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Anatomy of a Class Note ’90

10:35 AM  Jul 13th, 2012
by Maureen Schlangen

Matty Toomb ’90 (COM) and Annie Kidd Toomb ’90 (MKT) live in Mason, Ohio, with their children. World travelers, they’re already planning their Thanksgiving 2013 trip to Hawaii to see the Flyers in the Maui Invitational. They write, “Matty is vice president of sales and marketing at American Thermal Instruments; Annie is vice president of the household and a volunteer extraordinaire. We started dating our first year at UD and were neighbors on Lowes our senior year. Within a year of graduation, the three guys at 443 married three of the girls from 438, right across the street. The two remaining housemates from 438 married classmates of the guys at 443.” Matty was a co-chair for the Class of 1990’s 20th reunion.








Like Matty, housemates Jim Kuchman and Chris Hodge dated their future wives through college: Jim Kuchman and Lisa Ferrari Kuchman live in Birmingham, Mich., with their three children, and Chris Hodge and Michelle Miller Hodge and their three children live in Mason, Ohio. The other 438 housemates are Margaret O’Brien-Jones — she married Jeff Jones — and Jackie Scheetz Quigley, who married Patrick Quigley.










Every few years, Annie’s housemates get together — most recently for a surprise baby shower for the Kuchmans in Michigan. Says Lisa Kuchman: “I gave the crib away in October 2008, and a month later … surprise.” Son Quinn (pictured, middle) was born Aug. 9, 2009.








The Toombs describe their children as “a scholar, an athlete and a comedian.” Joe, 15, excels in class and plays golf at St. Xavier High School; Shannon, 12, usually plays two sports per season and is good at all of them; and Kyle, 9, tells jokes and stories to keep his family and classmates in stitches.










American Thermal Instruments — 2 miles from campus — was founded in 1981 and produced aquarium thermometers. It now produces temperature sensors for the food, pharmaceutical and medical markets and uses electronic data loggers, a temperature monitoring app and cloud system. Matty says it’s the first temperature system of its kind.








Matty used email, social media and even poetry to promote the Class of 1990’s 20th reunion in 2010. He even managed to bring a popular UD band, the Dumbwaiters, out of retirement for the occasion. His “marketing memories” approach worked: the ’90 contingent attracted 232 alumni and guests.


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