Sam McCrimmon Leads the Charge

December 18th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in From Our Alumni

By Patty Gelb

VP Sam McCrimmon and FamilyAlthough he has had little time to decorate his office in the two months since starting his position, The University of Toledo’s Vice President for Advancement, Sam McCrimmon already shares his Rocket pride in his work surroundings. With few personal items in his office, he proudly displays a Toledo Rockets’ football helmet and framed football poster celebrating the September 12 win against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

“It has been an amazing ride to start my career here at UT under such an amazing football season,” said McCrimmon. “The pride of the alumni in their football team is incredible. It’s what we hear about when we’re on the road in places like Cincinnati, Fort Wayne, New York and Philadelphia. To have over 200 people show up at a pregame event in Foxboro, Massachusetts, is incredible. We’re hopeful that the continued success of the football team will translate into continued success for the University.”

McCrimmon, who started his position in September, is the leader of the offices of alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and special events. His job at the University was created by President Gaber as a new role, combining two separate departments into one unit. One of his first tasks is to fully merge the former divisions of development and external affairs.

“What we need to do in the first six months is speak in one voice for the University and really act efficiently and effectively with all of the public we serve, be it alumni, media, community or our students.”

Reducing administrative costs was behind this change in the University’s structure and one of President Gaber’s top priorities. Another of her top priorities that McCrimmon is directly responsible for is to dramatically increase our philanthropic efforts.

“Philanthropy is key to the continued positive momentum of The University of Toledo, and in Sam, I’ve found a leader who will elevate UT’s fundraising and messaging on a national and international level,” said President Gaber.

This new leader for UT grew up in the world of academia. His father was a zoologist specializing in bird populations, moving the family around the country as he moved up the academic ranks. They started in New York, then moved to California, followed by Maine before moving to Michigan. Young McCrimmon went to high school at Lake Orion in suburban Detroit.

“Moving around was a lot of fun,” said McCrimmon. “But for me, suburban Detroit in many ways is home. Being in Toledo means I am back in the Midwest and back here at home.”

VP Sam McCrimmon and Family

When it came time to choose a college, McCrimmon shared that it was marketing that helped him chose his university. The first recruiting piece of mail he received while in high school was from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He liked the look of the materials and decided to research the school. He went to the library and the more he learned, the more interested he became. He asked his father’s opinion and they felt the school had great academics. The family went down to the campus and after a visit they really liked the school. McCrimmon applied and was offered a scholarship to attend.

“I had a very different experience from the average college student,” said McCrimmon. “For one, Wabash is one of two schools left in the country that are all male. I think in a lot of ways that was very good for me. I was able to spend a lot of time studying, a lot of time in the library, a lot of time really thinking about academic subjects in a way that, who knows, perhaps I would not have done at a different university.”

McCrimmon was a religion major at Wabash with an interest in the academic pursuit of religion, not as a minister, but as an intellectual interest. He developed a lifelong love of books and reading which began during high school where he held a job shelving books at the public library and grew during his academic studies at Wabash.

Beyond a love of books, he found another kind of love during college in his future wife, Courtney.

The couple first met at what McCrimmon endearingly called “nerd camp” in high school. It was at a summer camp on the campus of Eastern Michigan University in July of 1994 that Courtney and Sam first met.

10102015-5549“We developed a good friendship,” said McCrimmon. “She is from Alpena, Mich., so we were about four hours apart from each other. This is before email really took off so we would write each other letters and we stayed in touch all of the way through college. We actually started dating our senior year and it went from there.”

McCrimmon knew he wanted to go to graduate school following Wabash and he chose Duke to pursue his master of theological studies. During the course of his studies, Sam and Courtney were married.

McCrimmon knew after his first year in graduate school that he wasn’t going to pursue his Ph.D. in humanities, but he wanted to stay in higher education. He consulted with a family friend and mentor who was also a Catholic priest and provost of the University of Detroit Mercy at the time. It was suggested that he look into educational fundraising because he felt it fit McCrimmon’s skill set and personality. Newly graduated and married, he took a position at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia, overseeing the conversion to a new donor database.

“I am forever glad that I learned databases that way because it has allowed me to learn the flow of information in fundraising and development, which is critically important,” McCrimmon said.

Shortly after, Courtney got into graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh and McCrimmon took a position as director of programs for Executive Service Corps of Western Pennsylvania. It was during this time he witnessed a nonprofit go through the classic case of relying too heavily on one funder and the struggles that occur when the organization isn’t prepared to support itself. McCrimmon knew he wanted to get back into fundraising so he accepted a job at the University of Detroit Medical Mercy to lead the annual giving. He concurrently was accepted into law school.

“Basically within one week, I got the law school acceptance and the job offer,” said McCrimmon. “I said to Courtney ‘well off to Detroit we go.’ We moved back to Detroit and I went to law school at night and raised money for the University during the day for four years.”

In the spring of 2008, his wife was recruited by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) to handle media relations. When McCrimmon went to his bosses in Detroit and told them they would be moving to Pittsburgh, he was asked if he would consider staying on as the national fundraising representative for the University.

“My job there was essentially to look at all of the United States minus the state of Michigan as my fundraising territory,” McCrimmon said. “The University had historically focused on the state of Michigan and wanted to expand.”

He traveled across the country meeting with alums for two and a half years before being promoted to oversee all of the major gifts officers working from Pittsburgh. He held that position for a year before deciding to take a job locally for very personal reasons. Courtney was pregnant with their first child and McCrimmon was traveling around 120 days a year.

“I knew that with a child coming, I didn’t want to travel quite that intensely,” McCrimmon said. “I wanted to be there and watch her grow up.”

10192015-8916He took a position at the UPMC as a major gifts officer in urology and only held that job for six months before being promoted to executive director of clinical development. In this role he led the fundraising team responsible for grateful patient for all medical departments for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Under his leadership, clinical development exceeded annual multi-million dollar goals by as much as 125 percent. McCrimmon expanded the grateful patient program and developed new programs to assist major gifts officers succeed in their job such as metrics to monitor performance. He also worked closely with UPMC’s marketing, media relations, and patient experience groups.

Courtney and Sam had their daughter, Evangeline, now four years old, toward the beginning of McCrimmon’s career at UPMC. Their son Duncan, now 18 months old, followed. The couple was happy in their careers and lives in Pittsburgh when McCrimmon was contacted by the recruiter for the position of Vice President for Advancement at The University of Toledo. McCrimmon agreed to talk to the recruiter, preparing to give 15 minutes before politely declining. He listened to the description of UT and the position. The recruiter followed up by sending the prospectus which he read one afternoon at home while waiting to go pick up his children.

“I was expecting all of the standard rhetoric language,” said McCrimmon. “What really struck me was how honest this perspective was. This was not flowery language. It simply stated that The University of Toledo was an institution that was poised for success and has a lot of strengths, but really needs to capitalize on a couple of things.”

Once his wife came home, he told her that he thought this could be his next job. The couple had discussed moving back to the Midwest to be closer to his family and Sam was very interested in the University’s story. Courtney read the prospectus and felt it was the perfect fit for him.

“I went from thinking that this could be my job to knowing I really wanted it once I saw the campus,” McCrimmon said. “I came in a day before my interview on purpose so I could take some time to look around. I looked around and said I really want this job. Everything during the interview process really confirmed that.”

He accepted the position after a series of interviews including question and answer sessions with all of the staff who would eventually report to him.

“One of the things that really stood out during the interview process is how much pride people have in this institution and in this region,” said McCrimmon. “People really identify with UT and they want it to be successful.”

McCrimmon replaces Vern Snyder, vice president for Institutional Advancement. Snyder was a leader at UT since 2002. During his tenure, more than $200 million was raised in support of UT. Snyder retired, but came back to lead the division of advancement for the University during the transition of Presidents.

COuLUP7UwAAr4JF.jpg-large“Dr. Gaber has spoken often of her goal to increase private support to UT through engagement of our alumni and friends locally, regionally and nationally,” Snyder said. “Sam McCrimmon brings experience, drive and high energy in support of Dr Gaber’s goal.  I believe Sam will meet that challenge and the challenges going forward with the addition of marketing and communications to Institutional Advancement. Sam’s leadership will serve UT very well.”

McCrimmon is proud to now call Toledo home and happy to be in his role at the University. His family is settling in and the kids are loving their time here so far.

“The kids are having an absolute ball,” he said. “One of the things we have really fallen in love with quickly here in Toledo is how family-friendly it is. There is a lot of stuff to do. It’s easily accessible and it’s inexpensive. The warmth of the welcome that we have received here has been incredible.”

McCrimmon has now been a leader at the University for a little over two months. There have been several major events on campus since he started. There has been the inauguration of President Gaber, 2015 Homecoming and traveling the country to meet alumni. He has also worked to bring together two separate divisions into one cohesive unit. His longer term goals include helping support enrollment, increase funding at the University and raise the profile of the institution nationally.

10102015-6771“Part of what struck me when I was interviewing was this was really a comprehensive university for its size,” he said. “We have real areas of strength. Where I really think we can improve is letting the nation know about those areas of strength and why this is a world-class university. It is increasing that voice nationally. It is increasing funding which allows us to do good things, like increasing the number of scholarships, the number of research funds, and the number of funds for campus infrastructure.”

McCrimmon is also pleased to be working under President Gaber. As the person responsible for creating the face of the University and heading its fundraising efforts, he knew that its leader is the most important variable for success. He felt an instant connection with President Gaber during the interview process and it has continued since his first day on the job.

“One of the things I really like about her is she is open, she is accessible and she is a real person,” said McCrimmon. “I think that alumni and other people in our community are starting to notice that. She is engaging. She’s got a great sense of humor. She’s warm. She really wants to succeed here at The University of Toledo and I am honored to be working with her to make that happen.”

McCrimmon shared three ways that alumni can get involved in helping the University’s future success.

  • Increase the percentage of alumni supporting the institution which allows our profile to rise in the national rankings. The percentage of alumni supporting is a key metric. If we can move that up from where it is right now that is going to help us in publications like US News and World Report. That ranking matters to high school students and matters to their parents.
  • Continue to spread the word about how great of an institution we have in The University of Toledo. This is where social media comes in and is so powerful. We want to increase the number of people who are following us or liking us on Facebook. Every time one of our tweets is retweeted, a whole new audience of alumni and others sees it. That really helps increase our national profile.
  • If you know of any prospective student out there, tell them about us. Get them here on campus. Because when you come to this campus, you want to attend here.

McCrimmon is excited utilize his experiences and background to propel the University forward. He is eager to meet alumni of the University at sporting events, campus and community activities and alumni events across the country. To learn about upcoming events, join us on Facebook, Twitter or visit

“I am thrilled to be here in Toledo and at UT,” he shared.

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Recognizing a Hero

December 18th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Alumni Profiles

By Patty Gelb

Dr. Richard Perry Ceremony for Soldiers Metal AwardIt took over 70 years for The University of Toledo alumnus, professor emeritus and Army veteran, Dr. Richard Perry
(’48, ’50, ’64)
, to receive the Soldier’s Medal designated for him on August 29, 1945 for his heroic acts during World War II. The Soldier’s Medal is an important recognition in the Army and is awarded for distinguishing oneself by heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy. Until very recently, Perry wasn’t even aware he had earned this honor.

A series of lucky events, followed by the desire of the director of the UT Military and Veteran Affairs department to ensure this hero was recognized, culminated in Perry’s knowledge of his award and a celebration at UT on Nov. 5 where he was pinned with his long overdue medal.

“It was a twist of fate that he found out about it and another twist of fate that UT’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps called our office where I happened to pick up the phone,” said Lt Haraz N. Ghanbari, USNR, director, Division of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Richard Perry Ceremony for Soldiers Metal AwardPerry, now 89 years old, was with the 63rd Infantry Division during WWII. In April of 1945, an ammunition explosion in Germany injured two American soldiers. It was then that Sgt. Perry ran into an inferno to rescue the soldiers. He then went back to the rubble to remove unexploded ammunition before a grenade went off and he was injured.

When Perry woke up in the hospital, he found he had been awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He did not have the paperwork for the medals and did not know at the time that he had also been awarded the Soldier’s Medal. Following the completion of his military service, Sgt. Perry was honorably discharged with some of the highest honors that can be bestowed by the military.

After the war, this Waite High School graduate came back to Toledo to obtain his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from The University of Toledo. An accomplished academic, Perry spent over 57 years teaching and holding various administrative positions at the University.

It took technology, and the time to research, that started the chain of events that led to his awareness of the award that he should have received during the war.

Dr. Richard Perry Ceremony for Soldiers Metal AwardOne day, Perry and his wife, Barbara Rondelli Perry, were searching online to find information about his former Army unit. Through their research, they found a retired Army colonel who was the unit’s historian and held many records of the unit from the war. The historian cross checked the rosters, found Perry’s records and informed him that he had copies of the morning reports, promotion reports and even the general order for the Soldier’s Medal. This was the first time Perry heard mention of this award.

Not fully knowing what the Soldier’s Medal was or meant, Perry reached out to the University’s ROTC group who led him to the Division of Military and Veterans Affairs. Ghanbari went to meet with Richard and Barbara in the Perry home and quickly learned that not only did the Perry’s not know about the Soldier’s Medal, they did not have the certificates and documentation that accompanied his Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He also had the wrong Bronze Star displayed in his shadow box in his home. The one that he had did not include the oak leaf clusters denoting that it was for multiple awards and it did not have the “V” symbol on the ribbon that signified that it was awarded for Valor.

Dr. Richard Perry Ceremony for Soldiers Metal AwardGhanbari knows how something as important as an award like the Soldier’s Medal and the paperwork for other medals can get overlooked during a war time period.

“He wasn’t alert when the Purple Heart and first Bronze Star were awarded to him in 1945,” said Ghanbari. “He found out about them when he woke up and found them pinned to his pillow in the hospital. Frankly, that happens quite a bit. When I was in Afghanistan, I saw our troops receive Purple Hearts that were in comas, unconscious or on life support. Often a soldier has no recollection of receiving these awards.”

After meeting with the Perry family, Ghanbari went into action to make sure this hero received the appropriate recognition. He asked for copies of the paperwork that Perry had and followed up the Army awards branch. Following discussions, they agreed to reissue the certificate and award for the Soldier’s Medal but they also issued his Purple Heart certificate and the correct version and paperwork for his Bronze Star.

Dr. Richard Perry Ceremony for Soldiers Metal Award“My initial thoughts were that we had to do something to present him the Soldier’s Medal because it’s the right thing to do even if it is 70 years late,” said Ghanbari. “Because he was not conscious when receiving his Purple Heart and Bronze Star, we wanted to pin all three of the medals that he received in WWII on him at the celebration.”

Ghanbari organized an event that was held at the Doermann Theatre in University Hall to recognize Sgt. Perry and award him with the medals. The event was attended by almost 100 people including Perry’s wife, along with many members of his family, college fraternity brothers, student veterans, members of the ROTC, and faculty and staff who worked with Perry over the years.

Ghanbari arranged for Lance Talmage, M.D. professor and interim chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to act as the presiding officer at the ceremony. Talmage, retiring from the Army as a one-star General, is one of the most senior military officials locally and Ghanbari knew he was a close friend of Perry.Dr. Richard Perry Ceremony for Soldiers Metal Award

“It was a great honor to receive the medal,” said Perry. “The day itself was a great affair wonderfully put on by Lt. Ghanbari. The people who were there were just marvelous. I enjoyed it very much.”

Perry’s story and the celebration honoring him made the local news on TV and in newspapers. It was a touching tribute that really celebrated the bravery of this hero.

“I just wondered how all of this could be happening after 70 years,” said Perry. “The enormity of being recognized for just doing what a soldier does. I felt it such a privilege in serving the nation as a soldier. It was a great privilege to defend the constitution and, in a small way, stand for principles that no other nation has ever been able to put together to benefit its people. I just felt blessed. I was blessed to be able to serve.”

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Homecoming 2015 in Pictures

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UT in the News

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Class Notes

December 17th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Class Notes



William F. Hayes (Law ’70, Bus ’80) has been appointed to chair the Aviation Law Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association. The OSBA maintains 32 standing committees and 11 sections, each of which monitors a particular area of law.

John Langenderfer (Bus ’85, MBA ’90) was named Huntington Bank’s director of healthcare sales and origination. Langenderfer will work to develop Huntington’s commercial banking relationships with senior living and long-term care facilities, home healthcare, hospitals, medical and dental groups, medical device manufacturers, specialty pharmaceuticals and other niche healthcare services. He will be based in Cincinnati, Ohio. langenderfer

Robert T. Germann (Eng ’88) is now chief of the Operations Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District.

Christopher Kelly (A/S ’81) was named as the planned giving product specialist at PNC Institutional Asset Management Group in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Gulas John Gulas (Law ’83) was listed as a top CEO by Albuquerque Business First. Gulas was one of 20 honorees selected from the business services, health, nonprofit and technology industries in Albuquerque, N.M. He was appointed chief executive officer of Los Alamos National Bank and president/CEO of Trinity Capital Corporation in May 2014.

Dr. Barbara Keirns Melendez (A/S ’88) was recognized by Worldwide Branding for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in obstetrics and gynecology. Keirns Melendez is assistant chief of Surgical Sub-specialties and Director of Women’s Services at Arnot Medical Services-Ivy OB/GYN and Midwifery.

**Mark Urrutia (UTCTC ’88) was honored at the Diamante Community Awards with the Latino Adult Professional Award. Urrutia works in insurance as the general agent for the Catholic Order of Foresters and the principal agent for Skyway Financial Group, located in Toledo. He has been a leader in several Latino interest organizations in Toledo, including the Latino Alumni Affiliate, the Latino Alliance, the Spanish American organization, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.


*Dr. Caroline M. Brackette (A/S ’94, A/S ’98, MEd ’00, PhD ’07) was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor of counseling at Mercer University in Atlanta, Ga. Brackette was also appointed as assistant dean for graduate programs of the Penfield College at Mercer University. She is involved in leadership and advocacy for the counseling profession and will serve a three-year term on the professional standards committee for the American Counseling Association.

The Hon. Adolfo Tornichio (Law ’98) has been appointed to serve as judge in the Greene County Court of Common Pleas Juvenile Court Division. Tornichio has served in the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for 19 years. Greene County is located in Xenia, Ohio. Tornichio

Pat Hoffman (Bus ’98) was appointed as the assistant vice president of operations for Safeguard Properties in Valley View, Ohio. In this newly created position Hoffman will assist the COO in identifying and executing on a number of strategic operational initiatives. Safeguard Properties is the largest mortgage field services company in the U.S. The company inspects and maintains defaulted and foreclosed properties for mortgage servicers, lenders, and other financial institutions.

Oliva-Christopher Christopher Oliva (MBA ’93) has joined Crowne Horwath LLP, one of the largest public accounting, consulting and technology firms in the U.S., as a director in tax services. In this role, he will provide corporate level tax support to the firm’s New York-area corporate tax and audit clients.

*Josh Flores (Ed ’99) was honored at the Diamante Community Awards with the Latino Adult Leadership Award. Flores is a Spanish teacher at Waite High School in Toledo and is involved with the Latino community at UT as well as youth mentoring.

Steve Macy (A/S ’92) has been named senior associate athletic director of external relations at the University of Memphis. Macy will be responsible for the development and management of strategic and communications plans for the department while providing executive oversight of athletic marketing and promotions, athletic communications and ticket operations.

Lt. Col. Christopher Cutler (A/S ’93, MEng ’98) was recently named a Fellow of the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management for his efforts promoting American National Standards Institute-accredited credentials for environmental professionals. Cutler is currently serving in the US Air Force as the bioenvironmental engineering flight commander at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.


*Derrick Ball (Bus ’05) received the Bold Leader Spirit Award at the cadet leadership course graduation ceremony at Ft. Knox, Ky. The award is presented to the cadet who best demonstrates appropriate motivational techniques, inspirational leadership, and the spirit of a leader. Ball was a cadet in the 8th Field Artillery Regiment.

Dr. Jodi Tinkel (MED ’00, Res ’03) has been named medical director of ambulatory care at the UT Medical Center. Tinkel was previously a faculty member of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences since 2009 and has served as medical director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center since 2010.

Dr. Joshua Philbrick (CMS ’05, MED ’09) joined the medical staff at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Mass. Philbrick, an orthopedic surgeon trained in hand surgery with special interests in shoulder replacements, as well as treatment and surgery of the upper extremities, will see patients in Salem, N.H.

Darin Higgs (Law ’09) opened Higgs Law Office in Evansville, Ind. Higgs has been practicing for six years handling cases ranging from landlord-tenant, family, employment, criminal, bankruptcy and will/estate planning.

Haylie Linn (Bus ’10, MBA ’12) is now a full-time assistant coach for the South Dakota State women’s basketball team. During the 2014-15 season, Linn was director of basketball operations. linn

Rob McColley (Law ’10) joined the law firm of Clemens, Korhn, Liming and Warncke, located in Defiance, Ohio. McColley will practice in the areas of wills and estate planning, business planning and real estate law.

Green Jason Green (Bus ’10) joined Wausau Window and Wall Systems as an architectural sales representative serving Connecticut, northern Delaware, western Massachusetts, southern New Jersey, upstate New York, eastern Pennsylvania and Vermont. Wausau Window and Wall Systems is an industry leader in engineering window and curtainwall systems for commercial and institutional construction applications.
Births and Marriages
Jennifer H. Wilkins (Ed ’10) and Jeager W. Ticknor were married on October 10, 2015 in the outer banks of North Carolina. Wilkins is employed at Smith Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, N.C. and Ticknor is employed at Ticknor’s Men’s Clothier in Raleigh, N.C. Wilkins

Shannon Marie Abbey (HSHS ’11) and Kevin William Aschemeier (Eng ’13) were united in marriage on September 26, 2015. The ceremony and reception were held at the Clazel Theatre in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Doster Jamie Marie Doster (MHHS ’11) and Christopher James Szulc were married on June 6, 2015 at Kilkerrin Barn in Wakeman, Ohio. Doster is a speech pathologist employed at Bexley City Schools and Szulc is a physical therapist employed at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Andrew Backur (Eng ’10) and Katie Hurbean married on October 17, 2015 at The Canton Club in Canton, Ohio.

Jeanelle DeMuth (LLSS ’12) and Dustin Carnahan (Bus ’13) were united in marriage on September 19, 2015 at the Church of the Nazarene in Paulding, Ohio. DeMuth is employed at Midwest Community Federal Credit Union and Carnahan is employed at Indiana Michigan Power. DeMuthCarnahan

*Sarah Grzybowski (HS ’15) and Luke Hall (LLSS ’13) announced their engagement and plan to marry in Akron, Ohio this December.

harple Aaron M. Harple (HSHS ’07) and Ashley L. Miller married in December 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sandusky, Ohio. The couple resides in Columbus, Ohio.
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

Linda R. Balusik, Toledo at 71. She was a former MCO employee.

Delores T. Geronimo, Toledo at 85. She worked as a registered nurse at MCO and later was an assistant professor of nursing from 1996 to 2003.

**Charles G. Yeager (Bus ’40), Toledo at 97. He served as a member of the former UT Alumni Foundation Board.

Frederick C. “Mike” Henry, East Lansing, Mich. at 92. He taught pediatrics at MCO for two decades. His association with MCO started in 1969 as a volunteer clinical associate professor. Henry served as acting chair of the Pediatrics Department in 1978 and 1979, and was named a clinical professor in 1984.

Don Reiber, Toledo at 68. As an associate professor of communication and the director of media services in the Department of Communication, Reiber oversaw the University’s television studio and production facilities, and he taught classes in television production, live-truck production, and radio production and programming. His students and alumni number in the thousands, working in broadcasting in Toledo, throughout the United States, and for national news organizations like CNN. Reiber received the Outstanding Teacher Award in 2007, and he was honored with the Students First Award, which was presented by the University administration for his dedication to instruction and mentoring; the Difference Maker Award from the College of Business and Innovation; and the Rocket Award from the women’s basketball team for his commitment to that program.

Ruby Carr, Toledo at 86. She was a hospital aide at MCO from 1968 until her retirement in 1993.

**Richard G. LaValley (Bus ’51, Law ’53), Sylvania, Ohio at 86. From 1962 to 1965, LaValley taught a tax course at UT and was a former president of the UT College of Law Alumni Association. In 1998, the Richard G. LaValley Sr. Law Library in the College of Law was dedicated in his honor; he and his family pledged $1 million towards the development of electronic and technological resources for the law library. In addition, he established the Richard G. LaValley Sr. Scholarship Fund.

John J. McGowan (A/S ’50), Perrysburg, Ohio at 87. He was a former UT business instructor.

Martha “Marti” Adams, Perrysburg, Ohio at 74. She was a staff nurse at MCO/MUO/UT Medical Center from 2002 until her retirement in 2010.

Joy Ann (Marohn) Dougherty (Ed ’90), Toledo at 74. She taught administrative office technology and computer courses in the Business Technology Department from 1987 until her retirement in 2010.

Donald M. Henry (A/S ’93), Maumee, Ohio at 75. He taught French at UT.


Florence Zimmerman Schall (A/S ’37), at 99.


*Jerome Szpila (Eng ’49), Southampton, Pa. at 91.


Richard Heuerman (Law ’56), Petoskey, Mich. at 85.

**William Vaughan (Bus ’57), Whitehouse, Ohio at 85.


Willie Hancock (Ed ’61), at 81.

John Wolfarth (Ed ’67), Fostoria, Ohio at 90.

Robert Irwin (MEd ’65), Pawleys Island, S.C. at 75.


Georgina Bentley (UTCTC ’75, Univ Coll ’85), Berkey, Ohio at 60.

Don Yasenchak (Bus ’70), Carleton, Mich. at 67.


Billye Jean Wilson (Ed Spec ’80), Monroe, Mich. at 84.

Donald Koskie (UTCTC ’81, Univ Coll ’86), Commerce Township, Mich. at 65.

Sara Rios (Univ Coll ’82, Law ’85), Toledo at 63.


Donald Henry (MA ’93), Maumee, Ohio at 75.

Tracy Smith (HHS ’96), Avon, Ohio at 40.


Nathan Wise (CALL ’14), Toledo at 27.


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