Class notes/In memoriam

March 15th, 2019 Posted in Class notes/In memoriam

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Class Notes

Hon. Steve Hawley (Ed ’72) was named deputy minority leader for the 2019 legislative session. He is an Assemblyman for New York and represents the 139th Assembly District.


Christa Luttmann (Ed ’84) recently accepted a position in the office of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine as his Northwest Ohio Regional Liaison. She has more than 35 years of experience in county and state government. Luttmann most recently worked in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

Hon. Roderick Kennedy (Law ’80) is an adjunct professor, teaching scientific evidence law at the University of New Mexico School of Law in Albuquerque. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, where he serves as its ethics committee chair.

**Hon. Stephen A. Huffman (A/S ’87, A/S ’88, MED ’92) was recently sworn-in as Senator for his four-year term in the Ohio Senate. He has practiced medicine for 18 years and served overseas in underserved regions for 18 months.
*Joel Whitcomb (Bus ’09, MBA ’11) was awarded his Eagle Scout rank after earning it more than 17 years earlier on July 5, 2011. He and his wife, Katie Whitcomb (Ed ’06, MEd ’10), live in Sylvania, Ohio with their three children, Vera, 5, Lydia, 2, and Harrison, 2 months.
Michael Lagger (MBA ’05) is the new senior commercial lender at First Federal Bank, serving the Toledo area. He is responsible for developing new and serving existing commercial relationships for the Toledo market, with additional leadership responsibilities in sales and business development activities.
*Quinton Babcock (A/L ’18, A/L ’18) was sworn in as mayor of Oak Harbor, Ohio. The 22-year-old Babcock is one of Ohio’s youngest mayors.
Births and Marriages
*Heather Dietrick (Bus ’16, Honors ’16) and *Nicholas Kremchek (Bus ’16, Bus ’16) were married on Aug. 28, 2018, at The Historic Church of St. Patrick in Toledo. Heather is a talent acquisition specialist for MRI Software, and Nick is a sales account manager for Hilti. The couple honeymooned in Mexico and reside in the Cleveland, Ohio area.

Dr. Benjamin Thomas Prince (MED ’08) and Melia Kay Reinhart announced their engagement and upcoming wedding on Aug. 10. Benjamin is an allergist-immunologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and assistant professor of pediatrics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Melia is a family nurse practitioner at The Wexner Medical Center at the Ohio State University.

*Kathryn Whitehill (Eng ’16, Honors, 16, A/S ’17, Honors ’17) and *Austin Norden (Eng ’15) welcomed a healthy baby girl, Elizabeth, on Jan. 3.
In Memoriam

Faculty, staff & friends

Rebeckah (Rebecca) McGraw (HSHS ’06) Toledo, 67. She was an aide at the daycare center at MCO and later a dialysis technician during the 1970s and 1980s.

**Robert D. Stutz (Bus ’61), Toledo, 81. He was an instructor and taught accounting.

Marcia H. (Schoch) Baltzell, Temperance, Mich., 88. She was a clerk in Registration at UT from 1982 until her retirement in 1990.

Linda K. (Schmitt), Maumee, Ohio, 78. She served as a volunteer with the Satellites Auxiliary at MCO.

Margaret R. “Marge” Mangas (A/S ’52), Toledo, 89. In 1970, she was hired as a section supervisor in the MCO Hematology and Pathology Department, where she worked for more than two decades.

John E. Meadows (A/S ’96, A/S ’96, MEd ’08, MA ‘13), Holland, Ohio, 46. He taught Spanish at his alma mater from 2008 to 2011.

Emerson J. Ross, Toledo and San Felipe, Mexico, 77. He served on the MCO Board of Trustees from 1986 to 1993.

Joseph A. Stobinski (Ed ‘51), Oregon, Ohio, 95. He taught graphic arts for more than three decades.

Mildred “Millie” Tipton (A/S ‘87), Blissfield, Mich., 81. She joined the staff as a clerk in 1975. Over the years, Tipton was promoted to clerk specialist, secretary, administrative assistant and executive secretary in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Toledo native was honored by the University Women’s Commission with an Outstanding Woman Award in 1989. She retired in 1997.

Joann M. Winters, Toledo, 89. She was hired in 1968 as a clerk in the Finance Department and held that position until 1979. She returned to the University as a cashier in the Finance Department from 1982 until her retirement in 1994.

Stephen Stranahan, Chicago, Ill., 84. When UT went from a municipal to state university in 1967, Stranahan was appointed by the governor to the first UT Board of Trustees, on which he served from 1967 to 1977. He co-founded the UT Corporation Board of Trustees, serving on the board from 1977 to 1986, and then served on its successor, the UT Foundation Board of Trustees from 1990 to 1992. In 1972, Stranahan helped spearhead the Centennial Fund Drive that raised more than $10 million for Centennial Hall, later renamed Savage Arena. The Toledo native was a former director of Champion Spark Plug Co. and former chair of the Small Business Assistance Corp., which administered city and federal loan programs. Stranahan also was chair of Entelco Corp., a diversified holding company, and was director of First National Bank. In addition to being a benefactor of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Stranahan helped bring the Mud Hens back to the Glass City in 1964. He was the recipient of the Pacemaker of the Year Award from the UT College of Business in 1968. In addition, the University recognized his years of dedication and service with an honorary doctor of law degree in 1983.

**Frank W. “Cub” Cubbon (Law ’53), Toledo, 92. Cubbon and his wife, Barbara, were longtime benefactors of the UT College of Law; the couple’s generosity included a major gift to renovate a practice courtroom in the Law Center. The Cubbon Courtroom is used for moot court preparation, trial advocacy classes and special events. Cubbon was named a distinguished alumnus in 1997, and he and Barbara were recognized in 2006 during the UT College of Law’s 100th anniversary celebration.

Dr. Dean M. Giolando, Toledo, 61. He joined the UT faculty as an assistant professor in 1988. Giolando received tenure and was promoted to associate professor in 1994 and was named professor in 2001. His research focused on inorganic organometallic chemistry; he dedicated much of his work to improving the efficiency of solar cells. Giolando was a member of the American Chemical Society, Materials Research Society and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.

**Dr. Mildred A. Allred (Ed ’59, MEd ’62), Toledo, 95. After graduating, she began teaching at UT’s former Community and Technical College. She started as an instructor and was promoted to associate professor in 1969 and later to professor. During her career, she served on Faculty Senate, the American Association of University Professors Executive Committee, Student Affairs Committee, Faculty Affairs Committee, Academic Grievance Committee, Academic Regulations Committee, among others. In addition, Allred served on the board and chaired several committees of the University Women’s Commission. She also was a member of an advisory committee that conducted research that led to the establishment of the UT Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women. She retired in 1986 and received emerita status. In 1987, Allred was one of the inaugural recipients of the University’s Outstanding Woman Award. Her involvement with the University continued as she volunteered with the ComTech Alumni Affiliate, serving as president of the group from 1991 to 1994. She also was president of the UT Retirees Association from 2008 to 2010, the first woman in that role, and was a former activities director for the group. In 2011, Allred was honored by the UT Alumni Association as volunteer of the year.

Dr. Lawrence V. Conway, Toledo, 96. In 1975, he joined the University as dean of the College of Business Administration. Prior to coming to Toledo, Conway was a senior vice president and economist of the Midwest Stock Exchange in Chicago for five years and an executive for 15 years with the American Savings and Loan Institute. He was elected trustee of the Ohio Council on Economic Education in 1977. One year later, Conway started teaching full time as a professor of finance. In 1979, he received one of UT’s Outstanding Teacher Awards. While at UT, the Illinois native served on the University College Policy Council, Academic Affairs Review Council, Faculty Senate, as well as several committees. In addition, he was the faculty advisor for the UT student chapter of the Financial Management Association. Conway wrote more than 20 books on finance and investing, and testified before federal and state agencies. He retired from the University in 1994 and received emeritus status. Conway founded the Global Medical Missions Hall of Fame in 2004 to honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to advancing the medical well-being of people around the world. In 2006, the Global Medical Missions Hall of Fame became affiliated with the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences. The hall of fame is located in the lobby of the Jacobs Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center.

*Mary McMorgan, Scottsdale, Ariz., 87.

**Juanita Zorecki, Lambertville, Mich., 91.


Sam Wohlfort (A/S ’48), Aurora, Colo., 93.


**Donald Garner (Eng ’58), Toledo, 84.

George Bowers (Bus ’58), Westford, Mass., 86.

Roger Peluso (Ed ’53, Univ Coll ’93), Tucson, Ariz., 88.

Jacqueline Feil (A/S ’51), The Hills, Texas, 89.

Rebecca Christman (A/S ’51) Albuquerque, N.M.

Robert Naveaux (Eng ’55), Perrysburg, Ohio, 87.

Clementine Sherman (A/S ’50), Cincinnati, Ohio, 92.

Kala Manheim (Ed ’51, MEd ’80), Toledo, 90.

*William Brewer (Eng ’51, Meng ’61), Toledo, 90.

**Stanford Odesky (Bus ’59, MBA ’60), Toledo, 82.

Barbara Sahley (Ed ’57, MEd ’76), Toledo, 84.

Howard Leffel (Eng ’57, MEng ’68), Maumee, Ohio, 84.

James Huffer (A/S ’51), Tucson, Ariz., 89.

Raymond Lowry (A/S ’57), Maumee, Ohio, 98.


Terry Ackland (Bus ’64), Beaver Falls, Pa., 77.

Samih Mouneimne (MEng ’69), La Canada, Calif., 81.

Ben Young (MEd ’67), Hillsdale, Mich., 87.

James Stutz (Bus ’67), Statesville, N.C., 75.

James Hays (MEd ’60), Sylvania, Ohio, 89.

Jean Hadley (Ed ’69), Silverton, Ore., 72.

John Bordner (Bus ’61), Toledo, 89.

Patricia Stoll (Ed ’66), Sylvania, Ohio, 75.

Robert Chambers (MBA ’63), Ceres, Calif., 97.

**Thomas Baither (A/S ’66, A/S ’66), Ottawa Hills, Ohio, 76.

*Thomas Struble (UTCTC ’63), Palm Harbor, Fla., 78.

Donald Struble (Bus ’66), Kissimmee, Fla., 75.


James Brebberman (A/S ’77, Law ’82), Maumee, Ohio, 63.

*David Mohler (Univ Coll ’77, MEd ’80), Ottawa Hills, Ohio, 87.

Mary Krauss (NRS ’77), Fostoria, Ohio, 65.

Kathryn Ramsey (Ed ’73), Bellefontaine, Ohio, 70.

**Marcella Strong (Ed ’76), Orwell, Ohio, 65.

Betty Alexander (Ed ’75, MEd ’08), Columbus, Ohio, 71.


Kay Stannard (Ed ’85), Archbold, Ohio, 70.

William Hundsrucker (Univ Coll ’84), Toledo, 76.

Doyle Williams (UTCTC ’88, Univ Coll ’05), Toledo, 56.

James Welber (Eng ’88), Hamilton, Ohio, 55.

Nancy Hockman (UTCTC ’85), Perrysburg, Ohio, 76.

Maurine Simmons (UTCTC ’88), Toledo, 85.

**Barbara Gessell (Law ’87), Ankeny, Iowa, 57.

Betty Wardlaw (A/S ’84, A/S ’92), Toledo, 90.

Celeste Flexon (A/S ’84), Ann Arbor, Mich., 75.

Edward Latkofsky (UTCTC ’81), Temperance, Mich., 61.

Susan Faneuff (MEd ’87), New Port Richey, Fla., 78.

Brona Johnson (UTCTC ’81), Toledo, 83.


Elizabeth Genter (A/S ’98), Napoleon, Ohio, 64.

**Dr. Larry Krill (MED ’90, RES ’94), Sylvania, Ohio, 56.

Scott Baughman (Law ’92), Toledo, 51.

*Hal Shafer (Univ Coll ’93), Waterville, Ohio, 90.

Melissa Clay (A/S ’99), Plano, Texas, 42.

Patrick Hower (UTCTC ’98, HSHS ’99), Toledo, 54.


Alyssa Pinkerton Gottschalk (Ed ’03), South Euclid, Ohio, 38.

Courtney Derrer (A/S ’04), Oregon, Ohio, 40.

Rhonda Harper (Bus ’06), Toledo, 62.


Alice Quinn (Univ Coll ’12), Toledo, 67.

Robert Barger (Univ Coll ’18), Toledo, 97.

*Annual Alumni Association Member
**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

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