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Law School In Memoriam 2018

As we reflect on this past year, we want to remember those we lost from the law school family in 2018. If you know of any other law alumni who passed away this year but are not on the list, please email Jordan Burgess at

Jason P. Austin '01

Jason P. Austin, 42, of Scotia Glenville, was called to the Lord on August 10th, 2018.

Jason was born August 11th, 1975 in Niskayuna. He was the son of Keith and Judith Austin. Jason graduated from Schenectady Christian Schools, Geneva College in Pennsylvania and University of Dayton Law School, Ohio. Jason was a staff attorney with the law firm of Boies, Schiller and Flexner LLP in Albany.

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Raymond J. Dundes '88

Raymond J. Dundes of Beavercreek, Ohio passed away peacefully Thursday, January 25, 2018.

He was born October 11, 1950. A graduate of the University of Dayton Law School, Raymond made an impact in the legal community, serving as an assistant prosecutor for Montgomery County, City of Trotwood, and the City of Riverside. He also served as Chief Magistrate for the Greene County Common Pleas Court.

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Thomas P. Flynn '78

Thomas P. Flynn, formerly of Goshen, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Feb. 18, 2018.

Tom graduated from Miami University (Oxford) and University of Dayton School of Law with B.A. and M.A degrees. He served 6 years in the Infantry with the Ohio Army National Guard and the United States Reserves. Tom co-founded the Legler and Flynn Law Group as a trial attorney and was licensed to practice law in Ohio and in Florida.

Tom held elected office as Fire Commissioner with Cedar Hammock Fire Department. Tom was an active public servant and a dedicated and loving father and grandfather. He coached Little League, Soccer, Mock Trial at BCS and was a Scout Leader. He was Past President of the Manatee County Bar Association & member of the Grievance & Ethics Committee. He also served as Past President of BNI.

He was an active member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, member of the Celebration Singers, lector, and a 4th degree Knight of Columbus - Officer Advocate. Tom was a Co­ Founder of Greater Dayton Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Past President & Former Board Member of Manasota SOLVE Maternity Home. Tom was an avid fisherman, loved boating and he was a motorcycle enthusiast who loved the outdoors. Tom was known to family, friends and strangers alike as a generous, loving man.

Obituary from Dignity Memorial

Ronald E. Freemas '77

Ronald E. Freemas, Esq. ("Ron/Peeper") age 66, of Glen Mills, PA died on July 12, 2018, after fighting a courageous three and a half year long battle against brain cancer, with his family by his side.

He was the beloved husband of Jane (nee Quaglia), the loving father of Jennifer Sullivan (J. Michael, III) and brother of Jeffrey F. Freemas.

Ron enjoyed playing basketball, skiing, golf, scuba diving, traveling and was an amazing cook. He enjoyed his home, family, friends, and entertaining. Ron was known to have a listening ear for anyone in need. He was an active member of the Delaware County Bar Association and the Delaware County Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

Obituary from Kish Funeral Home

Therese E. Geiger '77

Therese E. "Teri" Geiger died November 23 in her home after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born to Herb and Dorothy Werwath in Laredo, Texas on March 6, 1945. She is survived by her husband, John, her brother Rick of Milwaukee, WI, and by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and loving friends (young and old) throughout the USA. Teri received her undergraduate degree from Marquette University (1968) and her Master's degree (1974) and Law degree (1977) from the University of Dayton. She practiced law in Ohio, taught at the University of Dayton School of Law, and pioneered in the area of mediation and alternative dispute resolution. She and her husband retired to Green Valley, AZ in 2002. In retirement, Teri enjoyed cooking (her soups were legendary), sewing as a hobby (pillows, sachets, etc by "Aunt Teri"), volunteering with her HOA and the Animal League.

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Ronald J. Hangen '78

Ronald Jeffrey "RJ" Hangen, 65, formerly of Centerville, Ohio died Sunday, December 30, 2018 in Tampa, FL with family by his side after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease.

Preceded in death by father John (Beverly) and mother Eleanor Hangen, he is survived by his devoted wife Carol, son Nathan Hangen (Heather), daughters Leslie Hangen and Lyndsay Seaton, 12 grandchildren, sister Diane Vragel (Kurt), and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ron loved golf, had an encyclopedic knowledge of baseball and a passion for TV Westerns and all sports (even curling!). A thirty year employee of State Farm Insurance, RJ retired to spend more time on one of his passions- playing golf. Ron graduated from Ohio University and was one of the first graduates of the University of Dayton Law School upon that institution's reopening. He was a long-time member of NCR Country Club where he spent countless joyful hours being his irrepressible self with his many friends. But his happiest times were spent with his children and grandchildren.

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Greg R. Lord '83

Greg Robert Lord, 65, of Charleston, WV passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 after a courageous battle with Parkinson's disease.

He was born on January 21, 1952, in Hartford, CT, to George and Marian Lord and was raised in Louisville, KY.

Well known and respected for his legal acumen, especially in the area of trusts and estates, Greg was frequently called upon to establish specialized trusts for those who needed extensive care due to an injury or disability.

Greg remained active in many professional organizations including the WV Bar Association, the Kanawha County Bar Association, Charleston Estate Planning Counsel, the WV Association for Justice, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and the Brain Injury Association of WV.

He was a graduate of Trinity High School in Louisville, KY and enjoyed the lifelong comradery known amongst Shamrock Alumni. During his high school years, he loved his time working as a caddie at Standard Country Club. Greg was a devoted University of Kentucky sports fan and was honored to receive a partial Evans Caddie Scholarship. He and his father shared a love of baseball, especially the Dodgers. During his collegiate years, he was a manager for the university's baseball team. While working to obtain his law degree at the University of Dayton School of Law, he simultaneously earned his MBA from the University of Dayton. Thereafter, Greg earned his Masters of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.

Known for his quick wit, dapper attire and absolute passion for golf, Greg will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

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Michael D. Matlock '84

Michael Duane Matlock, of Dayton, born April 3, 1951 in Toledo, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at his home.

Michael was the firstborn son, of ten children, from the union of Robert and Marcia. He graduated from Central State University and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton. Michael had a long successful career as an attorney serving the community from which he received his degree. He was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Equity Lodge 121, the Royal Arch Masons, and past potentate of Amer Temple 107. He was known as a loveable free spirit who enjoyed the company of family and friends (…sometimes), and outdoor activities including hunting and fishing. Michael was the life of the party and will be dearly missed by those who were lucky enough to know him.

Obituary from House of Wheat Funeral Home

Joel M. Mazel '90

Joel M. Mazel, age 54, passed away on July 1st, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Mazel. He is survived by his mother, Irene Mazel, his brothers, Mark (Hindi) Mazel and David (Jodi) Mazel; His wife, Alyson Leeman; daughter, Gila Mazel; step-children, Mitch and Caroline McGuire; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and beloved friends including Terri, Jason, and Jared Levine. Joel was an inspiration to many people, sharing his humor and wisdom with everyone he met. His generous nature and kindness provided a bright example for his community.

Obituary from Epstein Memorial Chapel

Tina R. Mills '97

Tina R. Mills passed away at her Union Township residence on October 14, 2018 at the age of 46.

Mother of William “Billy” Thomas Mills. Daughter of Otis and Anna Mills. Sister of Dia D. (James) McCaughan. Tina is also survived by her great uncle Danny (Audrey) Mills, her cousin Scott Mills, and her aunt Connie (Matthew Cottrell) Miracle.

Obituary from E.C. Nurre Funeral Homes

Thomas A. Scarduzio '78

Thomas A. Scarduzio, Jr. of Phoenix, passed away on November 20, 2018.

Tom was born in Camden, NJ on October 7, 1952. He graduated from Camden Catholic High School in 1970, where he starred on the football team. He continued his football career at the University of Rhode Island (URI), unfortunately, his football career was ended by injuries, but his love for the game endured the rest of his life. He graduated from URI in 1974 and next attended the University of Dayton, School of Law, graduating in 1978. Upon graduation, he moved to Arizona to begin his legal career. Tom practiced both civil and criminal law until his retirement when he became a Judge Pro Tem for Phoenix, Glendale, Tempe, and Scottsdale Municipal Courts. Upon Tom’s arrival in Arizona, he immediately became an AIA high school football official. Tom’s passion for football was evident by anyone who officiated, was taught by, or mentored by Tom. His leadership, innovations, and teaching resulted in several rule clarifications. He was inducted in the Arizona Football Officials Association Hall of Fame in 2010.

Obituary from Messinger Mortuaries

Hilard B. Shaw '83

Hilard B. Shaw, age 66, of Vandalia, passed away Aug. 5, 2018.

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Mark L. Stout '87

USAF Lt. Col. (ret.) Mark L. Stout, age 67 of Fairborn, passed away June 2, 2018 after a brief illness. 

He was born June 26, 1950 in Bellefontaine, the son of James and Dorothy (Bosart) Stout. Mark joined the Ohio Air National Guard in 1972 and also began teaching English at Graham High School. After 10 years of teaching Mark decided to go to law school, graduating from both Bowling Green State University and the University of Dayton, he was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1987. Mark began working full time at the Air National Guard base in Springfield, OH, serving as Director of Personnel, Logistics Officer, and Chief of Maintenance, in 1992 was appointed Commander of the 269th Combat Communication Squadron. Then followed with employment with TAC Enterprises before finally retiring in 2016. 

Obituary from Belton-Stroup Funeral Home

Norman George (University of Dayton School of Law Dean)

Dr. Norman George, age 90, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2018.

Norman was born on August 1, 1927 to Mike and Bessie George in Martins Ferry, Ohio and graduated Valedictorian from Martins Ferry High School. Following his military service, he continued his educational journey by attaining multiple degrees, including a PhD in economics and business, as well as his Juris Doctor degree. His professional life spanned nearly four decades in Dayton, Ohio, where he was instrumental in organizing the current University of Dayton School of Law in 1974. Over a 32 year career at the University he served as Dean of the law school, teaching in faculty and administrative positions at the School of Business, and mentoring many students. He believed that professional skills practiced at the highest levels intertwine both the substance and the process of the law. In addition to his professional career, Norman was a Free Mason and Shriner. After Norman's retirement from teaching in 1993 The University of Dayton honored Norman by naming room 111 in Keller Hall for him. One of Norman's many honors and recognitions, the room naming honors Norman's outstanding support of the University of Dayton Law School.

Obituary from Schoedinger Funeral Home

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