December 2013/January 2014 class notes

1960s

Donald M. Jenkins, BA ’49, JD ’64, retired professor and former dean of the School of Law at The University of Akron, was honored November 15 by Post 349 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for his distinguished military career. A retired two-star general, Jenkins is a highly decorated U.S. Air Force World War II and Korean War fighter pilot who, among numerous military assignments, served as post commander of the Rickenbacher Air Force Base.

1980s

James D. Feiszli, MM ’81, director of music at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, has been named 2013 U.S. Professor of the Year for the state of South Dakota by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Feiszli accepted his award at a luncheon in Washington, D.C., on November 14. PHOTO

Sandra K. Naragon, AAB ’88, BA ’96, was named CEO of the Akron Cleveland Association of Realtors in November 2013, the group resulting from a merger between the Cleveland Area Board of Realtors and Akron Area Board of Realtors.

James F. Troike, BS ’85, a Seville, Ohio, resident, was selected by the Stark County commissioners in November 2013 as the new Stark County sanitary engineer.

1990s

Joseph D. DiRocco, BS ’93, an executive with more than 20 years of commercial banking experience in Ohio, joined Charter One and RBS Citizens as president in October 2013. DiRocco also serves on the board of the Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana chapter of Make-A-Wish. PHOTO


Debra J. McDonald, BSED ’94, received the 2014 Ohio Teacher of the Year Award in November 2014 from Richard Ross, state superintendent, and Debe Terhar, state school board president. McDonald is an early childhood education instructor at Wayne County Career Center.

Christopher H. Neidert, BSBA ’90, was promoted to operations manager for the agricultural and forestry tires business unit of Trelleborg Wheel Systems Americas in June 2013.

2010s

Emily C. Richards, BS ’10, a senior associate at SS&G’s Akron office, recently became a member of The University of Akron George W. Daverio School of Accountancy Junior Advisory Board.

Future Zips

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Ryan Bennett Rubens was all geared up for his first Wagon Wheel victory on November 2. Ryan is the son of proud alumnus Dave Rubens, AAS ’99, MAED ’09, assistant lecturer in Sport Science and Wellness Education at The University of Akron.








In Memoriam

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Dominic P. Babbo, BSBA '53, November 19, 2013
Burton E. Baer, MSE '73, June 17, 2013
Donna Baldwin, BSED '61, October 17, 2013
David J. Bernstein, JD '83, June 24, 2012
Gregory P. Bidinger, JD '99, October 29, 2013
Kathryn Brookbank, BSE '74, August 18, 2013
Frank D. Buhas, BSED '51, October 2, 2013
Gertrude A. Butera, MBA '71, October 29, 2013
James G. Cobak, BSIM '55, November 6, 2013
Donald G. Deuvall, BSCE '51, September 10, 2013
Prudence L. Dickson, BSED '64, October 27, 2013
Thomas M. Driscoll, JD '07, December 31, 2012
Mark A. Estock, BS '83, November 5, 2013
James V. Fee, retired professor emeritus, Communication, November 12, 2013
Pamela L. Flower, BS '68, November 3, 2013
Shirley A. Froebe, BSED '58, October 7, 2013
William S. Gamble, BSBA '50, April 24, 2013
Dominic J. Giovannazzo, MAED ’68, PhD '72, October 19, 2013
Faith E. Grotz, BA '43, October 1, 2013
Warren G. Hall, BSA '53, October 3, 2013
Scott E. Haren, BS '90, September 21, 2013
James S. Hartenstein, BSBA '48, October 20, 2013
Robert L. Hively, BSEE ’50, MSEE ’62, October 17, 2013
Henry J. Holtz, AAS '77, October 23, 2013
Kathleen M. Horning, MSN '05, October 27, 2013
James G. Kreiner, BS ’57, MS ’62, PhD ’67, MBA ’81, November 7, 2013
Joseph M. Lenk Jr., BSIM '56, October 7, 2013
James B. Licitri, BSIM ’77, November 20, 2013
Edna M. Lightbourn, MSE '74, October 1, 2013
Robert E. Linder, BSBA '47, November 11, 2013
Jack C. Lynn, BS '72, November 17, 2013

Eugene R. Mancini, retired associate professor, Music, October 15, 2013
James E. Markwalder, BSA '78, July 13, 2012
Dennis S. Mazey, BSMDT '72, October 13, 2013
Gerald W. Meyers, EDD '78, October 17, 2013
Roger C. Michael, BSIM '55, September 21, 2013
Helen F. Moss, BA '70, November 9, 2013
Helen K. Mott, BS '38, October 8, 2013
James C. Murdock, BS '96, September 3, 2013
Mary C. Neese, BSE '87, October 6, 2013
Max Nelson, BA '41, September 22, 2013
Paul J. Pamer, BS '55, September 26, 2013
Peter K. Petrlich, BA '78, November 8, 2013
Phyllis L. Pipitone, BAED ’65, MAED '68, November 23, 2013
Devereux H. Planck, BSBAM '70, November 8, 2013
Bernard A. Raffath Jr., BSBA ’50, JD '59, October 29, 2013
Joella M. Rand, BSN ’61, MSED '68, October 15, 2013
Sue Rasor, BSED '49, November 16, 2013
Michael A. Rotonto, AAS '96, November 12, 2013
Ruth C. Smailes, MSN ’86, October 29, 2013
Richard H. Stallings III, MBA '81, December 12, 2012
Susan J. Stearns, retired associate professor emeritus, Nursing, October 10, 2013
Theodore R. Steele, BSBA '54, October 10, 2013
Barbara J. Vandayburg, MSED '71, October 26, 2013
Jason A. Wahl, MT '07, November 17, 2013
John S. Watt, BAED '48, retired professor emeritus, Education, October 19, 2013
John B. Welsh, MSA '62, August 27, 2013
Marguerite White, BA '90, October 4, 2013


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