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If you are an Upper Arlington graduate from a class that ends in a "4" or a "9," then this is a great year for you. You are having a class reunion!

Please visit the 2014 Reunions page, click on your class year, and get information about your upcoming reunion, which will be held during the 4th of July weekend, 2014.

An Outstanding Alumnus is an alum who has generously dedicated his or her time to the service of the Upper Arlington Alumni Association and its mission.

Marjorie Garvin Sayers was born in Columbus in 1921 and moved to Upper Arlington in the second grade where her family resided on Lower Chelsea Road. Marjorie and Peter met in the second grade at Barrington Elementary School. Peter lived on Stanford Road close to Miller Park. His uncles were Ben and King Thompson, and his father, Delbert Sayers, was the Civil Engineer for the City of Upper Arlington.

Marjorie and Peter graduated from Upper Arlington High School in 1939 and then matriculated to the Ohio State University. Dad played football and studied Pre-Med and Marjorie was very involved in student activities and majored in English, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. They married in 1943.

Peter entered The Ohio State University College of Medicine during wartime and Marjorie worked as a medical secretary to help finance his medical education. Following Peter's training, they returned to Upper Arlington to start a family and to eventually build their home in Canterbury Village (where their granddaughter and husband now reside). They had four children, sons Dr. Daniel Garvin Sayers (Linda), Stephen Putnam Sayers (Carina), Julia Sayers Bolton(Charles) and Elaine Sayers Buck (David), 11 grandchildren, and now have 8 great-grandchildren.

Dr. Martin Peter Sayers became Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Columbus Children's Hospital and served on the faculty at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Marjorie and Peter also traveled with their family throughout the world while Dad was serving as resident neurosurgeon on the floating Hospital Ship Hope.

Marjorie was Chairman of the History Committee of the City of Upper Arlington 1976 Bicentennial Committee. In this capacity she became the editor and chief contributing writer of the first and second editions of the History of Upper Arlington. Marjorie was one of the founders and the second president of the UA Historical Society.

Marjorie and Peter were lifelong members the First Community Church and Marjorie is presently the longest living member. They resided most recently at First Community Village and had enjoyed 70 years of a wonderful marriage when Peter died in June, 2013.

Both Marjorie and Peter have been dedicated Golden Bears who supported the UA Education Foundation and UA Alumni Association, as well as other local charities and groups, and through their devotion to the community, have created a legacy of tradition and lasting pride in Upper Arlington, Ohio.

Read an article about Dr Sayers here.
Marjorie and Dr. Peter Sayers will be honored on Friday, July 4 during the UACA Party in the Park event at Northam Park, prior to the fireworks.
A Distinguished Alumnus is an alum who is honored for his or her personal, educational, or career achievement.

The Honorable Colleen McMahon, UAHS Class of 1969, is a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. She was appointed to the federal bench in 1998, following a career that included two decades of law practice at the New York City law firm of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, a stint as a speechwriter/special assistant to the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, and three years as a judge of the New York State Court of Claims. At Paul Weiss, a firm noted for its litigation expertise, she was the first woman litigator elected to partnership. An acknowledged leader of the New York City Bar during her years in private practice, Colleen chaired the Committees on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction and Women in the Profession at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and headed The Jury Project, New York's highly successful jury service reform effort. She has served as Vice Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and a member of the Standing Committee of the Diocese; taught courses in law at Benjamin Cardozo School of Law; been a member of the Committee on Audit and Administrative Accountability of the Judicial Conference of the United States; and presided over a number of high profile cases, including lawsuits in which the heirs of actress Marilyn Monroe and cartoonist Jack Kirby sought to reclaim rights in their work, and the infamous "Newburgh Four" FBI sting operation, which involved serious allegations of Government entrapment that were recently explored in a documentary film. She is frequently asked to speak at continuing education programs and other events.

Colleen attended The Ohio State University ('73), where she majored in International Relations, and Harvard Law School ('76). She serves on the Alumni Advisory Board for OSU's College of Arts and Sciences. For fun she sings with elite amateur choirs in the New York City area; presently she is in the Canticum Novum Singers, described recently by the New York Times music critic as "this excellent chorus." She has written two books of meditations, one for members of Vestries and other lay church governing boards, the other from the perspective of a judge.

Colleen is married to private equity investor Frank Sica. They have three children, Katie (an elementary school art teacher, married to Shawn Pero), Patrick (who recently completed a tour as a Lieutenant in the Armored Cavalry, United States Army, during which he served in Afghanistan), and Brian (a financial services sales representative, accomplished triathlete and occasional blogger).

Thomas Wheeler, UAHS Class of 1964, became the 31st Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on November 4, 2013. Chairman Wheeler was appointed by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate.

For more than three decades, Chairman Wheeler has been involved with new telecommunications networks and services, experiencing the revolution in telecommunications as a policy expert, an advocate, and a businessman. As an entrepreneur, he started or helped start multiple companies offering innovative cable, wireless, and video communications services. He is the only person to be selected to both the Cable Television Hall of Fame and The Wireless Hall of Fame, a fact President Obama joked made him “The Bo Jackson of Telecom.”

Prior to joining the FCC, Chairman Wheeler was Managing Director at Core Capital Partners, a venture capital firm investing in early stage Internet Protocol (IP)-based companies. He served as President and CEO of Shiloh Group, LLC, a strategy development and private investment company specializing in telecommunications services and co-founded SmartBrief, the internet’s largest electronic information service for vertical markets. From 1976 to 1984, Chairman Wheeler was associated with the National Cable Television Association (NCTA), where he was President and CEO from 1979 to 1984. Following NCTA, Chairman Wheeler was CEO of several high tech companies, including the first company to offer high speed delivery of data to home computers and the first digital video satellite service. From 1992 to 2004, Chairman Wheeler served as President and CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA).

Chairman Wheeler wrote Take Command: Leadership Lessons of the Civil War (Doubleday, 2000) and Mr. Lincoln's T-Mails: The Untold Story of How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War (HarperCollins, 2006). His commentaries on current events have been published in the Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and other leading publications.

Presidents Clinton and Bush each appointed Chairman Wheeler a Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he served for 12 years. He is also the former Chairman and President of the Foundation for the National Archives, the non-profit organization dedicated to telling the American Story through its documents, and a former board member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

Chairman Wheeler is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University and the recipient of its Alumni Medal. He resides in Washington, D.C.


The UA Civic Association has announced the theme of the 2014 4th of July parade, and it is:

Artwork by Anna Ferraro, UAHS Class of 2015

PLANNING A FLOAT? If your class is having a reunion and planning to have a class float, you must complete the application form and send it in by the deadline of June 13, 2014.

See details of all the UACA 4th of July activities here.

The Grand Marshal for the 2014 4th of July Parade is:

This year the Upper Arlington Civic Association is honoring retired Hastings history teacher Bill Richards as the 2014 Grand Marshall of Upper Arlington's 4th of July parade.

Bill is Director Emeritus of Honor Flight Columbus, an organization whose mission is to HONOR our nation's senior veterans with a trip to Washington, DC to visit their war memorials at no cost to them; to SHARE their stories for the benefit of future generations; and to CELEBRATE their homecoming, affirming their allegiance and service to our country.

Bill comments, "I think the 4th is a wonderful time each year to re-fall in love with this banner that represents so much about who we are, and remembers our past and those who sacrificed so that we can celebrate our freedoms."


Speaking of 4th of July events, we wish to inform the community that the UAAA's annual Block Party will be on hiatus this year.

UAAA Board Members are reviewing the event and looking at ways to enhance it so that we may bring our alums the best party possible.

Your feedback is appreciated, so please email us and let us know what you like, what you would like to see changed, added, or enhanced, and we will consider all input as we work on a revamped format.

See you at the Block Party on July 4, 2015!


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:

$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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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.

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

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

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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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