & Smith LLC, located throughout Ohio and Michigan, is recognized as a top design firm and a trusted engineering partner of federal, state, and local agencies.

The. Hon. Keith Schierloh (Law ’99) was sworn in as Putnam County’s 16th common pleas court judge. Schierloh is a general practice attorney at Schierloh, O’Malley & Associates, located in Ottawa, Ohio. Establishing a drug court in Putnam County is one of his priorities. Drug courts offer rehabilitation options, rather than jail time, to low-level felony drug offenders.

Dr. Agnes I. Caldwell (A/S ’92, A/S ’92, MA ’94) has been named vice president of academic affairs and academic dean at Defiance College. The independent, liberal arts college in Northwest Ohio offers more than 40 undergraduate programs of study as well as graduate programs in education and business.
Dr. Andrea Milner (Ed ’93, MEd ’01, PhD ’08) is the new vice president and dean of academic affairs at Adrian College. Milner served one year as the institution’s dean of graduate studies.
Dr. William V. Mars (MEng ’99, PhD ’01) was awarded the Rubber Division, American Chemical Society Arnold Smith Special Service Award for his service to the organization. The Arnold Smith Award is one of the highest honors bestowed by the division to members for their volunteer service. Mars is the founder and president of Endurica LLC, located in Findlay, Ohio. Endurica provides pre-prototype solutions for developers seeking durability in elastomer applications.

*Dr. Joel Mayerson (A/S ’90) was elected to the president line of the executive committee of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society in 2016. Mayerson also serves in the president line of the executive committee of the Ohio Orthopedic Society as secretary-treasurer. He is a professor of othopaedics at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and director of the sarcoma program at the Arthur G. James Cancer Center. This year marked his seventh consecutive year of being honored by Castle Connolly as both a Best Cancer Doctor in America as well as a Best Orthopedic Doctor in America.

Dr. Janet Buckenmeyer (MEng ’98, PhD ’01) was appointed dean of the Bayh College of Education at Indiana State University. The college offers baccalaureate to doctoral degree programs for all levels of education and clinical settings.
Clark Carty (MEng ’94) has been promoted to principal engineer at Cisco Systems Inc. Clark is a 16-year veteran of Cisco, a multinational technology conglomerate headquartered in San Jose, Calif., that develops, manufactures, and sells networking hardware, telecommunications equipment, and other high-technology services and products.
Tasha Markovich (Eng ’05) received the Thomas J. Froehlich Award from Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science. The award is given to a graduate who demonstrates academic excellence and promise for leadership in the field of information architecture and knowledge management.

Sandy Brazeau (HSHS ’09, MHSHS ’14) was inducted in the Swanton High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Brazeau was a four-time varsity letter winner in track and field and a three-time league champion. She currently holds the school record in both the shot put and the discus. Brazeau participated in four years of track at UT, earning her varsity letter her freshman year, and was ranked the top freshman thrower in the Mid-American Conference.

Alan Miller (Eng ’02) joined the team at Russell Planning and Engineering as a project engineer. Located in Durango, Colo., Russell provides services in land planning, entitlement, civil engineering, landscape design, and construction management.

Dr. Tara Green (PharmD ’00) is the recipient of the Ohio Pharmacists Association Good Government Award. The award honors pharmacists who have produced major contributions to the public through government and/or legislative service and dedication at the local, state, or national level. Green is a clinical coordinator for Kroger Pharmacy Columbus Division

Dr. Edward R. Recker (UTCTC ’01, Univ Coll ’02, MED ’08) is the new University of Findlay’s vice president of enrollment management. Recker will lead the university’s enrollment efforts, including overseeing the offices of domestic and international admissions, financial aid, marketing, and the registrar.

Sarah Cullum (Ed ’01, MEd ’07) joined Notre Dame Academy as principal. Located in Toledo, Notre Dame is an all-girls Catholic high school.

Ted Rath (Ed ’07) accepted the position of head strength and conditioning coach for the Los Angeles Rams. Rath is entering his ninth season working in the NFL, and was previously an assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Miami Dolphins.

**Chief Warrant Officer Justin Shedron (A/S ’07, A/S ’07) earned a juris doctor degree from the Widener University Commonwealth Law School, located in Harrisburg, Pa.

Dr. Brandon Craig (Pharm ’05, PharmD ’07) was installed as a Trustee in the Ohio Pharmacists Association. Craig is a clinical pharmacist at Gentry Health Services and practices at Discount Drug Mart.
*Will Lucas (Bus ’14, Bus ’15) was reappointed by Gov. John Kasich to the Ohio Casino Control Commission, a seven-member entity regulating casino gambling in the state. Lucas is the founder and CEO of Classana, an educational resource discovery engine, and Creadio, an internet streaming and marketing firm. He is currently serving on The University of Toledo Board of Trustees.

Richard R. Etter (Univ Coll ’15) was awarded a 2017 National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation military scholarship. The scholarship is given to service members, veterans, and their spouses who are pursuing a counseling education and commit to serving fellow military personnel, veterans, and families upon graduation. Etter is pursuing a master’s degree in the clinical mental health counseling program at UT. Upon graduation, he intends to work with military veterans and their family members.

Dr. Erin L. Thompson (Pharm ’10, PharmD ’12) is the recipient of the Upsher-Smith Excellence in Innovation Award by the Ohio Pharmacists Association. The award honors pharmacists who have demonstrated innovative pharmacy practice resulting in improved patient care by providing effective patient counseling. Thompson is an assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Findlay College of Pharmacy, as well as a clinical pharmacist at the Toledo Clinic Inc.
Jessica Monday (Law ’11) took the oath of office as village solicitor for Carey, Ohio. Monday is employed by Saull Law offices, and concentrates on many different areas of law, including estate planning and administration, real estate, and general civil disputes.

Dr. Vicky Wood (PhD ’12) was selected as the seventh president of the Washington State Community College. The college is located in Marietta, Ohio, and provides residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley the opportunity to enhance skills and broaden understanding.

Births and Marriages
Kaitlyn Louise Krock (Eng ’13) and James Gerald Corcoran II exchanged vows on June 3 in Indianapolis. Kaitlyn is a process developer engineer, and James is a quality engineer; both are employed at Boston Scientific, located in Spencer, Ind.
*Natalie Christine Sabo (HHS ’15) and Tyler James Dix announced their engagement and plan to wed on Oct. 7. Natalie is employed at University Hospitals in Cleveland, and Tyler is employed at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

Brent Lee Bondy (Eng ’02, Law ’08) and Amy Elizabeth Groulx are engaged to be married in August. Brent is employed as corporate counsel for Magna International in Troy, Mich., and Amy is an office manager at Performax Physical Therapy in Woodhaven.

Ben Notario (Univ Coll ’14) and McKinsey Hoover will be married on Sept. 23. Ben is employed by the City of Monroe, Mich., and McKinsey is a CT technologist.

Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

*Winfred “Fred” Fails (MEd ’66, Ed Spec ’79), Maumee, Ohio, 81. He was a former math instructor who helped with the Upward Bound program.

Walda G. Kelly, Toledo, 58. She worked at MCO for 19 years.

Lawrence J. “Larry” Kirsch, Toledo, 85. He worked on campus from 1994 to 2002.

Dorothy J. Martindale, Toledo, 90. She worked at MCO for more than two decades. She joined the staff in 1968 and retired as housekeeping manager in the Environmental Services Department in 1994.

Ray E. Mowery, Toledo, 80. He was a former part-time instructor.

Clark H. Reber (Ed ’50, MEd ’56, Ed Spec ’72, HSHS ’00), Sylvania, Ohio, 88. In 1966, he was named the University’s first director of financial aid. He served in that position until his retirement in 1981.

Theresa “Tessie” (Muszynski) Reiter, Toledo, 97. She was a volunteer with the Satellites Auxiliary.

Theodore J. “Ted” Rondeau, Whitehouse, Ohio, 70. He was a volunteer with the Satellites Auxiliary.

Robert “Leo” Dressel, Toledo, 66. He was a paramedic in the hospital Emergency Department from 1994 to 2011.

Clarence (Jack) Gump, Toledo, 91. He was a part-time instructor who taught Latin from 1999 to 2006.

**Kenneth E. DeShelter (Bus ’57), Naples, Fla., and Dublin, Ohio, 88. He was a former trustee of MCO, appointed to a nine-year term by Gov. Richard Celeste in 1988. He resigned from the board when he moved to Florida in 1994.

John M. Garn, Sylvania, Ohio, 78. He taught at UT from 1994 to 2002.

Roy Treuhaft, Toledo, 100. In 1974, he was appointed to the MCO Board of Trustees by Gov. John Gilligan and later served as chairman. Treuhaft was also a member of the Medical University of Ohio Foundation Board of Trustees from 1979 to 1990. He was a real estate leader in the area for four decades and studied at UT for two years.

Dr. Jaak Panksepp, Bowling Green, Ohio, 73. He was an adjunct professor in psychiatry from 1990 to 2009.

Lovell Jones, Sylvania, Ohio, 94. She was director of day care at MCO when she retired in 1983. Jones joined the day care staff at Maumee Valley Hospital in 1953. She served on the advisory board of the UT Community and Technical College.

**Joan Siegel Katz, Toledo, 82. She was appointed by Gov. Richard Celeste to serve a nine-year term on the UT Board of Trustees from 1984 to 1993. During that time, she participated in the selection of two presidents – Dr. James McComas in 1985 and Dr. Frank Horton in 1988.

Bruce M. “Bruno” Hankins, Pemberville, Ohio, 81. He was a successful insurance salesman who lectured at UT.

Rosemary F. Kwiatkowski, Toledo, 76. She was a member of the Satellites Auxiliary who volunteered in the Orthopaedic Department.

Wendell B. “Wendy” Lawrence, Toledo, 91. He worked at MCO from 1980 until his retirement in 1993. Over the years, Lawrence was the director of cardiac rehabilitation and manager of fitness at the Morse Center.

Melvin R. Nissen, Pemberville, Ohio, 87. He was an electronic technician at UT.

*Dorotha Baum, Toledo, 84.

**Jean Juergens, (att. 1949), 92.

*Donald Hanley (att. 1956), Ottawa Hills, Ohio, 83.

Jeffrey Couturier (att. 1971 to 1975), Toledo, 63.

Eric Alleyne (A/S ’66), Melbourne, Fla. 71. Eric enrolled at Toledo University in September 1962 as a scholarship tennis player from Queens, N.Y., in the Business Department. He pledged and was initiated in the Xi Tau Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in November 1963. He and his line brother Ron Outlaw were the nucleus of establishment of the fraternity’s chapters at TU and BGSU. He was the first African American captain of the UT Tennis Team MAC Champions of 1966. When the team traveled south to the Carolinas, Eric could not stay in the team hotel with his teammates but in private homes. Through it all, Eric persevered beating No. 1 singles players in the ACC, MAC and Big Ten schools. After graduation, Eric was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army serving in Germany and completed his career as an executive for Walmart.


**Helen Miller (MA ’39), Springfield, Ore., 84.


Bette Crowl (UTCTC ’45), Risingsun, Ohio, 93.

**Virginia Hawkins (UTCTC ’45), Perrysburg, Ohio, 92.

**Charles Slonaker (Bus ’43), San Diego, 93.

Dr. Robert Herman (A/S ’42), Saint Marys, Ohio, 96.

Richard Greene (Bus ’49), Maumee, Ohio, 92.

Joseph Scalzo (Law ’48), Toledo, 66.


**Xenophon Koinis (Eng ’59), Matthews, N.C., 85.

Ray Torquato (Bus ’51), Mechanicsburg, Pa., 92.

Jean Fenneman Townsend (MEd ’54), East Amherst, N.Y., 95.

*The Hon. J. Bowman (Bus ’54, Law ’59), Toledo, 86.

*Paul Heinrichs (Eng ’53, MEng ’57), Toledo, 87.

Mary Flahiff (Bus ’53), 85.

Roger Kirk (Eng ’50), Northwood, Ohio, 88.

Larry Brechbill (Ed ’57, MEd ’68), Toledo, 81.

James Morris (Eng ’51), Toledo, 90.

Keith Larzelere (Pharm ’53), Somerset Center, Mich., 87.

Richard Reinlein (Eng ’55), Southfield, Mich., 85.

Harold Bleuler (Eng ’57), Chattanooga, Tenn., 86.

Charles Horning (Pharm ’58), Copley, Ohio, 85.

*William Smith (Ed ’56), Toledo, 83.

Norman Kay (Bus ’53), Walnut Creek, Calif., 86.


**Jon Rhoades (Ed ’61), Temperance, Mich., 79.

Kathryn Brucaker (A/S ’64), Lady Lake, Fla., 74.

James Cairns (Bus ’66), Toledo, 74.

Clifford Lick (Eng ’68), Toledo, 71.

Nancy Greenspoon (UTCTC ’69), Sylvania, Ohio, 67.

William Bowman (Ed ’60), Oregon, Ohio, 85.

Joseph Scalzo (Bus ’68, Law ’77), Toledo, 70.

Harry Hetzel (Bus ’67), Lambertville, Mich., 84.

Ronald Dossat (Bus ’69), Toledo, 83.

Viola Jones (Ed ’61, MEd ’78), 94.

Suzanne Casey (Ed ’65, MEd ’83), Maumee, Ohio, 73.

Jeffrey LaVoy (Bus ’66), Toledo, 73.

**Thomas Weber (UTCTC ’68), Ooltewah, Tenn., 69.

Alexander Nowakowski (Eng ’68), Toledo, 73.

Richard Moser (Eng ’68, MEng ’71), Portland, Ore., 81.

Alice Gaiffe (Ed ’66), 90.

Peter Vrahotes (Law ’64), Largo, Fla., 86.

Shirley Harris (A/S ’69), Toledo, 86.

David Fogle (Pharm ’64), Columbus, Ohio, 75.

James Rogers (UTCTC ’67), Gregory, Mich., 76.

Herbert Shugarman (UTCTC ’62), Sylvania, Ohio, 76.


Thomas Williams (MEd ’78), Lambertville, Mich., 69.

Robert Koester (Eng ’77), Mogadore, Ohio, 61.

Carol Mason (UTCTC ’76), Maumee, Ohio, 78.

Richard Francis (UTCTC ’70), Temperance, Mich., 67.

Shirley Fitzgerald-Oliver (Bus ’79), Newport News, Va., 67.

Gordon Saam (Ed ’76), Fremont, Ohio, 86.

David Butler (Bus ’72), Lancaster, Ohio, 66.

Debra Shaffer (Ed ’76, MEd ’96), Toledo, 62.

Lovell Jones (UTCTC ’73), Maumee, Ohio.

Michael Manthey (Univ Coll ’76), Hudson, Mont., 62.

Suzanne Soncrant (A/S ’70), Fremont, Ind., 68.

Christine Holliday (A/S ’75, MA ’77, Ed Spec ’91), Toledo, 64.

Peter Gleave (MBA ’77), Wichita, Kan., 69.

Eunice Griswold (Ed Spec ’75), Toledo, 90.

**Carolyn Reed Hodge (A/S ’78, A/S ’78), Ann Arbor, Mich., 61.

Richard Turner (MBA ’72), 88.

Dr. Jonathan Brockwell (MEng ’75, PhD ’79), Charleston, W.V., 68.

**Charles Bowes (Ed ’73), Sylvania, Ohio, 85.

**Martin Braun (Eng ’75), Maumee, Ohio, 64.

James Zyla (UTCTC ’71, Univ Coll ’79), Oregon, Ohio, 66.

Rosemarie Ackley (UTCTC ’73), 70.

John Stockwell (Law ’72), Sylvania, Ohio, 70.

Jack Cook (MEng ’79), San Diego, Calif., 79.

Carol Barailloux (Ed ’73, MEd ’85), Oregon, Ohio, 73.

Graham Teague (Law ’77), Adrian, Mich., 74.

Susan Zurawski (A/S ’77, MBA ’86), Toledo, 62.

Joseph Kuhl (Eng ’72), 79.


Roy Elsea (UTCTC ’88), Toledo, 62.

Jean Hilty (NRS ’85), Bowling Green, Ohio, 86.

Barbara Ward-Bovee (Ed ’85), Bowling Green, Ohio, 76.

Gayle Waldstein (Ed ’80), Toledo, 61.

Brian Rothman (Eng ’88), Gilberts, Ill., 51.

Sharon Gaich (A/S ’83, Law ’95), Toledo, 55.

Martin Carrigan (Law ’85), Holland, Ohio, 57.

Barbara Easterwood (Ed ’82), Maumee, Ohio, 78.

Eugene Lemle (UTCTC ’81), Swanton, Ohio, 64.

Dr. Kathryn Krueger (MED ’87), New York, N.Y., 58.

Michael McAlear (Bus ’82, MBA ’90), Perrysburg, Ohio, 56.

Thomas Bourquin (UTCTC ’89), Maumee, Ohio, 60.


John Weis (Univ Coll ’90), Toledo, 78.

Frederick Kutz (Univ Coll ’95), Toledo, 67.

Jacqueline Sloan (MEd ’96), Swanton, Ohio, 79.

Lisa Daoust (Ed ’94), Victor, N.Y., 45.

Michele McNulty (A/S ’92, MA ’00), Perrysburg, Ohio, 47.

Nettie Jackson (UTCTC ’93), Toledo, 66.

Ann Anderson (A/S ’99), Toledo, 86.

Margaret McLoughlin (Univ Coll ’91), Monclova, Ohio, 48.

Marcus Smith (UTCTC ’96, Univ Coll ’97), Toledo, 43.

Shawn Schneider (Bus ’97), Toledo, 44.

David McCormick (Eng ’97), Temperance, Mich., 50.

Alda Farber (UTCTC ’92), Toledo, 76.

Ann Klein (Law ’94), Berea, Ohio, 64.

William Walsh (Eng ’98), Lambertville, Mich., 50.


Nadine Darr (MEd ’05), Oak Harbor, Ohio, 63.

Linda Bailey (Ed Spec ’09), Toledo, 67.

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