80th Annual Smead Luncheon and Alumni Awards Presentation

Posted May 8th, 2014 by Melissa E. Kuhl  Category: Community Interest


Dr. Jim Willey will visit the campus of Maumee Valley Country Day School to receive an award for his distinguished achievements in the field of cancer research. Dr. Willey, a 1970 graduate of Maumee Valley, earned a B.A. in Zoology at the University of Vermont and a M.D. from the Medical College of Ohio, in 1978. Since 2000, Jim has been the George Isaac Professor for Cancer Research at the University of Toledo. Jim is a leading cancer researcher whose research includes the molecular and genetic basis of cancer risk and molecular diagnostic tests for individualized treatment of cancer. Dr. Willey investigates gene regulation in normal and malignant human lung cells and worked to develop standardized, quantitative gene expression measurement technologies. These technologies have received patents through the University of Toledo. His research efforts have been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Third Frontier Fund of the State of Ohio, and the George Isaac Cancer Research Fund. Jim is also co-founder of Gene Express Inc. and Accugenomics, Inc. Jim’s work has led to six patents and a dozen additional patents pending. Jim has mentored scores of students in the medical profession.

Jim is married to Elisabeth James and they have two daughters, Marilyn ’10 and Paige ’12, who are MVCDS graduates.

Dr. Willey will meet with Maumee Valley middle and high school students and will present a keynote address to the large alumni and community gathering during the school’s annual Smead Luncheon. Jim will receive the Alumni Achievement Award.

Other distinguished awards will be given to Becky Swaney Kasperzak (’76) (posthumously) for a lifetime dedicated to the school; Steve Hickey ’79, partner CVC Capital in NYC and London, will be recognized for his service to Maumee Valley Country Day School; Zeba Khan ’99 will be recognized as outstanding young alumna and to Mary Kruegger for her continued involvement and commitment to MVCDS even after her children graduated.

The Smead Luncheon is Maumee Valley’s longest standing tradition. This event traces its origins to the days when alumnae and administrators from predecessor school The Smead School for Girls gathered for high tea to recount the founding of the school in 1884.

Maumee Valley Country Day School in Toledo, Ohio offers education to children from preschool through grade twelve. Their mission is to enable students to become enlightened, compassionate and contributing citizens of our global community, while preparing graduates for their best opportunities in higher education. The school attracts motivated, able students who have a range of academic interests and diverse backgrounds. Its challenging curriculum, student-centered school life and supportive community inspire and equip them for a lifetime of learning.

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