The Online Newsletter of the Upper Arlington Alumni Association
1950 North Mallway
Columbus OH 43221
   614-487-5007 Ext. 120
Please visit your UAAA Web site: BEARALUMS.COM
Welcome to the first edition of the Upper Arlington Alumni Association's online newsletter! As we close out a challenging year for most not-for-profit organizations and move into 2010, we are excited to announce that we have spent a great deal of time and effort researching ways to best use our resources to communicate regularly with our alums. With most of the technology already in place, we worked to find a way to use that infrastructure so that we can offer a monthly, rather than semi-annual, newsletter. It is our hope that more frequent and timely news will keep you well-connected and informed of the happenings at your alma mater and with your classmates. BONUS! Not only does it provide you with more contact, but also it is kind to our environment and it helps our budget. This will allow us to use your dues for better purposes. Please encourage your classmates to register their email addresses so that they may be connected through It is our hope that we will be able to create the largest high school alumni association in the country! WE ARE UA!

Thanks so much to the great number 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 costs of running our Web site, We are proud that we do not require a login and password for our Web site and we do not restrict it to dues-paying members. 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:

Annual      $15 / year
Reunion - 5 years      $60 (One year free!)
Life      $250: one-time!
Golden Bear      $500: one-time!
NEW THIS YEAR: We are offering a payment plan for the Life and Golden Bear Membership levels! You may commit to the level you wish and pay it off over 10 months; 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 through Paypal; others prefer printing out a form and sending us a check. We appreciate your dues and 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.
For the past year, the dedicated staff at the Upper Arlington Public Library have spent hundreds of hours digitizing more than 20,000 pages of Norwesters from 1923 - 1999. Our yearbooks are now archived at the library and are available online at Enjoy years of Norwesters and other historical UA publications and documents. For those of you who have lost your yearbooks, you now have the library to thank for giving you back a piece of your history! Be prepared: once you log on, you can get lost in these fantastic books, and time will fly by! We are deeply indebted to the UA Library for this gift of time and resources, and we extend to them our sincere thanks.

Local resident Mike Holman recently launched an Internet radio station devoted to the City of Upper Arlington. WUAR Radio is a full service station featuring music, news, weather and sports. They also broadcast a high school game of the week, rotating between UAHS and Bishop Watterson. WUAR shows are also available for replay from the station Archives section.

WUAR presents a weekly show on Thursday at 10:00 am called "The Upper Arlington Chamber of Commerce Talk at Ten." Past broadcasts are available on the WUAR Archives. Another show that would be of interest to UA alums is the "City Insight Show" with the City of UA. This program airs at 10:00 am on the first Friday of each month and is replayed at 7:00 pm on the first Sunday of each month, and past broadcasts are available in the Archives. Visit WUAR Radio at UpperArlington


Did you graduate in a year ending with a "0" or a "5"? If so, you will be having a reunion this summer. 2010 is a year in which the 4th of July falls on Sunday, so the UA Civic Association, the great organization who puts on all the festivities, has decided to hold the parade and fireworks on SATURDAY, JULY 3. Red White & Boom will be held on Friday, July 2, so if you are making travel arrangements, please plan accordingly. Check our Reunions 2010 page for all details about the 2010 UAHS class reunions.

Whether you have a reunion or not this summer, please plan to join everyone UNDER THE TENT at the 2010 UAAA BLOCK PARTY. This year, as always the Block Party will take place right after the UA parade behind Barrington Elementary School. And again, John Kost, Class of 1974, of ReMax Premier Choice Real Estate, will be sponsoring this fun event for us. John has generously underwritten the entire Black Party for TEN YEARS, making him the single largest contributor to the UA Alumni Assocation. We thank John for his continuing dedication to UAAA! See our photo galleries from Block Parties since 2001.

Annually, students at both Hastings and Jones Middle Schools honor Central Ohio vets on Veterans Day. While the actual programs are different, they both recognize veterans of several wars and conflicts, and many UA alums are included in these groups. It is nice to know that our students are made aware of the sacrifices that these dedicated men and woman have made for our country, and that they play a part in honoring them for this service. Did you know that has a Military Alums page, where alums who are currently serving in the Armed Forces have posted information about where they are and how they can be reached? Please take a moment and see how many of your fellow alums are serving the United States, and send them a message of support!
It is with sad hearts that we announce the passing of the following alums and faculty members. To their families and friends we extend our sincere condolences.
Lois Wuichet Beathard
Mary Byrnes Williams
Kennifer Davis Heaps
Jack R. Graf
Dave Daly
Amy Starthern Taylor
Tom Brown
Ann Holdsworth Mulick
Jeanne Dotter
Beatrice Benfer Sanders
Chuck Munsch
David Eckelberry
Jim Sherrard
Marsha Mitchell Hutchings
Phil Henry
Barbara Smith Smith
Dane Nowels
Carolyn Gyuro Shimp
Butch Campbell
Bill Ward
Casey Marzetti
Dr. Bob Dunlap
Scott Flaherty
Kristin Schirtzinger Carlin
Robert Fitzsimmons
John Casey
John Francisco
Jim Obert
John Cabrera
Melanie Golfuss
Nancy Johnson Westervelt
Peter Ouimet
Norma Brodbelt
Jim Bogen
Bud Lanier
Gary Sweitzer
Ron Cipriano
Michelle Lively Clinton
Ana Vaughan
       CLASS NEWS: This BEARS Repeating ...
1961 Author and alum Tom Chown, Class of 1961, has published Full Circle, the second book in his family trilogy. This book follows his first release, Wolves at the Door.

1967 On September 1, 2009, the UAHS Class of 1967 held a class 60th birthday party at the Arlington Cafe Complex on Henderson Road. The class members gathered to dance to the music of the Pat Malloy Band (the Fifth Order Reunion Band with UA alums Jim Hilditch '67, Ron Hilditch '77, Jeff Johnson '67, and Bill Lutz '71, as well as band members Ric Boals and Pat Malloy) and to catch up on all that's happened since the Class of 1967's 40-year reunion three years ago. See the photo gallery from their party here.

1969 The cover story in the September, 2009 issue of Columbus Monthly, entitled "Municipal Court - Rating the Judges" details a poll by the Columbus Bar Association. The article answers the question"Who are the Best and Worst Judges in the State's Busiest Court?" Tied for The Best Municipal Court Judge is UAHS Class of 1969 alum Judge Anne Taylor. Read the article here.

1972 Bob Edmondson, a member of the UAHS Class of 1972 who currently resides in Santa Rosa, California, has released his second CD, entitled "I Came From You." The collection of music contains thirteen songs ranging from ballads to rock-n-roll and features a host of other great musicians and vocalists. Visit the Announcements page for an order form.

1979 Dr. Gregory Brock, Class of 1979, a professor of Economics at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia, was awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialists Grant to teach and do research at Universidad-Veracruz in Jalapa, Mexico during May and June of 2010. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international education exchange program sponsored by the US Government, and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program provides participants, who are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential, with the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Read this article about Greg in the Statesboro Herald. Congratulations, Greg!

1988 John Mills married Marguerite Prout on August 2, 2009 in Sandusky, Ohio. John is employed by Continental Real Estate, and the couple lives in Upper Arlington.

2005 Joe Dewey, a four-year-member of the University of Virginia lacrosse team, is featured in the Senior Spotlight section of for his work with the children of Nicaragua. Through Love, Light and Melody, an organization directed by his sister, KC Dewey, UAHS Class of 2000, Joe made his first trip to the impoverished nation and felt that he could make a difference in the lives of children there through the game of lacrosse. Congratulations to both Joe and KC on their good work for others. Read the article about Joe Dewey here.

2006 Golfer Colin Biles played before a hometown crowd in the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational held at the OSU Scarlet Course this past July, 2009.

Because we respect our alums' privacy, we list names and email addresses on ONLY if they are personally submitted by the alum. When we started in 2000, we had approximately 320 email addresses in our database; we currently have more than 12,000 alums' email addresses listed on!

If you are not listed on your class page but wish to be, please send in your information. If you notice that one of your classmates isn't listed, please contact that person and ask them to visit and personally submit his or her information. And if you see someone'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.

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.

We hope that you will make sure that we have your most current postal mailing address, phone number, and email address. Below are the email addresses you should use to send this information to the correct person:
To update your mailing address / phone number Email Joanie Dugger
To submit your email address to be added to Email Ellen Clark
To submit personal or class news for Traditions / Email Joanie Dugger
We look forward to receiving your news submissions about careers, weddings, births, honors and achievements, and anything else you would like to share with other alums.  
Questions or comments about Email Ellen Clark
What do YOU want to hear about in our newsletter? Please let us know! Email Joanie Dugger
These members of the Upper Arlington Alumni Association Board of Directors 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 '80, Executive Director
Ellen Isaly Clark '69, President
Louesa Callahan Foster '61, Director Emerita
Shelle Studebaker Bean '80 Mary DeCesaro Cameron '79     Bob Doyle '60
Carolyn Casper-DuVall '62 Carol Gillespie '65     Julie May Jones '69
John D. Kost '74 Bradley W. Sharp '72     Jan L. Wallace '74

The Upper Arlington Alumni Assocation
1950 North Mallway
Columbus OH 43221
614-487-5007 Ext. 120
Please visit your UAAA Web site: BEARALUMS.COM