The Online Newsletter of the Upper Arlington Alumni Association
1950 North Mallway
Columbus OH 43221
   614-487-5007 Ext. 120
MAY / JUNE, 2010
Please visit your UAAA Web site: BEARALUMS.COM

As you know, all Upper Arlington High School reunion events are held during the Fourth of July weekend in UA. It's a busy and exciting time for the Alumni Association, as we help distribute information about reunions, plan the annual Block Party after the parade, and honor our Outstanding and Distinguished Alumni. This issue of Traditions contains a great deal of information about all these events, and you can find even more information on We hope to see all of you "under the tent" at the Block Party behind Barrington Elementary School on Saturday, July 3, right after the parade.

And remember - each reunion class (all classes ending in a "0" or a "5") has its own page on! You can see the index here and get all your reunion information, including maps to the events, on our Web site.

Be sure to read about other reunions and alumni activities that are also being held that weekend: Former Burbank Elementary School students, parents, and teachers will gather on Saturday, July 3 and The Canterbury Kids will reunite on Sunday, July 4. There's an Alumni Motorcycle Ride being planned on Sunday, July 4. Please check for details below and on the Announcements page of!

The UAAA Outstanding Alumnus Award is given to an alum who has generously dedicated his or her time to the service of the Upper Arlington Alumni Association and its mission. See the alums who have received this honor in the past.
The 2010 Outstanding Alumnus Award is being presented to JOANIE IGEL DUGGER, '80, who is the Executive Director of the Upper Arlington Education Foundation and Alumni Association. She follows her mentor, Louesa Callahan Foster '61, Outstanding Alum in 1993, in this leadership position.

Before joining the UAEF and UAAA offices, Joanie was very involved as a volunteer in the UA Schools system. She and her husband, Glen Dugger '77, have three children, Sarah Jane '06, Teddy '09, and Abby '12 who are also Barrington and Jones grads. As their children traveled through the school system, Joanie served on both Barrington's PTO Executive Board and Jones PTO Executive Board twice. She co-chaired the Clown Around Silent Auction, and served as program chair for Jones Fall Production several years. Both Joanie and Glen were happily involved in whatever Jones and UAHS sports teams their children were on and have served as captains' parents eleven times. On a larger scale, Joanie has either been the general co-chair or committee chair for six school levy or bond issue campaigns during the past 16 years.

Joanie started working in the UAEF offices in early 2002 and assumed the leadership of the organization in the summer of 2006. She serves as the link between UAEF donors and UAAA alums and the schools district, students and staff.

We greatly appreciate all that Joanie does to enhance the connections among our alumni and to lead the UAEF and UAAA in their missions. Joanie will receive her award at the UAAA Block Party on July 3.

Meet and read more about Joanie Igel Dugger here.

The UAAA Distinguished Alumnus Award is given to an alum in recognition of his or her personal, educational and/or career achievement. See the alums who have received this honor in the past.

The 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award is being presented to DR. DAVID CROMER, '53, who is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist and an alum of Ohio Wesleyan University, and Northwestern University Medical School. He is an Emeritus Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern, and practiced his specialty in Evanston, IL, for 35 years. He has received several Alumni and Faculty awards from Northwestern.

Since retiring from active practice and as Department Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare in 2000, he has been a volunteer physician at a clinic for the uninsured, and on medical mission trips to developing countries. Membership in Rotary has provided opportunities through International Service to visit and partner with clubs overseas to send supplies to a hospital in Papua New Guinea and resulting in Humanitarian Matching Grants to equip a medical facility in Ghana and a Dental clinic in Ecuador.

He has served on the Boards of Directors of a hospital system, a medical liability insurance company, and non medical, not for profit organizations. His current medical interests are to help the medically underserved and indigent populations here and abroad; and to promote healthy prevention of diseases.

Dave is married to Betsey Johnson Cromer, a UAHS 1953 classmate, for 53 years. They have three married children and six grandchildren. Boating, tennis, golf, and church activities still provide enjoyment. They reside in central Florida and spend summer to early fall in south central Wisconsin near Madison.

UAAA applauds Dr. David Cromer on his personal, educational, and career achievements. He will receive his award at the UAAA Block Party on July 3.

Meet and read more about David Cromer, MD 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.


As the weeks fly by and calendar pages turn quickly, the schools have emptied out, the pools have opened up, and library reading programs are filling up with well intentioned youngsters. June will fly by just as May did, and before you know it, the air will be filled with the anticipation/electricity that accompanies the mysterious appearance of painted stars along Northwest Blvd., red, white and blue banners on the street lights, and lawn chairs placed along the parade route DAYS before the 4th. One of the most interesting things about our dear city is that for some reason, teenagers who are happy to TP homes, pull pranks, and cause general mischief would never THINK to steal or even MOVE a parade chair. Even for teenagers, there are some things that are off limits, and in Upper Arlington, you don't mess with the Fourth!

We have heard from many alums who are returning for their reunions, and it seems as if there are a record number of you coming home! Class reunion committees have been hard at work for over a year planning and coordinating parties for their classes. To these FANTASTIC alums, we say THANK YOU!! Reunion classes are competing for a $500 prize for the class with the highest percentage of membership in the UAAA. If you are having a class reunion, please consider joining the UAAA in honor of your reunion coordinators. Our dues are modest - we start at $15 for an annual membership and have easy payment plans for the Life and Golden Bear levels. You may join via Paypal or send in a check. See membership information here.

Not having a reunion this year? Don't feel left out! John Kost '74 of Remax Realtors is the sole underwriter of the annual UAAA Block Party, which is held at the conclusion of the parade right on the grounds of Barrington Elementary School. His annual gift to his alma mater and community is a party for EVERYONE - whether you graduated from UA or not. Please consider this your invitation to stop by with friends and family and enjoy the music, food provided by All Jazzed BBQ owned by Tom Mignery, '87, balloon animals and juggling by Luke the Juggler, and John's wonderful collection of antique cars while running into longtime friends, classmates, former teachers, and neighbors. No need to RSVP! Just come on by!

IMPORTANT DATE INFO: Because the 4th of July falls on a Sunday this year, the UA Civic Association has decided to hold all festivities on Saturday, July 3, so please make your travel plans accordingly! The theme of the 2010 parade is "Buckeye 4th of July" featuring Parade Grand Marshall, Dr. Jon R. Woods, The Ohio State University Marching Band Director. The UACA is proud to announce that the OSU Alumni Band will be returning to the parade, and UACA volunteers are hard at work making sure that this year's event will live up to everyone's expectations!

For those of you who are interested, the UACA now offers tables at the park before the fireworks. Enjoy dinner with friends, live entertainment, and front row seats for the fireworks! All this PLUS a parking pass at Tremont School so you don't have to fight the traffic! Tables are available at 5:15 pm. The 2010 entertainment will include Shucking Bubba Acoustic during the dinner hour then Shucking Bubba Deluxe will crank it up for the rest of the evening. See all the information and print the reservation forms on our Reunions 2010 page!

Come on home! There is no other place to be!

Has it really been 25 years since Burbank Elementary School closed its doors!? It is hard to believe, but it is true. Burbank was open from 1971 to 1985 and served the students in the northwest Upper Arlington community. It is time to reconnect with all your favorite classmates, teachers and parents. A committee of former Burbank students and the Upper Arlington Alumni Association have teamed up to coordinate an open house on Saturday, July 3 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the former Burbank Elementary School at 4770 Burbank Drive. See MAP.

This will be a great event to to visit between the parade and the fireworks! It is open to all former students, teachers, parents, and anyone else who wants to celebrate Burbank. Many former students now have children of their own who may want to see where their Mom or Dad went to elementary school. There will be light snacks and refreshments to cool off from the hot July weather! Beloved librarian Virginia Gardier plans to attend, and we may even be able to convince her to read us Green Eggs and Ham, Amelia Bedelia, or a Value Tale! We also hope many other former teachers join us.

More information is available on the Burbank Elementary School, Upper Arlington Facebook page (feel free to join), through a planned e-vite, and on Please email Corey Colombo 614-263-7000 (work) or Kevin Sheriff at 703-867-6136 if you have any questions or suggestions for the event.

HISTORY: Canterbury Village, a grouping of homes located to the north of Canterbury Road at Riverside Drive, was conceived in the late 1940s primarily by friends who grew up in Upper Arlington and were returning from service in WWII. The founders wanted a community that was a fun and safe place to raise their families and was a part of the Upper Arlington community.

The Village included 16 lots built around a central park and other common areas. At the northern boundary of the Village were a drive-in theater and horse trails. There were hills for sledding, woods for exploring and the central park was a perfect place for baseball, football, red rover come over, etc. all played by the over 50 Kids. The Village was a wonderful place for us Kids to grow up!

THE REUNION : We are planning a once in a life time chance to go home again. Many Kids are participating, and we are pleased to contribute a redbud tree and memorial plaque in the park presented to the current residents in honor of the Village founders, our parents. Many of the current residents have agreed to open their homes for a walk through by the Kids. If you have questions/comments please email Chuck Durrant or call him at 623-551-2188.

See the list of attendees here!

Chuck Durrant, UAHS Class of 1963
Cell: 602-625-9825
Home: 623-551-2188
Email Chuck Durrant

Print Flyer with Schedule of Events


Scott Berry, '80, would like to organize a UAHS Alumni Motorcycle Ride, to be held on Sunday, July 4.

Scott suggests that anyone who is interested should meet at Upper Arlington High School on July 4 at 10:00 am to begin the ride, stop for lunch somewhere, and then return to UA around 2:00 PM

If you are interested in joining this ride, please email Scott Berry.


Please join us on Sunday, September 5 for the Golden Bear Bash, the annual fundraiser for the Upper Arlington Education Foundation. This is an evening of fun, great food, and plenty of Golden Bear friendship. You'll enjoy our silent auctions, our live auction, and fabulous entertainment.

Proceeds from the Golden Bear Bash benefit the Upper Arlington Education Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that promotes excellence in public education for the children of Upper Arlington through a permanent endowment fund. The Foundation funds enrichment activities and programs, the costs of which exceed the School District budget.

Please watch for a reservation form and more details about the fourth annual Golden Bear Bash on our Announcements page.

With more than one million views, Flash Mob at the Ohio Union is quite the hit on You Tube. Why do we care about a video about Ohio State? First of all, the new Ohio Union was completed this spring under the leadership and artistic direction of Beth Wiltberger Ullum '77. Finished ahead of schedule and under budget, this state of the art facility is full of Beth's artistic creations, including light fixtures, carpet and fabric design, and materials selection. Beth used local artists to bring to life her vision and drawings of fixtures and materials. Congratulations to Beth and her team on the completion of this fantastic facility. If you are back for a reunion, please allow time to stop by and see Beth's work.

There is another piece to the Flash Mob video. This video was shot and edited by Luc Nutter '05. Luc is famous for being just about the biggest Buckeye fan around and is now pursing his love - film. Seen dancing in the video is Megan Couling '05, who was a four year cheerleader at Ohio State.

Congratulations to all our alums for this fun piece of work. In addition to filming, Luc is heading up the reunion for the Class of 2005. What a guy!


The Educators Hall of Fame was established in 2005 by Principal Kip Greenhill and the UAHS faculty to honor retired teachers and administrators for their lasting influence on their students and fellow educators.

Thanks to all of you who logged on to the Web site and posted wonderful comments about the UAHS Educators' Hall of Fame nominees. Since the last issue of Traditions, we received the sad news that nominee Ann Eggert, retired UAHS librarian, passed away, but not before her sons read to her all the lovely comments from former students about how she made a difference in their life. What a wonderful parting gift to a special lady. If you are in education, we encourage you to read the comments left by our alums for all of the nominees. You will find it inspiring.

The 2010 UAHS Educators' Hall of Fame honorees will be selected from the following nominees:

Blaine Bierly Ann Eggert Marv Moorehead Margaret Schultz Mildred Wagner
Leon Bowman Jean Guddat Doyt L. Perry Dan Sebastian Phil Wagner
Richard Canfield A.L. Guesman Tim Reno Dorothy Spiva Herb Yenser
Dr. Robert Cavins G. Ellen Mann

As soon as the selection committee announces this year's inductees, we will share that information with you. Stay tuned!


The 2010 UAHS Football team has started their patron ad drive. Former football players, band members, and cheerleaders who wish to support the football program are invited to fill out the patron ad form and return it by July 31 if they wish to be recognized in the game program. The form may be found on

If your business is interested in buying an ad, please print the ad form here or email Terri Johns

       CLASS NEWS: This BEARS Repeating ...
1950 CELEBRATING 60 YEARS! See details on the Class of 1950 Reunion page.

1953 CELEBRATING A GROUP 75TH BIRTHDAY PARTY! See details on the Class of 1953 Reunion page.
  Dr. David Cromer has been selected to receive the 2010 UAAA Distinguished Alumnus Award for his career achievements in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. See more information about Dr. Cromer here.

1955 CELEBRATING 55 YEARS! See details on the Class of 1955 Reunion page.

1960 CELEBRATING 50 YEARS! See details on the Class of 1960 Reunion page.


CELEBRATING 45 YEARS! See details on the Class of 1965 Reunion page.


CELEBRATING 40 YEARS! See details on the Class of 1970 Reunion page.

1972 Marti Trudeau has recently written a pre-chemistry book, Dmitri's Neighborhood, which is ideal for summer reading prior to taking a first chemistry class. Find out more about Marti's book

1975 CELEBRATING 35 YEARS! See details on the Class of 1975 Reunion page.

1980 CELEBRATING 30 YEARS! See details on the Class of 1980 Reunion page.

1985 CELEBRATING 25 YEARS! See details on the Class of 1985 Reunion page.

1989 Julie Eliot Gulisano recently recorded the role of Salome for the rock opera The Baptist. Julie is married to Jamie Gulisano and they have 5 children: Joshua (10), Jacob (8), Jesse (6), Josie (3) and Jordan, 9 months.

1990 CELEBRATING 20 YEARS! See details on the Class of 1990 Reunion page.

1995 CELEBRATING 15 YEARS! See details on the Class of 1995 Reunion page.

2000 CELEBRATING 10 YEARS! See details on the Class of 2000 Reunion page.


LTjg Matthew A. Goetz, USN, recently returned from his work as Operations Officer aboard hospital ship USNS COMFORT in Port au Prince, Haiti. LTjg Goetz managed boat and helicopter medical evacuations, on-site field hospital assessment teams, patient/procedure tracking, International Non-Governmental Organization coordination, and continued logistical support for the ship's two months mission.

Following his transition into the Naval Reserve this summer, Matthew will attend the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts, working toward a Master of Education (Ed.M) in Secondary Education. His professional focus as a practitioner is redevelopment of international education infrastructure, with future work to include close ties to UN efforts in countries undergoing reconstruction.


Lt. Ben Adams, '03, USNy, was recently featured in a Spike TV documentary, U.S. Navy: Pirate Hunter, about capturing Somali pirates off the coast of Africa. Ben was one of the three team leaders featured in this film, in which they chronicle the US Navy's efforts to restore order to the turbulent waters off of the coast of Somalia.

The US Navy granted Spike and 44 Blue Productions unprecedented access to film aboard the USS Gettysburg with three of its counter piracy operative teams as it patrolled the Gulf of Aden along the coast of Somalia. The documentary shows the dramatic, tension-filled and high-stakes military mission first-hand as they patrol the ocean, board questionable vessels, get caught in gun battles and seize stolen goods and weapons.

2005 CELEBRATING 5 YEARS! See details on the Class of 2005 Reunion page.

Do YOU have news you'd like to share with other alums? We will print your announcement in an upcoming issue of Traditions and also add it to the Announcements page of 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. We welcome photos to accompany your story, and the pictures will be used on the Announcements page of 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!

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

Thomas Sours
Gale Hull Whetzel
John Kelsey
Martha de Mey Clow
Julie Hackenberg Groezinger
Aaron Pillar
Raymond R. Latham, Jr.
Barbara McKenzie Buenger   
Ann Huhta Holland
Tom Dale
Barbara Nye

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!

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
We wish to thank these alums who have joined at the Golden Bear and Life Membership levels in the past month:
1964 Robert Brouse    
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 when 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 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 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
Questions or comments about Email Ellen Clark
What do YOU want to hear about in our newsletter? Please let us know! Email Joanie Dugger
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 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     Julie May Jones '69
Carolyn Casper-DuVall '62 Carol Gillespie '65     Jan L. Wallace '74
John D. Kost '74 Bradley W. Sharp '72  

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