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JUNE, 2015
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         T H E   B I G   S T O R Y !

For many years, the Upper Arlington Alumni Association's 4th of July Block Party has been a post-parade tradition not only for alums and reunion classmates, but also for the entire community and their friends! The event takes place immediately after the UA parade, around 10:00 am, and is held under a huge tent on the Northwest Boulevard side of Barrington Elementary School.

This year's Block Party features two new sponsors: Sarah Ross Eagleson '72 of Keller Williams Classic Properties and Mike Miller '82, owner of Miller's Arlington Car Care, are underwriting the party, which has expanded to include live music and food trucks.

Temple Monkey, who wowed a sold-out crowd at the recent UAAA Golden Bear Rock Fest, will provide live music beginning as soon as the parade passes Barrington Road. The band is comprised of several UAHS alumni: Charlie Bleak '68 and Jim Lynch on guitar and vocals; Bill Wyatt '69 on bass and vocals; Craig Pataky '71 on drums and Bill Lutz '71 on the keyboard. Special guest performers include Dick Mackey '70 and Jack Wilce '65.

This year's Block Party will also offer a choice of two food vendors. Giant Eagle Market District's Foodie Truck and Donato's Pizza will supply a wide variety of lunch choices. See the Foodie Truck menu here. Donato's will offer either cheese or pepperoni pizza by the slice. See the Donato's menu here.

Luke the Juggler, who has provided entertainment at the Block Party for nearly a decade, will be back to make fantastic balloon animals for kids and adults alike, and thrill the crowd with his juggling stunts, including a flame-throwing act.

Each reunion class will have a designated table available so that they can meet and continue their reunion parties under the tent.

Like all UA Alumni Association events, the Block Party welcomes everyone. We enjoy providing a gathering spot for anyone in the community, as well as those who love to return to Upper Arlington for our famous 4th of July festivities.

See more information about the Block Party.

Read the UA News article about the upcoming Block Party.

         C O M I N G   R I G H T    U P !    C L A S S    R E U N I O N S !
The following classes are having reunions during the 4th of July weekend this year. Please click your class year to see your reunion page.
To make sure that you find out about your class reunion:


One way to make sure that you will be contacted about your class reunion is to CHECK AND UPDATE, if necessary, your contact information with UAAA. We keep a complete database of everyone who ever graduated from Upper Arlington High School, and Bearalums.com has a database of more than 30,000 home addresses and more than 13,000 email addresses for our alums.

Because email addresses change frequently, please visit Bearalums.com and check to make sure that your email is current on your class page! If you would like for us to change it, please complete this form.

If you have moved since your last reunion, please complete this form with your new address and phone number, email Joanie Dugger, or call the UAAA office at 614-487-5007, ext. 1120.

On that page, you'll see a link to a separate page for YOUR class reunion. On it, we've listed all the events and also the names and email addresses or phone numbers of the reunion chairmen, if you have questions. Many of the pages contain links for easy online payments, too.
The Upper Arlington Civic Association Fourth of July activities will be held on Saturday, July 4 at Northam Park, beginning with the parade at 9:00 am and ending with the Party in the Park at 5:00 PM and fireworks at 10:00 PM. The UAAA Outstanding and Distinguished Alumnus Awards will be presented at 7:30 at Party in the Park.

Have you lost your Norwester yearbook? Do you wish you could look through it before your class reunion to refresh your memory about your classmates?

The Norwester yearbook has been published annually by the Upper Arlington City School District since 1923. The Upper Arlington Public Library partnered with the Upper Arlington City Schools and the Upper Arlington Alumni Association to launch the yearbook collection on October 7, 2009.

As part of the library's agreement with the schools, there will always be a ten-year delay for any yearbooks presented online. Digitization of the pages took nearly two years to complete, and is ongoing since a new volume will be added each year.

The collection is searchable by keyword or exact phrase, which makes it easy to find friends and family. In addition, most of the yearbooks after 1969 included an index near the end of the book, which can be used as a further finding aid. Browsing is also encouraged, and a navigation panel listing sections, such as sports, clubs, seniors, underclassmen, or faculty is provided for each yearbook.

The yearbooks present an invaluable picture of Upper Arlington's educational system and the community over eight decades, and each book serves as a virtual time capsule of daily life at that time. The yearbook collection is an important resource for Upper Arlington High School alumni, genealogical researchers, history buffs, and anyone interested in Central Ohio's past.

Visit the UAPL Archives to go through any Norwester from 1923 through 2004.


Each year, the UA Alumni Association presents awards to selected alumni. These three award recipients will be honored in the 4th of July parade again at the UACA Party in the Park at Northam Park that night, at approximately 7:30 pm.

A Distinguished Alumnus is an alum who is honored for his or her personal, educational, or career achievement. This year's Distinguished Alumnus is Dr. Stephen Hinshaw, Class of 1970.

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. This year's Outstanding Alumni are Andrew Geistfeld and Matt Stout, both Class of 1990.

DR. STEPHEN HINSHAW, Class of 1970

A graduate and Valedictorian of the UAHS Class of 1970, Dr. Stephen (Steve) Hinshaw earned varsity letters in both football and basketball and was elected president of his sophomore class. He received his BA from Harvard (summa cum laude) and his doctorate in clinical psychology from UCLA. Dr. Hinshaw is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was Department Chair from 2004-2011, and Vice Chair for Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco.

Steve Hinshaw is internationally recognized for his work, which focuses on developmental psychopathology, clinical interventions, and mental illness stigma, with specializations in attention- deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) along with mood and learning disorders.

The author of more than 280 publications and 14 books on the subject, Dr. Hinshaw was one of the ten most productive scholars in clinical psychology across the past decade. He was editor of Psychological Bulletin, the most cited journal in psychology, from 2009-2014 and is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He received Berkeley's Social Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award, and his 24-lecture series for the Teaching Company, "Origins of the Human Mind," was released in 2010.

His research efforts have been recognized by California's Distinguished Scientific Contribution in Psychology Award (2009), the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (2015), and the James McKeen Cattell Award from the Association for Psychological Science (2016), for a lifetime of outstanding contributions to applied psychological research.

UAAA congratulates Steve Hinshaw on his numerous important contributions to the realm of psychology as we recognize him with the 2015 UAAA Distinguished Alumnus Award.


Andrew Geistfeld is a 1990 graduate of the Upper Arlington City Schools. He received a Master of Business Administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio State University. Andrew is also a CPA.

Throughout his time in the field of education, Andrew has been committed to being a good steward of public funds. He is Past-President of the Ohio Association of School Business Officials and a member in both the Government Finance Officers Association and the Tri Village Rotary.

Andrew joined the Upper Arlington City Schools as Treasurer/Chief Finance Officer in November, 2005. Prior to joining Upper Arlington, he was the Treasurer of the Olentangy Local School District in Delaware County. Andrew has served in public school districts since 2001 in various capacities. Before working for public schools he worked in the private sector as a Senior Manager with the accounting firm, KPMG.

During his time as Treasurer of the UA Schools, Andrew has worked carefully to execute a budget that maximizes public tax dollars. The Upper Arlington School District is one of only a handful of districts in the state to earn the highest possible bond rating of AAA. Along with maintaining those high standards, he works closely with local members of the private sector to explore best business practices that may be transferable to the public schools to further extend tax dollars collected.

UAAA congratulates Andrew Geistfeld on his dedication to the Upper Arlington Schools and community as we recognize him with the Outstanding Alumnus Award.

MATT STOUT, Class of 1990

Matt Stout graduated from Upper Arlington in 1990 and then continued his studies at the University of Michigan Business School, where he graduated with distinction in 1995. At Michigan, he was wrestling captain and a three-time letter winner. From there, he moved back to Columbus to complete his MBA and JD at The Ohio State University and is now a partner at Brick and Eckler specializing in Public Sector, Public Finance and Education K-12. Matt serves as a trustee for the Ohio Governance and Finance Officers Association, is a member of both the Education Committee for the Ohio Government and Finance Officers Association. He is the President of the University of Michigan Alumni Club of Central Ohio. Locally in Upper Arlington, Matt has taken his passion for wrestling and re-invested it in the program by serving as director of the UA Mat Cubs Wrestling Program from 1999-2011 when he left that position to become the head coach for the high school wrestling team IN ADDITION to working his "day job" as an attorney.

Matt also currently serves as the President of the Upper Arlington Education Foundation. During his time as a trustee of the UAEF, Matt has served on the Governance Committee, the Financial Committee and chairs the Volunteer Committee for the annual fundraiser, the Golden Bear Bash!

Matt is a graduate of the Leadership UA Program and has also served as a football coach for the Upper Arlington youth football program. Matt also serves as a board member for the Upper Arlington City Schools Business Advisor Council.

UAAA congratulates Matt Stout on his dedication to the Upper Arlington Schools, UAEF, and the community as we recognize him with the 2015 UAAA Outstanding Alumnus Award.


Everyone loves the Upper Arlington 4th of July parade! The UA Civic Association (UACA) works hard to ensure that every year, those who participate in or watch the parade have a fun and memorable experience.

In this year's parade, look for your friends on their class reunion floats and watch for signs for our Outstanding and Distinguished Alumni!

Beginning at 5:00 pm on the 4th of July, UACA invites everyone to gather at Northam Park for Party in the Park. The tables are already sold out, but you can bring your blankets and find a place on the ground to enjoy dinner and the fireworks.

Remember: our Distinguished and Outstanding Alumni will be honored at Party in the Park!


Tune in wherever you celebrate, and enjoy the show! 93.3 FM WODC is presenting music synchronized with the UA fireworks! Use your FM tuner only, as Internet streaming has a significant delay.

Visit the UACA.org web site here.


Independence Day is a wonderful time to reflect on our Military Alums and the many ways in which they have selflessly served our country and all Americans.

If you haven't visited the Military Alums page of Bearalums.com recently, please stop by and see why we are so very proud of our Golden Bears who went on to join the Armed Forces and bravely serve our country through the decades.


We continue to receive submissions of names and information, and hope to make our list as complete as possible.

If you have served, or are currently serving in the service, please visit this page and complete the form, so that we can add your name, branch of service, and experience to this important page of our alumni web site! Thank you to all our Military Alums!


There is a special treat in store for all alumni on Sunday, July 5.

Bear Essentials, the school store at UAHS, will be open from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. You can find great Golden Bear apparel and accessories here. Once a Golden Bear ... always a Golden Bear! And remember that Bear Essentials merchandise makes great gifts.

Come and shop the best selection of all things UA, sizes infant to adult. The store accepts cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. From the main doors on Ridgeview, the store is to the left directly down the hall.


Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to Miller Park on Thursday, July 2 for a free outdoor screening of WOSU’s “Columbus Neighborhoods: Tri-Village,” a documentary about the development of Upper Arlington and its contiguous communities of Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff. The screening event is sponsored by the City of UA, the UA Public Library, and the UA Historical Society.

The program begins at dusk and follows the Library's summer concert event featuring RMT's performance of "Songs of America," which starts at 7:00 PM

The program, which premiered May 18 on WOSU, examines the rich history that has joined and separated the Tri-Village area. The producers, Diane Bergemann and Mary Rathke, describe their project as “a tribute to the legacies of those leaders and dreamers who collectively made Tri-Village what it is today.” Photos, film footage and interviews show the evolution of the Tri-Village area into its three unique communities.

Many notable UA residents, including the late Esther Miller '35; Lynn Thompson, granddaughter of King Thompson; Marjorie Sayers '39; and Ann Armstrong Knodt '57, provide commentary regarding their families and events that shaped our city. Three UA Historical Society board members were interviewed for the program as well: Linda Cummins '59, Sara Klein, and Charlie Groezinger '68.

Other highlights include the origins of the community-­--wide July 4th parade and the development of retail and food venues by entrepreneurs Les Wexner, Cameron Mitchell '81, and Jeni Britton Bauer '92.

         S P E C I A L   R O C K   F E S T    R E P O R T

UAAA is grateful to all our sponsors, and those who attended this year's Golden Bear Rock Fest on April 25. The fundraiser, held at St. Agatha, raised more than $21,000.00 for the Alumni Association!

Guests enjoyed fantastic music by The Ravens, Temple Monkey, and Matt Johnson, and filled up on food from Schmidt's.

A highlight of the evening was a ceremony honoring retired UAHS principal and coach Dave Shelby. UAAA presented him with a book of memories and photos from former students, and both Ted Wolford, the high school boys' lacrosse coach, and Kip Greenhill, another retired principal, spoke about Mr. Shelby and his contributions to the academic and athletic lives of UA students through the decades. Watch for news about the 2016 Golden Bear Rock Fest!

Read about the 2015 Rock Fest here.

See photos of the Rock Fest taken by Joanne Beebe '64.

         U A   E D U C A T I O N   F O U N D A T I O N   N E W S

The Upper Arlington Education Foundation (UAEF) will have its annual summer fundraising event, The Golden Bear Bash!, on Sunday, September 6 at Tremont Center. This summer party transforms Tremont Center into a fairyland of tents and lights, live and silent auctions, live music, dozens of food vendors, and last year, more than 1,200 guests! It is truly "the place to be" on Labor Day Weekend!

The UAEF is an established and dynamic organization who privately funds and supports programs, materials, and opportunities that maintain, strengthen or enrich the students' environment and educational experiences, the expenses of which exceed the budget of the Upper Arlington City School District.

Thanks to the grants that UAEF gives to teachers and administrators, our schools can provide additional creative materials and experiences for our students. The Bash! is UAEF's primary source of income for the General Unrestricted Fund.

Tickets are on sale NOW, and they sell out quickly. MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS HERE.

Visit the GoldenBearBash.com Web site.


THE GOLDEN BEAR CENTENNIAL CLUB is a 10-year initiative that allows community members, alumni, and friends of education to make a significant gift to the Upper Arlington Education Foundation (UAEF) over the next ten years.

Upper Arlington High School's first graduation was held in 1925, so today - just ten years shy of the centennial class - is an opportune time to start planning for this important milestone and kick off a program that will commemorate 100 years of excellence.

Membership in this club begins as soon as donors fill out a 10-year pledge card for their gift to the UAEF's Unrestricted General Fund. Members will be included in all UAEF publications and on our Web site.

Since the Upper Arlington Schools were founded, an outstanding Golden Bear education has always been a priority for our community and a gift to our children. While the cost of education rises and governmental funding decreases, the UA Schools depend on donors like you to help continue this tradition.

Learn more about the Golden Bear Centennial Club and begin your membership now!

        N E W S   F R O M   T H E   U A   S C H O O L S

A Message from UA Aquatics:

We are reaching out to all members of the UA Aquatics family to ask for your help in obtaining new blocks for the high school natatorium. The blocks currently in use date back to the 70's and were originally installed in the shallow end of the pool. These blocks have outlived even the most optimistic projections and are in dire need of replacing.

The Upper Arlington Swim Club serves hundreds of swimmers each year, introducing young swimmers to the benefits of being a scholar athlete and the joys of competition. The High School program has produced more All-Americans, more Academic All-Americans and more college scholarships than the rest of the Upper Arlington athletic programs COMBINED. Help us continue to this tradition of excellence by giving current and future swimmers the equipment they need to succeed.

In these days of athletic budget cuts, we cannot look to the High School athletic department for the $30,000 it will cost to purchase and install new blocks, so we are asking you to make a show of support for the UA Aquatics program. The new blocks the coaches have selected are similar to the ones at Ohio State and would give all swimmers, from age groupers to high school team members, the opportunity to practice the new relay starts that require a bigger platform than the current blocks.

Read more information and see the various sponsorship levels here.

Donate online here.

This year's football team will hold Alumni Night on Friday, September 11, 2015. The committee has been hard at work planning a great tailgate for all football alums, and will recognize the 2000 State Championship Team from 2000 at half-time.

To be part of this great event, please reach out to teammates and encourage them to come as well. For reservations and additional information, please email Whitney Logan or Kurt Federer.


Have a GOLD BEAR PAW painted on your driveway! All proceeds will support UAHS football team camp expenses.

Bear Paws will be painted from now until July 15, as weather and time permit. All painting will be done by a trained and qualified parent, who will use professional Sherwin Williams striping paint that will not streak on blacktop or pavement.

We will call ahead of time to let you know when painters will be in the neighborhood. Homeowners need to be home to ensure that the paw print is in the desired location, and to collect payment, if necessary.

Questions? Please contact Matt Evans (486-8651), Jim Kaparos (374-1717) or Whitney Logan (309-0321).

Print the Order Form here and send it in with your check.


SAVE THE DATE and help celebrate the 50th birthday of Greensview Elementary School!

The celebration will take place on Friday, October 9 from 4:30 - 7:00 PM on the Greensview playground. This party will be held in conjunction with the Greensview Fall Family Fun Night. Families are welcome!

For more details, please contact Principal Jason Wulf.

        A T T E N T I O N   A L U M S :    M A Y   W E   H A V E  Y O U R   I N P U T !

IMPORTANT: We want to make sure that everyone understands about UAAA's two separate databases.

DATABASE 1: We have one database that contains the name and graduation year of each Upper Arlington High School graduate. This database also contains the each graduate's home address, phone number, and other information such as the teams and clubs to which he or she belonged. We can call on this information when a certain group, such as a sports team, wants to have a gathering or celebration.

NOTE: Although our society certainly has moved toward electronic communication, we still encourage our reunion coordinators to do a general mailing to their classmates using address labels generated from Database 1, since not every alum is registered with an email address on Bearalums.com, and certainly not all alums use Facebook.

DATABASE 2: The other database consists of names and email addresses for Bearalums.com. Each name and email address has to be submitted personally by the alum, since not all grads wish to be listed in this public forum. On the Bearalums.com web site, the email addresses are divided by graduation year, and at the bottom of each list is a "Lost Alumni" list, consisting of the names of people from that class for whom we have outdated home addresses.

IMPORTANT: Even if we have your email address, you will be on the Lost list until we have updated home address information.

Please use the UPDATE MY INFORMATION forms to submit or change your Bearalums.com listing.



Many of our alums are already on Facebook and enjoy the social interaction of chatting and sharing photos with friends.

UAAA has a Facebook page, too, and we hope you will visit our page and "like" us so that you will receive notifications of UAAA news and upcoming events. Please make UAAA a part of your Facebook experience!

Visit the UA Alumni Association Facebook page here.


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


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

Robert Michael Roof, Class of 1972

Nicolo's Renaissance is the first book of The Lives of Nicolo by Michael Roof and is set to be released by Knox Robinson Publishing in October of 2015.

Get ready for an exciting ride back in time to 16th century Genoa, as Nicolo, a troubled, love-struck young church composer, breaks up an evil conspiracy of priestly child abuse, only to be left with another battle to fight - against the church's bitter wrath. Can Nicolo succeed in protecting the children of his parish without putting his family and friends in mortal danger?

Debra Singer Harter, Class of 1975
Visit Debra's web site to browse and enjoy the artistic creations of Debra Singer Harter, who works in acrylics and oil pastels.
Jennifer Horvath , Class of 1984

Laser It All specializes in custom etching of your company’s identity. They have the knowledge and equipment to permanently engrave a wide variety of media: stone, glass, tile, marble, granite, wood, acrylic, anodized aluminum, and more. Whether it’s a plaque for your employee of the month, specialty name tags for your next promotional event, or signage for your office, Laser It All has you covered.


See all our Alumni Web sites here.

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

SPECIAL NOTE: If you enjoy visiting Bearalums.com, if you attend your reunions, and 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, Bearalums.com.

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.:

Paypal Online
Print the Membership Form and mail in a check
Please visit our Membership page for complete details and payment options.
See our list of Life Members and Golden Bear members.


A. Because we respect and protect our alums' privacy, we list names and email addresses on Bearalums.com ONLY when they are personally submitted by the alum. We do it this way because some people prefer not to have their email address available on a public web site.

 If you are not listed on your class page but wish to be, please complete this form.


A. If you see your name at the bottom of your class page as a "Lost Alum," even if you are listed in the email section of the page, all this means is that we don't have a current MAILING ADDRESS for you.

Please update your information here, and we'll remove you from the Lost List right away.

If you see someone else's name on the Lost List at the bottom of each class page, and you know his or her location, please let us know, or contact that classmate and ask him or her to contact UAAA.

A. We hope you'll remember to contact UAAA to let us know any changes in your status, your name, your address, phone number, and email. Keeping our database accurate is very important to us, and allows class reunion chairmen and other school-related groups, such as athletic teams, musical organization, to reach you when something exciting is happening.

A. Our goal is to maintain the most complete and accurate database that we possibly can. We are asking for your help! And thank you to those of you who have helped us through your membership dues; your financial help allows us to provide the ongoing hosting and maintenance fees of our Web site.

When we started Bearalums.com in 2000, we had approximately 320 email addresses in our database; we currently have more than 13,000 alums' email addresses listed on Bearalums.com!

THANK YOU to our most recent Golden Bear and Life Members.
1962 Buck Byrne
1962 Carolyn Casper
1964 John "Buck" Patton
1965 Dan Sayers
1967 Marian Davis
1969 Allen Carnes
1969 Walt Dennis
1969 Frank Guglielmi
1969 Jeff Johnson
1969 Fritz Reitter
1972 Sarah Ross Eagleson
1972 Bobby Reitter
1973 Greg Comfort
1973 Robin Hess Comfort
1973 Jack Reitter
1974 David Buck
1974 Elaine Sayers Buck
1976 Donald Delp
1980 Lynn Sharon Schnaufer
1984 Herb Gillen
1963 Elizabeth Jencks Rott
1968 Cheryl Laver Moon
1969 Anonymous
1970 Kenny Smith
1975 Penelope Winters Delp
1976 Ann Wolford-Connors
1984 Mike Mignery
1995 Kim Dennis Stuckenbrock
1998 Rick Dennis
2000 Ally Anderson Wycuff
2005 Ashley Anne Anderson
2006 Timothy Laver

We would like to offer you the opportunity to place an ad on one of the pages of Bearalums.com with a link to your web site. Bearalums.com 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.


Your BEAR BANNER® ad at the top of a Bearalums.com 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 EXISTING UAAA MEMBERS.


Please visit our Bear Banner Ads® page, where we have posted a chart showing banner ad prices according to the page on which they are displayed. Prices vary according to page traffic. Each ad will run for three months, and requests for placement will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. This is a cost-effective, productive way to share your business and web site with thousands of Upper Arlington High School alumni! While implementing your marketing strategies, you will be supporting our UA Alumni Association. We appreciate your help!

Read all about our Bear Banners® Program.

 CLASS NEWS: This BEARS Repeating ...

Our email/online newsletter, Traditions, is UAAA's way of connecting our alums and passing along all kinds of interesting news. We invite you to send us any news about your own life so that we can share it with other grads.

Please complete this "News Item" form. We welcome photos to accompany your story, and the pictures will be used on the Announcements page of Bearalums.com rather than in the newsletter (we are keeping Traditions text-only for fast loading and readability even on your phone!).

Remember - we love to hear about what's happening in your life, whether it is related to education, marriage, family, relocation, career accomplishments, or anything else! Thank you for helping us keep our newsletter interesting and fun with your input!    


On Sunday, May 17, Robert S. Crane, Jr. (Bob) '40 was inducted to the Upper Arlington Wall of Honor. The ceremony was held at the UA Municipal Building. Read the UA News article about Mr. Crane.

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

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

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

Read the UA News article about Mr. Crane

Gavin Larrimer is chairing the reunion, and has organized an Informal Gathering and Dinner at the Larrimers' home, an "Official" Reunion Dinner at Scioto Country Club, and an Informal Brunch at Jodi and Tom Hawk's home. Visit the 1955 page for more details and the link to their class web site.
John Howe and Cindi Hazzard Barone have organized three events, including a Meet and Greet at La Scala, a Patio Party at Sam Davis' home, and a Brunch at Worthington Hills Country Club. Visit the 1960 Reunion Page to see the details for each event and to print the reservation form.
Gary Nack has planned a lineup of reunion parties including a golf outing, a Classmates' Gathering at the OSU Golf Clubhouse, a Reunion Banquet at Scioto Country Club, and a Brunch at the OSU Golf Course Clubhouse. The class will also have a Tour of the High School to wrap up the weekend. Visit the 1965 Reunion Page to see the details for each event and to print the reservation form.
Does anyone have a copy of the 1968 UA Golden Bears football program? Brad Frick '66 is producing a video presentation about the 1968 football team and would like to borrow the program from that season to scan. He would return it right away. If you do have a 1968 Golden Bear Football program, please email Brad.

A lot has changed in the past 100 years in the stucco and plaster business, but one thing has remained a constant here in central Ohio: the Reitters. Founded in 1915 by Gabriel Reitter Sr., an Austrian immigrant and masonry artisan, Reitter Stucco & Supply Co. is now run by his great-great-grandsons Fritz '69, Bobby '72, and Jack '73. They never met their great-grandfather and learned the family business from their father, Richard, and grandfather, Gabriel. “We just grew up in this business, and as soon as we could push a broom, they put us to work,” said Jack Reitter, the company’s vice president of sales.

“Then, when we were maybe 12 or 13 and old enough to carry mud in buckets, we were laborers at job sites,” said Fritz, president of the company, based at 1100 King Ave. Reitter’s business is an equal mix between stucco, EIFS and manufactured stone, but the three brothers seem to have a special fondness for stucco, and warm memories of their grandfather teaching them how to apply it.

Read more about the Reitter Stucco legacy here.


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

“It’s time,” said Taylor, who, at 64, wasn’t prevented by age restrictions from running again. State law prohibits judges from beginning a term after turning 70. But Taylor, who has been on the bench for 24 years, didn’t file a petition last week to seek re-election. Taylor, a member of the International Association of Women Judges, said she is intrigued by the idea of doing international work in the area of problem-solving or fact-finding.

Read the Dispatch article about Judge Taylor here.

The Class of 1970 will be busy with an array of parties and activities planned by Rod Ebright, beginning with an informal gathering at Coaches Bar & Grill. During the weekend, there will also be a Golf Outing, a Tour of the High School, and a Reunion Party at The Barn. Visit the 1970 page for more details and a link to the reservation form.
Debbie Kellough Sayre '70 has published her first book, How to Select Your Super Spouse. You can't choose your parents, siblings or children; but you can choose your spouse! And, you can be prepared to make the right choice for you! From funny personal stories and ideas for dynamite dates, to important questions and serious considerations, this book will make you laugh, think and feel good about your decisions!

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

Read more about Debbie and her book here


A lot has changed in the past 100 years in the stucco and plaster business, but one thing has remained a constant here in central Ohio: the Reitters. Founded in 1915 by Gabriel Reitter Sr., an Austrian immigrant and masonry artisan, Reitter Stucco & Supply Co. is now run by his great-great-grandsons Fritz '69, Bobby '72, and Jack '73. They never met their great-grandfather and learned the family business from their father, Richard, and grandfather, Gabriel. “We just grew up in this business, and as soon as we could push a broom, they put us to work,” said Jack Reitter, the company’s vice president of sales.

“Then, when we were maybe 12 or 13 and old enough to carry mud in buckets, we were laborers at job sites,” said Fritz, president of the company, based at 1100 King Ave. Reitter’s business is an equal mix between stucco, EIFS and manufactured stone, but the three brothers seem to have a special fondness for stucco, and warm memories of their grandfather teaching them how to apply it.

Read more about the Reitter Stucco legacy here.


A lot has changed in the past 100 years in the stucco and plaster business, but one thing has remained a constant here in central Ohio: the Reitters. Founded in 1915 by Gabriel Reitter Sr., an Austrian immigrant and masonry artisan, Reitter Stucco & Supply Co. is now run by his great-great-grandsons Fritz '69, Bobby '72, and Jack '73. They never met their great-grandfather and learned the family business from their father, Richard, and grandfather, Gabriel. “We just grew up in this business, and as soon as we could push a broom, they put us to work,” said Jack Reitter, the company’s vice president of sales.

“Then, when we were maybe 12 or 13 and old enough to carry mud in buckets, we were laborers at job sites,” said Fritz, president of the company, based at 1100 King Ave. Reitter’s business is an equal mix between stucco, EIFS and manufactured stone, but the three brothers seem to have a special fondness for stucco, and warm memories of their grandfather teaching them how to apply it.

Read more about the Reitter Stucco legacy here.

Christian Laver, Frank Timmons, and Terry Nentwich Timmons have planned a variety of activities, including a Float Building Party, a Golf Outing, and a Bowling/Reunion Party. Visit the 1975 page for details and either register online or print a reservation form.
Shelle Studebaker Bean, Dwight Montgomery, Chris McGovern, Susan DeStefano Loehner, Shawn Stone Maghie, and Joanie Igel Dugger has assembled a lineup of reunion activities including a Casual Gathering at Old Bag of Nails, a Class Party in the Short North, and a gathering at Yabo's Tacos. Visit the 1980 page for more details and to register online.
Congratulations and best wishes to John Riley '84, who has launched his own employee benefits and retirement planning firm, Riley Benefits Investment Group, in the central Ohio area after over two decades as a consultant in the benefits business.
Chrissie Masdea Landolfi has put together a Reunion Party - One Night Only - at Carsonie's. Visit the 1985 page to get the details and to register online for this event.

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

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

Read more about Laura and her book here.

Paula Gilmour and Sharon Mayceyak have planned a Reunion Party at Tabo's Tacos. Visit the 1990 page for details and to make online reservations.

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

Joanna has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. While in college, Joanna read every romance she could get her hands on and soon started crafting her own racy historical novels. In 2013 she won Romance Writers of America's prestigious Golden Heart® Award for Best Historical Romance. She now lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband. Paperback, Kindle, and Nook versions of The Courtesan Duchess can be purchased on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.

Read more about Joanna and her book here.

Tony Callendar has organized a weekend of activities, including a Reunion Party at Raymond Memorial Golf Course and a Class Block Party. Visit the 1995 page for details and to make your online reservation.

Kelly Brumm Zalenski '98 has an Etsy shop called "Twinzzshop." Kelly designs and makes collections of pairs of outfits for twins or siblings. She also makes 3-of-a-kind designs just for triplets, and she hasn't forgotten about the "single" babies! All designs (appliques) are made from recycled t-shirts and are hand-sewn, so they're green!

Visit Kelly's Twinzzshop Etsy store here.

Stacy Rechner McIntire has arranged for a Reunion Party at the Amelita Mirolo Barn and a Family Party. Visit the 2000 page for the details and to make your online reservations.
Chairmen Luc Nutter, Lauren Ford Gibson, Heath Trabue, and Megan Couling Denison have planned a Reunion Party at Zeno's to celebrate the 10 year reunion. Visit the 2005 page for details and to make your
Matt Cohen, Libby Seguin and George Schooley have arracnged for a Reunion Party at Buffalo Wild Wings to celebrate the 5-year reunion. Visit the 2010 page for details.

John Patton '11 is available to help you solve many of your technology-related problems, including byut not limited to: Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, email, word processing, Apple computers, Microsoft computers, cell phones/iPhones; Tablets/iPads; router and wifi setup and troubleshooting, and many other issues. Please email John or call him at 614-551-2633 to set up an appointment.

See John's Flyer here.


As graduates of Upper Arlington High School, we share a special bond that lasts a lifetime, and it is with sad hearts that we announce the passing of the following UAHS alumni and faculty. To their families and friends we extend our sincere condolences.

1943 Miller Toombs 1970 Mark Shutt
1952 Alan Spilker 1971 Debbie Casto
1960 Marcia Pennington Hoffman 1971 Charles Hoch
1961 Bob McKnight 1978 Steven Huddle
1963 Judy Agee Davis 1978 Deborah Trejo
1970 Dave Denney 1976 Brian Green
1970 David Landis 1981 Eric Ray
1970 Mark MacDonald 1992 Courtney Marlin

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These members of the Upper Arlington Alumni Association Executive Board are working to make sure that all our alums have the ability to be connected and informed through our newsletter and our Web site, BEARALUMS.COM, and that it is easy and fun!
Joanie Igel Dugger 1980 Executive Director
Ellen Isaly Clark 1969 President
Carolyn Casper 1962 Board Member
Sarah Ross Eagleson 1972 Board Member
Ron Johnson 1961 Board Member
John D. Kost 1974 Board Member
Bradley W. Sharp 1972 Board Member
Beth Wroe 1973 Board Member
Louesa Callahan Foster 1961 Director Emerita

The Upper Arlington Alumni Association is always looking for enthusiastic, active alums who would like to help us with UAAA's activities. These activities include the annual selection of Outstanding and Distinguished Alumni, the Golden Bear Rock Fest, and determination of content for the Bearalums.com Web site.

It's a casual, fun, non-demanding group, and we'd love to hear from you!

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