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         T H E   B I G   S T O R Y !
Our new UAAA president, Ron Johnson, is a 1961 graduate of Upper Arlington High School, as are his three children: Debby, Ron and Valery, his brother and one grandson. Ron believes that Upper Arlington is a great community and that it has the best attributes of any Columbus suburb - community atmosphere, proximity to downtown Columbus, The Ohio State University, and an excellent education philosophy. Through the years, Ron's community pride has driven him to become involved in many local community groups and organizations in various capacities.

For decades, Ron has been active in the Upper Arlington Civic Association, and is a past chairman of the 4th of July Parade, Labor Day Arts Festival committee and the UA Booster Club. Ron believes that UA has tremendous energy and he thinks it is a vital part of what makes our community great. Those who know Ron recognize the personal energy and enthusiasm that he brings to all organizations and groups to which he belongs. He is full of ingenious and innovative ideas, and he embraces progress and change that benefits those groups and the people they serve.

Ron has spent more than 30 years in the telecommunications and network environment, consulting on business telephone call processing service and call center architecture.

Ron recognizes the significance of continued and constant changes to UAAA's methods and the maintenance of alumni information through our Bearalums.com web site, our Facebook page, and our Traditions newsletter. By communicating with our alums, keeping them informed of "home town" news, making sure they can easily access their upcoming reunion information, and seeking their continued input, we continue to make UAAA a vital and productive organization that enhances our grads' lives. .

The Golden Bear Rock Fest has become an annual music and dance event that draws community and UA Alumni to a fundraising gathering. We want our alumni association to be an organization that that appeals to the total community, and this event is open to everyone! The date for the 2016 Rock Fest is Saturday, April 23, and will star Temple Monkey and other musicians. More details will be available soon at GoldenBearRockFest.com.

The annual 4th of July Block Party is a great place for reunion classes and other to meet after the parade. Fantastic sponsors, live music by Temple Monkey and great food from Donato's and Giant Eagle made the 2015 Block Party a tremendous success. We are always seeking input from our alums so that we can continue to make this event memorable and special for all alums and the entire Upper Arlington community.

As Ellen Isaly Clark '69 "retires" from the UAAA presidency after 12 years, Ron plans a presidency that will continue the established traditions of the organization and also look to the future with the anticipation of growth and change as UAAA continues to reach out to, and embrace, Upper Arlington High School alumni. Ellen plans to stay on the UAAA Board and continue to do the Bearalums.com web site and Traditions.

We welcome Ron Johnson '61 as our new UAAA President!

         T H E   B I G   E V E N T !

                             A FABULOUS NIGHT OF ROCK 'N ROLL!
SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2016        7 - 11 PM        ST. AGATHA EVENT CENTER
UAHS ALUMS: Charlie Bleak '68, Bill Lutz '71, Craig Pataky '71 and Bill Wyatt '69 plus Jim Lynch    UAHS ALUMS: Dave Balser 65, Ron Hilditch '77, Rodger Wilson '65, and John Workman 64

SAVE THE DATE! Be sure to mark your calendars for this year's annual UAAA fundraiser, the GOLDEN BEAR ROCK FEST, on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 7:00 - 11:00 PM at the St Agatha Event Center. This year's Rock Fest musical guests include:


UAAA is seeking sponsors for the Rock Fest, and we're offering SIX levels of sponsorship. Each one includes a UAAA membership of a corresponding value, so this is a great time to join UAAA, renew your membership, or increase your membership level. Note: If you are already a member, you can pass along the membership that is included with your sponsorship to a family member or friend!

See last year's sponsors here, and please select a sponsorship level that best fits YOU!

Visit GoldenBearRockFest.com for all the details!

         A L R E A D Y  L O O K I N G  F O R W A R D  T O  N E X T  S U M M E R !
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 Monday, 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 2005.


All of us can remember high school educators or staff members who touched us in some way. It might have been through the wisdom they shared, the challenges they provided, the knowledge and passion they had for teaching or the genuine care they exhibited. No matter how they connected with us, our thoughts about them still evoke warm feelings for them and for our high school years.

We wish to honor these dedicated professionals by nominating them for recognition in the Upper Arlington High School Educators Hall of Fame. Each inductee will have an area of the high school named in his or her honor, and a bronze plaque will be placed in that area to commemorate that educator's commitment and achievements.

Former Hall of Fame Inductees include: Dr. James Allen, Shirley Behnke, Robert Ginther, Jean Guddat, Walter Heischman, Lester Jackson, Richard Larkin, Ellis Lutz, Marv Moorehead, Vera K. Randall, David Shelby, Pat Stewart, Phil Wagner, and Charles Will.

Would you like to nominate a former educator for the Hall of Fame? The next induction ceremony will be held in MAY, 2016. Please complete the online form, or print the form and send it in.


It's that time of year again! Each July 4, the UA Alumni Association honors our the Outstanding and Distinguished Alumni for that year. We like to ask our UAAA MEMBERS for nominations for each of the awards. See the alums who have been honored with these awards in past years.


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

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


If you would like to nominate someone for the 2016 awards, and you are not yet a member of UAAA, you can join here. Our membership dues are only $20 per year! We need your support and greatly appreciate your membership.

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

The 2016 Outstanding and Distinguished Alums will be honored on the 4th of July, 2016. They will ride in the parade and then be honored at the UACA Party in the Park that evening.


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


A note from William C. Phlaum, President of the UAHS Class of 1959:

Dear Fellow UA Alumnae,

Bright, young, achieving students selected by their English teachers received the first financial gifts from the new Charles G. Will Emerging Writers Award Fund this year.

Our class repurposed our Memorial Fund to include the memory of Charles Will, a beloved English teacher and friend to many classes at Upper Arlington. Annual scholarship awards in Mr. Will's name will be presented to an emerging writer in each of the freshmen, sophomore and junior classes. These awards will be maintained for years to come by the Upper Arlington Education Foundation.

Now we would like to invite other classes and friends of Mr. Will to join us in honoring him and encouraging student achievement by contributing to this Fund and enhancing its future success. Please add your support and see the results each year. Thank you!

Go Bears!

Wm. C. Pflaum
President, Class of '59

Print this letter
Questions? Please email Joanie Dugger or call 614-487-5007, ext. 1120.

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!


Each year, the entire UA community eagerly awaits the UAHS musical event, which is known for its high quality and exceptional student talent.

This year, the Upper Arlington High School Vocal Music Department presents "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," which is based on the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens. The show stops at the point where Dickens stopped writing, allowing the audience to solve the mystery and determine the outcome of the show.

Rupert Holmes, who wrote the book, music and lyrics refashioned the novel into a live parlor game for theatergoers. Our UA cast is tasked with learning multiple endings so patrons have the opportunity to see an entirely different show on different days. This is a wonderful learning opportunity for our students and is sure to entertain the community.

The musical premiered in 1985, winning five of the eleven Tony Awards for which it was nominated, including Best Musical. It was revived on Broadway in 2012, and UAHS is excited to take on the production this year.

The show will be presented on February 25, 26, 27 and 28 in the Upper Arlington High School auditorium. Show times are above.

Read more about the musical at UAVocalMusic.org.

Buy Tickets for "The Mystery of Edwin Drood." Tickets will go on sale FEBRUARY 1.

UAHS alum David Bahgat '04 returns to produce the musical and to co-direct it with Suzanne Accetta.

After working in New York City for several years, David is currently the Head of Theatre Performance at Fort Hayes, replacing retired UAHS graduate Steve Black in the role. During his years as a UAHS student, David starred and was featured in several UAHS musical productions, and he graduated from Otterbein with a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre. He went on to earn his MFA in Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design. David has also directed past UAHS musicals, including Mary Poppins, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.


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!


Scott Street '69 and Cyndy McLane Street '69

Street Sotheby's International Realty, owned by Scott Street '69 and Cyndy McLane Street '69, specializes in the most exclusive neighborhoods of Columbus, Northern Ohio and the South Shore of Lake Erie, while working with clients in every price category. Street Sotheby’s International Realty has always specialized in dedicated customer service. As a result, they now enjoy a solid customer base, with many moderately priced sales anchored by high-priced properties - a mix which enables our company to continue offering excellent service to each and every client.

Visit StreetSothebysRealty.com.

Columbus Wine Tastings
John Bannon '80
John Bannon '80 is “The Wine Guy” - self taught wine sommelier and consultant who lives in Columbus Ohio. His background in wine stems from his love of food, wine and travel, which has taken him on countless trips to Europe (specifically France) and landed him a chance to make his livelihood from teaching others about Wine. You can hire John to: Host in home or event wine tastings, wine bartender, etc. He also dabbles in home cooking and can be called upon to help you organize your kitchen, teaching how to simplify your cooking processes, and as a cook for small gatherings. Visit ColumbusWineTastings.com.
Outsider Video + Motion
Andrew Emery '97
Victor Matkovic '96
Brian Polk '99

Outsider is a full-service video production and motion graphics studio based in Columbus, Ohio. We deliver compelling, high-level video content that is critical to business success. We engage directly with clients in a range of categories, from financial services to manufacturing to healthcare. The common thread among them? A need for inspiring, brand-driven storytelling that engages an audience. Visit OutsiderE.com.


See all our Alumni Web sites here.

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

 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!    

1946 The Class of 1946 will celebrate their 70-year reunion! Check for details here.
1952 The Class of 1951 will celebrate their 65-year reunion! Check for details here.

Rosalie Goodsell sent us several articles regarding UAHS and OSU alum and scholar-athlete Douglas Goodsell '51, who passed away on September 29, 2015.

Douglas Goodsell is widely recognized as one of the greatest football players ever to come out of Upper Arlington High School. Even though Doug played in the late 40's and 50's, football fans still remember and ask to this day about stories of his football glory days at Upper Arlington and OSU. Rosalie sent a collection of several articles and photos related to Doug's athletic pursuits.

Read about Doug Goodsell '51 here.

1956 The Class of 1956 will celebrate their 60-year reunion! Check for details here.

Tom Diemer, '60 (along with two co-authors) has won the Ohioana Library Award for Best Book About Ohio or About an Ohioan. The award was presented for his book James A. Rhodes: Ohio Colossus. Tom, along with Lee Leonard and the late Richard G. Zimmerman, all covered Governor James A. Rhodes and the Ohio Statehouse as political reporters.

Tom Diemer teaches in the Washington program of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He covered Governor Rhodes for more than a decade as a reporter for The Associated Press and as the Columbus bureau chief for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Diemer is also the author of Fighting the Unbeatable Foe: Howard Metzenbaum of Ohio, the Washington Years (The Kent State University Press, 2009).

You can purchase Ohioana Award winning book James A. Rhodes: Ohio Colossus here.
You can purchase Fighting the Unbeatable Foe: Howard Metzenbaum of Ohio, the Washington Years here.

1961 The Class of 1961 will celebrate their 55-year reunion! Check for details here.
1966 The Class of 1966 will celebrate their 50-year reunion! Check for details here.
1969 Jeff Johnson '69 has worked in the jewelry industry for decades. He was once co-owner of the Diamond Cellar, founded by his father, Robert W. Johnson, in 1947. The younger Johnson was bought out in 2008. After a noncompete clause expired, he quietly opened Jeff Johnson & Co. The new store is located at 5025 Arlington Centre Blvd., in the building that housed the Diamond Cellar from 1986 to 1998.

The new shop is unlike its predecessor — and most other jewelry stores — for several reasons: first, the focus on designing and creating jewelry and handling repairs (they do have some finished pieces for sale); second, the shop and its workers are steeped in history, something in evidence around the store ...

“My two oldest sons are jewelers,” he said. “Hopefully my grandsons will be the fourth generation in the business. I love working with old friends and working with old customers. That’s what’s great — working with people who are children and grandchildren of old customers. We paid all the dues. Now it’s just for fun.”

Read the Dispatch article about Jeff Johnson's new jewelry store.


Many of our alums already know that Scott Roberts '69, who lives at The Village of St. James in Florida has enjoyed great success in the field of ballroom dancing, but an injury to his back sidelined him from this activity and temporarily took him away from dancing.

Determined to find a productive activity during his recovery from surgery, Scott returned to playing the guitar and donated a large portion of his time to entertaining seniors in the area. During his visits, he plays the guitar and sings songs that appeal to the seniors and memory-challenged older adults. Scott has made a full recovery and is returning to his passion for ballroom dancing, but says that his experiences with music and with the people he entertained have played a large role in his recovery from back surgery.

Read the article.
Watch the video.

1971 The Class of 1971 will celebrate their 45-year reunion! Check for details here.
1972 Beverley English Brynda '72 reports that she is so proud of her son, Bill, who received his Masters in Business Administration from St Louis University in May, 2015, and successfully passed the CPA over the summer. Bill is employed by Rubin Brown in St Louis, MO.

Dr. Peter Rumm '75 writes, "I am a 75 graduate of UA and have had a successful and nomadic career since graduation, including marrying Ana Eloyra Ramirez Rumm of Panama, where I commanded an Army medical facility. I have lived in four countries, and have worked or visited in 38 with my roles as a public health doctor and pediatrician.

This past year I received the distinguished lifetime alumni award from Columbus State University in Georgia, the state where I also got my medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia." Read more about Peter and his career here.

1976 The Class of 1976 will celebrate their 40-year reunion! Check for details here.

It took 38 years, but Leslie Lehr '77 finally made it from Buckeye country to the beach. She recently moved to Malibu, where she bases her work as an Author and the Novel Consultant for Truby Writers Studio.

Leslie is incredibly grateful for the support from all of you whose friendship helped her through the horrors of breast cancer treatment. She's still on meds, but her hair has grown back and you can see how she's kickstarting her life on her new website at LeslieLehr.com. She loves to keep in touch on Facebook and Twitter @leslielehr1.


Jay Lowder '77 has continued his War of Whispers trilogy, and WordCrafts Publishing released Book III, When Kings Clash, in mid-October. The books are available in paperback and Kindle at all online outlets as well as Jay's website.

Here is what others are saying about his first two books...

Tears of Min Brock is a heartfelt story of epic proportions with two lovable characters. It is an epic in every sense.    - Sift Book Reviews.   …the action propelled me forward and I found pages of this book melting away as I read on.     - Literary R&R

With this novel you find yourself walking through a fantasy world beyond compare. It's astounding. Lowder is a show, not tell, type of author. You don't read this story, but rather watch the story unfold before you. He paints a brilliant picture of his scenery.  Pure Jonel

Visit Jay's web site.

1979 Linda Ress Foxworth, CSW, Class of 1979 has released her new book, Talking About Wine with Ease, with her co-author, Robert W. Wildman, II, CSW. It is a brief summary of the world of wine written for those who have little time to study wine, but still have a need to speak comfortably about it in both social and business settings. The book gives an overview of all the major wine regions of the world along with some fun facts, quick tips and talking points. There is also a chapter on food and wine pairing as well as a chapter on how to taste and describe wine. It is available through Amazon.

Linda is a Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators. She is a wine specialist and educator at Total Wine as well as administrator of the blog From Vinho Verde to Barolo with Love; Life Reflected in Wine, Reno wine writer for examiner.com, and free-lance writer for Women for WineSense Napa/Sonoma.
Buy Linda's book, Talking About Wine with Ease
Visit Linda's web site

Jane Mills and Chris Potts, both from the Class of 1979, got married on May 28, 2015 in Charleston, SC after initially meeting at the 35 year reunion of the class of 1979! Although they knew each other's names, Jane and Chris did not know each other personally before their 35 year reunion.

They now reside in Charleston, where Jane is an interior designer and Chris is an attorney. Both alums' parents still live in Upper Arlington, in the same homes where Jane and Chris grew up.

1981 The Class of 1981 will celebrate their 35-year reunion! Check for details here.
1986 The Class of 1986 will celebrate their 30-year reunion! Check for details here.

Tommy Williams '87 sent this photo of a huge fish he caught. Tommy lives on the water in Fort Myers, Florida and has a company called Quick Response Heating and Cooling.

Tommy has a 21 foot boat and spends a lot of time fishing. He says he misses attending the Ohio State games.

1989 Erin Krasik '89 is thrilled to announce the birth of her daughter Anya, earlier this year. Erin presently resides in Washington, DC, after living overseas for many years while posted with USAID (US Agency for International Development). She met her wife overseas, and both look forward to returning to another foreign assignment after Erin completes her studies at the National Defense University next spring. Erin would love to hear from other UAHS grads in the Washington, DC area. You can email Erin here.
1991 The Class of 1991 will celebrate their 25-year reunion! Check for details here.
1994 Bill McMaster '94 reports that after 20 years of living in Cleveland and Chicago, he and his family have moved back to Columbus in search of a company to acquire and to be closer to family and friends. Please email Bill with any acquisition candidates."
1994 Isha Ruparel '94 married Dr. Sachin Seth of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on May 9, 2015 at the Crown Plaza Worthington North. Sachin in a dentist and Professor at Dalhousie University, and Isha is in the Marketing and Communications field. They are happily residing in Halifax.
1996 The Class of 1996 will celebrate their 20-year reunion! Check for details here.
2001 The Class of 2001 will celebrate their 15-year reunion! Check for details here.
2004 David Bahgat '04 is producing and co-directing this year's UAHS musical, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood." David is currently the Head of Theatre Performance at Fort Hayes, replacing retired UAHS graduate Steve Black in the role.
2006 The Class of 2006 will celebrate their 10-year reunion! Check for details here.
2011 The Class of 2011 will celebrate their 5-year reunion! Check for details 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.

1950 Douglas Goodsell 1970 Ross McConnell
1951 John Fenner 1970 Barbara Barnes Meistedt
1951 Ivor Young 1970 Donna Schmidt
1960 Charles "Fritz" Hayhurst 1970 Wesley Samuel Smith
1964 Jon Tarbox 1978 Deborah Trejo Tatman
1966 Carl Kiplinger 1999 Joshua Bowers
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 T T E N T I O N   A L U M S :    M A Y   W E   H E A R  F R O M  Y O U ?

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.



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!


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.


We hope that you will make sure that we have your current postal mailing address, phone number, and email address. Below are the email addresses to use to send this information to the correct person at UAAA:

To update your UA Mail home address / phone number / name Complete this form.
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To submit personal or class news for Traditions / Bearalums.com Complete this form.
Questions or comments about Bearalums.com Email Ellen Clark
What do YOU want to hear about in our newsletter? Please let us know! Email Joanie and Ellen
We look forward to receiving your news submissions about college, careers, weddings, births, honors and achievements, and anything else you'd like to share with other UAHS alums.
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
Ron Johnson 1961 President
Ellen Isaly Clark 1969 Past President, Board Member
Erin Kittle Paider 1996 Donor Records
Carolyn Casper 1962 Board Member
Sarah Ross Eagleson 1972 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!

If YOU are interested in joining our Board, please contact us.


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