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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.

Blake Haxton continues to look optimistically toward the future, just as he has since a rare disease nearly ended his life.

Well-educated, well-spoken and obviously in excellent physical condition, the 23-year-old shows no sign of anguish, sorrow or self-pity as he talks about being wheelchair-bound in a world of athletics, academics and a large, tight circle of support by family and friends.

Now in his second year in the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, Haxton is fresh off success after his first time competing in three top-level rowing contests.

While he was a top-ranked senior member of his Upper Arlington High School crew team, Haxton was stricken, unexpectedly, by necrotizing fasciitis, a virtually incurable disease that suddenly and rapidly destroys flesh and muscles. The source never was determined.

As he neared death, doctors amputated both legs at or near the hip to save his life, leaving the athlete at half his height and relegated to a wheelchair.

Despite this catastrophic life change, Haxton didn’t miss a beat. He graduated in 2009 within two months of being afflicted and, that fall, started his four-year OSU undergraduate career, majoring in finance. He became a volunteer coach for the UA high school team, shouting to rowers from an accompanying motorboat.

Haxton eventually started working out using a rowing machine because, he says “after 18 months, I was all beat to snot.”

Earlier this year, he reached the point where he could compete in a national rowing machine contest. Competitors’ machines are connected to computers that measure their time and distance to track the race. During the race, places are tracked on a large screen.

Read the article in City Scene Magazine
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
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.

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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.


Rose E. Gottemoeller, Class of 1971, was sworn in as the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security (T) on March 7, 2014. As Under Secretary, Gottemoeller advises the Secretary on arms control, nonproliferation and disarmament. She had served as Acting in this position since February 7, 2012. While Acting, Gottemoeller continued to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, a position she was appointed to on April 6, 2009. She was the chief U.S. negotiator of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the Russian Federation, which entered into force on February 5, 2011.

rior to the Department of State, in 2000, she became a senior associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she also served as the Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center (January 2006 – December 2008).

In 1998-2000, as Deputy Undersecretary of Energy for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation and before that, Assistant Secretary and Director for Nonproliferation and National Security, she was responsible for all nonproliferation cooperation with Russia and the Newly Independent States.

Prior to her work at the Department of Energy, Ms. Gottemoeller served for 3 years as Deputy Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. From 1993 to 1994, she served on the National Security Council staff as Director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia Affairs, with responsibility for denuclearization in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Belarus. Previously, she was a social scientist at RAND and a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow. She has taught on Soviet military policy and Russian security at Georgetown University.

Ms. Gottemoeller received a B.S. from Georgetown University, and a M.A. from George Washington University. She is fluent in Russian.


Dr. Timothy Russell, UAHS Class of 1973, has been honored with The Ohio State School of Music’s award for Distinguished Alumni. He founded ProMusica in 1978.

Dr. Russell has held academic appointments at his alma mater, The Ohio State University, as well as the University of Rochester, including its Eastman School of Music. He served for nine seasons as the Music Director and Conductor of The Naples Philharmonic. In 1993 he became Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras at Arizona State University. Russell, a Danforth Foundation Fellow, is an articulate and committed advocate for the arts. He continues to be a featured speaker at music conferences and workshops.

Timothy Russell co-founded ProMusica in 1978, and is celebrating his 33rd season as the orchestra's music director. The Columbus Dispatch has written, “Timothy Russell brings an intellectual curiosity to everything that he does. . . versatility and virtuosity . . . Russell’s infectious enthusiasm, knack for innovation, and artistic sensibility have inspired support vital to the continued success of any artistic enterprise. Bravo!”

A versatile conductor, Dr. Russell is equally skilled conducting music for chamber orchestra, symphonic concerts, large choral productions, pops concerts, and children's programs. He has collaborated with a tremendous range of artists including the Guarneri String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet, the Manhattan Transfer, World Saxophone Quartet, cedar flutist R. Carlos Nakai, fiddler Mark O'Connor, composer Frank Zappa, flutist Sir James Galway, pianists Gabriela Montero and Andre Watts, singer/songwriter Nanci Griffith, jazz vocalist Jane Monheit, jazz violinist Regina Carter, Irish fiddler Eileen Ivers, and banjo master Béla Fleck. He has conducted the world premiere performances of over 100 new compositions. Maestro Russell is the conductor and/or producer of 33 compact discs. His recordings have earned him critical acclaim and two Grammy nominations.

Russell was presented the 2006 Ohioana Pegasus Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions in the arts and humanities. Past winners have included folk artist Elijah Pierce, Vietnam Veterans Memorial designer Maya Lin, conductor Erich Kunzel, and entertainers Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day, and Roy Rogers.

This is his eleventh season conducting Ballet Arizona’s collaborations with The Phoenix Symphony, including the annual production of The Nutcracker. He has directed the company’s full-length productions of Coppelia, Don Quixote, Giselle, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, the premiere of Ib Andersen’s Play, and four Balanchine Tributes. This fall he will lead the company’s new production of Cinderella .In June of 2010 performances by Ballet Arizona were reviewed by Alastaire Macaulay, the Senior Dance Critic for the New York Times, who applauded “the performance by the Phoenix Symphony led by guest conductor Timothy Russell (taut, brisk tempos and handsome playing.)”

Timothy Russell and his wife, Jill Williams Russell, also Class of 1973, reside in Phoenix, Arizona.


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!

Be sure to mark your calendars for Friday, September 5, when the football and cheerleading alumni will celebrate Alumni Night at the Marv Moorehead Memorial Stadium. Details to follow.

Be sure to check back here for updates and information.


Beth Wroe '73 is the concierge at The Blackwell Inn and Conference Center at The Ohio State University.

On April 4, she was asked to drive two of the hotel guests, who were staying at The Blackwell for a conference, to the Thompson Library. As they drove past the stadium and saw George Steinbrenner's name, one of them commented that she had gone to school with George's wife, Joan Zieg Steinbrenner. Beth asked which school it was, and the lady answered, "Upper Arlington High School."

Beth's passengers, Ola Ramme Rushing and Kati Rhoads Kelly, graduated from UAHS in 1953. Both grew up south of Lane and attended Barrington Elementary School. Beth learned that Kati had grown up on Tremont Road, just a short distance from Beth's childhood home. Ola lived on Arlington Avenue. Ola now lives in Texas, and Kati lives in Arizona.

Beth, Kati and Ola laughed about how their paths probably crossed at Flick's IGA back in the "old days.," and marveled at the small world we live in! We don't need to look far to find fellow UAHS Golden Bear alums!

Later, some other UA friends joined Kati for dinner.

L-R: Ginni Hirsch Pickins, Kati Rhoads Kelly, Jane (Harmon) Hooker,
Ron Hooker, Molly Gosnell Rudy, Shirley Milburn Caronis, and Jack Mortland

Caltech Professor of Physics Jamie Bock (UAHS Class of 1983) and his collaborators announced on March 17, 2014 that they have successfully measured a B-mode polarization signal in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) using the BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole.

This signal is an important confirmation of key aspects of the theory of cosmic inflation, about how the universe may have behaved in the first fractions of a second of its existence to create the universe we live in today. Inflation was first proposed in 1980 by Alan Guth, a theoretical physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), to explain some unusual features of our universe, especially its surprising homogeneity.

For all the clumping of stars and galaxies we see in the night sky, the universe seen through the CMB is extremely uniform—so much so that it has been difficult for physicists to believe that the various pieces of the sky were not all in immediate contact with one another at an earlier point in the universe's development.

Read the articles below for more details about Jamie Bock's work.

PHOTO: A team at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announced that they have found the first direct evidence of cosmic inflation. Left to right, Marc Kamionkowski of Johns Hopkins University, Clem Pryke of the University of Minnesota, Jamie Bock of Caltech/JPL, Chao-Lin Kuo of Stanford/SLAC, John Kovac of Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Photo by Suzanne Kreiter, Boston Globe
Read "BICEP2 Discovers First Direct Evidence of Inflation and Primordial Gravitational Waves"
Read "Building BICEP2: A Conversation with Jamie Bock"
Read Boston Globe article: "A New Look at the Big Bang, Moments Later."

The Upper Arlington Crew team is celebrating their 20th year of rowing with the announcement of the Upper Arlington Rowing Foundation.

The UARF's mission is to assist the Upper Arlington rowing program both by providing scholarships to athletes and by assisting in capital purchases such as boats and oars. An initial fundraising goal of $5,000 has been set, with program alumni having pledged a dollar-for-dollar match up to the full $5,000, for a total of $10,000.

All donations to the UARF can be made to the Upper Arlington Education Foundation with "Rowing" in the subject line.

The Upper Arlington Crew Alumni are also initiating an effort to reach out to every alumnus of the of the program to reconnect with the team and with each other. Please email for information on how the team is doing, how to connect with old teammates, and how to get involved with the team!


This summer, Dan Crawford - an Upper Arlington native and member of the Class of 2007- is joining Bike & Build, a national nonprofit committed to raising money and awareness for affordable housing, to ride his bicycle across the country. He will be riding alongside his wife, who is from northeast Ohio, and a team of 30 other young adults on the Maine to Santa Barbara (ME2SB) route.

Dan excelled in the classroom as well as in athletics. He 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.

Dan Crawford '07The journey will begin on June 17, when Dan will report to Portland, ME. Over the next 10 weeks, the ME2SB team will pedal an average of 71 miles per day to Santa Barbara, CA and the Pacific Ocean, arriving August 30. Along the way, the riders will participate in volunteer build days with 13 different affordable housing organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together, and small local housing nonprofits to help build affordable homes for families in need. Riders will build in Columbus and Yellow Springs, Ohio, as well as cities including Pittsfield (MA), St. Louis (MO), Tulsa (OK), and Flagstaff (AZ), among others. They will also advocate for the need for affordable homes for all Americans in the many host communities and pass-through towns along the way.

"The issue of affordable housing has become all too real for me as a teacher," notes Dan, who has taught in inner-city Chicago and Denver over the past three years, "and after getting to know the incredibly driven people being marginalized by this fundamental inequity, I have become more and more inspired to work and fight and fundraise to tackle the issue in a direct way through Bike and Build."

Dan must fundraise at least $4,500 to support the trip. Much of that money is then donated to affordable housing organizations. The 2013 ME2SB team donated $40,000; Bike & Build is confident the 2014 team can repeat or exceed that total. To support Dan, visit his fundraising page. You can also mail a check to Bike & Build and write "Dan Crawford" in the memo.

Read the entire article here.


Retired Jones Middle School American History Teacher Bob Donaldson reports:

"Erin Moriarty '70, and I are pictured in this photo which was taken Thursday, February 27, 2014 at the State House in celebration of Ohio's statehood.

Erin was the speaker for the event and cited her growing up in UA with its Midwestern values as one of the reasons for her success. She also told the story of trying to interview Woody Hayes after his firing, when he wouldn't speak to any reporter. For many days, she persisted in trying to get him to answer the door and after many attempts, he finally answered. He demanded to know why he should speak with her and she replied that she had grown up in UA, held great respect for him and that he was a role model for her. He opened his door to her, gave her a history lesson on General George Patton, and began a friendship that would last until his death.

She is as bubbly and charming as she was when she was an 8th grade student in my American History course at Jones Junior High, and it was wonderful to see her again."

From the web site:

Erin Moriarty has been a correspondent for "48 Hours" since 1990. She has covered the death of Princess Diana, the JonBenet Ramsey investigation, the murder of financier Edmund Safra, and the war in Iraq. Before that, Moriarty was the consumer correspondent for "CBS This Morning" (1986-90) and the "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" in 1990.

Drawing on her training as an attorney, Moriarty has examined some of the most important social and legal issues of the day, including DNA testing of evidence in death-row cases, the abortion controversy and battered women's syndrome. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing, the Columbine High School shootings and the 9/11 investigation, overseas. Her exclusive behind-the-scenes report on the defense of convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was broadcast on "60 Minutes" in 1997.

Moriarty has received numerous honors, including nine national Emmy Awards, a 2001 Overseas Press Club Award for her work on "48 Hours" and two Association of Women in Radio and Television Gracie Allen Awards for the weekly talk show that she co-hosted with Nancy Giles on WPHT Radio in Philadelphia (2003-04). In both 2000 and 2003, she was honored with the Top 100 Award from Irish America magazine. In 1988, Moriarty received the Outstanding Consumer Media Service Award presented by the Consumer Federation of America for "her many contributions of both local and national significance as a consumer reporter."

Prior to joining CBS News in 1986, she was an award winning consumer reporter for the NBC Owned and Operated WMAQ-TV Chicago (1983-86). She was also a reporter in Columbus (Ohio) at the NBC affiliate WCMH-TV (1979-80), Baltimore at the CBS affiliate WJZ-TV (1980-82) and Cleveland at CBS affiliate WJKW-TV (1982-83).

Moriarty was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She was graduated from Ohio State University, Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in behavioral sciences and received a law degree from the university in 1977. Moriarty is licensed to practice law in Ohio and Maryland.


From Dr. R Davis, Class of 1943:

I was in the Upper Arlington class of '43.

We were a close knit group and had July 4th floats in the Upper Arlington parade for many years.

One of our classmates, Fred Pfening, was into circuses as a youngster and never lost his love for same. As a kid he set up tents in his back yard and played the barker for the performance inside. He had his classmates in various acts that he devised. He collected through the years much memorablia of Ringling and Barnum and Bailey circuses.

When the Ringlings, Cole Brothers, or B and B circuses came to Columbus, he was in heaven in attendance. I helped put together a lot of our class floats and one year we decided our theme was to be "Fred's Back Yard Circus" in memory of younger days.

We won a prize that year, BEST FLOAT, with Fred again as the barker reliving his childhood. We had the fat lady, the snake charmer, the thin man and all the side show characters.

Best costume was Bob Wilkin as the "Wild Man of Borneo".Yes, we had a clown, Emmet Kelly the 2nd, that's me.

Fred, our barker, died a few years back. I went up to The First Community Church for the service. Outside, was a most audible calliope playing as Fred would have loved it.

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:

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Hastings Middle School is conducting an ongoing campaign to restore the existing chairs in the auditorium.

TO OUR ALUMS: As the campaign to restore the existing chairs in the Hastings Middle School auditorium continues, we would like to ask you to become a permanent part of the legacy of Hastings Middle School. We hope that as an alumnus, you will take part in this transformation and consider adopting a single chair or a group of chairs. A nameplate will be included on the back of the chair with the inscription of your choice. We believe this is a wonderful way to recognize you, your family, or your business. You may also consider memorializing a special person.

Restoration of each chair is $150. The chairs will feature a cushioned seat, and a nameplate will be included on the back of the chair with inscription of the donor's choice. If you do not feel that you can adopt an entire chair, we are extremely grateful for any contribution you can make.

Print the Donation Form here.
Read the history of Hastings Middle School here.

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.


Congratulations to Andy Geistfeld '90, our Upper Arlington Schools Treasurer and CFO, on receiving the Ohio School Board Association Outstanding School Employee Award.

The Board of Education nominated Andy for the award this summer, and he was presented the award on September 25 at the Central Region Fall Conference.


Bears' Night Out. It started with a few classmates from the Upper Arlington HS Class of 1970 connecting on Facebook. It has resulted in the re-kindling of long-ago friendships and monthly gatherings at a UA pub.

Rod Ebright, one of the organizers, tells the story: "Our class always shows up in large numbers every five years for our reunion events. We have a great time, see people we haven't seen in ages, vow to stay in touch - and then another five years pass and we repeat the process. In 2010, we had yet another terrific reunion (our 40th) and in its wake, classmates seemed to increase their connections, largely through Facebook."

Rod says, "Ann Badger was a great instigator, reaching out via Facebook to 'friend' classmates. As the connections grew, it occurred to me to create a Group Page (which I cleverly titled Upper Arlington High School Class of 1970) where we could share information and exchange comments. Before long, I was being encouraged to organize a live social gathering - and Bears' Night Out (BNO) came to be."

UA '70 classmates, along with spouses and friends, have been getting together every second Thursday of the month since May. A variety of people (from the graduating class of 700+) have been coming. Because the event takes place on the same day, time, and location each month, people from out-of-town can plan their visits to Upper Arlington to join in the fun.

An interesting aspect is that most of the individuals attending didn't know one another back in high school - yet the common bonds of similar experiences and mutual friends have made for consistently lively gatherings. As Glenna Starr Krumlauf posted after a recent BNO, "What a great relaxing get together. Please come next month and don't shy away because you don't remember everyone… the memories come back before the names do!"

For more information about the UAHS Class of 1970 Bears' Night Out, visit the Facebook Group Page at Upper Arlington High School Class of 1970 or email Rod Ebright.

Rod Ebright, Charlie Franklin, Mike Noterman.
Susie Cannell Arnold, Deborah Dennis Einhorn, Bob Hanson
Terry Wolf Starr, Hilary Shaw Jones, Jacquie Potter, Susie Cannell Arnold,
Deborah Dennis Einhorn

Earlier this month, John Kost '74 participated in the Rehoboth Beach DE Car Show, whose theme was "Mid-Century Glamour" and featured cars that best epitomized the "space age, modern, sleek designs" that were popular in the late '50's & early '60's.

John's automobile, a beautiful black 1959 Lincoln Continential, won not only the "Best Mid-Century Car" but also the "Best of the Big 3" (meaning Ford, G.M. & Chrylser Corp). John adds, "There was a non-stop crowd of people around the car all afternoon on Saturday - t was a blast! Plus, we made the 1,150 mile round trip without a single mechanical problem!"

Congratulations to John on these awards!

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.

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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

Recollections from Mollie Nelson Williams, UAHS Class of 1950, who relates this portion of her family history in Upper Arlington:

This history goes back the the 1940's and 1950, when I graduated from Upper Arlington. My sister, Margaret Nelson Erlenbach, graduated in 1949.

Our Mother, Dr. Amalie K. Nelson, was the first woman elected to the school board, I believe. She served when O.E. Hill was Superintendent and helped Walter Heischman become Superintendent.

Mr. Heischman had been our class of '50, beloved science teacher. I remember some of my teachers thanking me for positions my Mother took at Board meetings. She insisted married teachers could teach as well as single ones and should get equal pay with the men. When she ran for the school board there were rumors that she was a "pinko" or sympathized with "Commies". Her liberal views were not always appreciated, but others said "she was ahead of her time."

A new elementary building was planned and Henderson Road School was taken in as part of Upper Arlington during her time on the Board. My first teaching job was in the Henderson Road school in 1955-56.

Mother loved riding in the Fourth of July parades in the open convertibles with a Board of Education sign on the side of the car. Her husband, Dr. George I. Nelson was equally proud of her and her accomplishments. I believe she served two terms on the Board.

She lived until 1993, and died at 98 years of age at Friendship Village in Hillard, Ohio.


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. You know how it is: 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 email us your web site address and we will add you! You could be featured next!


John Byerly, Class of 1966

Cincinnati’s newest A Cappella quartet is now available for bookings. A fresh new quartet whose members have over a century of combined vocal entertainment experience, CLASSIC will perform for your corporate or private event with high-quality, family-friendly entertainment.

Sarah Lentz Buettner, Class of 2000

Honor your grandfather, grandmother, sister, brother, cousin or friend by acknowledging them as service heroes. Share their stories so they will never be forgotten, post pictures, share videos, communicate with long lost war buddies and more. is absolutely free with no cost or obligation to celebrate and immortalize American Service Heroes who have honored our country for future generations.

Susan Gyuru, Class of 1993

The Center on High offers you many paths to Health and Well-Being, all under one roof. The integrative practitioners envision your holistic wellness through the empowerment of each individual to create their own path to conneciton and health of mind, body, and spirit.

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Do you have your own Web site? Please send us the link and we will add it to the Alumni Web Sites page. Every couple of months, we will feature three of our alums' Web sites to visit. Next time it could be yours!
UA NAMED ONE OF THE "MOST EDUCATED PLACES IN AMERICA" has "used a broad-based approach to show increasing levels of education, from residents with a high school diploma up to those with a doctorate or professional degree. They found that many of the places on this list have underlying industries and educational resources that draw educated residents. Challenging and technical jobs tend to attract more skilled and educated workers, and having educated workers at every level of operation can help sustain a more robust and knowledgeable workforce."

Upper Arlington was listed as the only city in the midwest to rank in the Top Ten, at #8.

Read the article here.


Family Circle Magazine has listed Upper Arlington, Ohio as one of its "10 Best Towns for Families for 2013."

From the web site: "With the help of Onboard Informatics, a New York City research firm that provides real estate, demographic and other data, Family Circle initially assembled a list of 3,335 cities and towns with populations between 10,000 and 150,000. From that, nearly 1,000 localities having a high concentration of households with median incomes between $55,000 and $100,000 were selected. We then assessed which places best met our family-friendly criteria—including affordable homes, quality schools, access to health care, green space, low crime rate and financial stability—and ranked them from top to bottom."

Wendy Hinton Gomez '87 was quoted in the article, praising Upper Arlington's many family offerings and the the importance that UA traditions play in making this one of the most attractive communities in the nation.

Read the article here.


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!



"129. That’s the number of team and individual state titles Upper Arlington High School owns. Forty-seven of those championships have been won by a team, putting the Golden Bears atop the state of Ohio. The first title came in 1937, during FDR’s second term. More than 75 years later, Upper Arlington continues to produce winners, capturing state titles in boys’ and girls’ lacrosse and boys’ tennis this spring."

The article describes Upper Arlington as a community offering diverse activities for its residents, and praises our community for its athletic achievement through the decades.

Many outstanding athletes from Upper Arlington have gone on to achieve national and international recognition and acclaim. The article mentions the original Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus '57 (football), Jeff Backes '01, (football), Simon Fraser '01, (football), and Abby Johnston '08 (2012 Olympic Silver Medalist in Synchronized Diving).

UA Boys' Athletic Director Michael Schaefer is quoted as saying "“I think success is part of the culture and beliefs here,” Schaefer said. “Our kids believe they are going to do well. What you have to do is educate them on the process to get there. But I think that’s a huge positive, believing those goals are achievable. They come in believing it can be done, because it has been done before. They’ve seen teams do great things their whole lives. I feel strongly we have the structure in place with our offseason programs to provide our kids with opportunities to really make a run at some things.”

Read the entire article here.

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!


The Upper Arlington Civic Association, established in 1913, has planned and executed community events to bring the residents of Upper Arlington together throughout the year.

UAAA works closely with UACA with regard to the Fourth of July; UACA brings us the parade, the Party in the Park, and the fireworks, all on the 4th. They select the parade theme, the Grand Marshall, and they are the organization who plans every aspect of the well-known and much-loved Upper Arlington Fourth of July parade.

UACA has begun producing a newsletter, and we are going to provide it to you on We hope that it will be a helpful tool for all our alums who live in the area and want to be aware of details regarding UACA events, including the Easter Egg Hunt, the Memorial Day Run, the Fourth of July, Labor Neighbor Day, the Golden Bear Scare (Halloween), and the Christmas in the Park events. Print the May, 2012 newsletter here.

UACA also sponsors the Junior Director program, which is open to all young men and women living in UA and who are currently juniors in high school. Each of the eight Junior Directors receives a $1,000 scholarship, and it is a wonderful way for young UA residents to assume leadership roles in our community!

Each spring, UACA asks for nominations for Golden Apple Awards, which honor the most deserving teachers in the public and private schools within UA. Nominations are reviewed by UACA Directors and one Golden Apple recipient is selected for each school. Each winning teacher receives a surprise visit and a plaque, as well as public recognition for their achievements in education.

Read more about the UA Civic Association, their activities, and the ways in which UACA enhances the sense of community and friendship in Upper Arlington on their web site,

Print the latest UACA newsletter here.

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