In Memoriam / June 2020

By Amanda Clark

*Annual Alumni Association Member
**Lifetime Alumni Association Member

Faculty, staff & friends

Richard P. (Dick) Anderson, Toledo, 90. Along with his parents and siblings, he was a founding member of The Andersons, a family agribusiness. He was an emeritus member of The University of Toledo Foundation Board and a member of the UToledo Family Business Center. In 1999, Anderson received an honorary doctor of commercial science degree from the University. He and his wife, Fran, were strong supporters of the University, including the College of Business and Innovation; the College of Medicine and Life Sciences; and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

**James Appold (MBA ’77, MEng ’78), Rossford, Ohio, 81. He and his wife, Patricia, owned the Oliver House and Maumee Bay Brewing Co. in Toledo. In 2014, the couple were honored with the Outstanding Philanthropist Award in Ohio. Appold served on The University of Toledo Foundation Board of Trustees.

**Jean Beauch, Holland, Ohio, 91.

David C. Beekley (Eng ‘63), Holland, Ohio, 79. He was a part-time instructor of engineering and mathematics for several years; in 1998, Beekley became a full-time instructor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He retired in 2010. While a student at the University, he was in the ROTC.

*Lois Billow, Maumee, Ohio, 83.

Brandon T. Black, Toledo, 30. He was a custodial worker at The University of Toledo Medical Center.

Dr. Lorenzo J. “Larry” Curtis (Eng ‘58), Toledo, 84. He returned to his alma mater in 1963 to join the faculty in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Curtis helped develop the doctoral degree in physics. Over the years, he received research leaves that took him to the Universidad National Autónoma de Mexico, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, and the Research Institute for Physics in Stockholm. Curtis also held visiting scientist positions at the University of Lyon in France, the Free University of Berlin, the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, the University of Oslo in Norway, and Princeton University. In 1976, he was offered a faculty position at the University of Lund in Sweden and began alternating years in residence there and at UToledo. That dual professorship benefited his primary field of research: atomic spectroscopy. In his lab, he used new techniques such as ion beams and sophisticated data analysis, and was able to apply his results to other fields, including astronomical research and high-temperature plasmas in controlled thermonuclear experiments. During his career, he received funding from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Swedish Research Council and the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Atomic Physics. Curtis was a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Optical Society. He wrote more than 200 scientific papers and a textbook on atomic structure. In 1992, Curtis was named a Distinguished University Professor at UToledo and in 1993 a Master Teacher in the College of Arts and Sciences. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Lund in 1999. When Curtis retired from UToledo in 2009, he received the emeritus designation.

Linda (Linticum) Davis, Toledo, 67. She was a private branch exchange operator at MCO/MUO/UTMC until her retirement in 2006.

Faye (Ward) Fenwick (Ed ’85, MEd ‘88), Toledo, 84. She served on an advisory board for Medical Mutual of Ohio, an institutional review board for MCO.

Richard J. Fisher (Ed ’68, MEd ‘76), Toledo, 76. He was a part-time instructor and a field supervisor in the College of Health and Human Services from 2000 to 2019.

Andrew R. Freeman Jr., Toledo, 70. Over the years, he was a social worker patient coordinator, social worker and social worker case manager at MCO/MUO/UTMC. He left the University in 2008.

Carolyn (Lattin) Gallatin (MBA ‘92), Northwood, Ohio, 58. She was a manager in the payroll department and fiscal manager in accounts payable from 2012 to 2013.

Cheryl Gretka, Temperance, Mich., 73. She joined the University in 1992 as a secretary 2 in Continuing Education and retired in 2002.

Colleen M. (Kersey) Hinojosa, Perrysburg, Ohio, 61. She was a former hospital employee.

Dr. Millard L. Jones Jr., Sparks, Nev., 86. He joined the UToledo faculty as an assistant professor in the College of Engineering in 1966. In the 1970s, he oversaw the college’s program to train chemical and civil engineers for work in the area of water pollution control; the project was funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water Programs. Jones also received funding from the National Science Foundation and the University in 1972 to modernize the distillation column in the Unit Operations Laboratory, updating the system used to separate liquid mixtures into their components by boiling. His research expertise in heat transfer and materials led to consulting for Owens-Illinois Inc. in Toledo and NASA at the John Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. After more than three decades at UToledo, Jones retired and was named professor emeritus. Prior to coming to the University, Jones was a research engineer at Dow Chemical in Midland, Mich., from 1961 to 1966. The native of Bountiful, Utah, was a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

**Bernice Katz, Toledo, Ohio, 88.

Barbara Jean Langston, Toledo, 80. She worked in Mulford Library and retired from MCO in student affairs in 1989.

Lloyd H. Lohmann, Woodville, Ohio, 86. He was a volunteer with the Satellites Auxiliary.

Carol L. Matthews (Ed ‘62), Toledo, 79. She was a part-time faculty member in the Judith Herb College of Education from 1999 to 2002.

**Dr. Nancy L. (Dielman) Mauntler (Ed ’58, Ph.D. ’80, MEd ’80, Ed Spec ’81, MEd ’81, Ph.D. ’90), Toledo, 83. She started working as a field experience supervisor in 1980 and became instructor and coordinator of field experience in 1983. Mauntler was named assistant director of the Office of Student Field Experiences in 1989, interim director in 1993, and director in 1994. After retiring in the mid-2000s, the Toledo native continued to teach as a part-time instructor until 2011 and served as field experience supervisor from 2007 to 2014.

Alan Mendel, Whitehouse, Ohio, 92. He joined the school as an assistant professor of psychiatry in 1970 and retired in 2013 when he became a volunteer faculty member.

Beverly J. (Watson) Metcalf, Toledo, 93. She worked at the University from 1996 to 1999 as a part-time employee in the bookstore and registration. For years, she and her family had season tickets to watch UToledo football and basketball games.

Carolyn (McKenzie) Gran Niekranz, Toledo, 94. She was a volunteer with the Satellites Auxiliary.

**Erthel Poad (att. 1946), Perrysburg, Ohio, 99.

James E. Porter, Toledo, 89. He was a delivery worker at UToledo from 1996 to 2004.

Bilal Mohamed Rabai, Watkinsville, Ga., 61. He was a nurse at MCO Hospital from 2000 to 2004.

*Rabbi Alan M. Sokobin (Law ’96), Toledo, 94. Upon his graduation from the College of Law, Sokobin was named outstanding student of his class by a vote of faculty members. The rabbi emeritus of the Temple Shomer Emunim also was an instructor in the College of Law from 1998 to 2013. Sokobin, a leader and teacher in the Jewish community, also served as executive director of the Medical Missions Hall of Fame based at The University of Toledo Foundation. The Global Medical Missions Hall of Fame honors individuals and organizations that have made significant and substantial contributions to advancing the well-being of the medically underserved throughout the world. He also volunteered his time at ProMedica Toledo Hospital and always had a pocket full of balloons to twist into balloon animals for children he met.

Dr. Joseph C. Sommerville, Maumee, Ohio, 93. He joined the UToledo faculty in 1970. During his tenure, Sommerville worked his way up to professor and served as chair of the Department of Educational Leadership. After retiring in 1992, he continued to teach administration classes and coordinated a training program for prospective principals and superintendents until 1997. The native of Birmingham, Ala., was honored by the African American Legacy Project of Northwest Ohio in 2013. Three years later, the UToledo Association of Black Faculty and Staff renamed its scholarship to honor Sommerville. In retirement, he also served as a mentor when the University launched Brothers on the Rise to help at-risk African-American and Latino students.

Donald R. Steele, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., 94. He was a former director of buildings and grounds at MCO.

Michael F. Tammarine, Perrysburg, Ohio, 77. He joined the MCO Police Department in 1976 and worked his way up through the ranks. Tammarine was named captain in 1999 and chief of police in 2001. He retired in 2002.

Frederick D. “Fritz” Wolfe, Perrysburg, Ohio, 90. He joined the family business, the Lima Lumber Co., after attending Yale University and the Harvard Business School. His education was punctuated by a two-year stint as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. In 1963, Lima Lumber built its first nursing home. Four years later, Wolfe, at the helm of the family business, ventured into the skilled nursing industry and started two companies — one to manage nursing homes and one to invest in the construction and acquisition of nursing homes. Wolfe co-founded the Health Care Fund in 1970. It was the first real estate investment trust in the nation to focus solely on nursing homes and clinics. By 1980, the company counted more than $25 million in assets. That company became Welltower, which was valued at more than $25 billion by the late 2010s. In addition, Wolfe founded Health Care and Retirement Corp. of America in 1981. The publicly traded nursing home operator was sold for $99 million in 1984. The generous business mogul shared his wealth with several institutions, including The University of Toledo. In 1997, Wolfe Hall opened on Main Campus. The Wolfe family gave $1.5 million for the state-of-the-art research laboratories for the departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry, and, at the time, the College of Pharmacy. After UToledo merged with the Medical University of Ohio, the Wolfes donated $2.5 million to support diabetes research through the Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Research, a collaboration between the College of Medicine and Life Sciences and the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. To honor that gift, the new home for the College of Pharmacy on Health Science Campus was named the Frederic and Mary Wolfe Center. It opened in 2011. Wolfe was a trustee emeritus of The University of Toledo Foundation Board, on which he served from 1992 to 2003. The philanthropist was honored by the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2009 when he received an honorary doctor of humane letters.


Dorothy Jones (Ed ’44), Toledo, 97.


*Lila Aubell (Ed ’57), Waterville, Ohio, 86.
Robert Barshel (Bus ’56), Toledo, 87.
**Andrew Fenady (Bus ’50), Los Angeles, Calif., 91.
Phyllis Grant (Ed ’54, MEd ’76), Toledo, 88.
*Thomas McCormick (Bus ’59), Southern Pines, N.C., 87.
**Andrew Mungons (Bus ’50)
, Pontiac, Mich., 93.
John Rahrig (Pharm ’53), Toledo, 89.
T. Shaw (Bus ’53), Cherryfield, Maine, 88.
Richard Sullivan (Law ’57), Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 88.


Tom Boyer (MBA ’67), Bryan, Ohio, 83.
**Andrew Banachowski (Bus ’60), Rossford, Ohio, 85.
Karen Dunbar (Ed ’68), Toledo, 84.
Theodore Gerken (Bus ’66)
, Toledo, 81.
Glenn Johnson (Bus ’64)
, Maumee, Ohio, 89.
Richard Kirkman (Eng ’60)
, Waterville, Ohio, 84.
**Charles Mann (Bus ’67), Atlanta, Ga., 77.
Dr. John Matolyak (MS ’66), Indiana, Pa., 80.
Mary Phibbs (MEd ’64), Glendale, Calif., 95.
David Seibenick (UTCTC ’69), Perrysburg, Ohio, 72.
**Gary Waugh (Eng ’67), Waterville, Ohio, 78.
**Herman Zielinski (Ed ’61, MEd ’71)
, Maumee, Ohio, 86.


Jeff Baker (Eng ’79), Whitehouse, Ohio, 63.
Dr. Marla Bernbaum (MED ’78), Saint Louis, Mo., 66.
Michael Ciricillo (A/S ’75)
, Livingston, N.J., 66.
Steven Clark (A/S ’72)
, Oregon, Ohio, 71.
**Vivian DeGroff (Ed ’72), Stryker, Ohio, 92.
Vincent Duncan (A/S ’78, Pharm ’86), Toledo, 65.
James Godbey (A/S ’75), Toledo, 66.
Edwin Griffith (A/S ’72), Perrysburg, Ohio, 83.
Judith Hainen (MEd ’76), The Villages, Fla., 76.
Candace Hardy (Ed ’73), Rossford, Ohio, 73.
Thelma Jones (UTCTC ’79), Toledo, 83.
**Dr. William Leoffler (Ed Spec ’79), Newport Beach, Calif., 70.
David Reamsnyder (Bus ’78), Deerwood, Minn., 63.
Neutrice Reed (MEd ’72), Henrico, Va., 89.
**Dan Thiel (Ed ’70, MEd ’78), Edon, Ohio, 75.


*Correan Baker (UTCTC ’80), Las Vegas, Nev., 72.
Darryl Campbell (Univ Coll ’87), Toledo, 79.
**Michael Johnson (Univ Coll ’85)
, Maumee, Ohio, 63.
Lee Anne Kleeberger (MEd ’82)
, Holland, Ohio, 88.
Dr. Bruce Levison (A/S ’81), Whitehouse, Ohio, 60.
Scott Lowrie (Law ’84), Salisbury, N.C., 60.
Dr. David Margolin (MED ’89), Metairie, La., 57.
Loretta Moore (UTCTC ’87), Maumee, Ohio, 74.
Linda Sepanski (Univ Coll ’80)
, Sylvania, Ohio, 63.
Melvin Thomas (UTCTC ’81, Bus ’84), Toledo, 59.


Elaine Burton (Ed ’91, MEd ’01), Toledo, 65.
Kathleen Godbey (UTCTC ’97), Delta, Ohio, 58.
Deborah Kaminsky (Ed ’91), Toledo, 63.
Paige Paneff (Ed ’91), Sylvania, Ohio, 62.
Dr. Zi-Jian Xie (Ph.D. ’91), Saline, Mich., 59.


Leonard Stanish (Bus ’00), Chardon, Ohio, 67.


Mouhamed Lo (Univ Coll ’11), Port Chester, N.Y., 31.