The Online Newsletter of the Upper Arlington Alumni Association
1950 North Mallway
Columbus OH 43221
   614-487-5007 Ext. 120
MARCH, 2010
Please visit your UAAA Web site: BEARALUMS.COM
Close your eyes, think back to your days at Upper Arlington High School, and name the first adult at the school who comes to mind. Next, decide why did THIS person pop into your head? Were they fun? Did they have an impact on your life? Did they make your life miserable at the time but now you appreciate what they taught you? Write down their name and continue to read ...

Did you know that Upper Arlington High School has an Educators Hall of Fame? Well, we do! In 2005, UAHS Principal Kip Greenhill, along with the UAHS faculty, established the UAHS Educators Hall of Fame to honor retired UAHS teachers, coaches and administrators for their lasting influence on students and fellow teachers. "It is a way to recognize educators who have made this school what it is," Greenhill said. Not limited to teachers, he added, "Honorees could be a coach, or could be an administrator."

The first class of honorees was inducted in the fall of 2005 and included Robert Ginther, Lester Jackson, Richard Larkin, Vera K. Randall, and Charles Will. In the fall of 2007, the second group of honorees included Dr. James Allen, Dr. Shirley Behnke, Walter Heischman, Ellis Lutz, David Shelby, and Pat Stewart were inducted.

Kip Greenhill is now accepting nominations for the next class, who will be inducted this fall. To be eligible for consideration, a nominee must have worked at the high school (sorry, we don't have a Hall of Fame for the other schools yet) and have been retired for more than five years. To nominate someone who made a difference in your life, simply print the nomination form, complete it and send it to:

Mr. Kip Greenhill, Principal
Educators Hall of Fame
1650 Ridgeview Road
Columbus, OH 43221

The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2010.

As nominations come in, we will post the list on our website and give other alums the opportunity to post comments of support, so even if you don't choose to nominate someone, please check back to see who is out there and comment if you wish.

Print the form here.


Did you graduate in a year ending with a "0" or a "5"? If so, you will be having a reunion this summer! Reunion chairs have been busy with party plans, and you can see the details on your Class Reunion page. Check our Reunions 2010 page for all details about the 2010 UAHS class reunions and to see if your class has a Web site or a Facebook page set up for your reunion.


Whether or not you have a reunion 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 CONSECUTIVE 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.

We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for the UA community! The UA Archives initiative has been selected as one of only 60 worldwide participants to join The Commons on Flickr. They will be among some impressive company, as this group includes the Library of Congress, the U.S. National Archives, the Smithsonian Institution, and the New York Public Library -- as well as several overseas national heritage institutions.

What is The Commons? Flickr Commons was launched in 2008 as a partnership between the Library of Congress and Flickr. The two main purposes of the project are to showcase the world's publicly-held historical images and to provide a forum for the general public to participate in the description of those images.

What does this mean to UA? Our community's historical photographs will receive international exposure as examples of Midwestern suburban daily life in the early 1900s. The UAPL will also be inviting the public to help describe these images. Members of the Upper Arlington community as well as a broader group of worldwide users will be able to contribute comments or tags if they wish to share information about the photographs. Information obtained from these comments may help to enhance information about people, locations, architectural details, and activities depicted in the images.

THIS IS FUN! The UA Archives will be added to The Commons in the coming months. In the meantime, you can see the UA Archives photostream as it is being assembled on Flickr.


The UAHS Vocal Music Department has traditionally presented a spring musical as well as a fall variety show. Directed by Mr. Eric Kauffman, the Spring 2008 musical, "Jekyll & Hyde", was honored in the national publication, USA Today Weekend, as a "2008 Showstopper Runner-up," making this performance one of the top five high school musical productions in the country! This is quite impressive for an entire production fueled by the efforts of students, parents, and other volunteers. Read the article from USA Today Weekend here.

Equally impressive is the fact that through its 2008 Fall Follies variety show performances, the Vocal Music Department raised money for the Ohio State School for the Blind's Music Department. This school has the only Blind Marching Band in the country and they performed at this year's Rose Bowl Parade. The students in the Vocal Music Department watched the parade with pride, knowing that they played a part in making this happen.

In February, for the first time in UAHS history, the Vocal Music Department presented "West Side Story" to the delight of their audiences. The talent that dwells at UAHS is quite remarkable, and once again the students and accompanying orchestra put on a fantastic performance. BRAVO!

To follow the happenings of the Vocal Music Department, visit their website, and their Facebook page.


Many UAHS organizations and sports teams have their own websites to keep their families and supporters informed of their events, schedules, and announcements. Take a look at these Web sites and catch up on what they've been doing since you were in school!

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It is always a sad day when the alumni office learns of an alum's passing. We are a large group - 29,000+ graduates of our alma mater - yet we share a long and loving bond. In February, we learned of two passings that span three generations and two families of Golden Bears, and we felt it appropriate to look to our Golden Bear Family for support in light of these tragic circumstances.

Martin Shimp '81 (son of Peggy Willman Shimp '50 and Bill Shimp '50, brother of Bill, Dan, Andy, and Fred) and Carolyn Gyuro Shimp '82 (sister of Susan, Tom and Bob) were married and had three children who are currently students at Jones and Tremont.

Carolyn passed away in July after a courageous battle with cancer. Tragically, Martin died suddenly in February, leaving behind their loving families and three young children.

If you would like to help the family, you are welcome to make a donation in Carolyn and Martin's memory to the Shimp Family Educational Fund, c/o The Arlington Bank, 2130 Tremont Center, Columbus, OH 43221. We offer our deepest condolences to the Gyuro and Shimp families.

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.
Paul Millikin
Joel Pettigrew
Wally Anderson
Gordon Rosencrans, Jr.
Allen Teegardin
Kim Adrion-Noethlich
Dick Bright
Beth Lakin Phillips
Scot Wagner
J. Stanley Jones
Leslie Gilmore Carter
Tucker Henry
Ginny Perry Davis
Jane Mills Glick
Martin Shimp
Parker Garwick
Joan Gray Houston
Krista Gage Winger
Harold Houghton
Karen Greene Propst
Jean Belyea
Sally Sandefur Burton
Connie Stecker
Kitty Driehorst
       CLASS NEWS: This BEARS Repeating ...
1953 The Class of 1953 had so much fun at their reunions and at their group 50th birthday celebration that they have decided to hold a party to celebrate their 75th birthdays together over this year's 4th of July weekend! Contacts are John Waddell Smith and Ron Hooker. Please check the Class of 1953 Reunion Page for details.

1955 As listed in this month's obituaries, Joel Pettigrew passed away in February. Shortly before his death, he sent a lovely essay of his memories of childhood in Upper Arlington to Margherita Finelli '75, who shared it with us. See Joel's essay here.

1978 Army Reserve Col. Kevin McLinn has graduated from the U.S. Army War College Department of Distance Education program at Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, PA. The college is the Army's senior educational institution. Col. McLinn is the chief of staff for the 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command based in Indianapolis. He has 31 years of military service.


Charles Dawson reports that he is currently serving in the Ohio Army National Guard in Taji, Iraq. He is attached to the 1483rd Transportation Company out of Walbridge, Ohio. He enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1990 and served for eight years until 1998. He reenlisted in 2006 and is due to return home toward the end of June, 2010.

Please visit the Bears in the Military section of for e-mail addresses and profiles of our alums who are serving. We extend to Charles and all of our Military alums our heartfelt thanks for their service.


Adam Moyer, who graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA in photography and cinema, has been busy the past several years with projects in the field of film and television. Adam started on American Chopper in 2004 as the Director of Photography and after two seasons he became the Producer/Director. Adam is currently the Co-Executive Producer of this popular series on TLC. His other projects include work on Shawshank Redemption, Shindler's List, Batman Forever, Air Force One, Gia, and The Horse Whisperer. Read more about Adam Moyer here.

1988 On February 6, Christine Solt married Eric Savage, a former Navy pilot who now flies for Delta Airlines, at the Hampshire House in Boston, MA. The Savages reside in Boston, where Christine is a partner at the law firm Choate, Hall and Stewart, LLP.

1990 Congratulations to UA grad and School Treasurer, Andy Geistfeld , and his wife Jen on the birth of their son Joshua in January. The new baby was welcomed home by his older sister, Claire, and brother, Christian.

1991 Robin "Gigi" Masri (Gibson) Ghibon-Elhenawy married Ahmed Elhenawy of Cairo, Egypt on September 25, 2009. They made their home in Upper Arlington and have three children attending Tremont.

2000 On August 15, 2009, Matt Couling married Marie Elizabeth Hereda at Holy Name Catholic Church - the same church where Matt's parents, Sid '73 and Kathy were married. Marie is a veterinarian with Delmar Animal Hospital and Matt is a manufacturing engineer for Owens Corning. The Coulings live in Delmar, NY.

2000 Bill Clark, an Ohio University graduate with a degree in Visual Communications and a minor in film, has been producing movie reviews for his film review Web site,, since 2003. A member of the Online Film Critics Society and the Central Ohio Film Critics Association, Bill pre-screens upcoming Hollywood releases and reviews them on his site. Bill is an Interactive Flash / Web Developer for Information Control Corporation (ICC) here in Columbus.

2002 Robert Bennett and Jaclyn Gurski were married in Maneto, NC, the bride's hometown, on May 14, 2009. Both are graduates of the University of Colorado at Boulder and now live in Columbus.

2002 The Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend was the setting for the July 11, 2009 wedding of Rebecca Ladewski and David Couling. After honeymooning in Costa Rica, the Coulings are back in Cambridge, MA where both Rebecca and David are Ph.D. candidates in chemical engineering at MIT.

2002 UAAA Life Member Ellen Messick and Kevin Essex were married July 25, 2009 at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Upper Arlington. Ellen, who is a nurse at OSU Hospital and Kevin, a teacher in the Columbus Public Schools, honeymooned in the Dominican Republic and make their home in Grandview.

2008 Abby Johnston broke the Koury Pool and championship meet records en route to winning both the women's one-meter and three-meter diving events at the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Swimming and Diving Championships held at the University of North Carolina qualifying her for the NCAA zone diving championships.

Do YOU have news you'd like to share with other alums? We will print your announcementin an upcoing issue of Traditions! Please email your news announcement to us and include your full name, graduation year, and your announcement as you would like to have it printed. 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!

Thanks 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 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!
We wish to thank these alums who have joined at the Golden Bear and Life Membership levels in the past month:
1960 Ned Bennett 1969 John Williams
1983 Julie Carleton Martin 1982 Todd Thomas
1988 Christine Solt Savage 1984 Kevin Welch
1992 Elizabeth Francis Gupta    
1993 Jeff Vergamini    
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.

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