Class Notes

July 11th, 2018 Posted in Class notes/In memoriam

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Kenneth C. Martis (Ed ’68)published and co-edited his eighth book on American politics, “The Atlas of the 2016 Elections.” Martis is an American political geographer notable for his mapping and documentation of the electoral history of the United States. He is an emeritus professor in the department of geology and geography at West Virginia University.
**Dr. Lance A. Talmage (Eng ’60) accepted the position of associate dean for graduate medical education and designated institutional official at UT in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. He is a longtime faculty member of the College and has served in leadership positions, including interim chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Talmage also serves on the State Medical Board of Ohio and as chair of the Federation of State Medical Boards. He is a past president of the University of Toledo Alumni Association.

Deborah Randall (Pharm ’77) was installed as the trustee representing District 1 in the Ohio Pharmacists Association. Randall has practiced community pharmacy in the Toledo area for more than 30 years and has held all offices in the Sandusky Valley Academy of Pharmacy. Before her retirement, she practiced at Grund Drug in Fremont, Ohio.

Janis E. Susalla Foley (Law ’86) was appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on the Certification of Attorneys as Specialist. She will serve a three-year term, ending Dec. 31, 2020. Foley is employed at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo and focuses her practice primarily in the areas of asbestos litigation management and employment law, defense and compliance.
**Dr. John K. Estell (Eng ’84) was featured in the April issue of the ABET newsletter, “CATALYST.” The article, “Spotlight: John Estell,” featured his early interest in computers and space, which led to a lifelong passion he now shares with his son. In the article, Estell says UT played a formative role in establishing his interest in computing. ABET is a forward-thinking, purpose-driven organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. ABET accredits more than 3,800 technical programs in 31 countries that are committed to the quality of the education they provide their students.

Dan Krinsky (Pharm ’81, PharmD ’84) was installed as trustee representing District 1 in the Ohio Pharmacists Association. He currently practices as manager of MTM Services for Giant Eagle pharmacy in Ravenna, Ohio. Krinsky is also an associate professor of pharmacy practice at the Northeast Ohio Medical University’s College of Pharmacy, and is actively involved in OPA’s Legal & Regulatory and Medication Therapy Management committees.

**Rodney Walton (Bus ’83) was promoted to senior vice president, senior private banker at First Federal Bank, headquartered in Defiance, Ohio. He is actively involved in the community and serves as vice chair and board member for the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, trustee of the Findlay Country Club, member and past president of the Findlay Rotary Club, and member and past chair of the Findlay/Hancock County Chamber of Commerce.

Joseph Pavamani (MA ’84) is a UT alum living in Manipal, Karnataka-India. He is an assistant professor-senior scale at Manipal Academy of Higher Education.
Bob Miller (A/S ’96) was promoted to director of budgets in the Office of the Vice President for Strategic Enrollment at the University of Texas at San Antonio. In his new role, he oversees budgetary and business operations for the division of strategic enrollment.

Kenneth Campbell (UTCTC ’94) recently became the chief of police for the city of Walbridge, Ohio.


Dr. Carmen Quatman (PhD ’09, MED ’11) received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Science and Health Professions at Edinboro University in Edinboro, Pa. Quatman is an orthopaedic surgeon at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center and an assistant professor in the Department or Orthopedics.

Dr. Brad Okdie (A/S ’03) received the Distinguished Teaching Award at the Ohio State University. The award honors faculty members for superior teaching. Present and former students, and faculty colleagues nominate recipients. Okdie was then inducted into the Ohio State University’s Academy of Teaching, which provides leadership for the improvement of teaching at Ohio State. Only 10 awards are presented out of a faculty of 5,000. Okdie is an associate professor of social psychology at Ohio State, and his research includes the study of the effects of media on interpersonal relationships.

Brandon Craig (Pharm ’05, PharmD ’07) was honored by the Ohio Pharmacists Association as an UNDER-40 award recipient for professional achievements and vision in the practice of pharmacy. He serves on the Ohio Pharmacists Association board of trustees, representing District 12. Craig is lead clinical pharmacist at Gentry Health Services and also practices at Discount Drug Mart.

Kelli Jones (A/S ’03, MA ’04) was featured in the May issue of “Outside Magazine.” She is the founder and CEO of Noso Patches, a permanent outdoor gear repair patch used to fix rips, snags and tears. Jones was a member of the UT swim team and served as Rocky the Rocket, UT’s mascot.

Captain Justin J. Shedron (A/S ’07) ) became a life member of the Ohio Bar Association as a licensed attorney-at-law.


Kevin Day (Pharm ’12, Honors ’12, PharmD ’14, Honors ’14) was honored by the Ohio Pharmacists Association as an UNDER-40 award recipient for professional achievements and vision in the practice of pharmacy. Day practices at Day’s Miami Heights Pharmacy in Cincinnati, while being a part of the leadership team of CPESN (Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Networks) Ohio, a clinically integrated network of community-based pharmacies that provide enhanced patient care services focused on reducing overall health care costs.

*Brandi Dobbs (AAS ’16) joined the law office of Kerr Russell as a summer associate. Kerr Russell is headquartered in Detroit.

Charisse Montgomery (MA ’10, MEd ’14) was selected as the first lay member of the editorial board for Pediatrics, the official flagship journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the most cited journal in pediatric medicine. She serves on the board and as president of the Patient and Family Partnership Council for Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. Montgomery is the author of the “Super Safe Kids” book series, which promote self-advocacy to improve health care and community safety. The series includes the following books, “Power Wheelchair Safety for Kids,” “Hospital Safety for Kids,” and “Central Line Safety for Kids.”

Elena Cerdan Garcia (NSM ’15), *Michelle Davis (HHS ’18), Angelica Da Conceicao (Bus ’15) and Marcos Da Conceicao (current UT student) met for the first time since graduation in Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada. The Canadian Rockies provided the perfect location to spend time together hiking, gathering around a nighttime fire and reminiscing about their time at UT. It turns out, by coincidence; they were all wearing UT gear. Cerdan Garcia, who resides in Spain, and Davis, who resides in Michigan, were both on the varsity track team and Angelica and Marcos are siblings from Venezuela.
Births and Marriages
*Jennifer Grey-Catera (Ed ’01, MEd ’04) and Brian Catera announce the birth of their son, Luca Joseph Catera, on Oct. 31, 2017.

*Susan (Anderson) Gruben (A/S ’69) and Walter R. Kaulfers were married on Oct. 22, 2017. Susan is a retired associate professor of horticulture and botany at Bergen Community College, located in Paramus, N.J., and Walter is retired as head electrician of the Meadowlands Racetrack and is the past grand master of the Freemasons of the State of New Jersey in 2016. The couple reside in Oakland, N.J. Together they have four children and 10 grandchildren.

*Katie (Smith) Arendt (A/L ’17) and *Dr. Daniel Arendt (Pharm ’16, PharmD ’18) were married on May 12 in Amherst, Ohio. Katie works in the admissions department at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and Dan is beginning his pharmacy residency at University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center in Chardon, Ohio.
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

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

Gary A. Dutridge (A/S ’85, A/S ’86, A/S ’89), Jensen Beach, Fla., 56. He was a former MCO employee.

Shirley A. Harris, Toledo, 75. She worked at MCO for 28 years until her retirement in 1997.

Daniel Leal, Delta, Ohio, 62. He was a former registered nurse at UT Medical Center.

Marilyn (Veigel) McAlear, Rossford, Ohio, 82. She was a member of the UT Foundation Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2004. She worked for 27 years at Service Spring, which is a member of the UT Center for Family and Privately-Held Business.

Debra A. (Byrd) Walton (UTCTC ’78), Toledo, 60. She worked at MCO for more than two decades as an EKG and an ultrasound technician at the hospital.

Virginia M. “Ginger” Hart, Curtice, Ohio, 76. She was a nurse who worked at MCO/MUO/UTMC from 1994 until her retirement in March 2018.

**Joseph J. O’Conor (Law ‘58), Atlantic Beach, Fla., 92. He joined the University in 1984 as an assistant to former UT President Glen Driscoll. Working in the Public Information office, he was the editor of the Toledo Alumni Magazine. O’Conor taught news writing and reporting classes for the Communication Department.

J. Carolyn Pupos, Toledo, 79. She was a secretary at MCO from 1977 until her retirement in 2002.

Jenny V. (Noworyta) Schlievert, Mooresville, N.C., 94. She was a member of the Satellites Auxiliary who volunteered in medical records at the hospital.

John H. “Jack” Esbin, Toledo, 82. He was a former director of college computing at the University.

Frank G. Kohlhofer Sr., Swanton, Ohio, 65.

Roger D. Kokensparger, Toledo, 79. He joined MCO in 1979 and retired as a manager in facilities maintenance in 2005.

Ollie Jean Means, Toledo, 78. She worked at MCO for 28 years and retired in 1986 as a central supply clerk.

Carolyn R. “Gigi” Boyle, Toledo, 55. She was a secretary in the Department of Theatre and Film from 1989 until 2012.

Amy L. (Burdasz) Geiger (UTCTC ‘92), Toledo, 48. She was a nurse at MCO/MUO/UTMC from 1992 to 2007.

*James C. “Jake” Judkins (HSHS ’08, MS ’15), Toledo, 37. He began working at UT in 2016 as an assistant professor in physician assistant studies and was the director of the Human Donation Science Program in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

Elizabeth A. “Betsy” (Keska) Traber (MNRS ’94), Perrysburg, Ohio, 66. She was a nurse who worked at the University in 2006.

Alma G. Hannah, Toledo, 94. She was a UT retiree who volunteered with the Satellites Auxiliary.

**Allen Foster, Sylvania, Ohio, 92.


Alton Liebnau (Pharm ’49), Toledo, 95.

William Priest (Bus ’48), Perrysburg, Ohio, 95.

**Michael Barkoot (Law ’49), Willoughby, Ohio, 95.

Dr. Lyle Freimark (A/S ’48), Rapid City, S.D., 90.

*Harry Loehrke (Eng ’47, MBA ’49), Toledo, 96.


Robert McCormick (Bus ’57), Sylvania, Ohio, 82.

**James Charvat (Eng ’51), Toledo, 89.

Adela Loge (Ed ’58), Toledo, 82.

Richard Lydy (Bus ’57), Toledo, 85.

Hugo Heinze (Bus ’55), Lambertville, Mich., 85.

Elaine Sautter Shedd (Ed ’52), Indianapolis, Ind., 91.

**Dr. Edward Prejsnar (Pharm ’53), Struthers, Ohio, 87.

Ronald Mulinix (Eng ’59), Bloomington, Ind., 88.

Donald Huss (Bus ’56), London, England, 84.


Dennis Herrold (Bus ’64), Saint Joseph, Mich., 76.

Donald Heldt (Ed ’65, MEd ’76), Stuart, Fla., 81.

William Garrett (Law ’68), Sylvania, Ohio, 75.

*Robert Priest (Eng ’69), Columbus, Ohio, 88.

Gerald Banks (Bus ’61, Law ’73), Toledo, 79.

Anne Mason (Ed ’67, MEd ’74), Maumee, Ohio, 85.

Helenegene Wenninger (MEd ’69), Lambertville, Mich., 94.

**Robert Hummer (Eng ’61), Fenton, Mich., 83.

Robert Denman (Pharm ’63), Valley City, Ohio, 75.

*Norman Craig (Eng ’63), Toledo, 88.

Richard Coble (Law ’69), New York, N.Y., 86.

**Robert Lanzinger (Eng ’68), Toledo, 74.

Joyce Merz (Ed ’69), Ottawa Lake, Mich., 86.


Jacqueline Layson (UTCTC ’74), Toledo, 68.

Mark Frey (Bus ’77), Holland, Ohio, 68.

Chris Hoffman (Bus ’70, MBA ’72), Sanford, N.C., 70.

Darrel Rice (A/S ’73, Law ’77), Toledo, 67.

*Michael Pipis (Law ’76), Longmont, Colo., 67.

Rebecca Johnson (Ed ’71, MEd ’73, Ed Spec ’79), Holland, Ohio, 83.

Charles Weasel (Law ’76), Findlay, Ohio, 74.

Margaret Bauknecht (UTCTC ’78), Toledo, 62.

Dorothy Radocy (Ed ’73, MEd ’81), Toledo, 94.

Roger Reese (UTCTC ’72), Toledo, 80.

Debra Walton (UTCTC ’78), Toledo, 60.

Hon. Henry Kuntz (Law ’73), Dayton, Ohio, 74.

John McPherson (A/S ’74), Toledo, 71.

Robin Puppos (UTCTC ’79), Waterville, Ohio, 69.

Thomas Drais (Ed ’75), Casselberry, Fla., 68.

John Bender (Pharm ’79), College Station, Texas, 77.

Mary Gregory (Ed ’74, MEd ’79), Toledo, 88.

*Robert Tietje (Eng ’72), White Lake, Mich., 69.

**Frederick Lintner (Bus ’76), Whitehouse, Ohio, 69.

**Barbara Nichols (Ed ’74, MEd ’78), Sylvania, Ohio, 86.

Robert Mazur (Bus ’72), Lakeside Marblehead, Ohio, 68.

William Fischhaber (Ed ’71), Oregon, Ohio, 93.

John Irons (A/S ’76), Toledo, 63.

Dr. Recto Natividad (RES ’72), Toledo, 83.

Julianna Jackowski (Ed ’75), Deltona, Fla., 65.

*Barton Bay (Bus ’77), Toledo, 83.

**James Hansen (MEd ’73), Port Clinton, Ohio, 87.

Geoffrey Cottier (Law ’76), Monclova, Ohio, 70.

Joseph Garvas (Eng ’70), Mentor, Ohio, 70.


Phyllis Michalak (NRS ’83), Toledo, 88.

James Waltz (Univ Coll ’80), Toledo, 78.

Norma Evans (Univ Coll ’89), Sylvania, Ohio, 66.

Dr. Matthew Biddle (A/S ’86), Norman, Okla., 54.

Dr. Allen Kepke (Law ’83), Bowling Green, Ohio, 83.

Enid Sullivant (MEd ’82), Toledo, 93.

Andrew Korcsmar (Pharm ’86), North Ridgeville, Ohio, 65.

Deborah Carnes (UTCTC ’84), Toledo, 69.

*Michael Flis (Bus ’82), Sylvania, Ohio, 58.

*Virginia Hart (Ed ’89), Curtice, Ohio, 76.

Sister St. Anthony Chrzanak (MEd ’81), Bryan, Texas, 70.

Fred Koester (Ed Spec ’82), Northwood, Ohio, 75.

Sharon Scott (UTCTC ’87), Toledo, 57.

Karen Baty (MEd ’81, MEd ’90), Toledo, 80.

Mark Bakle (UTCTC ’85), Defiance, Ohio, 57.

Morgan Lawrence (Law ’82), Perrysburg, Ohio, 69.


John Thor (Ed ’95, MEd ’02), Sylvania, Ohio, 48.

Russell Maneval (Ed ’90), Swanton, Ohio, 51.

Patrice Vincent (UTCTC ’92), Toledo, 66.

Gregory Halley (MBA ’93), Wooster, Ohio, 63.

Bonnie Hecock (MEd ’91), Wauseon, Ohio, 72.

Constance Gurh (Ed ’98), Toledo, 49.

Christine Lewis (UTCTC ’95), Monclova, Ohio, 65.

Carol Johnson (UTCTC ’94), Toledo, 73.

Bryn Boardman (UTCTC ’92), Las Vegas, Nev., 55.


Sheryl Hobbs (A/S ’00), Defiance, Ohio, 44.

Ross Wesolowski (Bus ’07), Toledo, 33.

Michael Koegle (Bus ’08), North Royalton, Ohio, 33.


Andrew McCarthy (Law ’10, MBA ’10), Holland, Ohio, 33.

Earma Algee (Bus ’14), Toledo, 63.

Walter Longoria (Bus ’14), Toledo, 42.

*Sierah Shaffer-Joughin (Bus ’17), Metamora, Ohio, 20.

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**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

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