Cheatham Norrils Grateful for His “Second” Senior Season

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Following a serious illness in 2014, Rocket cornerback has a new hunger for winning.

By Sasha Mandros, UT Athletic Communications

Final Football Photo ShootIt’s not difficult to find a football player who has endured a season-stunting injury at some point in his career; it’s the nature of a violent game. However, Cheatham Norrils’ story is different. While most players can pinpoint the exact moment in which they sprained an ankle or tore their ACL, Norrils still cannot say for certain what caused him to miss the entire 2014 season.

Norrils, a senior cornerback for the Rockets, suffered a still-undiagnosed illness that not only kept him off the football field, but had the Toledo native fighting for his life. A year later, he is fighting for a starting spot in the Rockets’ lineup. The illness is behind him now, but the memory still motivates him every day.

The trouble began in July of 2014 with what Norrils thought were routine cramps following an off-season workout. A migraine headache soon followed. Days later, he could barely move.

“I know my body so I knew something was off,” Norrils said. “I felt anything but normal; I was extremely drowsy and weak.”

Norrils told to his mother, Willa Norrils, that something was very wrong. He was having hot and cold sweats, and could barely function. She immediately took her son to the hospital. Tests were inconclusive so he was sent home to rest.

But Norrils’ condition worsened, and this time he went straight to the emergency room. “He had a fever of 103 degrees and began to cough up blood,” Mrs. Norrils said.

Doctors were stumped by Norrils’ condition and simply focused on keeping him alive. He was assessed by pulmonologists, hematologists, internists and infectious disease specialists—none of whom could pinpoint a diagnosis.

“It was scary when they couldn’t tell me what was viscously attacking my body,” said Norrils. “Thinking back to what I went through in that hospital bed, I would not wish that on my worst enemy. It was awful.”

After days of tests, the doctors tentatively concluded that Norrils had contracted a viral infection. Unfortunately, they had no treatment. “It was terrifying when they stated that we just had to let the virus run its course,” his mother said.

During his stay in the hospital, Norrils was on so many medications that his memory of that time is vague. He doesn’t recall many of the visitors to his hospital room. One of those visitors was head coach Matt Campbell, who came to see Norrils every day he was in the hospital.

“It was extremely hard to watch him go through that, especially during the few days when his condition was so severe,” Campbell said. “All I wanted was to make this go away for him, but the only thing I could do was to tell him that it would get better and that he could get through it.”

After nearly two weeks in the hospital, Norrils’ doctors began treating him for viral meningitis and pneumonia, and his condition stabilized. Now 22-pounds lighter, Norrils was finally discharged. Unfortunately within days he was back in the hospital to treat blood clots in his lungs and legs.

When he was released for good, Norrils convalesced at his parents’ house for nearly a month. “I was on blood thinners for a while and still very weak,” Norrils said. “I couldn’t do anything without my parents’ help. I’m grateful beyond words for them.”

Finally in September, Norrils’ condition improved enough for his doctors to clear him for physical activity. His recovery process was slow, starting out with exercises only using body weight. It wasn’t until the end of the spring that he started to feel like himself again.

“I didn’t quite feel 100 percent during spring practice,” Norrils explained. “But it was at this point that I knew 100 percent was possible for me to attain. Before the spring, I never thought that I would get back to where I was before my illness.”

This fall, Norrils is competing with last year’s starter, Christian Dukes, as well as Juwan Haynes, for a starting spot at cornerback. The intense competition in the Rockets’ defensive backfield doesn’t discourage Norrils; in fact, it excites and motivates him. He is determined to make his final season one to remember. He plans to enter the Glass Bowl on Sept. 3 a new and improved version of himself. He dyed his hair blonde, and after three seasons wearing No. 11, he changed his jersey to No. 1—his father, Eddie Norrils’, old number.

“I feel like I’m better than where I was before I got sick. That’s why I’m so excited for this season,” Norrils said. “Not only am I extremely grateful for the opportunity to play again, but I feel like I’m at my peak. I’ve prepared very hard for this season, physically and mentally. I can’t wait to finally be on the field again.”

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Rockets Have Big Goals Following Bowl Victory Last Season

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Football vs Missouri  shot by Anthony Tscherny

If how you finish a season makes any difference, then the Toledo Rockets should be ready to roll in 2015.

The Rockets ended their 2014 campaign with three consecutive victories, including a 63-44 win over Arkansas State in the GoDaddy Bowl. The Rockets finished with a 9-4 record, their third nine-win season in the past five years.

“The crowning moment for the 2014 season was the bowl victory, but I think it also made a statement about where we are headed in 2015,” said Matt Campbell. But Campbell cautioned, “The momentum from that victory only carries over if you put in the work in the off-season.”

Football vs Missouri  shot by Anthony TschernyRegular observers of the Mid-American Conference are certainly high on Toledo’s prospects this season. The media gathered at Detroit’s Ford Field at MAC Football Media Day picked the Rockets to win the MAC’s West Division and the MAC Championship Game.

“Our goal is to be playing for the MAC Championship in December,” said Campbell, now entering his fourth season as Toledo’s head coach. “But we have to focus on the process in order to achieve that.”

Added senior defensive end Trent Voss, “Being picked first is a reminder of what our team expects to do. We are just going to have to show it on the field.”

Toledo certainly has the potential to match or exceed last year’s success. The Rockets return 15 starters and 47 letterwinners from last season’s squad, with All-MAC performers on both sides of the ball.

Hunt, Kareem GoDaddy BowlKThe offense is led by junior running back Kareem Hunt, a first-team All-MAC selection who rushed for 1,631 yards, including 271 markers and five TDs in an MVP-performance in the GoDaddy Bowl. Hunt is backed a stable of talented runners, included sophomore Terry Swanson (732 yards in 2014) and junior Damion Jones-Moore (460 yards).

Senior Phillip Ely and junior Logan Woodside battled during training camp for the starting quarterback spot. No matter who calls the signals, they will be throwing to a pair of All-MAC receivers, senior Alonzo Russell (51 receptions, eight TDs) and junior Corey Jones (68 receptions, five TDs).

Toledo’s biggest challenge on offense will be replacing five starters on the offensive line, but Campbell feels that increased size and strength up front will more than make up for any lack of experience.

Football vs Missouri  shot by Anthony TschernyThe Rockets could have their best defensive unit in quite some time. The Rockets are two-deep at just about every position, with eight starters returning. The defensive line looks particularly strong, with senior defensive end Trent Voss (GoDaddy Bowl Defensive MVP) and two All-MAC defensive tackles, senior Orion Jones and junior Treyvon Hester, leading the way. Toledo is also loaded with veterans at linebacker and in the secondary, which was beaten up by injuries last season. Most encouraging is the return of senior cornerback Cheatham Norrils, a one-time All-MAC player who missed the 2014 season due to illness.

The kicking game also has some questions, with the loss of All-MAC kicker Jeremiah Detmer. Sophomore Sam Vucelich and freshman Jamerson Vest were competing for that spot in training camp.

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Retired…But Not Really

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by Patty Gelb

DanJohnsonAfter an incredibly impressive career in the field of education spanning over 50 years, you would think that Dr. Dan Johnson, president emeritus of The University of Toledo would be slowing down. But, that is not the case at all.

Following his time at UT, Johnson moved to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates as provost and chief operating officer of Zayed University for over three years. Upon his return from the Middle East he became very active in the Toledo community and serves on a variety of boards and advisory councils.

His latest project is promoting his recently published book that supports and empowers civic and community leaders on the important issues that help grow their communities.

“Leading Economic Development: A Toolkit for Public Officials and Civic Leaders,” is a guide that teaches the language and strategies of economic development. This book was written to enable readers to get up to speed quickly on these concepts rather than having to learn about these important issues over many years on the job.

“I have worked with public officials, civic leaders and economic development practitioners for many years — actually decades,” Johnson said. “It became quite evident that many knew very little about economic development, methods, strategies, processes, terminology…”

Economic development is probably most simply defined as efforts that work toward advancing the economic well-being and quality of life for a community. There are a lot of elements that go into economic development for any community, such as workforce development, creating jobs, infrastructure, business retention and attraction and community growth. Newly elected community leaders and often corporate board members are the people making decisions on these very important topics for a region.

“Following our arrival in Toledo I was invited to join several boards,” Johnson said. “Two of the boards were of organizations devoted to economic growth and development. The members of these boards — as is true with boards generally — were professional people, business people, and others, many of whom had little or no background experience or knowledge of economic development. It seemed to me at the time that all of us as board members would have been better prepared for these important roles if we had some knowledge of even the most basic and fundamental concepts in economic development.”

Johnson had many years of experience on this topic. He served as 15th president of UT from 2001 to 2006. During that time, he developed strong ties with the metropolitan region, laid the foundation for the UT Science and Technology Corridor, and, along with Dr. Lloyd Jacobs, initiated the successful merger between the University and the Medical University of Ohio to create the third largest university in the state. In 2006, Johnson was named president emeritus and distinguished professor of public policy and economic development. Prior to UT he worked with public officials on economic development-related projects for more than 40 years in Illinois, Virginia, Texas, and Alaska.

“It is really the cumulative effect of these experiences over the years that led me to write the book,” he said.

EconomicDevelopmentBookCoverLargeJohnson’s book is an effective primer for new leaders and entry-level professionals who work within the field of economic development for their communities. Drawing on his experience in the field and extensive research and study on the topics that are covered in the book, Johnson shares these complex topics in a way that will benefit the beginner, as well as the expert professional.

There are several themes that Johnson focuses on throughout the book that he hopes will influence readers; the importance and power of collaboration, understanding the global marketplace and globalization, the centrality of education as a critical factor in economic development, recognition and importance of trust and ethical standards, as well as bold, informed, knowledge-based leadership.

“If these themes come through and influence the readers in a positive manner the book will have achieved its purpose,” he said.

The foreword to the book was written by Lee Fisher, former Lt. Governor of Ohio. Fisher, who also has an extensive background in the field of economic development, currently holds the position of president and CEO of CEOs for Cities. Previously, Fisher had over 18 years of public service in a variety of offices including director of the Ohio Department of Development, Ohio attorney general, state senator, and state representative.

In the book’s foreword Fisher writes, “Dan Johnson’s thoughtful and insightful guide for public officials and civic leaders is a roadmap and toolkit for economic development and success. He starts with the big picture and then outlines the necessary steps to frame your opportunities and challenges, act in ways that demonstrate measurable progress and connect and engage with the smartest people and the smartest ideas in the most ways.”

Johnson’s book was published by The University of Toledo Press. Barbara Floyd, the director of the UT Press helped guide the process. Johnson recognizes her in the acknowledgements of the book for help in bringing this manuscript to completion.

“Dr. Johnson’s book is unique in that it brings together the best research in the field of economic development, but presents it in a way that is useful to the novice,” Floyd shared. “It was a privilege to work with him on the book, and to have a chance to know more about the work he has been pursuing since he left the position of UT’s president.”

Johnson has not lived the life of quiet retirement. He remains actively involved on campus and heavily involved in the Toledo area.

He is married to Elaine Clark Johnson and they currently live in the Bowling Green, Ohio area. Together they have two adult children, Brent and Darin and four grandchildren.

Johnson currently sits on over ten boards including Hospice of Northwest Ohio, SkyLife Company, Toledo-Lucas County Library Legacy Board, Lourdes University, Alliance for Paired Donations, and several UT advisory boards and committees. Over the years he has written seven books including his last work, “Toledo Vision: Personal Reflections on Strategies, Best Practices and Bold Initiatives,” which was published in 2011 with the foreword by former Toledo Mayor and UT alumnus Mike Bell.

Book Signing GraphicAlthough Johnson is uncertain as to whether he will undertake another book, he has gathered information and created outlines on how he sees the future of organizations in the world of increasingly sophisticated technologies, growing populations, changing nature of communications and growing concerns about security. But, right now he is focused on his current work.

“My hope for this book is that it will help enable and empower public officials and civic leaders to take a more knowledge-based, informed approach to local and regional economic development,” Johnson said.

Dr. Johnson will discuss his book on Wednesday, September 16, at 7 p.m. in McMaster Auditorium at the downtown Toledo-Lucas County Public Library as part of the library’s “Open Book” series.  He will be interviewed by Tom Walton, commentator on WGTE FM91 and retired editor and vice president of the Toledo Blade.  The talk will be followed by a reception and book signing.  The event is free and open to the public.

To purchase a copy of Leading Economic Development: A Toolkit for Public Officials and Civic Leaders, click here.

To read a review of the book that was published in Economic Development Quarterly in May, 2015, click here.

In March of this year, the Urban Affairs Center and the University of Toledo Press co-sponsored a symposium entitled “Leading Economic Development: A Seminar for Local Public Officials and Civic Leaders” where Dr. Johnson and Lee Fisher were keynote speakers. This event was attended by over 60 people working in the area of economic development from across the northwest Ohio region. To view this symposium in its entirety, click here.

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UT in the News

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College of Medicine Signs Affiliation Agreement with ProMedica

With a few pen strokes, the University of Toledo and ProMedica inked an academic affiliation agreement Wednesday, ending months of negotiations and linking the institutions together for 50 years.

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Students Move into new $38 Million Hall

The first University of Toledo students to move into a $38 million residence hall will find out quickly that the 492-bed building is not their parents’ dorm.

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UT Partners with TPS, Buckeye CableSystem to Expand College Credit Program

Toledo Public Schools is expanding a partnership with Buckeye CableSystem and the University of Toledo that provides free laptops and Internet access to district students.

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Jupiter-like Planet Seen Circling Star 100 Light Years from Earth

Maybe our solar system isn’t such an oddball after all. As planet-hunting telescopes have scanned the starry heavens, they’ve discovered all kinds of strange worlds that are unlike those in our own solar neighborhood: hot Jupiters, super-Earths, mini-Neptunes. But now, astronomers say they’ve spotted a remarkably close analogue to our own planet Jupiter — and even gotten a look at its methane-rich atmosphere.

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Health Science Campus Hosts Kids of Migrant Farmworkers

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UT’s New Choral Director a High Energy Guy

The University of Toledo Department of Music has hired Bradley Pierson as the new director of choral activities. Pierson replaces Stephen Hodge, who retired at the end of the spring quarter.

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Athletic Director Named to Division I Council

University of Toledo Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien has been selected by the NCAA Board of Directors to serve as the Mid-American Conference’s representative to the NCAA Division I Council.

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Class Notes

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*Dr. James A. Young (MA ’66) presented “The Only Losers Were the Workers: The Agony and the Redemption of Cold War Combatants in the Electrical Industry” at the Joint Conference of the Labor and Working-Class History Association and the Working-Class Studies Association at Georgetown University. Young is a professor emeritus of history at Edinboro University and is retired from professional staff work at the Service Employees International Union. He also belongs to the National Writers Union. Young anticipates the publication of his manuscript “Workin’ for the General: The Electrical Workers’ Fight for Industrial Democracy at BE, 1937-1970” late in 2015.

Rev. Henry “Hank” Harris (Ed ’67, Law ’70) retired as the pastor from St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Massillon, Ohio. Harris had been the leader of the parish for 26 years.

Dr. Homer Wesley Brown (A/S ’65) practiced 40 years as a pediatrician in Bowling Green, Ohio, Mentor, Ohio and other various locations. Brown is now hospitalized in a Veterans Administration medical center in Cleveland, Ohio with ALS. He enjoyed his time at UT and worked in the University bookstore for four years. He earned his medical degree at the University of Cincinnati.

Sister Leanne Kerschner (MEd ’79, MBA ’81) celebrated her Golden Jubilee in July at St. Mary Church in Tiffin, Ohio. The Golden Jubilee is the 50th anniversary of when a sister entered or professed vows in her religious community. Sister Kerschner is now assistant finance director for Health Partners of Western Ohio in Lima, Ohio. Sr._Leanne
dora lopez Dora Lopez (UTCTC ’76, A/S ’90, MEd ’95) was recently named as the executive director of the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center (SQACC). The SQACC provides interest, awareness, and education about Latino art, heritage, and culture through events and programs in Toledo.

Douglas Berry (Law ’78) has been recognized by his peers as one of the top lawyers in Washington state and named to the 2015 Super Lawyers list. Berry is an attorney in the Seattle office of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn in the franchise/dealership field.

*Larry R. Cook (A/S ’78, MA ’79) is the 2015 recipient of the Book of Golden Deeds award from the Fremont Exchange Club. The award recognizes dedicated volunteers in the Fremont, Ohio area. Cook has been a volunteer at the Hayes Presidential Center for more than 30 years. He has assisted with the manuscripts division, helped patrons, conducted tours, performed research, written descriptions and processed some of the sites most important papers. Cook
Logan Paul A. Logan (Law ’79) was ordained as a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Logan is an attorney with Powell Trachtman Logan Carrle & Lombardo P.C. and a professor in the College of Engineering at Drexel University.

Dr. Thomas Steinemann (MED ’85) is the recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s 2015 Secretariat Award, which recognizes special contributions to the Academy and to ophthalmology. Steinemann was also awarded the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year award by the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute.

**Dr. John K. Estell (Eng ’84) was elected as a member of the ABET Computing Accreditation Commission Executive Committee for the 2016-2017 accreditation cycle. ABET currently accredits approximately 3,400 programs at nearly 700 colleges and universities in 28 countries. Estell is professor of computer engineering and computer science in the electrical and computer engineering and computer science department at Ohio Northern University. John Estell November 2014

**Thomas Reinehr (Eng ’85) was promoted to principal fellow of The Raytheon Company, Space and Airborne Systems in El Segundo, Calif. The Raytheon Company builds radars and other sensors for aircraft, spacecraft and ships.

flood Terry Flood (Eng ’87) received the Crystal Crucible Award from the Ohio Water Environment Association. The award recognizes individuals for outstanding achievement and professionalism in laboratory analysis. Flood is a chemist at Lucas County’s Water Resource Recovery Facility, which treats 22 million gallons of water per day.

Gary D. Benz (Law ’84) was named as senior vice president, Strategy at FirstEnergy Corp., headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Benz will lead the ongoing refinement of FirstEnergy’s corporate strategy and long-term business forecast, monitor strategy implementation and oversee development of new business opportunities.

*Sharon Speyer (Law ’85) was appointed as Chair of the UT Board of Trustees. Speyer joined the board in 2009. She is the president of the Northwest Ohio Region for Huntington National Bank, a subsidiary of Huntington Bancshares. She has also served on the Alumni Association’s Board of Trustees. Speyer

Scott McClure (MA ’88) was named as the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference commissioner. McClure will be the conference’s first full-time commissioner.

Hoffman Marta J. Hoffman (Univ Coll ’88, Law ’92) was appointed by the American Health Lawyers Association to serve as a vice chair of the national organization’s Hospital and Health Systems Practice Group. Hoffman is a healthcare attorney with Plunkett Cooney, a firm out of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Jeffrey K. Haidet (Law ’85) is the co-CEO of the world’s largest law firm now that Dentons US and McKenna Long combined in July 2015. Dentons will serve clients from more than 125 locations across 50-plus countries. It will boast approximately 6,600 lawyers and professionals worldwide, with more than 1,100 of them based in the United States.

Michael Voss (Ed ’92) is the new technology director for the New Albany-Plain Local School District, located in New Albany, Ohio. voss
Rawski *Dr. Greg Rawski (MBA ’99, PhD ’05) has been named the dean of the Schroeder Family School of Business at the University of Evansville, located in Evansville, Ind. Prior to accepting this position, he served as the business school’s associate dean.
Nick Miller (Ed ’05) is now the assistant principal at Dover Intermediate School, located in Westlake, Ohio. NickMiller
Rhoades, Travis_MG_6688 copy Travis L. Rhoades, PE (Eng ’04) has been named 2015 Young Engineer of the Year by the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers. Rhoades is a structural engineer with The Mannik & Smith Group, located in Maumee, Ohio. He was recognized for this statewide award based on his community and professional work, as well as his commitment to the engineering profession.

Dr. Anne Marteel-Parrish (PhD ’03) is the recipient of the Centennial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Iota Sigma Pi, the National honor Society for Women in Chemistry, recognizes and celebrates accomplished women in the field. Marteel-Parrish teaches specialty courses such as fundamentals of materials science, and green and sustainable chemistry.

*Philip Sanford (MBA ’08) was awarded The Alumni Impact Award at the 2015 Seton Hall “Many Are One” Alumni Awards Gala. This award is presented to an alumnus or alumna whose extraordinary contributions of time, talent or treasure have greatly advanced the mission of the University. Sanford

Anthony Hall (Bus ’06, Law ’11) is a pre-litigation attorney in the new Toledo office of Kisling, Nestico & Redick. The firm focuses on representing plaintiffs in person injury lawsuits resulting from work injuries and motor vehicle accidents as well as medical malpractice and dangerous drugs and devices.

Paiz *Dr. Joshua M. Paiz (A/S ’09, MA ’11) has been awarded his PhD in English/second language studies from Purdue University and will be joining the faculty of New York University Shanghai.
Dr. Kurt Stewart (MED ’07) placed second in the world at the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons Top Gun Competition for most skilled surgeon at their 2015 annual meeting. Stewart is completing his post graduate advanced surgical training at the Minnesota Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery, located in Crosby, Minn. Stewart

*Derek Batt (Bus ’15) was recently hired at Assured Neace Lukens as a commercial lines agent. Assured Neace Lukens specializes in commercial property and casualty insurance, employee benefits, risk management and personal insurance coverage.

Chaudhry Dr. Quratulain Chaudhry (RES ’13) has joined Borgess Internal Medicine at its new location at the Borgess Medical Center, located in Kalamazoo, Mich. Chaudhry specializes in women’s health.

*Tyler Kinner (NSM ’14) is among the first 36 Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellows. The competitive program recruits both recent graduates and career changers with strong backgrounds in STEM fields and prepares them specifically to teach in high-need secondary schools.

Faculty, staff & friends
Births and Marriages

Nicole Zgela (Pharm ’06, PharmD ’08) and Andrew Hamons announced their engagement and are planning a September 12, 2015 wedding in Marblehead, Ohio.

Brandi Rice (Ed ’09) and Michael Ottenbacher (HSHS ’09) were married on August 15, 2015. Rice is employed at Furry Elementary School in Sandusky, Ohio and Ottenbacher is employed at Ventra and Plumbrook Properties in Sandusky. OtterbacherRice

*Paige Alexandria Stiriz (Bus ’14) and *Ryan Douglas Johnston (NSM ’14) exchanged wedding vows on June 20, 2015 in Toledo. Stiriz is an account representative at Rolled Alloys in Temperance, Mich. and Johnston is a third year medical student at UT.

Joshua Adam Schardt (HSHS ’10) and Erin Catherine Frazer were married on June 13, 2015 at Daniel Chapel on the campus of Furman University in Greenville, S.C.

Orwig *Dylan Orwig (Eng ’13) and Katherine Smith are engaged and planning a wedding for October 3, 3015. Orwig is an assistant superintendent at The Lathrop Company in Maumee, Ohio and Smith is a residential youth care worker at Lutheran Home Services in Whitehouse, Ohio.
Amber Christine Marsh (HSHS ’11) and Gregory John Allred were married on August 15, 2015 at Maumee Bay State Park lodge in Oregon, Ohio. Marsh is a recreation therapist at the Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry in Columbus, Ohio and Allred is a registered nurse at Mount Carmel. Marsh

Paul Meyer (Bus ’59) and Joyce (Miller) Meyer celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 11, 2015.

Emilie Johanna Brasher (MSA ’11) and Ross Perry Reyome will be married on September 12, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hudson, Ohio.

Wilson Nick Wilson (Bus ’07) and Missy Shevlin are engaged to be married on May 21, 2016 at the Liberty Hotel in Boston, Mass.
Kendra Danielle Hudson (Ed ’11) and Matthew Thomas Lindsey are planning a wedding for October 3, 2015 in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Hudson is a paralegal for the State of Ohio Chiropractic Board and Lindsey is employed by Kroger. Hudson
Daniel Benjamin Lee Daniel (Eng ’02) and Brianne Nicole Stang were married on August 22, 2015 at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Bellevue, Ohio. Daniel is a software engineer at Owens Illinois in Toledo and Stang is an operations manager at Flat Rock Homes in Flat Rock, Ohio.
Death Notices

Faculty, staff & friends

*Howard Schultz (att. 1960), Toledo at 92.

Vicky (Stoll) Naugle, Toledo at 60. She worked at the University for 20 years. Naugle joined the MCO staff in 1994 and worked in the Kobacker Center and was a telephone operator in Service Excellence when she retired in 2014.

Shirley Zawodni, Sylvania, Ohio at 82. She was a former UT employee.

*David J. Fickel (Law ’78), Swanton, Ohio at 61. He retired in 2014 as administrator and clerk in charge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Toledo. Since 1994, Fickel lectured about bankruptcy-related subjects at UT as a visiting lecturer.

Dr. Joseph I. Shaffer, Toledo at 87. Shaffer joined the UT Psychology Department as an assistant professor in 1966. His early research interests included sleep and stress. The Philadelphia native was well-known for advancing the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. In 1985, he founded the Sleep Network Inc., a national consortium of sleep centers. He was president of the Sleep Network and director of the Regional Center for Sleep medicine in Toledo. In 2005, he became an adjunct professor in the MUO Department of Medicine and a professor three years later.

Sue A. Wuest (A/S ’86), Toledo at 58. Wuest was the assistant director of the UT Jack Ford Urban Affairs Center. She had worked at the University since 1991 and was a former member of the Toledo Planning Commission.

Dr. Joseph R. Stevens, Sylvania, Ohio at 92. He was a clinical associate in surgery at MCO in 1970, became a clinical assistant professor in 1975, and a clinical associate professor in 1986. Stevens was a volunteer faculty member until 2003.

Wampa J. Bitz, Holland, Ohio at 87. She was a custodian at UT for 21 years before her retirement.

Dick Meyers, Toledo at 75. Meyers was an architect who had the vision to cultivate beauty on the University’s campuses. As a co-founder of the Collaborative Inc., a Toledo-based design firm, he had a hand in more than 30 landscape design and planning projects on UT campuses. He recently cited his most notable achievement as Centennial Mall, which was a parking lot before he helped design the green space. Meyers also did the planning for the landscape surrounding the Law Center, the site planning for the Student Recreation Center and the expansion of the Student Union. He also worked on many projects on the Health Science Campus, including the original site and landscape design for the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center and the Bryant Academic Commons. He also served the University for the past 10 years as a volunteer. He was one of the original members of the President’s Commission on the River, the organization that started the habitat restoration efforts for the 3,700 feet of the Ottawa River running through Main Campus. Meyers also worked on the renovation project around Savage Arena and designed the first river outlook.

Dr. Earl Matthews (PhD ’78), Pemberville, Ohio at 87. He was hired to teach general studies in 1967 and one year later became an instructor in industrial engineering. In 1969, Matthews was named director of the referral service network Office of the State Technical Services Program at the University. Later that year, he was also named assistant to the dean of adult and continuing education. In 1970, he added another title: assistant to the dean of industrial education.

Barbara Jean Huntley, Toledo at 83. She was a library technical assistant at MCO from 1968 until her retirement in 1993.

John H. Keller, Toledo at 71. He was a public address announcer at UT sporting events for a short time.

Anna May Klippel, Worcester, Mass. at 93. She taught chemistry classes at UT in the late 1940s.

Dr. Wendell J. Kollen, Perrysburg, Ohio at 80. Kollen was appointed adjunct research professor of polymer engineering and science in 1987. He continued working in the UT Polymer Institute through the late 1990s. Prior to joining the University, he was a senior physicist at Owens-Illinois Inc.

Violet Ann Pautz, Toledo at 98. She helped to start UT’s electrocardiogram program and served on its advisory board.

Dr. Ursula Ruwe, Lake Mary, Fla. at 89. She was a clinical associate of medicine in 1971 and a clinical associate of family medicine from 1972 to 1978.


Richard Keller (Bus ’38), Ojai, Calif. at 83.


Margaret Haughey (Bus ’44), Northridge, Calif. at 91.

**George Gula (Bus ’49), Sylvania, Ohio at 91.

Eugene Kaucki (A/S ’46), McHenry, Ill. at 68.


Richard Wenzel (Bus ’50), Indianapolis, Ind. at 89.

Donald Higley (Eng ’50), Toledo at 89.

**Joseph McCormick (Pharm ’55), Gaylord, Mich. at 84.

Lloyd Lewis (Ed ’51), Maumee, Ohio at 97.

John McDonald (Eng ’58), Bradenton, Fla. at 82.

June Stalder (Ed ’54), Temperance, Mich. at 83.

Dr. Robert Roberts (A/S ’50), Rehoboth Beach, Del. at 87.

Donald Maher (Bus ’57), Sylvania, Ohio at 55.

James Kritzer (Bus ’54), at 54.


Beatrice Bruen (MEd ’60), Toledo at 84.

Henry Toney (Eng ’60), Hot Springs Village, Ark. at 87.

Thomas Geiger (A/S ’63), Toledo at 78.

Kenneth Chechak (Ed ’62), Redford, Mich. at 76.

**John Arkebauer (A/S ’60), Sylvania, Ohio at 78.


Louise Luppens (Ed ’70), Hilliard, Ohio at 91.

*Brian Kest (Ed ’71, MA ’74), Springboro, Ohio at 67.

Lowell Habel (A/S ’79), Irvine, Calif. at 60.

Nathaniel Augustine (A/S ’76), Perrysburg, Ohio at 62.

William Pfau (Law ’78), Canfield, Ohio at 64.

Dr. Katherine Hess (MED ’77), Ashland, Ohio at 63.

Duane Rosenberger (Ed ’76, MEd ’93), Toledo at 73.

Ashley Fox (Pharm ’75), Nixa, Mo. at 71.

Pastor Emma Collins (UTCTC ’77), Toledo at 72.

Stephen Lewandowski (A/S ’74), Williston, Ohio at 66.

Douglas Lewton (A/S ’78, Pharm ’78), Fremont, Ohio at 54.

James Norton (Bus ’74), Maumee, Ohio at 72.


Donna Cherry (A/S ’88), Albuquerque, N.M. at 87.

Joyce Myers (UTCTC ’81), Liberty Center, Ohio at 82.

Sandra Schwartz (Bus ’82), Toledo at 55.

Deborah Heitkemper (UTCTC ’80), Loveland, Ohio at 59.


Edward Csizi (UTCTC ’93), Toledo at 54.

Rebecca Hayes (Univ Coll ’99), South Beloit, Ill. at 46.

Sue Clark (UTCTC ’94), Toledo at 66.

Marlene Coulter (UTCTC ’90), Toledo at 75.

Edmund Capas (MA ’92), Cleveland, Ohio at 64.

*Dianna Conley-Bloomfield (Univ Coll ’96), Maumee, Ohio at 52.

Natasha Haese (A/S ’98), Toledo at 43.


Visalakshi Gembala (Law ’05), Hudson, Ohio at 34.

Jennifer Randolph (Ed ’00), Fremont, Ohio at 44.

*Annual Alumni Association Member
**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

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