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Toledo The University of

Alumni Magazine Winter 2003

Love in a Midwest Climate

The University of Toledo Alumni Association Officers and Trustees

from president of The University of Toledo

President Robert A. Robinson ’74

In celebrating Valentine’s Day, we’re really celebrating relationships . . . very special relationships. The cards, the candy, the gifts and restaurant dinners are only the gloss over the very human and very important side of the holiday. It’s no stretch to go one step beyond romance and say that one of the things I have observed over the past 17 months is that there is a very special relationship between the city of Toledo and The University of Toledo. The relationship is extensive; when I give public talks, often 90 to 95 percent of audiences where I speak have either attended the University or have a member of their immediate family who attended. And emotions often run deep when people talk about “their” University. Many times I’ve had people tell me that the University is the reason for their success, not only in business but in their personal lives as well. So as we celebrate special relationships this Valentine’s Day, I think it is completely appropriate for us also to celebrate our relationship with the University. One way of celebrating this Valentine’s Day might be to invite a fellow graduate who may not be a member of the Alumni Association to join. Another way is to drop a card to the Alumni Office conveying your special feelings about UT — or “TU”! They might well be published in a future issue of the magazine. By the way, I, too, have my own special relationship with UT to celebrate. Elaine and I have come to love the students and campus, to respect and admire the faculty and to appreciate the staff and administration members who are working very hard to help UT realize its full potential. In addition, we’ve met many wonderful people from the Toledo community and are proud to call them our friends. As all of us continue to work to develop and cement the relationships that bring benefits to many, The University of Toledo will continue reaching out to students, alumni, supporters and the community. I hope to see you soon at a University event. In the meantime, be sure to read the magazine’s new regular feature, Toledo Miscellany, on the inside back cover. It’s another kind of Valentine to our University. Thanks for all you do for UT!

First Vice President Karen L. Fraker ’84 Second Vice President Theodore T. Hahn ’65, ’67 Secretary Barbara Berebitsky ’91 Treasurer Mark Stutler ’79 Past President Patricia Scharf ’56, ’62, ’75 Associate Vice President Dan Saevig ’84, ’89 One-Year Trustees Margaret Allen ’78, ’91 Darren H. Anderson** ’00 John W. Fleitz ’91, ’96 Mary-Ella Holst ’59 Lori A. Johnston ’83 Robert J. Schlembach* ’49 Two-Year Trustees Michelle L. Amato ’97 Norman A. Bell Sr. ’76, ’88 Gregg A. Dodd* ’96 Birdel F. Jackson** ’68 Maria M. Villagomez ’73 Rodney B. Walton** ’83 Three-Year Trustees Romualdo Brown ’92 James W. White Jr. ’76, ’79 Sally M. Wisner* ’89 Connie Zouhary ’81

Dear Alumni and UT Friends:


Student Representative Alaina Giangiuli (appointed by Student Alumni Association) *Appointed by the affiliate committee ** Chapter representative

Dr. Dan Johnson President, University of Toledo

Toledo The University of

Alumni Magazine

cover story Rocket romance ..................... page 16

feature Casting call............................. page 12

art for all UT NEWS

others UT News ................................ page 2 Sports ..................................... page 5 Development .......................... page 6 Chapter News......................... page 8

let slip the dogs HOMECOMING

Alumni News ......................... page 9 Class Notes............................. page 20


Volume 50, Number 2 WINTER 2003 Editor Cynthia Nowak ’78, ’80 Contributing Writers Steve Easton Paul Helgren Rebecca Shell Designer Liz Allen Photographers Terry Fell Bill Hartough Toledo Alumni is published three times a year in Fall, Winter and Spring by The University of Toledo Office of Alumni Relations. Associate Vice President/Publisher Dan Saevig ’84, ’89 Director, Alumni Programming Jeff Huffman ’89 Assistant Director Eric Slough, ’95

special Homecoming.......................... page 10 garden girl FEATURE

new Toledo Miscellany.................. page 33 on the cover:

Paper hearts and lifelong commitments. Valentine photo by Ted Bacho.


Outreach Coordinator Brian Weinblatt ’02 Send change of address information to: Toledo Alumni, Office of Alumni Relations, Driscoll Alumni Center, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606-3395. Telephone 419.530.ALUM (2586) or 800.235.6766. Fax 419.530.4994. The University of Toledo is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in education, employment, memberships and contracts, and no differentiation will be made based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or the presence of a disability. The University will take affirmative action as required by federal or state law.



Decade ‘n’ art. Celebrating its 10th year this past July, Art on the Mall has long since proved its durability by offering a congenial and human-sized venue where local artists and art lovers can intersect. The 2002 show was exceptionally vibrant, as these photos prove. The previous evening’s benefit party raised some $8,400 for student scholarships, and the Alumni Association netted recognition of “dedicated leadership and tireless efforts on behalf of the arts” from the Toledo Federation of Art Societies, which recognized Art on the Mall for showcasing artists and strengthening community awareness of the arts.

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Getting a leg up on campus security


he newest member of the University’s Police Department walks on all fours and enjoys a good belly rub as a reward for a hard day’s work. Boomer, a German shepherd trained in bomb detection and tracking, began patrolling with officers in the summer. According to John Dauer, UTPD chief, Boomer was added to the department as a proactive safety measure. “Since Sept. 11, when procedures changed as far as how large gatherings are handled to ensure public safety, we felt an explosive-detecting dog would be a great addition to campus and to the region,” he said. “We are a venue for many large sporting events, concerts and other public gatherings. Boomer will enable us to sweep for explosives before events begin and help give people a little more peace of mind.” Boomer is one of only three K-9 units in Ohio trained to detect explosives. “Toledo’s Police Department has several narcotics dogs, as do most other jurisdictions,” Dauer said. “But the only other bomb-detecting dogs are in southern Ohio. Boomer is available for other jurisdictions if they receive bomb threats or reports of suspicious packages.” The dog’s handler, Lt. John Betori, spent seven weeks training Boomer for

Boomer and Betori

explosives detection and tracking missing persons, criminals and lost items. “He’s a great addition to the department,” Betori said. “He has a great security presence when on patrol.” The initial investment to purchase and train Boomer was nearly $10,000; Dauer said that the UT Foundation cov-

ered the cost and is raising funds to replace that amount. He estimated that the long-term cost of keeping Boomer on the force would be about $2,000 a year for meals, veterinary bills and additional training.  — Rebecca Shell, UT public relations department

Remembering. An estimated 1,800 people attended the University’s 9/11 memorial, where words mixed with musical tributes, and ROTC members honored the dead with a ceremony making use of the flag that had adorned the Driscoll Alumni Center in memory of the 2001 tragedy TOLEDO Alumni Magazine / Winter 2003 3



RocketFest packs ’em in. With attendance at 12,000, RocketFest has become an indispensable part of the University’s calendar, offering more than 135 hands-on activities for students and families. The event, designed to welcome students back to campus and to engage the community, included room for science demonstrations, shared skills and artistic stringing along.

New dean named


r. Thomas J. Switzer began his duties as the new dean of the College of Education in August, following the completion of a national search. Prior to accepting the University’s offer, he held the same post at the University of Northern Iowa. Switzer’s experience also includes several positions with the University of Michigan’s School of Education. “I’m finding the position an extremely rewarding one,” Switzer said after two months in office. “The people have been accepting, gracious and ready to take the College of Education to the next step in leadership.” 

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Old and new meet in single person as Saevig returns to Alumni Office


ern Snyder, vice president of institutional advancement for The University of Toledo, announced in December that Daniel J. Saevig was selected as the associate vice president for alumni relations. The 41-year-old Toledo native and executive vice president for the Home Builders Association of Greater Toledo was tapped following a national search. He took his position in January. This is Saevig’s third post with UT’s Office of Alumni Relations. He served as executive director of the Alumni Association from 1993 to 1999 and as assistant director from 1990 to 1993. “Dan brings to the position a great combination of prior experience within the institution as well as strong experience in the community,” said Snyder. “I’m confident he will bring the leadership necessary for us to be more responsive to our alumni and offer them the right mix of programming and opportunities for engagement with UT.” Saevig received a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master of business administration degree from UT in 1984 and 1989, respectively. In addition to the University, Saevig has worked as a TV sports reporter. He

also is a parttime sports writer for The Blade. Saevig’s excitement over the opportunity to return to UT was reflected in the statement he had for the University’s alumni: “I am thrilled with the opportunity to come back and work with so many friends in the alumni community. The outpouring of support that was received during the search and selection process was truly overwhelming. We’ve got a great leadership board in place at the Alumni Association, and I can promise you that with the help of our alumni and friends, and the leadership of an outstanding University administration, we’ll work together to grow and strengthen our alma mater. “It’s really great to be home.” 


Women’s roundball ready to bounce back


he University of Toledo women’s basketball team begins the 2002-03 season with two familiar goals: challenge for the Mid-American Conference Championship and get back into the NCAA Tournament. The Davis Rockets also enter the year with something to prove. After experiencing a season that began with promise and ended with disappointment in 2001-02, UT is anxious for a fresh start. The preseason favorite to win both the 2001-02 MAC West Division title and conference tournament crown, the Rockets experienced a roller coaster ride last year and finished 17-11 overall and 12-4 in league play. The Midnight Blue and Gold suffered its earliest exit in the MAC Tournament in 14 years after being upset by sixth-seeded Northern Illinois in the quarterfinals. “We had an interesting season,” Head Coach Mark Ehlen said. “It started with the highest of highs and ended with the lowest of lows. I was disappointed in how our season ended, but I don’t want to beat a dead horse. We weren’t used to that kind of finish, but I am confident we will bounce back this season.” The Rockets return six letter winners, including two starters in 2002-03, seniors Teresa Kahle and Tia Davis, who are committed to ensuring that the Toledo standard of excellence is not compromised. Toledo also ushers in a new era with the addition of four talented and versatile freshmen. 




Jan. 18

at Miami*

2 p.m.

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7 p.m.

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4:30 p.m.

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at Marshall*

7 p.m.

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7 p.m.

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7 p.m.

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at Bowling Green*

1 p.m.

Feb. 11

at Ball State*

7 p.m.

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Feb. 19

at Western Michigan*

7 p.m.

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7 p.m.

Mar. 1

at Northern Illinois*

7:05 p.m.

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7 p.m.

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MAC Tourn - First Round


Mar. 12

MAC Tourn - Quarterfinals


Mar. 14

MAC Tourn - Semifinals


Mar. 15

MAC Tourn - Championship





Jan. 18

at Ball State*

3:30 p.m.

Jan. 22

at Central Michigan*

7 p.m.

Jan. 25


7 p.m.

Jan. 28


7 p.m.

Feb. 5

at Akron*

7:30 p.m.

Feb. 8

at Eastern Michigan*

7 p.m.

Feb. 11


7 p.m.

Feb. 15


7 p.m.

Feb. 18

at Western Michigan*

7 p.m.

Feb. 22


4:30 p.m.

Feb. 25

at Buffalo*

7 p.m.

Mar. 1

at Northern Illinois*

2:05 p.m.

Mar. 5


7 p.m.

Mar. 8

at Bowling Green*

2 p.m.

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MAC Tourn. - First Round


Mar. 13

MAC Tourn - Quarterfinals

Mar. 14

MAC Tourn - Semifinals

Mar. 15

MAC Tourn - Championship

* Mid-American Conference contest Schedule is subject to change All times are site times

Men’s basketball poised for jump start


ead Coach Stan Joplin is counting on an experienced team to make a run at Toledo’s first Mid-American Conference title since 1980. The Rockets have virtually their entire roster returning from last year’s 16-14 squad. “We finished up strong last year and I hope that gives us something to build on,” Head Coach Stan Joplin said. “Our goal every season is to win the conference and go to the NCAA Tournament, and with the experience we have returning we are ready to do that.” The Rockets will be led by senior guard and team captain Nick Moore (14.3 ppg), who paced the MAC last year in three-point field goal shooting percentage (.453) and three-point field goals per game (3.00). In addition, the Rockets have three junior starters returning: 6-3 guard Keith Triplett (9.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg), 6-7 forward Ricardo Thomas (7.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg) and 6-9 center A.J. Shellabarger (4.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg). All three sat out the 2000-01 campaign and Joplin expects more production from the trio after a full season together on the court. Other returnees for the Rockets include senior Milo Kirsh and sophomores Phil Alexander, Jim Clement and Kareem Milson. “We should have a lot of depth and versatility this year,” Moore Joplin said. “I think a lot of our guys played tired last season and might have paced themselves in games. I want to be able to keep guys fresh and I think that might make them more effective.”  TOLEDO Alumni Magazine / Winter 2003 5


Room with a view (of football, that is)


h, collegiate football. The snap of the ball, the smoke-scented tang of autumn air, the plate of prawn and proscuitto rollups and bruschetta ala mufulletta balanced with the glass of Viña Albali Cabernet Sauvignon 1995. Come again? Welcome to Rockets football from three stories up, inside the president’s box. Whether you call it a box, a pavilion or a loge, there’s something special about the upstairs venue. Watching the game from the president’s box might seem like the last word in both physical and metaphoric elevation compared to sitting in the chilly stands, but life at the top is still recognizably Toledo. That is, it might be a milliondollar view onto the playing field, but fans still dress in University of Toledo sweatshirts and caps, and if someone prefers a cold Bud over an Australian Shiraz, no one is put off. At Homecoming, for instance, Jamie Farr (Grand Marshal of the annual parade) set the tone with his casually chic Mid-

Pigskin plateau. At top, view from the president’s box before Zero Hour when guests begin to arrive. At times, action inside rivals that on the Glass Bowl field.

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west-cum-California look as he mingled with guests and urged everyone to sample the lamb kibbee provided by his friend Labib Hajar, owner of Toledo’s Beirut Restaurant. In fact, the informality of the president’s box makes it ideal for generating goodwill and raising support for the University. Vern Snyder, vice president of institutional advancement, set out the rationale: “Why do we do this? Marketing. It’s a chance to spend three and a half hours in a purely social setting. We make friendships and establish new ones in the business and political community, and all this is combined with the pageantry of intercollegiate football. People feel especially good about UT during the excitement of a game. “It’s also a way of allowing Dan and Elaine Johnson to bring more members of the community into their lives. A formal dinner with the president might not be feasible for a large number of people, but a pre-game reception with the president opens that experience to a wide and enthusiastic group that already shares a love of UT football. “Besides, look at it mathematically. There are more than 800 people in the press tower during a game, from all walks of life — think of the combinations!” Although the venue often becomes crowded to the point where only a pretzel’s-width of space separates guests, there are plenty of opportunities to slip out into the hallway or into other boxes for more private conversations. And conversation is at the heart of the loge experience. UT President Daniel Johnson observed, “The fact is that all these folks are there to watch football, but we do more talking than watching football.” With two football seasons under his belt, Johnson felt qualified to offer what may be the last word on thinking inside the box: “The football box is a place of great camaraderie and fun, especially when we’re winning, but when we’re losing, at least it’s a place of great camaraderie.” 


Company calls in savings with contribution to UT


veryone knows that doing the job of life. Alltel would like to help out where right means having the right tools. we can. I don’t know that we would get For the UT development officers involved to this extent with any other uniwho help raise crucial University funds versity that might approach us.” through direct contact with supporters, He added, “These phones help [the cell phones have become as indispensable development officers] in their work and it as reliable cars. Thanks to a longstanding enables them to stay in touch with their community partnership that recently loved ones while they’re on the road.” became stronger, staying in touch became “This is an important partnership with a little easier and a whole lot less expenthe business community,” said Vern sive. Snyder, vice president for institutional Alltel is a company already well advancement. “It shows how such partknown to the University; UT is one of nerships are vital to the mission of the Alltel’s largest Toledo wireless service University. Obviously this saves us customers. An Alltel program for students money — $12,000 to $14,000 per year and faculty gives special rates for perin budget savings thanks to the generosity sonal phones and brings revenue to the of Alltel — and it increases our efficiency University that might otherwise be lost. as well.”  However, the telecommunications/ technology solutions company has also been a mainstay of UT Athletics with a sponsorship that includes signage in the Glass Bowl and in Savage Hall, a corporate box in the Glass Bowl and handling of the phone service for the department as well as for the rest of the University. Now Alltel has made a further commitment: discounted cell phones plus air time rates for UT’s on-theroad development officers during the course of the University’s latest capital campaign. It’s a three-year commitment. Dennis Sheaffer, vice president and general manager of Alltel, noted that the agreement was based on the company’s already strong ties with The University of Toledo. “UT is one of the community’s biggest assets Ready to roll. Ellen Ingram, director of corporate and foundation and one of the biggest relations, multitasking on way to development appointment. contributors to quality

Gifting according to your own plan Planned giving is the process of showing donors how to give more than they otherwise thought possible by planning what to give, how to give and when to give. Once you have decided to make a gift to the University of Toledo Foundation, consider the following: • What would you like to accomplish with your gift? • What amount can you consider giving without jeopardizing retirement and emergency needs? • Do you need lifetime income from your gift? Can you save both income and capital gains taxes while increasing your spendable income? • Which assets should you use to fund your gift? • How can you make gifts through your estate plans that will preserve your estate for family members while allowing you to provide an important gift to The University of Toledo Foundation? Making a well-planned gift can be a rewarding experience. To receive more information on the variety of gift options, please call Laura Noble-Haggy, director of planned giving, at 419.530.5413.

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news Central Florida

Southern comfort. Displaying Atlanta togetherness and UT garb are (left to right) Sandra Colson, Ray Cobb, Mary Carr-Morrison, Steve Stechschulter, Birdel Jackson and Ben Bober.


This chapter held their second annual golf outing/Packo party in August and then hosted another event in downtown Atlanta in early December in conjunction with the College of Pharmacy. If you live in Atlanta, you have probably gotten a call from one of the chapter leaders, as they are making great strides in trying to gather more active members. Steve Stechschulte is the chapter president and can be reached at Steve.Stechschulte if you want to become involved.

New York City

Stephen and Leslie Jerome opened their home to the NYC chapter this past summer for an outdoor cocktail reception. Many representatives from the UT campus were present and were able to answer questions


A fall reception was held at the home of Marvin and Judy Herb, who graciously opened their home in November to all Chicago alumni plus many administrators from the University. Dr. Johnson was a featured guest speaker along with the Herbs, who spoke about their passion for UT. Sharon Thornsberry is the new chapter president and would love to hear from you! She can be reached at sharon.thornsberry

Sunny sweethearts. Smiles of Joyce and Ken McGill exemplify alumni enjoying perfect weather for UT Florida weekend.

alumni had regarding the University. This chapter is always looking for more help, as the NYC chapter is very big and spread out! E-mail Michelle Rutkowski, chapter president, at to get more details on upcoming events.

Garden party. Janet Krzyminski, Michelle Rutkowski, Mary-Ella Holst, Leslie Jerome and Barbara Tartaglia in sylvan NYC setting. 8 TOLEDO Alumni Magazine / Winter 2003

70-degree weather, tons of sunshine, lots of Rocket fans and a Toledo Rocket football win all added up to one thrill of a weekend! In fact, it could go down in the alumni chapter books as one of the best-executed extended events ever! The Central Florida chapter pulled off a huge weekend full of activities for everyone. Golf, a special Packo dinner, Rocket Breakfast Buffet and a Smokey Bones Tailgate Party were just some of the highlights. Rob Beers has got this chapter moving; e-mail him to find out what the next project is going to be at

Soon to fly. Marvin and Judith Herb with Rockets flag to pick up some of those Windy City breezes.

SAVE THE DATE JAN. 20 Southwest Florida Chapter Packo Party, Broadway Palm Dinner Theater FEBRUARY Phoenix Chapter Annual Packo Party FEB. 28 Central Florida Chapter Annual Packo Party MARCH 1 Suncoast Chapter Annual Packo Party MARCH 2 Fort Myers Chapter Annual Luncheon MARCH 3 Goldcoast Chapter Annual Dinner AUG. 28-30 U of Las Vegas football weekend



Hail, hail the gala’s here

Just a dancin’ machine. Mary Carr-Morrison, director of development, struts her stuff with alumni Gregg Dodd, Geraldine Imes and Isabel Martin.


omecoming 2002 was marked by a bold new look for the annual alumni awards dinner when some 250 University alumni and friends attended the Red, White, Blue and Gold Gala. To be in synch with the Homecoming theme of “Rockets Across America,” the traditional sit-down meal was replaced by “grazing stations” that served food representing various culinary traditions of the United States. In another innovation, the individual colleges used the evening to honor their own outstanding alumni rather than hold a separate dinner. “It required a lot of coordination on the part of the event organizers, but this kind of unified approach allowed more people to share in the honors being given to outstanding

Distinguished party. Honorees Lorenzo Curtis and Craig Holden share the spotlight with Tom Barden, associate dean of humanities, in center.

Honors in hand. Jay Pearson, Lance Talmage and Birdel Jackson make a well-suited trio.

alumni,” said Jeff Huffman, interim executive director of the Alumni Association and one of the organizers. Honorees included those named by the Alumni Association: Outstanding Young Alum Jay Pearson, Blue T Award recipient Lance Talmage, M.D., and Gold T Award recipient Birdel Jackson. In addition, the following alumni received recognition. College of Arts & Sciences: Dr. Lorenzo Curtis, Outstanding Faculty Alumnus; Craig Holden, Outstanding Alumnus in Arts; Toledo Mayor Jack Ford, Outstanding Alumnus in Sciences. College of Business Administration: Ed Schmidt, Outstanding Alumnus. College of Education: Dr. Dennis Hinkle, Distinguished Alumnus Award;

Dr. Linda Murphy, Distinguished Service Award; Cathleen Heidelberg, Distinguished Achievement Award. College of Engineering: Lance Talmage, M.D., chemical engineering; Gary Jakubowski, M.I.M.E.; Dave Bishop, engineering technology; Richard Martinko, civil engineering; and Dr. Aicha Elshabini, computer science. College of Pharmacy: Dr. Kerry Campbell, Distinguished Alumnus Award; Lori Woodson, Distinguished Achievement Award; and Dr. Kenneth Bachmann, Norman F. Billups Distinguished Service Award. University College: Karen Fraker, Outstanding Alumnus. Minority Alumni Affiliate: Geraldine Davis, John Reynolds, and Romie Brown. A special honor went to eight alumni who represented the evening’s Rockets Across America: NaaDede Oboshie Badger, Norcross, Georgia; Ernest R. Dewey, Missoula, Montana; Rudolph (Rudy) Eskra, Pueblo, Colo.; Rosemarie L.L. Fisher, M.D., Stamford, Conn.; Sheldon P. Glass, Houston, Texas; Andrea M. Kimball, San Diego, Calif.; Steven A. Klar, New York City; and George Linberger, Barberton, Ohio. Their achievements were highlighted by a rolling display that used a U.S. map as the background for alumni photos and biographies.

Scholarship open to UT women The Dean Katherine Easley Wemmer Trust Fund is again offering its Scholarship of Excellence for the 2003-2004 academic year. The $1,500 scholarship is available to female students who are either full-time junior or senior undergraduates at UT, full- or part-time UT graduate students, UT grads attending Medical College of Ohio, or members of the Toledo branch of the American Association of University Women doing post-graduate work at any university. Requirements include a 3.25 grade point average and active campus or community service. Award money will be paid directly to the university or college. Applications are available at the Financial Aid Offices of The University of Toledo and Medical College of Ohio, and further information can be obtained by calling 419.537.8984. Applications must be received by March 17, and all applicants must be available for a personal interview on April 25.

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î ł Multilevel they may have been for the group photo, but as far Rocket pride, every member of the Class of ‘52 was doing the same step.

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The annual parade was led by Toledo favorite son Jamie Farr, who split the weekend between many venues not all of them reached by this Army Jeep.

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s always, Homecoming includes plenty of everything for all generations, from youngsters (of every age) at the Alumni Hot Dog Tent to students providing the decking for their floats to plenty of tailgate parties and overall UT excitement. Even Ohio Gov. Bob Taft (below) wore some Rocket pride.

î ł Halftime ceremonies included honors for the three honored alumni. Left to right, President Dan and Elaine Johnson, Alumni Association President Rob Robinson and Second Vice President Theodore Hahn, Association Interim Executive Director Jeff Huffman, Gold T Award recipient Birdel Jackson, Blue T Award recipient Lance Talmage, and Outstanding Young Alum Jay Pearson.

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S CULPTfiction:

alumna molds vision into reality for seven decades by Cynthia Nowak

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f the large abstract sculpture outside the front of her home didn’t provide enough of a clue, Joe Ann Cousino’s (A/S ’47) avocation would be obvious as soon as one entered the doorway. An airy and sun-flooded living room has every appearance of an art gallery, with numerous cast pieces that when not tastefully standing in corners or focal points are suspended from the ceiling. The overall effect manages to be both sophisticated and cozy — a combination that might fit the artist as well. Coziness notwithstanding, Cousino, a fourth-generation Toledoan (“My ancestors came to the area when it was called Fort Defiance”), is no late entry to the world of fine arts. In her words, “I was born knowing that I wanted to be an artist, and I’ve been an artist since the age of eight. In fact, when I was taking classes at the [Toledo] Museum of Art, I had to take some of them several times over, because I was too young to enter the adult classes and they didn’t know what to do with me. I ended up teaching in an experimental class there when I was 11 or 12.” She can still recall the artistic frisson of first working with clay — an experience that almost became too tactile for comfort. “They had a huge tub of clay and when I jumped up and bent inside to get a handful, I almost fell in. But then I took a big pile of clay and made a fence with a base, and women on each side, talking to each other. I added a little child reaching up to pull on the skirt of one woman. “Everyone else in the class used primary colors — reds, greens — but I knew I didn’t want those. I happened to go down to Lasalle’s [department store] and looked at their window displays where the color scheme was wine-purple and a sort of pale chartreuse. That was it! I came back and painted my sculpture in those colors, and added a navy blue because I knew that I needed a third value.” A child who so obviously knew her mind understandably made an impression on adults. One of them was Paul Manship, whose Prometheus fountain at New York’s Rockefeller Center

is probably his most famous work. The already famous Art Deco master was visiting the Toledo Museum of Art when his bronze piece “Dancer and Gazelles” was first acquired. The 10-year-old Cousino was summoned from her art class by the museum’s director, Blakemore Godwin, who made the introduction to Manship by telling him, “This is the only person I know around here who’s interested in doing sculpture.” The older artist benevolently asked the child if she had any questions for him. “I had a million of them,” Cousino said. “I asked about how bronze was cast, if the two gazelles’ bodies were the same casting — asking for all the kinds of information I hadn’t been able to find. He answered my questions and told me about his studio, his family, his work. When he asked me why I didn’t just go to the library for answers, I told him, ‘I have, and I even got a special permit to go into the adult section, but there wasn’t anything there!’ Even the museum library lacked information about bronze casting.” In time, college permitted Cousino to travel and explore a wider world for inspiration. She named Mexico, which she first visited while in college, as a primary wellspring. “When I saw the colors of Mexico, it was as though a white veil was lifted from the colors we had here. And they had contemporary architecture in Mexico, which we didn’t have in Toledo. At the same time, they had their ancient sculptures. Mexico had a lot of influence on my work.” Indeed, some of Cousino’s humanfigure pieces possess hints of Aztec facial traits, such as the woman in “North Wind,” seemingly facing a gale with measured determination — or is it resignation? Frustrated by the lack of sculpture programs at area universities, Cousino enrolled at the University of Southern Illinois for her master’s degree, but “I suddenly asked myself, ‘Why do I

Summer Colors. Cousino with her ”Push Point” at Schedel Arboretum Gardens in Elmore, Ohio. “The Cloak,” opposite, is also part of the garden’s permanent display. TOLEDO Alumni Magazine / Winter 2003 13

“I believe that every artist owes it to the public to contribute to public education, but not many do it.” “Joy of Generations” at MCO campus. need this? No one’s going to let a woman teach sculpture in a university.’ It was the early 1950s, remember.” Although she never completed her studies, the workshops she taught at Bowling Green State University, the University of Texas, Defiance College and Adrian College, plus her stint as guest artist at UCLA, gave her the satisfying sensation of having beaten a discriminatory system. The numerous awards she won added to her 14 TOLEDO Alumni Magazine / Winter 2003

feeling of professional satisfaction. “I must have been in over a hundred national and international shows during that time,” she recalled. In the meantime, she kept learning. “I learned a lot about glaze technology from Professor Carlton Ball,” she said. “That helped me a lot with applying patinas. I kept having the same problem — you couldn’t learn about patinas or bronze casting from books because there weren’t any. And there wasn’t any national organization for sculpture.” Nevertheless, she was steadily producing and selling her works. “I would drive them to Chicago, where the Frank Ryan Gallery would sell them almost as fast as I could bring them in. I guess that it might have hindered me professionally, because I didn’t have to ship pieces all over the country, but by that time I had two little kids, a husband and a home. I didn’t want to be driving or shipping; shipping sculptures is a lot of work, and even if you pack things to death, they can get broken. “The sad part about those Chicago gallery days is that I didn’t make photographs of most of those pieces, and in most cases I have no idea where they are today. Every so often a piece surfaces; people will come up to me, for instance, and tell me that it showed up in a parent’s estate.” Past and present, one thing remains constant with Cousino: the importance of her work. A bad fall on an icy pavement left her with a back that precludes heavy lifting, but her energy still crackles. “My work means a lot to me. I’m always working. Even when my kids were babies, I’d get up at five in the morning to work. I used to pray, ‘Please, God, let them sleep until eight. ’ I couldn’t do sculpture during the day when they were small, but I found out that I could work on a potter’s wheel. I had a big old table, and the babies would go on top of it, in their playpen, with the wheel right up there where they could see it. And they would stare at it — it would hold their attention for as long as a couple of hours. They loved to watch the pieces growing, and I’d be talking to them all the while.

There’s the rub. Cousino’s son, Richard, does preservation work on “Outreach” at MCO campus.

“It was better for them than television! And when they were older and wanted to try making pots, the lessons were already embedded in them.” Cousino did more, taking the children to the museum where “I’d lift them up and let them feel the big sculptures to learn about texture. The guards said that they wouldn’t let any other mother do that, but my kids were well behaved and never touched anything until I said it was okay. And I mean just touch a piece, not pick it up. I believe that you’ve got to start early with art.” The results seem to support her; both daughter Paula and son Richard are involved in art, with Richard often assisting his mother. “He does a lot of my casting and patina work for me, and he makes all the armatures for me,” Cousino said. And she has always had students. “I believe that every artist owes it to the public to contribute to public education, but not many do it.” She wants no imitators among her students. With Joe Ann Cousino, art has always been a matter of lighting one’s own taper. “It comes from the heart. It’s as though the heart and the mind and the soul work together. I have several adult students right now, and what I do as a teacher is let each one do his or her own thing — but I look. I look at what’s coming out that is unique to that person, and I encourage them to take it further. Otherwise they’ll be copying my work, or someone else’s work, and not creating what’s in their own souls.” And knowing one’s own soul has always been at the heart of Joe Ann Cousino’s creed. 

Stay in step! When you join the march as a member of The University of Toledo Alumni Association, you’re an irreplaceable part of the organization’s mission. Your membership supports events and programs that help define UT. Homecoming. Art on the Mall. Student scholarships. So stay in formation, because we can’t perform without you! If you haven’t renewed your membership yet, call 419.530.2586 or 800.235.6766. Make that commitment by supporting the organization dedicated to alumni nationwide.

You Belong. You belong — so renew today!

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Love stories from the hallways, labs and classrooms of UT Most University of Toledo alumni have at least one or two college romances. Those relationships don’t appear on their transcripts, but they’re often far more memorable than what came out of calculus class. For Valentine’s Day, we’re presenting a bouquet of couples who tell in their own words how they began by sharing class notes and ended up with a lifetime collaboration. 16 TOLEDO Alumni Magazine / Winter 2003

Pete (Pharm ’90) and Robin (Infante) (Pharm ’92) Maida his is the story of when Robin and Pete met and decided to spend their lives together. They first met in the fall of 1987 in the campus cafeteria. Robin was pledging Kappa Delta, and one of her KD “sisters” introduced them in case Robin would need help in organic chemistry. Pete had chemistry on his mind, but not the benzene ring type. Robin couldn’t have been less interested, for the time being at least. Once, for example, he asked for her phone number, and when he called it, he got the weather report! It wasn’t until a year later that they began dating. At first Pete thought that Robin had to be the biggest UT sports fan ever; he just couldn’t understand why their dates were always scheduled around UT’s sporting events. As it turns out Robin was UT’s biggest fan — she was the 1988-89 Rocky the Rocket school mascot! Just six months after they began dating, they were engaged to be married. The wedding was October 3, 1992. After their Hawaiian honeymoon, Robin worked for Thrift Drug, and Pete continued on at his family’s business, Norvelt Pharmacy. In 1995, Pete and Robin bought Norvelt Pharmacy. Robin (now with Revco) quit the chains and they began to run the store together. In 2000, Pete began a second full time career as a financial planner, and opened a second business, Maida Financial Services. With Robin splitting the pharmacy hours, Pete now runs both businesses, and is currently one of the top 10 registered representatives at his brokerdealer, Trustmark Financial Group Inc. This past October, Robin and Pete celebrated 10 happy years of marriage, 10 great years of happiness, love and prosperity that never would have happened without The University of Toledo, and for that we say “Thanks, UT.”


Bart (Bus ’42) and Betty Jean (Dunn) (attended A/S ’41-’42) Quinn he greatest highlight of my life started on January 26, 1942, when I was walking toward one of my classes and a coed was coming toward me. All I could see were two beautiful eyes and a warm smile that made those eyes light up. I was a senior and had never seen this girl before, but I could tell that this coed was special. I asked my classmate Olga Sobeck, who told me that she was Betty Jean Dunn, a freshman and a sensational singer. We met at the Erie Drug Store, where I worked, the very next day. From that moment, our romance took off. A few months later she was wearing my fraternity pin, and this is a quote from her diary, which I came across after her death, for Sept. 26, 1942: “Saturday: 8 months ago we said, ‘Hello.’ Today, I am engaged. We got my ring at Broer Freeman’s. It is the most beautiful in the world, and I’m the happiest girl in the world! He’s so wonderful and I’m so lucky, God.” On October 16, 1940, I had registered for the draft, enlisting the United States Naval Cadet Program to become a naval aviator, and got an exemption to finish college. I went into service on November 11, 1942, and was sent to Iowa Preflight School in Iowa City. When I graduated, I was sent to Naval Air Station in Glenview, Illinois, where I passed all the academics, but failed the night flying. I was washed out. I had soloed on N3Ns opencockpit style and logged more than 100 hours. Armed with my college degree by now, I applied for a direct commission and received an ensignship in the U.S. Naval Reserves. I returned to Toledo and married my college sweetheart, the most vivacious coed at Toledo University, at Holy Rosary Cathedral. We met on the 26th, got engaged on the 26th, and were married on July 26, 1943. Again, I quote from her diary: “My wedding day and I might add simply the happiest day of my life. How lucky I am to have a man like my Bart — God bless him.” I wish I had found her diary earlier.


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Gene and I continued with our respective coursework, still meeting between classes and studying together. Although we retained our surnames, Gene decided in 1995 to take my last name as his own, to honor my parents and me for all the support and encouragement that we gave him during his student years. He changed his name to Gene Herschel Bergmann, and — following his completion of a dental degree and a stint with the Lucas County Department of Health — bought his own practice in Sarasota, Fla., where we moved in September. On Feb. 22, we will celebrate nine years of marriage. The University of Toledo will always hold a special place in our hearts. We’re so happy that we were given this chance to meet there and begin our lives together as each other’s best friend. Thank you, UT, for letting us tell our story.

Gene (Steele) (Eng ’96) and Elvina (A/S ’78, UTCTC ’94) Bergmann n a Friday in August 1993, I went to student records to obtain a transcript. Gene was a student worker there and chit-chatted with me while the transcript printed. I felt that he was interested in me, but dismissed the thought. Throughout the weekend, though, I thought about the brief meeting with this soft-spoken guy. I returned to UT to register for classes. Gene saw me and wanted to know if I would mind a call. I agreed, and we exchanged names and telephone numbers. We found out on our first date how much we had in common. But I told him that I really did not want to be distracted from my studies by being involved in any relationship. In fact, I decided that night that he was going to be a buddy. How wrong I was. As time went on, I could see that Gene had thoughts beyond friendship. Based on our many similarities, I felt myself drawn to him. By Christmas, he proclaimed his love for me; a month later, he had a private meeting with my parents to ask for their permission to marry me. They gave their blessings. It was so like Gene to know without my ever telling him how much my parents, who came to America from Russia, would value the request for my hand in the old European style. In February, Gene showed up and asked if I were free to leave campus for a few hours. We drove to what turned out to be Maumee Bay State Park, a special place for us. On that cold, wintry day, we went to the lodge. By the fireplace, he proposed to me. I accepted. The next day, I came out of class to find Gene parked next to my car. He said, “Let’s just do it and get married today.” So we drove downtown and had a private civil marriage ceremony. Afterwards we went back to my home, where my parents were thrilled with the news. We had a meal together, then both Gene and I went back to UT, he to an engineering class and I to my probate class. I was a tad late and after class apologized to my professor, Joe Wittenberg, telling him that I had gotten married that afternoon. His incredulous expression will forever be in my memory.


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Richard (Bus ’58) and Marlene (Spencer) (Ed ’56) Harner he year was 1954. The school was called TU. Richard Harner was introduced to Marlene Spencer by an Alpha Chi Omega sorority sister, Pat Kelley. It was on Second Level, near the student mailboxes. Ric was running for Student Senate and Marlene had seen his picture and posters in the halls. She knew that he was an up-and-coming young man at the University, and besides, he was cute. He had noticed Marlene as she was in the Registrar’s Office assisting Betty Fontaine, and also when she took Betty around campus in her wheelchair. He knew Marlene as caring and helpful, and besides, he was smitten by her beautiful blue eyes. Their first “date” was going to the corner drugstore for an afternoon cup of tea. Other dates followed, mostly to free events on the activities card. Another enjoyable “together time” was taking long walks through the Old Orchard neighborhood. Romance continued to grow even when Ric had to drop out of TU for a semester, but it really blossomed when he came back to school. Their engagement was at Christmas 1955, and wedding bells rang the following March. They lived in Toledo, then Chicago, and have now retired and returned home. By the way, they still enjoy teatime every afternoon.


Woodsy Owl glasses!” We went on our way and I didn’t think much about Christopher again. About two weeks later, I was wandering around the Union, trying to find the Gospel Choir room. I was going down the steps when I bumped into Christopher. I helped him retrieve the bag that I knocked off his shoulder and asked if he knew where the meeting was being held. He led me to the room and started the meeting; he was vice president of the choir!

Christopher (A/S ’97) and AnDrea (Larkin) (A/S ’96) Cleaves hristopher: AnDrea and I met in the University’s Gospel Choir in fall 1989. Outside the choir, we saw each other in the Student Union. I was usually alone, seeking a break; AnDrea, on the other hand, was never alone. She was either accompanied by her friends or by this six-foot-three-inch-tall guy. After a couple of weeks it became apparent that she had some type of relationship with him, so any idea I had of becoming better acquainted was squelched. I gathered up enough nerve, though, to approach the “tall guy” and ask if he was dating AnDrea. After laughing for about 15 seconds, he admitted that they were cousins! I told him about my intentions and he hurriedly passed the message along to AnDrea. On Oct. 25, I suggested we talk in the Student Union, and asked if we could go to the movies. After much discussion, she agreed — but not before meeting her parents. Now I was a self-professed nerd and didn’t see myself as having a remote chance with such a beautiful young woman. AnDrea’s friends agreed, saying, “His sweaters and socks match!” (It was the ’80s thing to do; what can I say?) But AnDrea found herself defending me, and the date for the movies was set. AnDrea asked if I wanted to go to her little brother’s football game first. I said sure, since I’m a football fanatic. That’s when she told me that her mother (Louisa Larkin ’96, UT financial aid adviser) was going to ride with us to the game. I knew this was going to be an interesting first date. I met her parents, passed inspection, and it was an incredible first date! The thrill of the evening slightly dimmed when I returned AnDrea home 25 minutes prior to her midnight curfew. She was shocked, but it earned huge kudos from her parents, who weren’t used to this happening with other suitors. AnDrea’s version: I met Christopher fall quarter. The first time I saw him, I was walking toward the Student Union with one of my friends. She and I were deep in conversation when I happened to turn my head toward two guys. Christopher and I looked at each other and exchanged polite hellos. I told my friend, “That guy would be really cute if it weren’t for his


Alan (Eng ’93, A/S ’95) and Diann (Apple) (Ed ’92, MEd ’95) Rudolph ibbit…” Would you believe that’s the sound of love? Alan Rudolph, from Parma, Ohio, and Diann Apple, from St. Marys, Ohio, met in September 1989 when they began their sophomore year serving as FROGs (Freshmen Resident Orientation Guides). They both liked the idea of getting a jump on all other residents by moving into the dormitories a week early. They first met at the FROG organizational meeting on the Quad. At first glance, Diann thought that Alan was an international student because of his deeply tanned skin and dark hair; Alan first noticed Diann’s welltoned legs!


Their first dinner together was at the Parks Tower cafeteria, when they stayed up the entire night talking about life, their adventures and everything else they could think of — and keeping Diann’s roommate awake! They dated exclusively through the next four years in school and helped each other succeed. Diann changed majors from pharmacy to respiratory therapy to recreational therapy, while Alan added an economics major to his electrical engineering studies. They married on July 24, 1993, just a little more than a month after Diann finished her master’s studies and Alan completed his engineering degree. They graduated together again in 1995 when Diann received her master’s of education and Alan completed his bachelor’s degree in economics. They live in Brunswick, Ohio, with their two daughters, Allison and Abigail.  TOLEDO Alumni Magazine / Winter 2003 19



Charles Napp (Bus), Maumee, Ohio, was recognized with an outstanding community service award at the 2002 Outstanding Senior Volunteer Awards, sponsored by Medical Mutual, in August. He worked as a volunteer usher at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle Theatre for 55 years.


George W. Green (Bus, MBA ’51), Dearborn, Mich., had an article, “Champion Spark Plug Was Cited for Peak WWII Production,” published in the summer issue of The Ignitor, and in the August issue of Militaria International Magazine.


Melvin Bielawski (UTCTC, Bus ’56) had his third book, P.O.W. Camp 78, published in June by 1st Books (


Patricia Scharf (Ed, MEd ’62, Ed Spec ’75), Toledo, was appointed by Gov. Bob Taft to a five-year term on the State Board of Optometry, a testing, licensing and regulatory body.


Larry Rochelle (Ed, Ed Spec ’80), professor of English at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan., had his latest book, Prof Rap, a collection of advice for incoming college freshmen, published in June by Zumaya Publications (


Tom Duvendack (Bus ’63) retired after managing Toledo’s Oak Openings Preserve Metropark for 27 years.

Bruning ’66

notes Karen Stein (Ed) was hired by St. Rose School in Perrysburg, Ohio, to teach seventh and eighth grade language arts and seventh grade religion. Previously, she taught for 14 years at St. Mary’s Elementary in Millersville, Ohio. Michael J. White (Eng) was named an associate in the engineering firm of Finkbeiner, Pettis & Strout Inc., where he manages the Toledo office.

Julia L. Kroos (Bus), Sterling, Va., was installed as president of the Virginia Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs in June. She works as a supervisor in the Small Business/Self Employed Operating Division for the Internal Revenue Service.


Dr. Daniel Marazon (A/S), Athens, Ohio, was named Family Physician of the Year by the Ohio State Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. He has been associated with the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine since 1978.


Raymond Norris (Eng, MEng ’77) was named an associate of the Toledo architectural and engineering firm SSOE Inc. He joined the firm in 1997. Pat Robinson (Ed, MEd ’74), Sylvania, Ohio, won the title of Mrs. Ohio in April. The pageant recognizes service to family, community and self in married women, with each contestant bringing a cause that they plan to promote during their term. Pat’s is the importance of health and fitness in maintaining psychological well-being for women and young people. She represented Toledo in the subsequent Mrs. International contest held in Tennessee.

White ’68


Dr. John Laut (Ed) was hired as principal for Catawba and Portage Elementary School in Port Clinton (Ohio) City Schools. Judge Robert Pollex (A/S, Law ’73) of the Wood County Commons Pleas Court was elected to the office of National Escort for Modern Woodmen of America at the fraternal life insurance organization’s annual national convention in June.


Robert E. Flack (Ed) joined Pettisville (Ohio) Schools in August as athletic director and summer recreation director. Jon A. Wise (MBA), following 30 years of state service, retired as director of professional practice for the Michigan Office of the Auditor General.


C. William Fall (Eng), CEO of the William Fall Group, a Toledo real estate valuation firm, was appointed to The University of Toledo’s board of trustees by Gov. Bob Taft for the term running through June 2011. He is a former president of the Alumni Association. Charles Knight (UTCTC), Ohio Republican State Committeeman from District 26, was named to the board of the New Greater Fostoria Community Foundation. Dr. Larry McDougle (PhD), president of Northwest State Community College in Archbold, Ohio, was appointed by Gov. Bob Taft to an indefinite term on the governor’s workforce policy board, formed in 1999 to improve the state’s employment and training service. Tom Reed (Bus, MBA ’82, MBA ’91), treasurer of Entelco Corp., was named to the board of Northwest Ohio’s Black Swamp Conservancy.


Dr. Barbara Baker (Ed, MEd ’73, PhD ’84) was hired as the school leader for Lake Erie Academy, a community K-3 school in Toledo that opened in August. Baker retired in 2001 from Toledo Public Schools. Walter H. “Chip” Carstensen (Eng, MEng ’74), Toledo, was named president and general manager of Buckeye Cablevision Inc., and president of its sister company, Erie County Cablevision Inc., in Sandusky, Ohio. He continues as president of Metro Fiber and Cable Construction, a Buckeye subsidiary he has headed since 1999.


Basil Balian (Eng) joined the Cincinnati architectural/engineering firm of A.M. Kinney Inc. as project director.


John C. Bruning (Bus), marketing and sales professor at Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio, received the Teaching Excellence Award for Associate Degree Institutions from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, Region 4, thus becoming a finalist for the International Teaching Excellence Award. He has been on the Owens faculty since 1968 and was recognized for his achievement by the Ohio Senate with a Senate Resolution. 20 TOLEDO Alumni Magazine / Winter 2003

Carstensen ’72, ’74

Robinson ’68

Wise ’70

William E. Dudley (Bus) was hired as senior commercial lending officer for Commerce National Bank in Columbus. Dr. Jeff Jeske (MA), professor of English at Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C., had a novel, The Return of the War Pigs, published by Writers Club Press. He is also director of writing at the college and chairman of the English department.


Photo by Lad Strayer, courtesy of Daily Telegram

Alumna’s coffee cup runneth over


my Campbell (A/S ’97) doesn’t need caffeine to be energized — the source of her buzz will shortly be identified — but when she’s on the job, the rich aroma of freshly roasted Arabica coffee beans fills the air. It’s not that she requires a brewed pick-me-up to do her work — coffee is her work. Campbell is the owner and operator of Rosalie’s Roast, a micro-batch coffee roastery that she operates out of a converted closet in the cozily old-fashioned Blissfield, Mich., house she shares with husband, Rob Holman (Ed ’93). And — vital to the story — their daughter, Rosalie. “The company is all about her. I started the business because of her. Rosalie is adopted, and it was important to us from the time we decided to adopt a child that one of us would be home.” When the couple received word from Rosalie’s biological family that the baby would be given to them for adoption just two weeks before her birth, the intensity of planning went from café latte to espresso-strength. It was sheer serendipity that shortly after Rosalie’s arrival, Campbell happened to be surfing the Net and clicked onto an advertisement for a coffee roaster. An idea began brewing — percolating, one’s tempted to write — and the result was the business that bears the name of Camp-

notes bell’s natural high. As she said, “Once I saw Rosalie, I knew that she was always going to come first.” Rosalie might be at the early toddler stage, but she’s already an old hand at accompanying her mother on deliveries. “I deliver within a 20mile radius, and I’m really a stickler about keeping to that, because I don’t want Rosalie to have to be in a car for that long a round trip. People outside the delivery zone, though, have been great about accepting the coffee shipped,” Campbell said. “I think that even now she knows how we’re all about her. I usually get the roasting done when she’s sleeping — nap time or in the evening. But if I have 18 pounds of orders, I have to pretty much roast all day. Luckily, Rob is a teacher [at St. John’s High School in Toledo] and he’s home during the summer. “I’m constantly reinventing the business as she gets older. After all, when I began, she wasn’t even walking.” At the moment, the majority of the customers fall within the local area, but the business is growing almost as handily as Rosalie, a fact that concerns Campbell. “Because my background is marketing and PR, I was a little worried about doing hard-core marketing, because I didn’t want to bite off more than I could chew. I wanted to be able to sell and still take care of Rosalie. But I’m destined to be small, I think.” On the other hand, she was able to name instance after instance of now-faithful customers who’ve cancelled their Gevalia subscription or kicked their Starbuck’s habit once they’ve sampled her wares. “That’s fun to hear, but I don’t make any claims,” Campbell said. “Still, for a business that’s not connected to a café, word of mouth has done a good job. There’s no question that my coffee is

fresher than what most people drink.” In the jargon of the coffee industry, Campbell is practicing “live roast” with the green Arabica coffee beans that are delivered to her door. “In their green state, the beans stay fresh for a long, long time. It’s from the moment I roast them that their freshness date matters.” Planetary greenness matters to Campbell as well. “Two of the varieties I carry are certified organic, and the growers of Arabica beans are usually more mindful of sustainable growing, because the beans require a more rarefied environment than the more common Robusta beans do.” For the future, there’s the idea of running a bed and breakfast, or a gourmet foods shop. For now, though, family and coffee and it’s paradise enow for Campbell. She’s been written up locally and even appeared in the national magazine of advice maven Dr. Laura Schlessinger. “What’s special about this is how small the business is. It’s labor-intensive, it’s sort of horse-and-buggy, but in another way, it’s hand-crafted. It’s custom,” she added, admitting that she was selling as much a warm feeling as warm coffee beans. “People shop at the mega-stores or on the Internet, and don’t even know the person who packs their orders. My customers know me, because I come to their doors every week.” Many doors continue to open for Campbell — and Rosalie. Rosalie’s Roast can be contacted via e-mail: 

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class Joseph P. Lause (UTCTC), Marion, Ohio, wrote to share news of his daughter, Janine, who was admitted to The University of Toledo Honors Program to study international business and marketing. The Marion Catholic High School 2002 valedictorian received a $20,000 scholarship from Verizon Foundation, in addition to UT’s Tower Prestige Scholarship and International Business Scholarship. Marcia J. Mengel (Ed, MEd ’75, Law ’82), Columbus, clerk of the Supreme Court of Ohio, was elected to a three-year term on the board of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, which prepares and distributes multi-state bar examinations.

Mengel ’72, ’75, ’82 Douglas Pence (Ed), head of operations at Old Fort Banking Co., was promoted to senior vice president with Gillmore Financial Services Inc., headquartered in Tiffin, Ohio.


Michael D. Armour (A/S, MS ’75), Charlotte, N.C., was promoted to principal geologist at Shield Engineering Inc., where he has worked since 1991. He and his wife, Cheryl (Huntebrinker) (A/S ’75), have a daughter, Katie Lynn. Frank Barchok (Eng), Westerville, Ohio, was promoted to senior associate of Malcolm Pirnie, an environmental engineering group based in Columbus. David Boyer (Pharm) of Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio, was elected president of the Ohio Society of Health System Pharmacists. Sara Chomyczen (Ed) marked her 25th year as a junior high language arts teacher for St. Hedwig School in Toledo. Ronald McCracken (Univ Coll) married Susan Bishop in August. He is president and owner of RJM Manufacturing Co. in Easley, S.C. Ron L. Rimselspach (Law), who has a private law practice in Toledo, was elected to serve a three-year term as District 4 representative on the board of governors of the Ohio State Bar Association. 22 TOLEDO Alumni Magazine / Winter 2003

Ellen Young (UTCTC, Ed ’81, MEd ’83), volunteer director of medical education and training for the Sun City Emergency Medical Services Squad, received the 2002 Service to Seniors by a Volunteer Award from the Florida Council on Aging in August. Besides her work for the emergency services group, the certified emergency medical technician is a member of the Hillsborough County Medical Trauma Committee, chairwoman of the Hillsborough Community College EMS Advisory Committee, and does volunteer work for the state’s injury prevention program for senior citizens.


Jan (Andrews) Clark (Law) was named senior development officer for the Dayton Foundation, established in 1921 to benefit the Dayton, Ohio, and Greater Miami Valley region. Russ A. Daily (UTCTC) joined the Wauseon, Ohio, office of First Federal Bank as a loan officer for Fulton County. Dr. Louis A. Demeter (UTCTC, A/S ’81) moved his dental practice from Oregon, Ohio, to Northwood. Dr. Dan Milz (A/S, MA ’77) was hired as the principal of Reading (Ohio) Junior and Senior High Schools in July. Randy Swary (Bus) was promoted to vice president of the Paulding, Ohio, office of Community First Bank and Trust. He has managed the office since 1985. He and his wife live with their four sons in Defiance, Ohio. Donald Warner (Eng) was appointed to the newly created position of corporate director of design and quality processes for SSOE Inc. in Toledo.

notes Debra Rathke (A/S, MEd ’77, MA ’83) was named director of institutional research, planning and grants for Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio. Dianne Tucker (Ed), a band director with Lorain (Ohio) City Schools, also plays trombone with Solid Brass, a musical ensemble that performs regularly at churches in northeast Ohio.


Sgt. Christine Coultrip (Univ Coll, MEd ’84) retired from the Rossford, Ohio, Police Department after 25 years of service. The city’s first female police officer when she was hired, she plans to work as a Court Appointed Special Advocates volunteer to help care for abused and neglected children. Dr. Jim Getz (PhD), director of graduate studies in education at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, was named interim president for the college in July. Dr. Michelle Janney (UTCTC, A/S ’80, PhD ’93) was hired as vice president, operations, and chief nurse executive for Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, which was rated as one of the country’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

James Lambert (Pharm, MBA ’89) founded Toledo Pharmacy Consultants, a pharmacy advocacy program for patients in northwest Ohio. Carol Youngs (MEd) was named instructional technology director for Sylvania (Ohio) City Schools.

’78 ’75

Gerry Brock (Univ Coll) created an exhibit for the Art Afloat show at the Erie Art Museum in Erie, Penn., shown during the summer. Her work, consisting of five papier-mache boulders, was suspended over Presque Isle Bay to give the impression of floating above the water.

Meyer ’78 Judge Jack R. Puffenberger (Law) of the Lucas County Probate Court, was recognized by the Ohio Association of Probate Judges in September for exemplary service and outstanding contributions to the organization. Richard Smith (Bus, MBA ’85), Westerville, Ohio, joined Fifth Third Bank as a senior relationship manager in commercial banking.


Janney ’76, ’80, ’93

Warner ’74

Robert Meyer (Law), a shareholder in the Canton, Ohio, office of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs LLP, was appointed to the board of the Massillon Area Chamber of Commerce, the board’s executive committee, and as chairman of the Chamber’s legislative affairs committee.

Abdullahi I. Bin-Yahya (Ed), who teaches history and geography at George Washington Preparatory High School in Los Angeles, was named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers for the second consecutive year.

Pat Deville (Law), executive vice president and general manager of Erie County Cablevision, was elected to the development board of Bowling Green State University’s Firelands campus in Sandusky, Ohio. Ed P. Kinsey (Bus), co-founder of ARIBA Inc., was inducted into the Birmingham Hall of Fame in September. The designation honors highachieving individuals from the historic Toledo neighborhood. Michael R. Rankin (Law), Columbus, was appointed to serve on Gov. Bob Taft’s statewide Amber Alert/ Child Stranger Abduction Task Force. The practicing attorney is co-founder and chairman of the Mid-Ohio Stranger Abduction Alert Board. Margaret Walko (MEd), a teacher at Westside Montessori in Toledo and St. Joseph School in Maumee, Ohio, received the 2002 Fortunato Award from the Lucas County Educational Service Center Governing Board in recognition of professionalism, innovation and extracurricular activities.


Joseph A. Brown (A/S, Pharm ’82), Bloomington, Ill., was promoted to senior district sales manager with GlaxoKlineSmith.

class Ellen B. Minadeo (Bus) was named an assistant cashier at the Parma Heights, Ohio, branch of Fifth Third Bank, where she has been manager. Susie Shew (MEd) was honored in October by Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn., which presented her with its Alumni Citation award in recognition of her many professional and civic activities that benefit society. J. Kevin Yarnell (UTCTC) was promoted to vice president/senior loan officer at The Henry County Bank in Napoleon, Ohio.


Debra Dauer (Eng) was one of four finalists for the Athena Award, presented in Denver in August by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Bank One for professional achievement, community service and generosity in assisting other women to attain professional excellence. Robert W. Hare (MEng), regional environmental manager for General Motors Corp., was appointed to a oneyear term on the Environmental Education Council by Gov. Bob Taft. Dr. Elizabeth Hostetler (PhD), a former faculty member at Bluffton College and at the University of Findlay, was hired as the principal of Bluffton (Ohio) Elementary School.


Stephan Routzahn (Pharm) was inducted into the Medicine Shoppe’s Summit Club for exceptional achievement with his Bucyrus, Ohio, pharmacy.


Dr. Jo Ann Burkhardt (Ed Spec, PhD ’91) was named assistant professor of education at Defiance College in Ohio. Nancy Brown (MA), associate professor of English and assistant dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Lourdes College in Sylvania, Ohio, received the Alumni Achievement Award from Defiance College in October. Scott R. Earls (Bus, MBA ’86) was promoted to a principal in the tax practice at Ernst & Young LLP in Detroit. He has been with the financial consulting company for 16 years. Dr. Michael S. Levy (Eng, MEng ’86), a doctor of osteopathic medicine, is a post-graduate in his fourth year of residency in orthopaedic surgery at Peninsula Hospital Center in New York City. Prior to obtaining his medical degree, he was a development engineer for Howmedica and designed orthopaedic implants.

Gibney ’85

Schroeder ’85

Scott E. Irwin (Bus) was promoted to president of Aktion Associates Inc., a software applications and systems provider based in Maumee, Ohio. He joined the company in 1985 and was named vice president in 2000. In his new position, he will oversee the company’s three business units while continuing to serve as manager of one.

Patrick Sweeney (Univ Coll, Law ’89, MEd ’00) was hired as principal of Woodmore (Ohio) Middle/High School.


Dan Boehm (MBA) was named vice president and general manager for the Northeast Division of NFO WorldGroup, a provider of researchbased marketing information. He has been with the company since 1996.

Irwin ’85


Daryl L. Bechdolt (Eng) joined Alcan Packaging of Northbrook, Ill., as a corporate quality manager. Meg Bodie (A/S), a nurse with Port Clinton (Ohio) City Schools, received the 2002 Outstanding School Nurse Achievement Award from the American School Health Association. Dr. Judith A. Brissette (PhD) was appointed president of the Rhode Island Independent Higher Education Association, an alliance of eight colleges and universities created to address common needs. She will continue as senior associate for R.H. Perry & Associates, a Washington, D.C., executive search firm. John Harris III (MEd) is a principal with Toledo-based Harris Health Trends Inc., a health management firm. Stephen J. Horner (A/S), Franklin, Tenn., was promoted to assistant vice president, outcomes measurement, at HCA, the nation’s largest healthcare provider and owner of 188 hospitals. Andrea Joldrichsen (A/S, Univ Coll ’86) joined NFO WorldGroup USA, a marketing research company with operations worldwide, as a human resource manager.


Levy ’84, ’86 Sister Mary Dominica Niedbala (MEd) celebrated her 60th jubilee as a Franciscan Sister in June. The longtime nursing specialist who worked in hospitals and taught in colleges across the country lives in Sylvania, Ohio.


Becky L. Gase (Ed) is teaching English and speech to eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders at Pettisville (Ohio) Schools. Susan (Grycza) Gibney (A/S) was hired as manager of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library’s marketing department. She lives in Sylvania, Ohio, with her husband, John, and daughter, Kelsey.

Judith Kehrle (MBA) was hired as director of marketing and communications for Toledo Metroparks. Dr. Dennis O’Connell (PhD), professor of physical therapy at HardinSimmons University in Abilene, Texas, received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Heart Association, and had a research grant named in his honor at the Affiliated Volunteer Leadership Conference in July. He and his wife, Janelle (PhD ’84) created a doctor of physical therapy entry-level degree program, the first in Texas and the Southwest. Michael Ritzenthaler (Pharm), Bay Village, Ohio, was hired as director of pharmacy for Parma General Hospital. Dr. Robert Ruse (Eng, MEng ’92, PhD ’02), who earned his doctorate in engineering from UT in May with a dissertation on how communities can best withstand terrorism and other disasters, is the safety-service director for the city of Findlay, Ohio. Jeffrey F. Schroeder (Eng) was promoted to product development director with Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., in Findlay, Ohio. He has been with the company since 1985.

Boehm ’86 Anne Bryan (A/S) was hired to teach French and act as adviser for the French Club at Archbold (Ohio) High School. Don Iten (Bus) was honored with a top speaker award by the Ohio Insurance Institute in August, recognizing his volunteer participation in the association’s Speakers Network program. Jill D. (Terpinksi) Johnson (Ed, MPA ’95) was awarded a master of science in nursing degree from the Medical College of Ohio in June. Grant Newmyer (Bus) was promoted to chief financial officer at Sara Lee Direct, a division of Sara Lee specializing in direct sales of apparel in retail stores nationwide. Michael C. Noggle (Law) opened his own legal practice, Noggle Law Office, in downtown Findlay, Ohio. He and his wife, Jenny, have three daughters.

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Art for humanity’s sake


or Bob Freimark (Ed ’50), being 81 years old is no reason for slowing down. On the contrary, 2002 was one of his busiest years in a life already crammed with activity. In the space of 12 months, the noted artist and social activist who’s been based in San Jose, California for the last 39 years, visited Senegal, Hungary, Costa Rica, Ecuador and the Czech Republic, plus the U.S. East and West Coasts. Solo and collaborative exhibits, guest lectures, artist-in-residencies and documentary making fill a calendar that since he launched his career some 50 years ago has rarely contained two concurrent quiet weeks. His med-ium of choice? As an artist, it’s whatever is at hand. As he told it, “I de-cided that in spirit of Picasso and Braque and Matisse — who Freimark were my first heroes — it was the obligation of the artist to work in any media with which he was confronted. He had to figure out to use it. Like they did, I wanted to utilize every available material, so I became a printmaker and a painter and a watercolorist, and sculpted in all sculpting media, plus became a photographer.” As a proponent of social change, he as well favors mixed media. For instance, during his early days on the West Coast, “I applied for an educational grant to go to Soledad Prison to live among the convicts for three months and see what their slant on life was, and find out the truth about what was then the state’s worst prison. I was accepted and lived there in a cell during the summer of ’67.” From the project came a rehabilitative art project for prisoners and a series of paintings called “Prison Art,” designed to open the eyes of the public to conditions behind bars. A few years later, he became the first American artist to show his work in Communist Europe, in a Czechoslovakia exhibit. “After Russia marched into Prague in 1968, they stopped the exhibiting of what they called all decadent European and American art. Although they were in charge in Prague, though, they didn’t completely control the entire country, and there were determined Czechs who wanted to prove that the country was still oriented toward the West. Dr. Igor Zhor decided to have my exhibition in Brno, Moravia, at their national Moravsky Museum, regardless of what the Russians said. He was fired because of that, but he remained a strong voice for the arts in Czechoslovakia, and remained a lifetime friend of mine.” 24 TOLEDO Alumni Magazine / Winter 2003

Freimark’s latest project, “Los Desaparecidos (The Disappeared Ones),” is about “the dirty war in Argentina and the government’s murder of up to 30,000 young people,” Friemark said. In 1976, a military junta seized power in Argentina and with the stated intent of wiping out left-wing terrorism, arrested thousands of people, most of them dissidents and innocent civilians unconnected with terrorism. The majority of those arrested were never seen again. Following the restoration of democracy in 1983, a national commission revealed systematic abductions and the existence of about 340 secret detention centers that utilized torture and murder. According to the Argentine government, records of the atrocities were destroyed by the military. Freidman’s plan was simple: “Hoboken VIII” “I struck out with a camera and a friend, starting in Buenos Aires. I met dissidents and the mothers of the disappeared — Las Madres de la Plaza Mayo. They invited me to their headquarters and documented the events in a very straightforward way. They told how their homes were raided by groups of soldiers who tied everyone to chairs, put sheets over the young men or women and carried them away — no one ever heard from them again. “I knew I had to talk to a military man, and I did it on my last day in Argentina. When I asked him how he felt about the murders, he said he felt good about it, that the government had done what it had to do to get rid of Communists, and so on and so on. “I still need financial backing, but I want to finish the film so that people see what happened. And I want to see the women of Argentina acknowledged, because they are among the bravest people in the world. They marched and demanded answers when no one else would or could.” Although he named the film as his first priority, he has no plans to bank his fires. As he told it, “Here’s the way I look at life. I was sitting in a garden at a party in Mexico in 1961 and someone said to the host, ‘I see the contractors are still working on your house after 10 years. Will you ever be finished?’ He said, ‘Oh, I hope not, because when your house is done, you’re ready to die.’ “My house is still under construction.” 

class Michelle Zupancic (Bus, MBA ’87) was honored by the Healthcare Businesswoman’s Association as a 2002 Rising Star, a designation that recognizes women whose accomplishments advance the industry. She is executive director of the market analytics group at the Pharmaceuticals Division of Hoffman-La Roche Inc. in Nutley, N.J.

Zupancic ’86, ’87


Michael F. Deaton (Law, MBA) was promoted to senior counsel with the law department of Ashland Inc. in Covington, Ky. James Gucker (Law) was elected to the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers board of trustees in April at the association’s annual convention in Columbus. He is a partner in the Tiffin, Ohio, firm of Meyer, Meyer and Gucker. Todd R. Helms (Ed) was named superintendent of the Clyde-Green Springs (Ohio) school district. Dr. Maureen Kane-Wineland (MEd, PhD ’02), Sylvania, Ohio, earned her doctorate in educational psychology from UT in May with her dissertation on “The Relationship of Prenatal Drug Exposure to Necromotor Development in Children Birth to Three Years.”


Dr. Meagan B. Bower (A/S) opened a practice in internal medicine in Carey, Ohio. Lori Coressel (Ed) was hired to teach grades one and two for Archbold (Ohio) Schools. Bruce E. Johnson (Univ Coll, MEd ’96), Waterville, Ohio, was named executive director of the Make-AWish Foundation of Northwest Ohio Inc. Marie Masztak (Ed) was appointed director of the Labor, Delivery, Recovery, Post-Partum (LDRP)/ Women’s and Children’s Center for Bay Park Community Hospital in Oregon, Ohio.

Daniel J. McCartney (Ed) was hired by Dunbar Mechanical Inc., a mechanical contracting firm and subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., as business development representative. Gary A. Micsko (Eng, MBA ’93) joined Michael Realty Co. in Toledo as an associate in their Industrial Division.


Brett Baumeister (Bus) was appointed vice president for National City Bank’s Norwalk, Ohio, office. John Colley (UTCTC, Eng ’90) was named an associate of the Toledo architectural and engineering firm SSOE Inc. He joined the firm in 1989. Paula (Baird) Lowry (MBA) and her husband, David, announce the birth of their first child, Aaron, in January 2002. Paula is employed by Ford Motor Credit in Dearborn, Mich., as supervisor of procurement. Diana Patton (UTCTC, Univ Coll ’90, Law ’96) was hired as director of purchasing initiatives for the Automotive Systems Group of Dana Corp., Toledo. Sara J. Sherick (Law) reopened her legal practice in Fremont, Ohio. Dan Vining (Eng) was hired by SSOE Inc., Toledo, as a senior project manager.


Jeffrey D. Blunt (Bus) was named chief financial officer with Homestat Farm Ltd., a food industry startup company in Dublin, Ohio. Maureen Brady (Ed) was hired by St. Rose’s School in Perrysburg, Ohio, to teach fifth grade. Jean Buerkle (Pharm) and her husband, John, announce the birth of their third child, Steven James, in April. Jean also accepted a position as staff pharmacist with Mal-Mart in Monaca, Penn. Paul Dobson (Ed, Law ’94) joined the Wood County (Ohio) Prosecuting Attorney’s Office as an assistant prosecutor. Dr. David M. Krol (A/S), assistant professor of pediatrics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, assistant professor of health policy and management at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, and an associate of the Center for Oral Health Policy at Columbia’s School of Dental and Oral Surgery, was awarded a Soros Advocacy Fellowship by the Open Society Institute of New York. The fellowship program helps health care providers cultivate skills in advocating for at-risk populations, in this case in Washington, D.C., where Soros will partner with the Children’s Dental Health Project.

notes Callen Loo (Bus), regional sales manager with Intel, married Penny Johner in July. They live in Waushougal, Wash. Lorie Stookey (Bus) joined the staff of St. Joseph School, Maumee, Ohio, as the kindergarten teacher. Philip R. Weiland (A/S) a product marketing manager for BD Biosciences in Billerica, Mass., earned his MBA at Babson College in May, graduating magna cum laude. He and his wife, Amy, also announce the birth of their second son, Henry, in May. Monica Williams (Ed) joined the staff of Willard (Ohio) High School as an intervention specialist.


Barbara Britenriker (MBA) was promoted to senior vice president/ comptroller/chief financial officer at the main office of Farmers & Merchants State Bank in Archbold, Ohio. She has been with the bank since 1984. Hani Emam (UTCTC, Eng ’95) is the owner of Nile Construction Services in Toledo, which among its work has done renovations on Parks Tower at The University of Toledo. Richard W. Heck (Law), senior vice president of corporate banking for KeyBank, was named to head the bank’s Toledo corporate banking department. Patricia Henry (UTCTC, Univ Coll ’96) was appointed to the Toledo Civil Service Commission by Mayor Jack Ford in May. The General Motors Powertrain technician is the first African American woman to serve on the panel. Timothy R. Obringer (Law) joined the legal firm of Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co. in Solon, Ohio. Wendi Pillars (A/S), Siler City, N.C., who has taught English as a second language in the United States and the Czech Republic, was one of 70 World Peace Scholars in a new program sponsored by Rotary International, working with eight world universities to establish centers for international studies in conflict resolution. Her twoyear scholarship will allow her to attend the University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. Scott Sevenish (Eng), New Albany, Ohio, was honored with an Outstanding Alumni Award from Penta Career Center, Perrysburg, Ohio. He is senior project manager with TransTech Consulting Inc. in Columbus.


Dr. Joseph E. Centa (A/S) joined a medical practice in Wellsville, Ohio, following a surgical residency at Waterbury (Conn.) Hospital Health Center. He was also granted privileges in general and vascular surgery at East Liverpool City Hospital. Anne M. Danuloff (A/S) completed her MBA at Cleveland State University in August, and was promoted to franchise specialist with TravelCenters of America in Westlake, Ohio, which operates truckstops nationwide. Luci Gernot (Ed) was named superintendent of the Rossford (Ohio) School District, after two years as principal of Rossford High School and more than 30 years in education. Scott W. Hall (MEd), former social studies teacher at Fostoria (Ohio) High School, began his duties as principal of Vanlue (Ohio) Schools in August. Donald P. Pratt (UTCTC) was promoted to sergeant with the Ohio Highway Patrol. The ten-year veteran of the force was named Walbridge Post Trooper of the Year in 2001. Tim Schumm (Eng, MEng ’94), Napoleon, Ohio, was hired in July as the planning director of Henry County. Shannon S. Shartell (Bus, MBA ’96), Pandora, Ohio, was appointed manager of human resources for ProTec Coating Co. Dr. Jerome E. Webster (MEd) earned a doctorate in higher education administration from The University of Toledo in May. Dr. Brian Welsh (A/S) joined the psychiatric staff of Coleman Professional Services in Bedford, Ohio. He is also a senior instructor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.


Dr. William J. Friess (MEd, PhD ’01) was hired as principal of Burr Road Middle School in Wauseon, Ohio. Jennifer A. (Ribley) Fry (A/S) and her husband, Chris, announce the birth of their first child, Hayden Marie, in October. Jennifer is an operating room nurse in Indianapolis. John F. King (Bus), an investment representative for the St. Louis-based investment firm of Edward Jones, opened a new office in Sylvania Township, Ohio. Pam (Meyer) (Bus) and Pat McCormick (Bus), Sylvania, Ohio, announce the birth of twins, Paige Nicole and Bradley Scott, in April.

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class Kristine (Kroner) (Ed) and Paul (Pharm ’94) Petrella announce the birth of their third child, Sean Kristopher, in August. He joins sister, Elizabeth, and brother, Jacob, with the family in Brunswick, Ohio. Susan M. (Blumensaadt) Smith (A/S, A/S), archivist for the Minnetrista Cultural Center in Muncie, Ind., received a master of library science degree from Indiana University. Matthew A. Tipping (Eng) was named Young Engineer of the Year by the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers. He heads the electrical department for Century A&E, an architectural/engineering consulting firm headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Brian F. Hershberger (Bus) was promoted to assistant vice president and manager of the Bluffton, Ohio, branch of First National Bank. He has been with the bank for six years. He is also an assistant football coach at Allen East High School. Robert S. Roby (Law) is a partner in the newly formed law office of Curry Roby & Schoenling Co. LLC in Columbus. Dr. Randall S. Schlievert (A/S), a Toledo pediatrician, was named director of the department of child maltreatment at Mercy Children’s Hospital, and became a member of the faculty of the Medical College of Ohio. Jean Sullivan (Ed), a teacher at Timberstone Junior High School in Sylvania, Ohio, was chosen as the National Barbie Arts Teacher of the Year, presented by the Entertainment Industry Foundation National Arts Education Initiative, a group created to raise awareness of arts education and to fund arts programs. She won a trip to New York City and a grant of $15,000 to support arts programs. Melissa (Issacson) Vojta (Ed) is the new principal of Eastview Elementary School in Avon Lake, Ohio.

Tipping ’93


Jim Weichart (Eng) was hired as Mercer County engineer in Celina, Ohio. Amy Young (UTCTC) opened Synergy Wellness Club, a membershipbased fitness and weight loss center, in Toledo’s Point Place.


Jim Beck (A/S) was promoted to director of merchandising with the Wilmington Blue Rocks professional baseball club in Wilmington, Del. John Biery (Pharm), together with his wife, Shari (UTCTC ’91), and children, Kyle and Kaitlyn, moved to Jacksonville, Fla., where he will finish his family practice residency at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station Naval Hospital. Michael A. Carroll (MBA), New York City, was promoted to senior vice president, redevelopment, for New Plan Excel Realty Trust Inc. He and his wife, Alena, have a daughter, Gabriela. Carol Wagener (Univ Coll) joined Brady Meixner and Co. LLC, Dayton, Ohio, in sales and service.


Dr. Kristin (Barrett) Casper (Pharm, PharmD ’97) is assistant professor, clinical, at Ohio State University’s Division of Pharmacy Practice. 26 TOLEDO Alumni Magazine / Winter 2003

Anita Mathew (Law) is an assistant prosecutor with the Scioto County (Ohio) Prosecutor’s Office. Kimberly R. (Dunlap) Riddell (A/S) was hired as the wastewater superintendent of the Delphos Board of Control in Delphos, Ohio. Dr. Wendell Spangler (A/S) opened a practice in family medicine in Paulding, Ohio, where he is also on the staff at County Hospital. Christa R. (Miller) Walter (Bus, MBA ’99), Lake Mills, Wis., was promoted to product manager for Eldon, the office and school products division of Newell-Rubbermaid Corp. Christine Warner-Valentine (A/S), Perrysburg, Ohio, received a master’s degree in nursing from the Medical College of Ohio in June.


Heather Grieser (A/S) was hired as varsity volleyball coach for Liberty Center (Ohio) High School. Tom Grothous (Ed) was appointed a dean of the College of Technologies at the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima. He has been with the university for 24 years. Abir (Abby) Kahaleh (MPharm) presented her dissertation project, “Antecedents and Consequences of Pharmacists’ Empowerment,” at the Midwest Pharmacy Administration Conference, where it was selected as a finalist for the Wiederholt Award.

notes Hannah Lammie (A/S) was appointed manager of the West Toledo Branch Library, which recently underwent a $1.1 million addition and renovation. Michael Lindsey (Bus) was promoted to manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in the professional services firm’s Toledo office. Dr. Mark Miller (Eng, MEng ’98) received a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Andy O’Neal (Ed) was appointed a dean of the College of Technologies at the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima. He has been with the university for nine years. Staci E. (Hamilton) Schweikert (Eng) earned both a juris doctor from The University of Toledo College of Law and a master’s of science in engineering from the College of Engineering in May. She is employed by the Toledo law firm of MacMillan, Sobanski & Todd. Bret A. Spaeth (Law) joined the Fitzgerald Law Firm in Findlay, Ohio, as an associate. Benjamin D. Stewart (Eng) married Sonia Weber in June. They live in Indianapolis, where he works for Reilly Industries Inc. Dr. Jason Watson (A/S) earned his doctor of medicine degree in June from the Medical College of Ohio. He is taking his residency training in family medicine in the Mountain Area Education Program, Asheville, N.C. Tamara Williams (A/S, MEd ’01), associate director of career management at The University of Toledo College of Engineering, was the recipient of Leadership Toledo’s minority scholarship for 2002-03, an eightmonth community service and professional leadership program that focuses on identifying areas of need in Toledo. She is also working on her doctorate in education at UT.


Ernest Chin (Bus) works for KDU College in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, where he is an advertising and promotion executive. The college has three campuses serving some 6,000 students. Dan Curtiss (Ed) joined the practice of Cowgill Chiropractic in Marysville, Ohio, as a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Jenna K. Gray (Univ Coll) joined Reiser Realty in Napoleon, Ohio. Paul F. Kolb (Univ Coll) is a police officer with the Cleveland Heights Police Department. Jenny Maag-Swinerton (A/S, UTCTC) was designated a Presidential Scholar at Capital University Law School in Columbus.

Kimberly Nash (A/S) married Scott Yore in September. She is assistant director of university financial aid at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Dr. Sujatha Prabhakaran (A/S) was awarded a doctor of medicine degree from the Medical College of Ohio in June. She began her residency training in obstetrics/gynecology at the Bowman-Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University, WinstonSalem, N.C. Douglas D. Rowland (A/S) was sworn in as an attorney by the Ohio Supreme Court in May, and practices with the law firm of Pfeifer and Pfeifer in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. Dr. Todd Sheridan (A/S) was awarded a doctor of medicine degree from the Medical College of Ohio in June. He is performing his residency training in pathology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Summer L. Stevenhagen-Montabone (Ed), a fitness and nutritional consultant, won the title for overall figure at the Powerhouse Classic, a bodybuilding competition, in May. She also placed second in fitness, and fourth in fitness at the Chicago Junior Nationals in June.


Brad Dayton (Univ Coll) was sworn in as an officer with the Perrysburg, Ohio, Police Division in July. Dr. Carrie A. Gless (Pharm, PharmD ’01) completed her general practice residency at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, and accepted a position as a pediatric clinical staff pharmacist there. Kenya L. Harrington (Ed) a teacher at East Middle School in Alliance, Ohio, earned a master’s degree in education from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Penn. Jennifer Kogut (MEd) was named the 2002 Outstanding Biology Teacher by the National Association of Biology Teachers in conjunction with publisher Prentice Hall. She teaches at Northview High School in Sylvania, Ohio. Dr. Craig A. Kolins (PhD) was hired as dean of student development at Portland Community College in Portland, Ore.



Alum pushes frontiers of medicine in geographical sense


or Jaime Nguyen (A/S ’94, MPharm ‘96), a challenge has always been something to embrace. So during her medical studies, she didn’t hesitate to accept a two-month hands-on medical clerkship in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

cine departments, and spent two weeks at the All Leprosy and Tuberculosis Rehabilitation and Training Hospital. Nguyen also worked on a research project in HIV/AIDS education and prevention. Nguyen called the experience amazing: “This is really

the clothes on their backs and what they could carry. Jaime’s father, who had been a cabinet chief in the South Vietnamese government, held three minimum-wage jobs simultaneously to support his family and put himself through school. “I believe this difficult

bloated stomachs caused by vitamin deficiencies and many people with infections from untreated cuts. I had a small first-aid kit and tried to clean and bandage their cuts. Everywhere I went, I was surrounded by local people who wanted me to help them.”

Nguyen, fifth from left, and students.

The chance came through her enrollment in the Ben Gurion University of the Negev M.D. program in international health and medicine, in collaboration with Columbia University Health Sciences. Nguyen was part of a group of students from the program who worked at Black Lion Hospital, an affiliate of Addis Ababa University. There, the students spent time in the hospital’s pediatric, emergency and internal medi-

what the program is all about — international health and medicine and trying to provide care to communities that lack the resources and infrastructure that we take for granted in the United States.” Global citizenship may come to her naturally. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Nguyen came to the United States with her parents and four siblings when she was three years old. As refugees, the family arrived with little more than

period made me into an independent and tenacious person,” Nguyen said. “My parents instilled the importance of education, perseverance and a strong streak of work ethic in all of us.” Following the completion of her master’s degree in medicinal chemistry at UT, she traveled extensively through Southeast Asia, visiting Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia. She said, “I saw many children with

The trip intensified her interest in international health and her desire to improve health care for underserved populations of the world. Now, with her M.D. under her belt, Nguyen said that she would never forget her experiences in Ethiopia. “It was a life-changing experience. It changed the way I see medicine, being a physician, and my role as a citizen of the world.”  TOLEDO Alumni Magazine / Winter 2003 27



“A garden is a lovesome thing, God wot”

Seasonal snipping. Wood-Osmun, left, with volunteers Martha Pacer, Marge McHugh (Ed ‘59) and intern Krystina Trowbridge.


rose may be a rose, but a Platycodon grandiflorus by any other name is still a clump of pink balloon flowers, and thus within the professional jurisdiction of Alison WoodOsmun (Univ Coll ’01), who as the perennial garden manager and plants records curator for the Toledo Botanical Garden can usually be found getting at the roots of more than Latin nomenclature. When tracked down on a flawless summer day at the 60-acre garden in the city’s southwest end, she was supervising a group of volunteers armed with pruning shears; deadheading time was at hand. As they efficiently snipped the spent blossoms, Wood-Osmun catalogued the duties of the growing season: “If we’re not weeding, we’re mulching or pruning. Plants die out or need to be replaced, and we work on the balance between having a garden look natural and making it look clean so people aren’t put off by weeds or dried pods. It’s a constant battle, because plants are 28 TOLEDO Alumni Magazine / Winter 2003

going to do what plants do.” With responsibility for six distinct areas that make up the perennial garden, WoodOsmun’s position seems secure, since as she admitted, a garden is always a work in progress. In the open-air promenade leading to a view of Crosby Lake, for instance, plantings have not yet acquired the desired “drift” effect. “Rather than being splotches of color, we want the arrangement to let people stand at one end and see ribbons of purples or reds when they look down to the water. With plants behaving as they do, we’re still wrestling with it.” Attempting full nelsons on nature is not without its risks, as an annual “Art in the Garden” exhibit demonstrated two years ago. An artist created an Aztec-inspired floating garden in one of the ponds, and park wildlife became unintended artistic collaborators. “The ducks were in it, the muskrats were in it, the raccoons were in it. The geese ate the floating material from the bottom,” Wood-Osmun

recalled. “I’ve had ducks and geese walk through the flowers and cut plants off or lay eggs. Nature will always find a way.” Walking past a few of the park’s ubiquitous Canada geese, Wood-Osmun noted that the ongoing debate over the human/wildlife interface deeply influences urban parks and gardens. “Part of our mission is to educate, to give people impressions about the natural world to carry home with them. Sometimes it’s as simple as people getting ideas for their own gardens by visiting ours. But when you get into wildlife, it becomes more complicated.” Take the Canada geese — and their spoor, which on the day of the interview made for some frequent sidestepping on public pathways. WoodOsmun admitted that even some parks employees take a dim view of the geese. “But if you try to push all the animals out of the parks, you give people the impression that natural areas are for people only. As it is, the animals have

fewer and fewer places to go.” On the other hand, the public will sometimes misinterpret attempts to level Mom Nature’s playing field. Pointing to a fence surrounding a small island in the lake, WoodOsmun said, “In nature, geese usually don’t have the luxury of nesting on an easily defended island, so we fenced ours off to make the geese to build their nests in places where they normally would, places where natural predators like raccoons and foxes would get two or three of the eggs and help keep the goose population down. However, if we don’t explain all this to the public, the whole thing might look as though we’re just being cruel to the geese instead of maintaining a natural balance.” Thus, the education moments. Wood-Osmun, who writes a gardening column for Toledo’s Point & Shoreland Journal, faces every kind of attitude when she talks with the members of the public who visit the perennials, from “those who don’t mind if there are a few weeds around, to the woman who told me that we ‘should do something about all these bees.’ I tried to educate her about the role of bees as natural pollinators, but I didn’t convince her. “But even so, working here is incredible — as we expand our links with other botanical gardens and arboreta around the country and the world, we’re in the vanguard of helping the community view grow into a global view. Here we are in the heart of the city, and when people come here, touch the plants, listen to the bullfrogs, they realize, ‘Hey, this is nice. Maybe I don’t have to spray poisons around, either, if I see one bug in my yard. “I’ll do anything I can do help people value nature.” 

class Carol F. Martinez (Univ Coll) was promoted to assistant vice president and regional human resources consultant for National City Bank in Toledo. She has been with the bank since 1999.

Martinez ’99 Kristin Provine (Ed) joined the faculty of Perrysburg (Ohio) High School as a health teacher. Franklin J. Schmenck (A/S), Sandusky, Ohio, was promoted to sales representative by Southern Title of Ohio. Heather L. (Talbot) Dean (Bus), Hampstead, N.C., who was married in September, was promoted to a pharmaceutical sales specialist with the Central Nervous System Division of AstraZeneca. Dr. Sai G. Yarram (A/S) earned his doctor of medicine degree from the Medical College of Ohio in June. He is completing his internship at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio, which will be followed by radiology training at the University of Michigan.


Karla A. Blankemeyer (HHS) was awarded a master’s degree in biomedical sciences from the Medical College of Ohio in June. Brad Deleruyelle (Bus) was hired as credit analyst for Commercial Bank in Delphos, Ohio. He and his wife, Melinda, have two children. Ricky Elliott (Bus) became assistant golf pro at the Lake Nona Club in Orlando, Fla. Jeffrey A. Geib (Eng, Eng) completed his master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and accepted a position at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. Alex Gerken (Bus) was promoted to commercial loan officer at Fifth Third Bank in Toledo. Jolene M. Hinzman (Ed), Garrettsville, Ohio, received a master of education degree in early childhood development from Kent State University in August. She is in her third year as a teacher for Crestwood Local School District and also teaches at Mantua Center School. Mary Mather (MEd) was named assistant professor of early childhood education at Defiance College, Ohio. Previously, she served as a visiting professor in the department of curriculum and instruction at The University of Toledo College of Education. Julie McCaughey (Ed) was hired to teach for Wauseon (Ohio) Schools.

notes Nicholas R.W. Onyszczak (A/S) was appointed city administrator-clerk/ treasurer for New Lisbon, Wis., in September. Peggy Smith (Ed) was hired by the Pike-Delta-York School District to teach seventh grade history at Delta (Ohio) Middle School. Matt Townsend (Law) was hired as a felony assistant prosecutor by the Seneca County (Ohio) Prosecutor’s Office. He and his wife, Karen, live in Tiffin, Ohio. Cynthia Waters (Bus, MBA ’01) was hired to fill the newly created position of operations manager for Martin + Wood Appraisal Group Ltd., which covers more than 30 counties in Ohio and Michigan. Jessica Wettle (HHS) accepted a position with the federal government, subsequently graduating from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Ga., which trains personnel for positions in more than 70 federal agencies.


Jonathan Cable (Law) was hired as a felony assistant prosecutor by the Seneca County (Ohio) Prosecutor’s Office. He and his wife, Kendall — they were married in May 2001 — live in the Tiffin, Ohio, area. Brady Fineske (Ed) married Katie Herrick in September. He is a financial representative for Savage & Associates, a Toledo-based financial services firm.

Carol Hiszem (MHHS) joined Willard (Ohio) City Schools as the system’s speech pathologist. Philip Miller (Ed) was hired as a music teacher and band director for Carey (Ohio) High School. Amy Pollock (MEd) was hired as principal of Washington Elementary School in Fremont, Ohio. She previously taught fifth grade at Atkinson Elementary.


Laura Lee DeGasto (Ed) began teaching kindergartners at Delta (Ohio) Elementary School. Steven Eddy (A/S), a student at the Ohio State University College of Medicine, married Naomi Craycroft, who studied theatre at UT, in January 2002. Jennifer Grime (Ed) was hired to teach for Wauseon (Ohio) Schools. Linda Kamphaus (Ed), Toledo, began teaching the second grade at Delta (Ohio) Elementary School. Nichole Mallory (Bus) joined Celina Insurance Group as an associate. Beth Short (HHS) was named director of nursing at Sunset Village, a retirement community in Sylvania, Ohio.

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Ruth R. (Woyame) Casey, Toledo, who attended UT from 1925 to 1927, died June 18 at age 95. She was a member of Pi Delta Chi. Kenneth H. Meyerholtz, Luna Pier, Mich., who attended UT from 1929 to 1934 and from 1936 to 1937, died Oct. 14 at age 92. Janiece E. (Fetzer) Siegel, Toledo, who attended UT from 1929 to 1930, died July 26 at age 94. She and her husband established the Gilbert and Janiece Siegel Scholarship and Leadership Award in the UT College of Pharmacy.


Lucy Jeffery, Toledo, who attended UT from 1930 to 1936, died July 16 at age 89. She was a member of Kappa Delta. Elinor G. (Wilson) Vischer (Ed ’30), Sylvania, Ohio, died Oct. 19 at age 94. She was a member of Kappa Pi. Eleanor H. (Haskell) Dettinger, Toledo, who attended UT from 1931 to 1933, died July 21 at age 89. Margrette V. (Starner) Driscoll (A/S ’31), Toledo, died June 20 at age 92. She also attended UT in the 1960s and 1970s. John R. Lauback (A/S ’31, MBA ’33), Toledo, died June 18 at age 92. Helen B. (Fuhrer) Schaefer, Toledo, who attended UT from 1931 to 1933, died June 13 at age 88. Charles M. Rhodes (Bus ’32), Oak Brook, Ill., died April 12 at age 91. He was a lifetime member of the UT Alumni Association. Dr. Ben H. Schulak (A/S ’32), Madison, Wis., died Aug. 5 at age 91. Carl W. Warren, Toledo, who attended UT from 1932 to 1941, died Aug. 3 at age 88. He was a past officer of Alpha Phi Omega and a member of the UT Alumni Association. Louis J. Disalle, Toledo, who attended UT from 1933 to 1937, died June 16 at age 89. He lettered in Rockets football in 1934, 1935 and 1936, and was co-captain for a year, as well as being on the baseball team, later serving as president of the Varsity T Club. He was a lifetime member of the UT Alumni Association. Ben Illman (Ed ’33), Toledo, died Oct. 7 at age 93. Carl A. Starks, Toledo, who attended UT from 1934 to 1940, died July 17 at age 86. Ralph B. Crandell, Sylvania, Ohio, who attended UT from 1935 to 1941 and from 1952 to 1956, died June 6 at age 84. He was a member of Sigma Beta Phi and a lifetime member of the UT Alumni Association.

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Evelyn (Rosenberg) Krauss (A/S ’35), Columbus, died Aug. 23 at age 88. Wilma L. Shultz (Ed ’35), Perrysburg, Ohio, died June 2 at age 87. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta and a lifetime member of the UT Alumni Association. Dr. Paul I. Geer (A/S ’37), Metamora, Ohio, died Oct. 28 at age 87. Sidney Rogers, Toledo, who attended UT from 1938 to 1941, died May 20 at age 82. Richard E. Schreder (Eng ’38, Eng ’67), Bryan, Ohio, died Aug. 2 at age 86. He was a member of the UT Alumni Association. Wayne H. Watson (Bus ’38), Gahanna, Ohio, died Sept. 21 at age 86. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi.


Luther E. Kile, Venice, Fla., who attended UT from 1940 to 1942, died June 1 at age 82. Carl A. Starks (Ed ’40), Toledo, died July 17 at age 86. Dr. Ralph H. Cunningham, Ft. Myers, Fla., who attended UT from 1942 to 1944, died Oct. 24. Betty J. (Ash) Lapp (Ed ’42), Sylvania, Ohio, died July 29 at age 81. She was a member of the UT Alumni Association and other UT organizations: the Golden Alumni Society, the Presidents Club, the Jesup W. Scott Society and the Heritage Society. She was also an Endowment Benefactor. Paul J. Langdon (Pharm ’43), Rossford, Ohio, died June 2 at age 84. Eleanor (Twining) MacTaggart (Ed ’43), St. Petersburg, Fla., died Aug. 19 at age 82. Edward F. Mohler Jr. (A/S ’43, MS ’59), Toledo, died Oct. 28 at age 82. He belonged to the UT Rocket Club and was a lifetime member of the UT Alumni Association. Marguerite (Fiig) (Hall) Miller, Bryan, Ohio, who attended UT in 1944, 1949, 1952 and from 1966 to 1971, died Aug. 28 at age 93. Irene C. (Tutak) Null (A/S ’44), Temperance, Mich., died June 30 at age 82. Dr. Harvey G. Behner, Sylvania, Ohio, who attended UT from 1946 to 1949, died Aug. 2 at age 76. Robert J. Blumberg, Toledo, who attended UT from 1946 to 1952, died June 24 at age 73. Betty M. (Thompson) Hobey (Ed ’46), Toledo, died Aug. 22 at age 77. Gilbert C. Wagoner, Toledo, who attended UT from 1946 to 1952, died Sept. 7 at age 80.

George S. Wade (A/S ’47), Ottawa Hills, Ohio, died Sept. 23 at age 76. He was a member of the UT Alumni Association. Emil K. Walz, Toledo, who attended UT from 1947 to 1949, died Sept. 29 at age 77. He was a lifetime member of the UT Alumni Association. Hubert H. “Sonny” Birkenkamp Jr., Maumee, Ohio, who attended UT from 1948 to 1955, died Aug. 10 at age 71. Juanita E. (Justiss) Hill (Ed ’49), Holland, Ohio, died June 26 at age 87. She also did graduate studies at UT. Joseph Palka (Bus ’49), Toledo, died Aug. 10 at age 79.


Richard B. Dence (Eng ’50, Law ’57), Sylvania, Ohio, died July 27 at age 74. He was a lifetime member of the UT Alumni Association. Joseph J. Konczal Jr. (Pharm ’50), Findlay, Ohio, died Oct. 10 at age 76. He was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon. Nancy A. (Knuth) Sutter, Toledo, who attended UT from 1950 to 1952, died June 12 at age 69. Jan G. Szpila (Bus ’50), Berwyn, Ill., died March 6 at age 81. Joseph David (A/S ’51, Law ’53), Toledo, died June 21 at age 72. James Hinds (Eng ’51), Sylvania, Ohio, died Sept. 15 at age 73. He was a member of Sigma Beta Phi, Phi Kappa Psi and the UT Alumni Association. Frank Micka (Eng ’51), Dayton, Ohio, died Oct. 13 at age 76. Robert C. Proudfoot (Eng ’51), Centerville, Ohio, died Aug. 8 at age 74. Mel Triplett, Toledo, who attended UT from 1951 to 1956 and from 1972 to 1973, died July 25 at age 71. Identified as probably the most successful ballplayer to come out of UT, he lettered in football from 1951 to 1954, received first-team All-MAC honors in 1954 and had his number — 66 — retired by the football program in 1955. He was inducted into the Varsity T Hall of Fame in 1983, and his jersey is on permanent display at the Larimar Athletic Complex. Nancy C. (Brigham) Gibson (Pharm ’52), Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., died Nov. 25 at age 67. She was a member of Chi Omega and the UT Alumni Association. Dr. John W. McGee (Pharm ’52), Parma, Mich., died Feb. 20 at age 73. Wesley P. Coen (Bus ’53), Toledo, died July 5 at age 72. Burton R. Whitehead (Ed ’53), Melbourne, Fla., died Aug. 29 at age 86.

Barbara (Streib) Janowski (A/S ’54), Toledo, died June 20 at age 69. She was a member of Chi Omega. Albert G. Rowand (Bus ’54), Toledo, died Sept. 8 at age 71. He was a member of Phi Kappa Chi, Pi Kappa Alpha and the UT Alumni Association. George W. White (Pharm ’54), Sylvania, Ohio, died Oct. 5 at age 70. He was a lifetime member of the UT Alumni Association. Lillian (Greunke) Bearss (Ed ’55), Toledo, died Oct. 5 at age 97. Gloria A. (Pepin) Gregorek (Ed ’55), Banning, Calif., died Aug. 11 at age 70. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma. James P. Curtin (MEd ’57), Waterville, Ohio, died Sept. 27 at age 75. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. Emery J. Hornyak (Eng ’57, MS ’62), Temperance, Mich., died July 22 at age 67. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Tau Beta Pi, and served as a Cadet Colonel of the ROTC Regiment at UT. Mary (Alt) Wasserman (MEd ’57), Maumee, Ohio, died Aug. 4 at age 88. Tom Huss (A/S ’58), Toledo, died Oct. 16 at age 66. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Richard B. Sandys (Ed ’58), Maumee, Ohio, died July 6 at age 67. He was a member of the UT Alumni Association. Paul A. Scharf (Bus ’58), Toledo, died Sept. 17 at age 66. He was a member of Phi Kappa Alpha. John H. Schulte Jr. (Ed ’58), Waterville, Ohio, died June 14 at age 66. Paul W. Dullabaun (Eng ’59), Toledo, died July 28 at age 75. David A. Fettman (Pharm ’59), Canton, Ohio, died Aug. 6 at age 65.


Rolan D. Polsdorfer (Eng ’60), Dublin, Ohio, died Aug. 27 at age 65. James E. Sarantou, Toledo, who attended UT from 1960 to 1962, died July 24 at age 60. Robert E. Willis (Bus ’60, Law ’72), McLean, Va., died Aug. 26 at age 72. He was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi and one of the founders of The University of Toledo College of Business Administration Alumni Affiliate, serving as its president. He was a member of the UT Alumni Association. Dr. Kenneth L. Johnston (A/S ’63), Newark, Ohio, died June 20 at age 60. Roland “Ron” Marquette (MEd ’63), Ashland, Ohio, died Aug. 14 at age 72. Ruth A. (Coleman) Ross (MEd ’63), Toledo, died June 7 at age 84. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha. Melvin M. Konczal (A/S ’65), Toledo, died Oct. 20 at age 77.

In James F. Sodd (Ed ’65, MEd ’69), Dewey, Ariz., died Sept. 18 at age 69. Donald J. Duda (Eng ’66), Phoenix, Ariz., died Aug. 28 at age 59. Edward R. Hammer (Eng ’66), Toledo, died June 24 at age 61. Kenneth W. Wunder (UTCTC ’66), Toledo, died Oct. 18 at age 57. David A. Kuhlman (Bus ’68), Brighton, Mich., died Oct. 16 at age 61. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi and the UT Alumni Association. James Markwood (Bus ’69, Law ’73), Maumee, Ohio, died July 20 at age 55. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi and a lifetime member of the UT Alumni Association.


Charles W. Leoffert, Kenton, Ohio, who attended UT from 1970 to 1972, died Aug. 4 at age 85. R. Kemp Lindsey (Law ’70), Maumee, Ohio, died Oct. 29 at age 61. Patricia (White) Coker (UTCTC ’71), Toledo, died Aug. 14 at age 60. Richard L. Hills (MEd ’72), Fremont, Ohio, died Oct. 29 at age 77. Michael Jones (Ed ’73), Toledo, died June 19 at age 52. He was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha and a past president of the UT Black Student Union. Mildred A. Wade-Griffin (UTCTC ’73), Toledo, died July 3 at age 56. Lois J. (Blue) Meyers (UTCTC ’74), Toledo, died Aug. 22 at age 73. Cornelia R. (Jones) Hale (MEd ’75), West Melbourne, Fla., died July 16 at age 71. She was a member of Alpha Omega Pi. Joan Grunebaum (Ed ’76) Great Neck, N.Y., died Sept. 26 at age 48. Jesse D. Horton (MEd ’76, Ed Spec ’78), Niceville, Fla., died June 4 at age 85. He was a lifetime member of the UT Alumni Association. Kay. A. Richards (UTCTC ’76, Ed ’87), Largo, Fla., died in August at age 47. Leona E. Slusarski, Toledo, who attended UT from 1976 to 1987, died Aug. 25 at age 78. Richard W. Tuite, Toledo, who attended UT from 1976 to 1984, died Sept. 6 at age 49. Richard E. Grimes Jr. (Law ’77), Sandusky, Ohio, died June 24 at age 50. Laurie A. (Daschner) Warner (Ed ’78, MBA ’86), Toledo, died Sept. 16 at age 46. She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi and the UT Alumni Association. Margaret J. Boeker (Ed Spec ’79), Sylvania Township, Ohio, died Aug. 30 at age 79. F. Thomas Carroll (Univ Coll ’79), Jackson, Mich., died June 8 at age 61. David F. Malone (Bus ’79), Toledo, died June 3 at age 51. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi.


Derwish “Dar” Mohamed (A/S ’79, MS ’84, MEng ’99), Toledo, died Oct. 29 at age 64. Yvonne L. (Fultz) Taylor (Ed ’79, MEd ’86), Temperance, Mich., died Aug. 14 at age 45.


Virginia L. Davis (Ed ’82, MEd ’83), Swanton, Ohio, died June 7 at age 67. Beth Anne (Borer) Bermudez (UTCTC ’83), Toledo, died July 22 at age 39. Marcia J. Springer (Bus ’83), Louisville, Ky., died July 2 at age 44. Thomas P. Gemmill, Chicago, who attended UT from 1985 to 1988, died Sept. 4 at age 39. Ronald F. Navarre Jr. (UTCTC ’86, UTCTC ’86), Toledo, died June 30 at age 40. Douglas R. Sexton (Law ’86), Shelby, Ohio, died June 1 at age 40. Pamela J. (Sadoski) Fording (UTCTC ’87, UTCTC ’95), Toledo, died Aug. 3 at age 50. Marcia “Marty” (Anton) Wagner (Law ’87), Sylvania Township, Ohio, died Oct. 5 at age 59. Richard J. Earl (MEd ’89), Port Clinton, Ohio, died Sept. 7 at age 52.


Catherine Gembolis-Moore (UTCTC ’92, Univ Coll ’93, UTCTC ’96), Toledo, died Oct. 5 at age 61. Debra Jo (Van Loo) Hunter (MEd ’92), Sylvania, Ohio, died Sept. 23 at age 49. Charlette R. (Young) Skelton (UTCTC ’92), Toledo, died Sept. 23 at age 49. Jennifer L. VanCleve (Ed ’93), Whitehouse, Ohio, died Sept. 4 at age 32. Elizabeth “Libby” Chelminski (Univ Coll ’94), Perrysburg, Ohio, died June 11 at age 38. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Roderick Underwood, Bryan, Ohio, who attended UT from 1996 to 2002, died July 5 at age 33. Judith (Conners) Brubaker (MEd ’97), Napoleon, Ohio, died June 24 at age 58. Philip J. Smalley (Univ Coll ’98), Toledo, died July 28 at age 44. He was a member of the UT Alumni Association. Joseph M. Faley, Sylvania Township, Ohio, who attended UT from 1999 to 2000, and in 2002, died Sept. 23 at age 22. He was a member of Pi Kappa Psi and a past president of the pre-law society at UT. Cecil R. Martin Jr. (HHS ’99, HHS ’99), Toledo, died Aug. 21 at age 52.


Mark Slupecki (MBA ’00), Sylvania Township, Ohio, died Sept. 8 at age 38. Andrew J. Waggoner, Springfield Township, Ohio, who attended UT from 2001 to 2002, died Aug. 15 at age 19.

Faculty, Staff & Friends

Dr. Morton W. Adler, Toledo, who worked as a staff physician at UT’s student health services in the 1980s, died June 20 at age 90. Forrest W. “Frosty” England, Toledo, died June 25 at age 89. He was head football coach for UT from 1954 to 1955, making runner-up for Ohio College Coach of the Year in 1954 after leading the Rockets to a 6-2-1 record, and athletic director from 1955 to 1957. Allen J. Hardy, Toledo, died Aug. 18 at age 88. He began working at UT in 1967 as equipment manager for Athletics, then moved to the physical plant as a maintenance repair worker, retiring in 1981. Marilyn Iott, Petersburg, Mich., a longtime member of the board of UT’s Center for Family Business, died Sept. 26 at age 61. Edwin F. Joerin, Toledo, who taught evening classes in business and accounting at UT during the 1970s, died Oct. 29 at age 72. Dr. William A. Kneller, Sylvania, Ohio, died Sept. 13 at age 73. Hired in 1961 as chairman of a department of geology that was then an offshoot of UT’s geography department, he built the program into a separate discipline offering a master’s degree, the program for which he designed and which was instituted in 1966. The University’s Wilhelm H.J. Eitel Institute for Silicate and Material Research, founded in 1976 with Kneller as director, is one result of the many grants and financial gifts his work attracted to UT. Various institutions of the department, including the Subsurface Data Center, are the result of his efforts. He was as well president of the UT chapter of Sigma Xi, a scientific research honorary, from 1973 to 1975. He retired in 1989. Frank A. Larimer, Perrysburg, Ohio, died Oct. 7 at age 86. The $1 million gift he and his wife donated to UT Athletics resulted in the Larimer Athletic Complex in 1990 and is the single largest gift in the division’s history. He and his wife also established the Frank and Hazel Larimer Charitable Trust for The University of Toledo, which funds scholarships for the College of Education.

Fred P. Mollenkopf (Bus ’50, MLS ’91), Toledo, who served as director of the UT Public Information Office from 1973 to 1992, died Nov. 3 at age 76. He was a member of the UT Alumni Association and served on its board of trustees. Eleanore Putnam, Toledo, who worked at UT from 1971 to 1982, retiring as a mail center supervisor, died July 27 at age 86. Ralph Radabaugh, Sacramento, Calif., who was interim coach for the UT baseball team in 1958, died July 15 at age 89. General S. Richard, Toledo, who worked at UT from 1971 to 1977, leaving as a custodial work supervisor, died July 21 at age 83. Dr. Richard T. Rudduck, Toledo, professor emeritus of management, died Sept. 30 at age 86. He joined UT in 1954 and taught in the College of Business Administration until he retired in 1986. He was chair of the management department for six years and received the Outstanding Teacher Award in 1986. Rudduck also served on UT’s Military Affairs Committee 31 years, as chair for 18 years, and was a faculty adviser to ROTC. Alice O. Weaver (A/S ’46, MS ’65), Toledo, assistant reference librarian and assistant professor of library administration, who worked at UT from 1968 to 1992, retiring as professor emerita, died Aug. 20 at age 77. To preserve the history contained in the letters and manuscripts of her father Gustavus Ohlinger, a prominent local lawyer, she donated them to the Ward M. Canaday Center in 1982. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta and was married to Ernest Weaver Jr., retired associate dean of UT’s College of Engineering.

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GOING AROUND AND COMING AROUND Thanks to the Press & Sun-Bulletin, Binghampton, N.Y.

POWER TO THE PAVEMENT, RIGHT ON Concrete evidence of Rocket spirit is found in Toledo’s Old Orchard neighborhood, where Nelson (Gus) Yeager (Bus ‘60), executive director of Christian Service Inc., maintains a blue-and-gold presence in his driveway. Yeager, pictured with his wife, Evelyn, has been UT football team chaplain since asked by former head coach Gary Pinkel, and currently has three other UT alumni in the family: his son, daughter, and sonin-law. “And since the grandkids are already talking about attending UT, we’ve put an addition onto the house so they can live here while they’re pursuing their degrees,” he said. Plans are afoot to make the large stencil used to create the Rockets logo available to other fans; for information, call Athletics at 419.530.4184. And remember, Toledo Alumni Magazine is always interested in photos of people who visually display their UT pride. Call the Alumni Office or write to the editor with details.

PRIDE ON WHEELS Jeff Traudt (Bus ’79) took the racing car look one better with his addition of Rockets stripes (not to mention a vote for Heisman Trophy nominee Chester Taylor) to his business car.

Sandi (Buresh) Lutz, Dale Lutz, Marlene (Gryczewski) Jensen

There’s a lot of truth to the saying, whatever goes around, comes around. And the longer I’m around, the more interesting it is to see how our lives intersect the lives of others in so many pleasant and surprising ways. When I met my husband while working at the newspaper in Rochester, N.Y., it was amazing to discover that we had a half dozen or more friends in common, friends we made long before we knew each other. Eight years ago one of my husband’s promotions took us to Utica, N.Y., the city where my father’s parents got their start when they came to this country from Poland more than 80 years ago. One of my aunts was born in a house that is still on Spring Street. Our younger son, Eric, was born in the Utica area, nicely completing that little circle of family history. Then almost two years ago we had barely moved into our house in Vestal, also in New York, when we left for a trip to visit family in Toledo. When we

returned, our next-door neighbor and one of his sons were playing catch in the side yard. Since I had not yet met them, I went over to say hello. “Looks like you’ve been traveling,” he said. “Yes, we’ve been to Ohio to see my family,” I replied. “Where in Ohio?” he asked. “Toledo.” “No!” “Yes. Do you know Toledo? “I went to school there — The University of Toledo,” he said. “No! So did I.” He introduced himself as Dale Lutz, regional president of JP Morgan Chase Bank. Not only did Dale graduate from UT three years ahead of me, but also Sandi Buresh Lutz, producer of the 10 p.m. news on WICZ-TV, Fox 40, was in my class and studied journalism. What are the chances that three people who went to the same university, then went their separate ways, would end up living next door to each other years later? Don’t know. But we’ve had fun reminiscing and talking about how our paths have crossed and re-crossed over the years. Sandi and I don’t remember having any classes together, but we recall some of the same people and professors and we both worked on the college newspaper. We even went out with the same guy, but not at the same time. We had a good

laugh one day when she brought over a freshman photo directory. There we were both with chin-length brown hair and the same style dark-rimmed glasses. Could have passed for sisters. When the University published one of those four-inch-thick alumni directories, we passed it back and forth, sharing stories about old acquaintances. Sandi and Dale married the summer before her junior year. Dale left teaching for banking and they moved to Detroit. When it came time for their first son to be born, Sandi preferred her doctor in Toledo. So Kristoffer was born in the same hospital where my mom had me. We both lived in the Rochester area, though not at the same time. The Lutzes’ younger sons, Jeffrey and Adam, were born there, Adam at Strong Memorial Hospital, where I had our older son, Christian. In summer, when my parents visit from Toledo, Dale and Sandi stop and say hi. In fall, we’ll call across the yards with University of Toledo football scores or let each other know when a game is going to be on TV. Reconnecting with your past is one of life’s little bonuses. But the best part is the way those connections enrich your present. — Marlene (Gryczewski) Jensen A/S ’71, weekly columnist for Press & Sun-Bulletin

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