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On Sunday, May 17, Robert S. Crane, Jr. (Bob) was inducted to the Upper Arlington Wall of Honor. The ceremony was held at the UA Municipal Building.

Mr. Crane grew up in a family that was hit hard by the depression. He was a member of the UA Class of 1940. With his father, he built Crane Plastics to a million-square-foot operation with 650 employees. He believed that to those that much had been given, much was expected, and worked hard to improve his community through a variety of endeavors.

Over the years, Mr. Crane served in many leadership community service roles, including as United Way President, chairing several annual campaigns, as Governing Committee member at the Columbus Foundation, as President of First Community Village, as Chair of the Governing Board of First Community Church, Director of the Columbus Urban League, Chairman at Franklin University, Trustee for the Battelle Memorial Institute and more.

Mr. Crane was celebrated by the Central Ohio community for his contributions. He received the 1977 Columbus Award from the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce for Civic Leadership, the Alexis de Toqueville Award from United Way in 1990. He was the honoree at the 1991 March of Dimes Gala, recipient of the 1992 Harrison Sayre Award by the Columbus Foundation, and along with his wife, Loann, received the 1986 Humanitarian Award from Temple Israel.

Read the UA News article about Mr. Crane


Laura Child McConnell '88 has won the bronze medal for the 2015 Best Adult Fiction E-Book in the annual Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) for her historical fiction comedy, The Five Step Plan.

Written under her pen name, Elizabeth Welsford, The Five Step Plan is a light-hearted farce set in 1829 London, in which an eager young physician struggles to find a cure for hysteria. It's a cheeky and slightly naughty tale, where one must navigate the bounds of propriety, while mastering the art of clandestine intrigue.

Laura grew up in Upper Arlington, and credits her former English teachers, Jean Guddat and Vicki Miller as her inspiration to become a writer. She now lives in South Carolina with her husband, Douglas, and two sons.

Paperback and E-Book editions of The Five Step Plan are available on and

Visit her on Twitter @Mbovary6123
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The Upper Arlington Civic Association has announced this year's 4th of July parade theme and it is:

"Peace, Love and the 4th of July."

For more information about the 4th of July in Upper Arlington, visit the web site.


Joanna Rotondo Shupe '90 has published her debut historical romance novel, The Courtesan Duchess.

Joanna has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. While in college, Joanna read every romance she could get her hands on and soon started crafting her own racy historical novels.

In 2013 she won Romance Writers of America's prestigious Golden Heart® Award for Best Historical Romance. She now lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband.

Paperback, Kindle, and Nook versions of The Courtesan Duchess can be purchased on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.

Joanna's other two novels will be available in the coming months. The Harlot Countess will be released in May and The Lady Hellion will be released in June, 2015.

Joanna will have a book signing at the Tremont Road (5 Points) Barnes & Noble store on Thursday, July 2 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

Visit and on Facebook. Twitter @JoannaShupe.

"Joanna Shupe is a wonderful new voice to historical romance. The Courtesan Duchess takes readers on a steamy ride from Venice to London, proving that some happily ever afters are worth waiting for."-- NY Times bestselling author Jennifer McQuiston

Reitter Stucco is owned by Fritz Reitter '69, Bobby Reitter '72, and Jack Reitter '73.

From The Dispatch:

A lot has changed in the past 100 years in the stucco and plaster business, but one thing has remained a constant here in central Ohio: the Reitters.

Founded in 1915 by Gabriel Reitter Sr., an Austrian immigrant and masonry artisan, Reitter Stucco & Supply Co. is now run by his great-great-grandsons Fritz, 64; Bobby, 61; and Jack, 59. They never met their great-grandfather and learned the family business from their father, Richard, and grandfather, Gabriel.

“We just grew up in this business, and as soon as we could push a broom, they put us to work,” said Jack Reitter, the company’s vice president of sales.

“Then, when we were maybe 12 or 13 and old enough to carry mud in buckets, we were laborers at job sites,” said Fritz, president of the company, based at 1100 King Ave.

Reitter’s business is an equal mix between stucco, EIFS and manufactured stone, but the three brothers seem to have a special fondness for stucco, and warm memories of their grandfather teaching them how to apply it.

Read the entire article.
Visit the Reitter Stucco web site.
Reitter Stucco is a Valedictorian Sponsor of the Golden Bear Rock Fest, to be held on Saturday, April 25 from 7 - 11 pm at the St Agatha Event Center on Northam Road.

A Message from Catherine Miller '76:

For those who played lacrosse or who were lacrosse stats in 1975, there is a 40th reunion being planned for Friday, April 24, 2015. Pregame dinner in stadium-side tent, halftime ceremony honoring coaches, all players (seniors, juniors, and sophomores) and all stats (seniors, juniors, and sophomores), and postgame gathering at location TBD. Game is Mason vs. UA, which should be a great game.

The symmetry here is quite nice in that Saturday, April 25, 2015 is the UAAA Golden Bear Rock Fest honoring Dave Shelby at St. Agatha event center. Mr. Shelby will be honored, as well, on Friday evening as one who helped start, maintain, and grow lacrosse at UA.

Please help to get the word out! Players and stats should contact: Todd Walker , Ann Wolford Connors , or Tammy Thompson . Others involved in planning are Joe Olson, Bill Wolford, Roger Vaughan, Bob Green, Ted Wolford, Kyle Andrews, and Dave Teeple.


We are asking our UAAA members for nominations of accomplished graduates to be considered for the 2015 Outstanding Alumnus and Distinguished Alumnus Awards.

An Outstanding Alumnus is an alum (or group of alumni) who has generously dedicated his or her time to the service of the Upper Arlington Alumni Association and its mission. This service can include volunteer time dedicated to the schools or the community.

A Distinguished Alumnus is an alum (or group of alumni) who is honored for his or her personal educational or career achievement.

See the alums who have been honored with these awards in past years.

If you would like to nominate someone for the 2015 awards, and you are not yet a member of UAAA, you can join here. Our membership dues are only $20 per year! We need your support and greatly appreciate your membership.

Please complete the online Nomination Form or print the Nomination Form and send it to us for consideration.

The 2014 Outstanding and Distinguished Alums will be honored at the UAAA 4th of July Block Party after the parade!



From The Dispatch (February 11, 2015)

Anne Taylor, UAHS Class of 1969, the longest-serving Franklin County Municipal Court judge, will retire when her term ends in January.

“It’s time,” said Taylor, who, at 64, wasn’t prevented by age restrictions from running again. State law prohibits judges from beginning a term after turning 70. But Taylor, who has been on the bench for 24 years, didn’t file a petition last week to seek re-election.

Taylor, a member of the International Association of Women Judges, said she is intrigued by the idea of doing international work in the area of problem-solving or fact-finding.

Read the entire article.

Debbie Kellough Sayre '70 attended Upper Arlington schools from kindergarten through high school graduation in 1970 (Fishinger, Windermere, Hastings & UAHS). She lived in Ohio all of her life until 2013 when she and her husband, Jerry, drove Route 66 and moved to Scottsdale, AZ. Debbie wrote her first book, How to Select Your Super Spouse, in 2014, and it was released on January 28, 2015.

Debbie earned her B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University. Shortly after graduation she became a reporter and photographer.

Married for 40 years to her college sweetheart, Jerry Sayre, they divide their time between Arizona and Ohio. The couple has two daughters, Allison, who is married, and Emily, who is dating. Allison selected her Super Spouse of 13 years, Jeff, wisely! They have a daughter, Ella.

You can't choose your parents, siblings or children; but you can choose your spouse! And, you can be prepared to make the right choice for you! From funny personal stories and ideas for dynamite dates, to important questions and serious considerations, this book will make you laugh, think and feel good about your decisions!

Classmates will get a kick out of Debbie's personal stories! Individuals who have already selected their super spouses, will enjoy relating the book to their own courtships and individuals who haven't, will benefit from the book's concepts. How to Select Your Super Spouse makes a fun and valuable gift!

How to Select Your Super Spouse, by Debbie Kellough Sayre, is now available on AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE as an e-book. The paperback book and e-book is also available on Discounts for bulk purchases will be available.

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Do you have NEWS to share with other alums? We're always looking for stories for the next issue of Traditions!

Think about news regarding your education, career, weddings, babies, other family news, reunion stories ... and remember, we like to feature our alumni news on, too. Photos are welcomed and encouraged!

To send news to us:

Complete this form OR Email your news stories to us now and please type "UAAA News Story" in the subject line. Thank you!


Jeni Britton Bauer '92 has turned her ice cream fantasy into a real-life dream-come-true! This article from describes Jeni's journey into business and her amazing success as an entrepreneur.

"Jeni Britton Bauer is absolutely obsessive about ice cream. Any other jobs she's ever held--and at one point she worked three at once--she says, "were in service to ice cream." She is not being ironic.

Her fascination began while she was a student at Ohio State University, where she was studying art and art history and developing a serious hobby in perfumery. She started using edible essential oils in some foods, such as butter and pasta, and eventually, ice cream. "When you lick it, it melts, and the scent is released on contact with your tongue," Bauer says. That was her eureka moment. "When I first started making ice cream," she says, "I quit everything else in my life and did ice cream."

Not just any ice cream. Bauer takes great pride in the texture of her ice creams, achieved without eggs, but it's arguably the flavors that have made her reputation. Her bestseller, personal favorite, and biggest challenge is Salty Caramel, made from real caramel rather than the industry-standard artificial flavors that she says taste like "a gas station latte." Her first flavor, Queen City Cayenne, is a blast of milk chocolate, cinnamon, and cayenne that was featured on the Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Cumin and Honey Butterscotch never took off. Cedarwood Vanilla was a smash hit.

Read the entire article.

Read the article about Jeni's opening in California

In October 2013, UAHS ’73 grads Evvie (Dunkel) Heilbrunn, who has Parkinson’s Disease, and Rick Whipple set off from Lukla, Nepal for Everest Base Camp, elevation 17,598 feet.

At Lobuche (16,197 feet), after two weeks of hiking, Evvie was suffering from severe altitude sickness which ultimately was diagnosed as HACE: High Altitude Cerebral Edema.

Evvie had to turn around to save her life. Rick and a Sherpa accompanied her down the mountain to safety.

Their story has been documented by filmmaker Jeff Seckendorf, who also was on the Everest Base Camp trek.

See their story below.


Have you visited our Alumni Web sites page lately? Many of our alums have sent in the addresses of their personal or company sites, and we've linked to each of them. They are organized by graduation year. People like to do business with people they know and trust, and it's interesting and fun to look through these Web sites to find out what kinds of businesses, organizations, and hobbies our fellow UAHS grads are involved in and enjoy.


Every few months, we will feature several of these Alumni Web sites. If you would like for us to link to your Web site, please complete this form and we will add you! You could be featured next!
Chris McGovern, Class of 1980

Spectacular 2BR Columbus Carriage House w/Wifi & Completely Renovated Kitchen - Steps from Gallery Hop & Other Attractions! This spectacular 2-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom cottage is actually a renovated carriage house, built in 1870. It has been meticulously restored in the last year to comfortably accommodate 4 guests and feels more like a trendy loft than a carriage house! Book this carriage house now!
Brenda Christophersen, Class of 1984
Plexus International is a health and wellness company and maker of Plexus Slim a.k.a. The Pink Drink. We are helping people get healthy from the inside out!
Linda Nolan Szymanski, Class of 1969

Salts of the 7 Seas is a gourmet sea salt company presenting healthy, natural sea salts sourced from around the world as well as flavorful peppercorns. Explore our all five of our samplers - they make great gifts, too!


>> See all our Alumni Web sites here.

>> Submit YOUR web site URL to us for inclusion on the Alumni Web sites page.

The U.S. is full of incredible places to live — cities, yes, but also numerous unique smaller towns and villages that people call home.

After examining data on nearly 300 suburbs, we put together a list of the 50 best suburbs in America. For this list, we considered suburbs with populations between 5,000 and 100,000 within 40 kilometers of the nearest metropolitan area. We also factored in average commute times, median household income, poverty and crime rates, public school ratings from, and a measure of housing affordability.

Upper Arlington, Ohio ranked #6 in this list of "Best Suburbs in America."

See the full list here.


Joanne Beebe took a LOT of pictures at the UAHS Class of 1964 50-Year Reunion in July, 2014.

See Joanne Beebe's 2014 reunion photos here.

See more of Joanne's photos here.

Abby Johnston, Class of 2008, had an Olympic silver medal on the shelf, the start of medical school at Duke in her sights and an aching left shoulder that needed surgery 17 months ago. All signs pointed to her retirement from competitive diving.

“I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, whether I wanted to keep diving,” the Upper Arlington native said.

That she is in Shanghai, China, today preparing to participate in the FINA Diving World Cup with her new synchronized partner, Laura Ryan, is proof she did want to keep competing. But there is a different bounce to her springboard action.

“I don’t feel like I’m doing it to prove anything anymore,” said Johnston, 24. “I’ve been there and done that, and that’s changed my approach a little bit. I was able to come back from the surgery, and I feel like I am just as strong and diving just as well as I did in 2012. So why hang up the suit right now when I can see if I can take it a little farther?”

But it was a move back to Upper Arlington for several months to be near her family that rekindled the desire to dive. She couldn’t stay away from the pool once given the green light to splash again.

“It was a huge help to be training with the Ohio State club team, because I was surrounded by a bunch of middle-school and high-school kids who were so in love with the sport and learning dives for the first time,” Johnston said. “Being around them just reminded me of why I love the sport, just that thrill of flipping through the air, and the satisfaction I get when I do a dive well."

She regained her form quickly, and in April at the U.S. world trials she was paired with Ryan, a native of Elk River, Minn., who has starred for both Indiana and Georgia in college. Ryan also has been a fixture in international synchro diving since 2010, finishing 10th with another partner in the London Games.

Read entire Dispatch article here.



Blake Haxton is defying the odds five years after he almost lost his life.

The young man from Upper Arlington won the U.S. Para-rowing trial. He now moves on to the world competition in Amsterdam. Blake is a double amputee.

"I contracted flesh eating disease. In two or three days, I went from perfect health to basically dead," Haxton said. That was back in 2009.

Doctors at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center operated on Blake more than twenty times. In the end, they had to take his legs to save his life.

"I tell people there are two ways to look at life. Yeah, lost my legs...isn't that horrible, such a tragedy. Then there's hey, I'm supposed to be dead, but I'm not," Blake said.

Blake chose to continue living like nothing happened. He graduated from The Ohio State University and is now attending law school.

"It's going to be me against the whole free world in a month...terrifying," Blake said.

Blake is practicing two times a day, six days a week for the world championships in Amsterdam next month.

Blake's long term goal includes graduating from law school and competing in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.

Read the entire story and see video here.
Read the Dispatch article about Blake here.
NEW ! Read August 24 article about Blake
In our last newsletter we told you that Dan Crawford '07 was joining Bike & Build, a national nonprofit committed to raising money and awareness for affordable housing, to ride his bicycle across the country with his wife, Lauren. .

Dan graduated from Denison University with a biochemistry degree and then worked with Teach For America in Chicago and Denver. He currently resides and works in Denver, CO.

From Dan: Our adventure this summer was incredible. We completed over 4,000 miles of biking and 15 days of building, traveling from Portland, Maine, to Santa Barbara, California. By far the best part of the trip was all of the incredible people that we came across. Biking and building makes you vulnerable in unique ways that encourage you to connect with people in very real and meaningful ways. Every family that we had the opportunity to provide our construction skills to showed the highest level of gratitude. It was this gratitude that kept us going on the hundreds of miles of biking between builds. To see our group of 33 young adults have such a noticeable impact was incredibly empowering. It was a true gift to be a part of such a positive group capable of completing weeks of work in just one day on each of the projects that we worked on.

Throughout the summer, we experienced generosity that we will never forget. In each city we passed through, churches, schools, families, friends, and total strangers opened their doors to us. My most memorable moment came on the road, five miles from the end of a 112-mile day across the Mojave Desert. The group that Lauren and I were biking with had stopped because one of our team members was beyond exhausted. I rode to the house we had just passed – the first in 100 miles – and walked my bike up the sandy driveway. I passed two no trespassing signs before arriving at the door to find a sign reading, “ammo costs too much, there will be no warning shots”. In a true sign of my belief in the good of people at this point in the trip, I didn’t hesitate to call out, “hello?”. A little dog came flying out of the home, followed by a woman. Before I could say a word, this smiling woman had offered me water and insisted that our group join me in the shade of her porch. This was just one instance of how, despite the walls that people all to often put up, I had a unique opportunity to experience the best that people have to offer on a daily basis throughout the summer.

Lauren and I couldn’t be more appreciative of everyone’s support and positive thoughts that helped us along our journey last summer. We have just begun preparation for the Loveland Lake to Lake Triathlon in Colorado this summer, working with the Rocky Mountain Team in Training group coordinated through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. As part of this new endeavor, Lauren and I are each committed to raising awareness for blood cancer and fundraising $2200 to support groundbreaking research in the field. Follow our progress here.

In the upcoming year, Lauren and I are looking toward law and optometry schools, respectively. We are excited for many more adventures to come!

McKay and the Magical Hat is another engaging story with a magical theme from award-winning author, Kate Tussing David, UAHS Class of 1997. In this second book from "…the magical hat" series, readers are reintroduced to Murphy and meet her younger sister, McKay. Sparked from a conversation with a little boy at school, McKay is now found wondering what she can be when she grows up? Are there things she can't be? As the reader begins the imaginative journey with McKay to explore some of the things she can be when she grows up, they are reminded to embrace and break their own stereotypes about careers little girls dream to have. What will McKay decide to be when she grows up?

The first book in the series, Murphy and the Magical Hat, was awarded third place in the Feathered Quill Book Reviews BEST CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATED category in February, 2014. When a rainy day threatens to spoil a little girl's plans to play outside, her disappointment quickly disappears when her mother shares a "magical" hat with her. This "magical" hat has the power to whisk the little girl away to any place she imagines. Where will her imagination take her?

Author Kate David was born and raised in Upper Arlington, Ohio. She received her degree in Journalism from Ohio University after numerous higher education creative writing courses. She feels fortunate to make her lifelong dream of becoming an author a reality. Sparked from birth of her daughter, Murphy, Kate had spent many days imagining all the adventures she would take with her daughter and the idea for the series began.

Kate spent the majority of her career connecting businesses with charities to help those in need. She began her career as a Promotions Director and then as a successful Account Executive for Clear Channel Columbus Radio. After organizing events, as well as, serving as a marketing consultant helping local and national businesses achieve their goals; she found a niche combining the events, sales and community projects with CBS Television. As a result, Kate worked on a variety of community campaigns benefiting worthwhile organizations including Shriners Hospital for Children, Feeding America, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and the Sacramento SPCA.

Kate currently resides in Northern California with her daughters and husband, Jeff. She spends her time caring for Murphy & McKay and working on the next book for the "…the Magical Hat" series.

Purchase McKay and the Magical Hat on


If you would like more information about this children's book, please call Kate David at 614-323-7995 or email Kate.  



Professor of Government Donald C. Baumer (UAHS '68) received the Honored Professor Award “in recognition of long and distinguished faculty service to the college” from President Kathleen McCartney at Smith’s 136th Commencement on Sunday.

In her remarks, McCartney cited “a tireless colleague” who “has touched nearly every aspect of the college.”

A political scientist, policy expert and former Congressional Fellow with the American Political Science Association, Baumer has studied unemployment and the polarization of the democratic process and has been sought after for counsel by the Department of Labor, the Eagleton Institute of Politics, and others, McCartney said.

Baumer arrived at Smith as an assistant professor of government in 1977 and has served as the dean for academic development, the chair of the Government Department, the director of the Jean Picker Semester-in-Washington Program, and director of the Public Policy Program.

Read the entire article here.

We have a Facebook page devoted to the Upper Arlington Alumni Association.

We all know that Facebook is a popular and effective (not to mention FUN) tool for locating and reconnecting with longtime and sometimes lost friends, and we hope to find some of our "lost" alumni through this social medium.

Please visit UAAA's Facebook page and like it so that you will receive periodic updates about UAAA events and news!
SPECIAL NOTE: If you enjoy visiting, or if you attend your reunions, or if you enjoy reading news about your classmates and other UAHS alums in Traditions, won't you PLEASE help support the Upper Arlington Alumni Association with a membership at one of the levels below? We are really working to be able to keep our Web site free and available to everyone, and we really do need our alums' financial help. PLEASE JOIN UAAA TODAY! If you are already a member, please encourage your classmates to join.

Thank you so much to all of you who pay dues to the UAAA. These dues are critical to the support of our organization. Many alums think that funding for the Alumni Association comes from the school district. WRONG! We are completely self-sustaining and need these dues in order to maintain our database of nearly 30,000 graduates and to pay the ongoing costs of maintaining our database and running our Web site,

We do not restrict access to our Web site to dues-paying members. We enjoy making it available to EVERYONE, members or not. However, over the past few years, we have seen our number of dues-paying members decline. We need YOU! Our tax-deductible dues are modest, so it is our goal to increase membership, and we hope that we can count on you. Membership in UAAA is available at four levels:

$20 / year
Reunion - 5 years
$80 (One year free!)
$250: one-time!
Golden Bear
 $500: one-time!
SPECIAL: We offer a payment plan for the Life and Golden Bear Membership levels! You can commit to the level you wish and pay it off over a 10 month period; they don't even need to be consecutive months. We truly hope that you will help us out at whatever level is comfortable for you, and we thank you for your support AT ANY LEVEL!

Some people are online a great deal and prefer to pay with Paypal; others prefer printing the membership form and mailing us a check. We appreciate your dues, and we want to make it easy for you, so please select your preferred method of payment.:

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Please visit our Membership page for complete details and payment options. See our list of Life Members and Golden Bear members.

From Judyth Heinzerling Clarkson, Class of 1954:

My life has been a busy one. After graduating HS ('54)I went on to OSU and graduated with a BS in Nursing. My nursing career lasted 40 good years. I married in 1960 to John Clarkson, a North High School grad. Our twenty eight years together brought us two great children and traveling throughout the US.

I finished my nursing career at the OSU Medical Center in 1999 and moved to Chicago to be near my sister.

I lost my husband to brain cancer in 1989. In 2007 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had a great surgeon and am now 8 years cancer free. During that time I wrote a book about my cancer experience. I am proud to say it is doing well (in a limited category). The title is My Journey Down the Path of Life. If you go to my website you can read a little about me and the story:

The book can be purchased through

I am looking forward to attending my 60th reunion this July.

Murphy and the Magical Hat is an engaging story with a magical theme. When a rainy day threatens to spoil a little girl's plans to play outside, her disappointment quickly disappears when her mother shares a "magical" hat with her. This "magical" hat has the power to whisk the little girl away to any place she imagines. The REAL magic in the book lies in its message - imagination can lead children from despair to delight in a matter of a few moments. The book reminds parents of the importance of kindling their children's imaginations, particularly, when life seems bleak and boring. It is critically important that children develop resilience to life's disappointments and the book shares that poignant message with parents while delighting the child.

Author Kate Tussing David, UAHS Class of 1997, was born and raised in Upper Arlington, Ohio. She received her degree in Journalism from Ohio University after numerous higher education creative writing courses. She feels fortunate to make her lifelong dream of becoming an author a reality, in "Murphy and the Magical Hat." Sparked from birth of her daughter, Murphy, in New York City, Kate had spent many days imagining all the adventures she would take with her daughter and the idea for the book began.

Kate spent the majority of her career connecting businesses with charities to help those in need. She began her career as a Promotions Director and then as a successful Account Executive for Clear Channel Columbus Radio. After organizing events, as well as, serving as a marketing consultant helping local and national businesses achieve their goals; she found a niche combining the events, sales and community projects. CBS Television offered her the opportunity to become the point person for the network's groundbreaking efforts assisting several charities in Northern California. As a result, Kate worked on a variety of community campaigns benefiting worthwhile organizations including Shriners Hospital for Children, Feeding America, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and the Sacramento SPCA. The other campaign that made a noteworthy impact on her career included, Stuff the Bus, where Kate led the successful recruitment of businesses to serve as donation locations for Northern California. As a result of her work, more than 10,000 kids each year received new school supplies.

Kate currently resides in Northern California with her daughters and husband, Jeff. She spends her time caring for Murphy & McKay and working on the next book for the "Murphy and the Magical Hat" series.

Purchase Murphy and the Magical Hat on

If you would like more information about this children's book, please call Kate David at 614-323-7995 or email Kate.  


Melanie Circle Brown, a longtime UA resident, has created a wonderful program for people interested in preserving a life story or a family history.

As she says on, "Circle of Life Histories is a history-writing service to help you tell your story and preserve it for future generations. We can help with research and writing of personal biographies, memoirs, family genealogies, corporate histories and more. We can even help you publish your story in a hardback or paperback book."

In a partnership with the UA Historical Society, Melanie is also collecting and posting memories of life in Upper Arlington. You can find "UA Memories" at

Do you have a UA memory to share? We'd love to hear from you. Email Melanie directly to have your memory included.

Sign up for Melanie's memoir-writing class on October 14, 21 and 28, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Senior Center. The class is offered through Upper Arlington's LifeLong Learning program. Look for the Fall Activity Guide in the mail for more information.

Register online

Read the article about Circle of Life Histories in the UA News

We would like to offer you the opportunity to place an ad on one of the pages of with a link to your web site. has a steady flow of traffic throughout the year, with the highest traffic from January through July, when alums are involved in reunion planning and are looking up classmates and searching for reunion information. Traffic also spikes when Traditions is sent out (quarterly), as the newsletter contains links that direct our alums to various pages of the web site.

A banner ad at the top of a page will be viewed by thousands of people each week, as we have several hundred visitors daily. We believe that our alums value doing business with other alums, and it's one more way we can enjoy and benefit from the bond of being UA alums. The ads are priced very reasonably, with DISCOUNTS for UAAA MEMBERS.

Please visit our Ads page for pricing and more details!

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