Alumni Notes

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Susan McGinnis Truitt (OD’84), Dave Hartenstein (OD’82), Sally Shackleton Hartenstein (OD’83), and Tom Truitt (OD’82) at the Summit of Mount Washington.

1960s

Timothy Q. Kime (BS’61) retired in July 2023 after completing 62 consecutive years of practice in Toledo, Ohio. Dr. Kime served as the president of the Ohio Optometric Association in 1970-71 and was president of the American Optometric Association 1983-84.

1970s

1979 After 43 years in a private practice that she opened “cold,” Carol Novak (OD’79) retired in January 2023 after selling her practice to John Novak (OD’05) and Brooke Bader (OD’05).

1980s

A group of BuckEYE alumni reached new heights at the Summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire on July 31, 2023. It was great to be together at an elevation of 6,288 feet, in 43 degrees Fahrenheit, and with rain and wind gusts of 56 miles per hour. From left to right: Susan McGinnis Truitt (OD’84), Dave Hartenstein (OD’82), Sally Shackleton Hartenstein (OD’83), and Tom Truitt (OD’82).

Robert Hammond (OD’83) retired from Johnson Optometric Associates after 36 years.

Nine percent of the Class of 1985 gathered for a mini reunion in Pennsylvania in August 2023. From left to right: Jim Keller (OD’85), David Stebelton (OD’85), Becky Magnuson (Madden) (OD’85), Mike Spino (OD’85), and Ric Marsh (OD’85).

Jim Keller (OD’85), David Stebelton (OD’85), Becky Magnuson (Madden) (OD’85), Mike Spino (OD’85), and Ric Marsh (OD’85).
Class of 1985- from left to right: Jim Keller (OD’85), David Stebelton (OD’85), Becky Magnuson (Madden) (OD’85), Mike Spino (OD’85), and Ric Marsh (OD’85).

1990s

After 21 years of working in a general ophthalmology practice in Massachusetts, Valerie Kelly (OD’97) transitioned from part-time to retired.

2010s

Amila Uppal Herbert (OD’13) and her husband, Christopher Herbert, welcomed twin daughters Samira Rani Herbert and Kaviya Marita Herbert on August 13, 2023.

Masoud Nafey (OD’13) and family welcomed a baby in 2022.

Tsung-Hao Wu (OD’16) and his wife, Chien Hui Liao, welcomed daughter Eleanor Wu on August 18, 2023. Their son, Ethan, is excited to be a big brother.

Cory Lappin (OD/MS’18) was named the 2023 Arizona Optometric Association Young Optometrist of the Year.  

Ellen Vandenberg (OD’18) married Max Rennaker (OD’18) on February 19, 2022.

Marielle Reidy (OD/MS’19) and husband, Evan Reidy, welcomed son Owen in September 2023.

Kelly Hayden (OD’19) and her husband, Joe Hayden, welcomed daughter Lyla on August 18, 2023.

2020s

Angelica Polizzi (OD’20) and her husband, Nathan Libertowski, welcomed son Vincenzo Libertowski in September 2023.

Vincenzo Libertowski

Abby Almomar (OD’22) married Adam Glick on August 12, 2023.

Adam Bayer (’24) and his wife, Erin, welcomed son August Thurston Bayer in October 2023.

Abby Almomar and Adam Glick
August Bayer

In Memoriam

Charles Dickman (BS’54, OD’77) passed away on November 5, 2024. He was 92.

Victor Corso Cherico (BS’56) passed away on September 16, 2023. He was 90.

Robert Katula (BS’59) passed away on October 14, 2023. He was 89.

Phillip Keller (BS’62) passed away on November 11, 2024. He was 84.

Frederick Heller (OD’70) passed away on August 8, 2023. He was 78.