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July 2015 issue

Class notes

Mae Packan, BSED ’35, MSED ’57, who resides in Clinton, Ohio, celebrated her 101st birthday in April! Packan taught history for 43 years, retiring from Coventry High School in 1978. A story about her in the Akron Beacon Journal at the time of her birthday highlighted the tremendous impact she had on her students, many of whom continue to be in contact with her.


Delmont E. “Bud” McAnallen, BA ’66, hiked Rim to Rim at the Grand Canyon in June. Total hike for the three days was about 32 miles, with elevation changes of about 16,000 feet.


Judi C. Hill, BSED ’79, newly elected president of the Akron NAACP, was named to the board of Leadership Akron. Hill is a 2008 recipient of the Distinguished Education Alumni award from The University of Akron and works with the court-appointed guardian ad litem program.


Susan Kay Passmore, BSN ’76, received Mercy Medical Center’s Distinguished Nurse Leader Award, which recognizes a Mercy nurse who consistently demonstrates exceptional skills; visionary leadership; and compassionate care for patients, families, and staff.


Robin L. Steinhorn, BS ’76, has been elected to the American Pediatric Society Council. Steinhorn, who received her medical degree from Washing University, is chair of the Department of Pediatrics and medical director of UC Davis Children’s Hospital in Sacramento, Calif.


Dennis V. Yacobozzi, BSBAF ’71, is the founder and president of United American Capital Corporation, which recently was honored with a No. 76 ranking on CNBC’s Top 100 Fee-Only Advisor List for 2015. Established in 1991, the Columbus, Ohio-based wealth management firm has more than $4 billion in assets and is one of the largest firms in Ohio to exclusively manage the assets of public entities.


John C. Cox, BS ’87, was appointed vice president of the Arkansas and Oklahoma branches of CNA Financial Corporation in April. In this role, Cox leads both branch teams to serve the diverse needs of CNA customers.


Mark S. Harmon, BA ’85, MA ’88, recently was hired as the executive director of the Washington County Museum in Hillsboro, Ore. Harmon brings 26 years of executive experience in museum administration to his new position.


John S. Ligas, BSCHe ’80, was named vice president of research and development at Transitions Optical in April. In this new position, Ligas manages the R&D team, including the evolution of light management technology. Additionally, he continues to serve as a member of the company’s operating committee. Ligas joined Transitions Optical as engineering manager in 1992.


Sima S. Merick, AAS ’85, assistant director since 2001 of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, has been promoted to executive director. The Ohio EMA coordinates the state’s response to emergencies by getting supplies, personnel, and equipment to needed locations.


Larry J. Pollock, BSME ’87, was named executive vice president and chief manufacturing officer at Universal Stainless & Alloy Products Inc. In this newly created position, Pollock is responsible for manufacturing operations and engineering at all Universal Stainless facilities, which include Bridgeville, Pa.; Titusville, Pa.; Dunkirk, N.Y.; and North Jackson, Ohio.


Renjarajan Ramesh, MSCHe ’87, PhD ’92, was appointed to the board of directors for LiqTech International. Dr. Ramesh, a noted expert and international consultant to governments and companies on water-related activities, has four patents and was awarded UA’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005.


Judy L. Thompson, BA ’83, MA ’85, received the 2015 Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award. Thompson is a speech-language pathologist at Ida Sue School in Wooster, Ohio, and holds certifications in both audiology and speech therapy.


T. Robert Whitehouse, BA ’87, is the new senior vice president of marketing and community relations for Summa Health System, responsible for strategic direction and oversight of marketing, advertising, public relations, corporate communications, community relations, and community benefit.

Thomas F. Boggs, BS ’94, MBA ’01, was named the first chief executive officer of Healthcare Solutions Network, a newly formed health organization. Boggs began his new position May 4.


Rebecca A. Corrigan, MPA ’97, is the new part-time village administrator for Fairport Harbor, Ohio.


Kelly D. Dever, BSED ’90, is the new assistant superintendent of North Canton City School District. Dever has spent the last several years as the coordinator of achievement and accountability for Green Local Schools in Smithville, Ohio.


William H. DiMascio, BA ’93, MSED ’01, has been named coordinator of career technical education for the West Shore Career Technical District in Lakewood, Ohio.


Peter L. Donato, MBA ’99, joined Assurex Health as senior vice president and chief financial officer in June 2015. Donato has 23 years of financial management and counting experience, largely for health-care companies.


Joanne M. Green, BA ’99, will become executive director of Summit Artspace in mid-July. A well-known communications leader in Akron, she most recently served as director of marketing and public relations for the Akron Symphony Orchestra.


Jason M. Keith, BSCHe ’95, was named dean of the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University in June. A nationally recognized leader in engineering education, Keith served as interim dean and was chosen after an extensive national search.


Lois M. Knox, MBA ’94, was named director of the Florida Small Business Development Center, effective July 1. She received the Florida SBDC Network State Office Employee of the Year Award in 2013.


Kristen A. Lewis, BS ’93, was promoted to national sales manager at Fomo Products. Lewis is responsible for managing sales team and customer accounts across the United States.


Lisa L. Mansfield, BAED ’91, was named managing director of the Weathervane Playhouse in mid-May. During her nine years with the theater, Mansfield previously served as education programs coordinator and patron services manager.


Stephanie H. York, JD ’94, was named director of communications and public relations for Akron General Health Hospital. Formerly, she served the city of Akron as director of communications.

Kyle Kutuchief, MPA ’06, is the new local program director for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In his six-month stint as interim, Kyle demonstrated he is a next-generation leader and brings to the position a deep history of the community and profound knowledge of the people and the assets.


Nicole L. Mullett, BA ’02, MA ’11, is the founding executive director of ArtsNow, a new organization that opened in Summit County, Ohio, on July 1. ArtsNow will work to strengthen the vibrancy and vitality of Summit County and enrich the lives of the community through the advancement of arts and culture in partnership with arts and culture organizations, other nonprofit and civic organizations, businesses, and individuals. Mullett joined ArtsNow from The University of Akron, where she was director of tech prep for the College of Applied Science and Technology.



In Memoriam

Stanley W. Akers, BSE ’67, MA ’80, retired assistant professor emeritus, University Libraries, July 8, 2015
William P. Ambrose, BSA '71, June 12, 2015
Jay R. Ayers, BAE, BSED '72, April 22, 2015
Paul E. Baird, BSE '59, May 13, 2015
John P. Bauer, BAED '50, April 24, 2015
Colleen K. Bender, MSE '92, former lecturer, Education, April 17, 2015
John D. Blackstone, BSN '11, May 22, 2015
Joan M. Bondy, BA '66, April 22, 2015
James B. Bonk, BA '82, May 24, 2015
Marjorie L. Boreman, BS '85, June 16, 2015
Vivian Branden, BS '40, June 27, 2015
Ruth Bullock, AAS, BCT '86, May 14, 2015
William L. Bungard, BSA '75, April 15, 2015
Clifton L. Bye, BSBA '58, May 7, 2015
Amerigo E. Candusso, BSED '68, May 12, 2015
Nathan F. Cardarelli, retired professor emeritus, Engineering & Science Technology, July 7, 2015
Regina M. Chema, BSED '42, May 30, 2015
Nancy R. Chula, BSN '04, May 17, 2015
E. Wayne Cobb, BSA '72, April 10, 2015
Tamara G. Cochran, BSN '79, May 25, 2015
Eugene T. Cogswell, BSBA '59, April 28, 2015
Charles R. Craddock, BAED '69, April 15, 2015
John T. Cunningham, ACJT '71, April 27, 2015
Phyllis Selby Dabbs, BA '44, March 25, 2015
Michele D'Avello, AAS '07, June 18, 2015
Ruth B. Dean, BA ’84, MA ’87, former writing lab coordinator, Wayne College, May 18, 2015
Brittany E. Dell'Aglio-Mitchell, BFA '10, April 18, 2015
Harry F. Dickos, JD '57, May 19, 2015
George Dimitruck Jr., BSIM ’58, BSED ’61, April 7, 2015
Louis G. Farris Jr., BSE ’73, MSE ’79, May 15, 2015
Kaye L. Ford, MSE '76, June 8, 2015
Walter E. Freudeman, BSBA '50, May 13, 2015
George O. Geissler, MSME '68, Jan. 9, 2015
Greg D. Gordon, MAE '91, May 20, 2015
Charles B. Gregg, BA '62, April 19, 2015
Neil J. Griffin Jr., BSIM '68, June 19, 2015
James S. Grotstein, BS '48, May 30, 2015
Donald R. Guerra, JD '73, Nov. 6, 2014
Nellie Hamilton, AAS '80, May 3, 2015
Herbert J. Hanlon, JD '85, April 24, 2015
Melanie A. Hathaway, BSN '81, Oct. 18, 2014
Patricia Haylett, BA '64, June 15, 2015
Sloan C. Heare, BAE ’80, MST '95, Aug. 14, 2014
David H. Heasley, BAED '67, April 16, 2015
Norma J. Hively, BSED '50, May 7, 2015
Arlene H. Hoebel, BSED ’56, April 1, 2015
Gertrude V. Holt, BA '92, April 22, 2015
Kay Ann Jones, AAB '86, May 2, 2015
Robert D. Jorgensen, retired professor, Music, July 4, 2015
George E. Kalafut, JD '72, April 16, 2015
Alan A. Kerkian, BS '68, May 12, 2015
Evelyn M. Kiefer, BSED '54, Jan. 27, 2015
Kenneth L. Klingenberger, BS '83, May 6, 2015
Krista A. Krichbaum, AA ’02, BSIM ’05, May 3, 2015
Carolyn J. Kurtz, BS ’98, MS ’00, MSE ’04, former instructor, Academic Achievement Programs, June 2, 2015
David E. Kyvig, retired professor emeritus, History, June 22, 2015

Maryann Z. Lance, MA '94, former assistant lecturer, Associate Studies, June 8, 2015
Jack M. Lederman, BS '43, June 1, 2015
James V. Leonard, BSEE '61, May 11, 2015
Lawrence J. Logsdon, BAE '60, April 14, 2015
David S. Lomax, BSE '65, April 12, 2015
Loran E. May, BA '52, May 20, 2015
Mary H. McAllister, BA '45, May 12, 2015
Dennis K. McCoy, AAB '94, June 1, 2015
Charles W. Mealey Jr., BSEE '57, April 26, 2015
Richard E. Meyer, BSME '49, April 30, 2015
Charles T. Montgomery, BS '88, April 20, 2015
Robert A. Moore, BAE ’51, BAED ’54, May 13, 2015
Richard D. Morgan, BS '89, May 29, 2015
Eric C. Nicholls, BSBA '39, April 21, 2015
Susan J. Norval, BSN '79, May 19, 2015
Susan B. Nowels, BAED '68, June 6, 2015
Betty J. Oblisk, BSED '47, former secretary, provost’s office, May 17, 2015
Joseph M. Orlando, AAS '90, Dec. 12, 2014
Anna M. Parker, BSED '63, May 10, 2015
Anthony V. Patrino, BA ’46, JD ’50, June 1, 2015
H. Merle Petersen, BA '50, Nov. 4, 2014
Frank R. Pfahl, BSBA '51, April 20, 2015
Elizabeth Plant, BA '44, Jan. 30, 2015
Karl L. Reckner, BAE ’84, MA ’97, former lecturer, English, April 16, 2015
Robert M. Rhoads, BSA '73, Dec. 5, 2014
Bonnie J. Rutledge, AAS '81, April 17, 2015
Kenneth F. Sackett, BA '74, Sept. 13, 2014
Walter J. Sage, BS '50, May 21, 2015
Gloria S. Schmitz, BSED '43, May 1, 2015
Irwin I. Schneier, BA '57, Jan. 13, 2015
Gwendolyn S. Singleton, BS ’73, BSMDT ’74, June 7, 2015
John Sisay, BSED '70, June 4, 2015
Robert L. Snyder, BSIM '59, April 25, 2015
Paul Suscinski, AA ’73, BSBA '74, June 18, 2015
Robert D. Swain, AASSM '70, Oct. 21, 2014
Margaret R. Taber, MS '67, June 10, 2015
Martha S. Tate, BSED '39, June 13, 2015
Lawrence H. Taylor Jr., BSEE '55, May 6, 2015
Gloria J. Thomas, BA '63, May 24, 2015
Robert S. Thomas, MBA '63, April 24, 2015
Patty L. Thompson, BSED '59, June 14, 2015
Rudy A. Verner, AAS, BT '75, April 27, 2015
Thomas G. Vignos, BA '60, May 30, 2015
Alan C. Vitas, AAB ’83, BST ’91, June 3, 2015
Charles M. Walters, BSBAF '70, July 13, 2014
Alonzo G. Watley, AAS '72, Jan. 23, 2015
Parlee T. Watson, BA '83, March 23, 2015
Robert W. Williamson, BSBAM '65, April 3, 2015
David D. Wilson, BA '76, April 22, 2014
Richard B. Wilson, BS '61, May 17, 2015
Catharine W. Zahrt, BSED '39, Jan. 22, 2015