Class Notes

January 23rd, 2018 Posted in Class notes/In memoriam

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David Joseph Martin (Eng ’80) retired from the Savannah River Plant in Aiken, S.C. Savannah River is a federal facility that produces nuclear material for the U.S. Department of Defense. Martin’s career primarily involved cleanup of radioactive waste. He advanced from engineering into management and continues to work as a consultant.


Julie Anne Graber (Herbert) (Eng ’94, MEng ’11) was named U.S. marketing and legal affairs manager at GVS Filtration Inc., located in Findlay, Ohio. GVS is a global technology leader in the development and manufacturing of filtration products, headquartered in Bologna, Italy. Graber is also a registered patent agent and manages the company’s patent and IP portfolio.

Brandon Tucker (Univ Coll ’07) was recognized as one of Crain’s Detroit Business 40 under 40 for the class of 2017. Crain’s is a weekly newspaper serving southeast Michigan’s business influencers and decision-makers with news and information for nearly three decades. Tucker was awarded with the Edward H. Schmidt Outstanding Young Alum award at UT’s Homecoming Gala in 2011. The Young Alum Award is presented to a graduate under the age of 35 in recognition of outstanding achievement in his or her field of endeavor. Tucker is the dean of advanced technologies and public service careers at Washtenaw Community College, located in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Bethany Harding (MA ’05) accepted a position with National Louis University in Chicago as assistant professor of history and political science. She also provides leadership for the Student Success Collaborative with NLU’s Pathway Initiative, which provides academic support for graduates of Chicago public high schools.
*Nicholas A. Huckaby (Law ’17) joined the law firm Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, as an associate. Huckaby practices in the litigation practice group.
Dr. Robert “Bobby” Detwiler (PhD ’11) is the registrar at Defiance College in Ohio, and was named chair of the Advising Students with Disabilities Commission for the National Academic Advising Association.
*Grace Parr (A/L ’17) curated and installed a collection of Native American artifacts in the Porter Gallery at Toledo School for the Arts. The show was held during Native American heritage month in November and was a sampling of crafts, art history and culture. Parr is the gallery manager at Toledo School for the Arts.
*Emily M. Morrison (Law ’17) joined the law firm Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, as an associate. Morrison practices in the real estate practice group.
Faculty, staff & friends
Barbara Floyd (A/S ’80, MA ’82, MA ’89) recently retired from UT as the director of the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections. She worked at UT for 31 years, initially as a University archivist and later as the director of special collections for 20 years. She put together a pictorial book to tell the stories of The University of Toledo. The 240 pictures begin with Jesup W. Scott, the man who believed that Toledo could be the “future great city of the world.” Floyd’s book is available at the Barnes & Noble University Bookstore and online book retailers.
Cameron Norton (LLSS ’12), associate director for social media at UT, and Vincent DiGuglielmo (Comm/Arts ’14), social media specialist at UT, are the team responsible for interaction and engagement on UT’s social media platforms. Rival IQ, a social media analytics company out of Seattle, compared social media engagement figures of 338 university-level accounts over a 10-month period. UT was recently ranked 14th among Division I programs, for the robust engagement of the social media content of the University.
Births and Marriages
**Donovan Nichols (A/S ’04, MEd ’06) and Alycia Demey were married on November 3, 2017 at the American Legion in Sylvania, Ohio. Donovan is the assistant dean for student involvement and leadership at UT, and Alycia is the assistant vice president at TLC Community Credit Union.
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Stella A. (Cukierski) Blachowski, Toledo, 91. She was a former secretary at MCO who took classes at UT.

**The Hon. Richard W. Knepper (Bus ’69, Law ’73), Perrysburg, Ohio, 70. He served 13 years on the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas and eight years on the District Court of Appeals, Sixth Appellate District. Knepper was a member of the College of Law Foundation Board and the UT Law Alumni Affiliate.

Philip Markowicz, Sylvania, Ohio, 93. He is the namesake of an annual lecture series and professorship/instructorship at UT. The Holocaust survivor shared his story in the 2010 book, “My Three Lives,” and was featured in the documentary, “Bearing Witness: The Voices of Our Survivors.” A religious scholar and public speaker, Markowicz wrote a forthcoming monograph to be published by the UT Press under the imprint of the Center for Religious Understanding.

Vincent M. Nathan, Ottawa Hills, Ohio, 79. He was appointed assistant dean in the College of Law in 1966, and was later promoted to associate dean. Nathan specialized in commercial law and contracts. After practicing law at Nathan & Arnold, he returned to the University, where he was a visiting faculty member, lecturer and associate lecturer in the Criminal Justice Department from 2003 to 2012.

Robert F. Walters, Oregon, Ohio, 96. He was a volunteer with the Satellites Auxiliary.

Thomas P. Wojnowski, Toledo, 81. He was a custodian at UT for 10 years and retired in 1999.

Carl F. Olsen, Toledo, 82. He was a former delivery worker for UT Mail Services.

Lillian J. Walsh, Bay Harbor, Mich. and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 66. She was appointed by Ohio Gov. George Voinovich to a nine-year term on the MCO Board of Trustees. Walsh was elected chair in 2002. She also served on the MCO/MUO Foundation Board of Trustees.

*Dr. Robert J. “Doc” Schlembach (Pharm ’49), Toledo, 93. He worked at the University for more than four decades. He began his career at UT in 1954 as an assistant professor of pharmacology. Schlembach was promoted to associate professor two years later and was named professor in 1963. He was honored by the Toledo Academy of Pharmacy as Pharmacist of the Year in 1965 and received one of the University’s Outstanding Teacher Awards in 1967. Schlembach was appointed interim dean of the College of Pharmacy in 1976 and named associate dean in 1977. At that time, he started advising all of the college’s first- and second-year students. In 1988, Schlembach received the University’s Outstanding Advisor Award. He retired in 1989 as a professor emeritus. He continued to teach as a superannuate and served as the executive director of alumni affiliate affairs. Also in 1989, Schlembach was recognized with the Blue T Award in recognition of outstanding service to the UT Alumni Association and the University through committee and community involvement. Over the years, Schlembach served on several UT committees, including the Student Orientation Advising Registration Program Committee, International Student Advisory Council, Student Athletic Advisory Council, University Y board of directors and the Athletic Board of Control. In addition, he was the advisor to Kappa Psi, the pharmaceutical fraternity. Schlembach and his wife, Mary, also were avid Rocket fans, and established two scholarships and a leadership fund as longtime UT supporters.

**Martha McEwen (att. 1943), Macon, Ga., 95.


Karl Neander (Eng ’47), Oakdale, Pa., 91.


Dr. Paul Dasher (A/S ’58), Banner Elk, N.C., 83.

Suzanne Haggerty (Ed ’56), Toledo, 83.

William Blanchard (Eng ’59), Lutherville Timonium, Md., 84.


**Richard Baker (Bus ’60), Flushing, Mich., 84.

Clark Folgate (MEd ’60), Spring Hill, Fla., 90.

Lt. Col. Frederick Peters (A/S ’62), Woodinville, Wash., 78.

Dr. James Stull (PhD ’67), Richmond, Ky., 90.

Byron Wagoner (Law ’67), North Olmstead, Ohio, 75.

James Strayer (MEd ’60), Midway, Ark., 84.

Joan Schaefer (MEd ’60), Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., 95.

Bette Schwyn (Ed ’62), Holland, Ohio, 92.

Janice DeWolfe Phillips (Ed ’63), Toledo, 76.


**David Saxan (Bus ’70), Toledo, 74.

James Gordon (Ed Spec ’74), Phoenix, Ariz., 78.

David Kledzik (UTCTC ’75), Kissimmee, Fla., 72.

Gerhardt Piel (Univ Coll ’75), Toledo, 90.

Patricia Delventhal (A/S ’75), Genoa, Ohio, 64.

Elaine Green (UTCTC ’74), Toledo, 74.

Connie Pelwecki (A/S ’70), Lambertville, Mich., 72.

William Butterfield (Law ’78), Potomac, Md., 63.


Mary Jo Anderson (MEd ’87), Toledo, 86.

Norma Sweet (MEd ’83), Cedarville, Mich., 82.

William Baldridge (Ed Spec ’85), Waterville, Ohio, 69.

Dr. Richard Cressey (MED ’86), Andover, Mass., 72.

Sue Gabriel (MEd ’83, MNRS ’92), Okatie, S.C., 76.

David Ozan (Bus ’88, Bus ’88), Weston, Ohio, 51.

Sigismund Dabiri (MEng ’81), Toledo, 71.

Dr. Robert Shaw (RES ’82), Defiance, Ohio, 80.


Twyla Moore (UTCTC ’99, Univ Coll ’02), Bennington, Neb., 39.

Stephen Golembiewski (UTCTC ’94), Perrysburg, Ohio, 71.

Edwin Culkowski (Univ Coll ’91), Toledo, 86.

Dr. Evan Weinstein (MED ’99), East Falmouth, Mass., 45.


JoAnn Motley (HSHS ’05), Toledo, 62.

Doris Layson (HSHS ’07), Toledo, 57.

*Annual Alumni Association Member
**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

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