The Online Newsletter of the Upper Arlington Alumni Association
1950 North Mallway
Columbus OH 43221
   FEBRUARY, 2013
 614-487-5007 Ext. 1120
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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.


Erin Kittle Paider '96 has taken a position as the Assistant Director of the Upper Arlington Education Foundation and Upper Arlington Alumni Association. Erin works as assistant to Executive Director Joanie Dugger '80, and her contributions have enhanced the operation of both organizations. Welcome, Erin!


It may still be the middle of winter and the Fourth of July may seem far away, but the Upper Arlington High School Classes that end in "3" and "8" and busy planning for their CLASS REUNIONS, to be held during the Fourth of July weekend. Reuniting this summer are the Class of 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, and 2008.

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 has a database of more than 29,000 home addresses and more than 7,800 email addresses for our alums.

Because email addresses change frequently, please check to make sure that yours is current on your class page! If you would like for us to change it, please email Ellen here.

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

Please visit the Reunions 2013 page of to see who is coordinating your class reunion, and then click your class year to see your class reunion page, where details of your reunion events will be posted. Many classes now have Facebook pages where alums can interact and plan their reunion parties together!

The Upper Arlington Civic Association Fourth of July activities will be held on Thursday, July 4, 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


Be sure to come to the UAAA BLOCK PARTY on July 4, right after the parade. Look for the big yellow and white tent on Northwest Boulevard behind Barrington Elementary School. We'll have special tables set up for reunion classes, and you'll see your classmates as well as other UA neighbors! At 11:00 we'll present our Outstanding and Distinguished Alumnus Awards. Bring the kiddos to see Luke the Juggler and play in the Bounce House!

We are very pleased to announce that John Kost '74 is once again sponsoring the Block Party! Our generous alum has now underwritten the Block Party for 12 consecutive years! There is no way for us to adequately express our appreciation to John for this amazing support. Not only does he fund the event for the community, but also he makes the arrangements and takes on all the responsibilities!

John was named the UAAA Outstanding Alumnus in 2003, but he truly deserves the award every year! His continuing service to our Alumni Association is deeply appreciated and we are fortunate that he takes such joy in providing this community activity for all of Upper Arlington on our most fun holiday: The Fourth of July! THANK YOU, JOHN!

>>> SEE PHOTOS from the 2012 UAAA Block Party!


On Saturday, November 10, the Upper Arlington Alumni Association held the first Golden Bear [Pre-Hibernation] Rock Fest to raise funds for UAAA and to honor the 50th anniversary of the GREAT UA band, THE RAVENS! Read more about The Ravens here.

The event was held at the St. Agatha Event Center and more than 400 people rocked the night away to The Ravens' classic renditions of "Hang On Sloopy," "Louie Louie," "Money," and many more favorites from the 60's and 70's. They ended the evening with a rousing rendition of "Shout!" with Ravens alumnus Steve Stover '64 adding a special touch with his very own tail feather! Jeff Shaw '64 thrilled the crowd with his double-sax solo in "Hang on Sloopy"!

Andy Schmidt '74 and Schmidt's Classic Catering brought their new Sausage Truck to the party and served their fabulous German specialties throughout the evening.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Rock Fest to support UAAA. We extend a special thanks to our wonderful and generous sponsors: Street Sotheby's Realty, The UAHS Class of 1972, City Kids Daycare, The Sullivan Center, and Hot Cards Columbus. Brad Frick and An Anonymous Friend were also generous donors for the event.

Thank to our alums and our community friends and sponsors, the Golden Bear Rock Fest raised more than $12,000 for UAAA! THANK YOU!

UAAA Board Members Mary DeCesaro Cameron '79 and Candi Spencer '76 have volunteered to chair the 2013 Golden Bear Rock Fest, which will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the St. Agatha Event Center. The 2013 Rock Fest will feature The Pat Malloy Band, whose members include Jim Hilditch '67, Jeff Johnson '67, Bill Lutz '71, and Ron Hilditch '77. The other two band members are Pat Malloy and Ric Boals. Stay tuned for more details!
>>> SEE PHOTOS FROM THE 2012 ROCK FEST HERE! We thank our wonderful volunteer photographer, Joanne Beebe '64 for these wonderful pictures of the evening's fun! (Click "Golden Bear Rock Fest 2012" and then "Slideshow."

Tickets for this years' UAHS production of Les Miserables are ON SALE NOW!

From Eric Kauffman, UAHS Music Director: "The excitement and community buzz we accomplished in 2003 with the state premiere of Les Miserables, we hope to once again repeat in 2013 with our 10th Anniversary production of Les Miserables." Mr. Kauffman and his assistant, Amy Leacock, are working hard to once again bring an outstanding musical to the Upper Arlington community.

Many of you remember the amazing performances given by the 2003 cast of Les Miserables! In celebration of ten years, there will be a reunion of the 2003 company for the Saturday evening performance.

Times of the musical are as follows:

Thursday, February 21: 7:30 pm
Friday February 22: 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 23: 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 24: 2:30 PM

>>> You can purchase your tickets here. See you at the show!

>>> If you were a company member in 2003, and have not been contacted about the reunion, please email Mr. Kauffman.


Have you visited our 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. You know how it is: 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 email us your web site address and we will add you! You could be featured next!


Rod Ebright '70 Rod Ebright '70

Located in Columbus, Ohio, Rod Ebright's business consists of marketing, communications, management and development services.

John Hennessey '73
Chuck Diebel '73

Bevinco Bar Systems helps the hospitality industry increase their profits by reducing internal shrinkage of alcoholic beverages. They are unique to the industry in that they are the only company in the world who does what they do.

Dr. Donn Griffith '59

Located in Columbus, Ohio. The Animal Medical & Emergency Hospital is a full-service veterinary hospital, offering tender loving care to Central Ohio pets and their people. We care for cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, birds, reptiles, pocket pets, and all species of small animals.

>>> See all our Alumni Web sites here.

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


Each year, the UA Alumni Association selects two alumni to be honored at the Fourth of July Block Party. This year we would like to invite our UAAA MEMBERS to nominate alums whom you think would be good candidates for these honors. The awards are as follows:

  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.
>>> See the list of previously honored Outstanding Alumni here.
  A Distinguished Alumnus is an alum (or group of alumni) who is honored for his or her personal educational or career achievement.
>>> See the list of previously honored Distinguished Alumni here.
* YOU MUST BE A MEMBER OF UAAA IN ORDER TO SUBMIT A NOMINATION. If you are not currently a member, please visit the Membership page and join UAAA for just $20.

We wish to honor those who have been alumni for a minimum of ten years and who are having class reunions during the year of their award, so that they can share the excitement and pride with their fellow classmates.

Therefore, for our 2013 awards, we are seeking nominations for Outstanding and Distinguished Alumni from the following UAHS graduating classes: 1938, 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, and 2003.

If you would like to nominate an Upper Arlington High School alumnus for one of the above awards, please complete the online form and submit it by May 1, 2013.

>>> Complete and submit the Nomination Form here.
>>> See the list of former Outstanding and Distinguished Alumni here.

Whether you graduated from UAHS in 1932 or in 2012, it's interesting to know the history of our schools and the background of our beloved mascot, The Golden Bear!

Did you know that the UA Schools were established back to 1918, and that at that time the district was bounded by what is now Lane Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Riverside Drive, and North Star Road?

Do you remember the popular NBC4 sportscaster Jimmy Crum (1928 - 2009)? Did you know that Jimmy Crum was one of three men who donated the giant Golden Bear that stands in the glass case in the lobby of the high school? He, Denver Simmons, and Dick von Maur (father of Judy von Maur Perry '64) brought the bear back from a hunting trip to Kodiak, Alaska and the bear was formally donated in 1956. The Golden Bear had been the district's mascot since 1928.

>>> READ MORE about our school district's history and the story behind the Golden Bear here.


On October 6, 2013, Evvie Dunkel Heilbrunn '73 and Rick Whipple '73 will leave from Los Angeles for Katmandu, Nepal, to begin their trek to Everest Base Camp. Evvie and Rick have known each other since their days at Tremont Elementary. Everest Base Camp, or EBC, was on their bucket lists for many, many years -- although they didn't know it. Evvie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 and again in 2011. When she received a diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease in 2009, she gave up her dream of Everest.

After an old friend, Greg Hadder '73 passed away in August 2012, an amazing series of events occurred. Evvie's bucket list item reappeared and became a reality through a chance meeting with Greg's brother. When she told her UA friends about her trip, Rick asked if he could go. While Evvie thought he was kidding, he wasn't. They asked the trek leaders at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California, whether Rick could accompany the group, and the answer was a resounding "YES".

Evvie is raising money to fund Parkinson's research.

>>> Read Evvie's story and watch as she and Rick train for their journey on her web site.. There you'll find pictures and stories and Evvie leads up to her trip to Everest.

>>> Please donate to Evvie's cause at, where Evvie's page is "Ain't No Mountain High Enough!".


On our Faculty Email page of, you can find brief bios of some of our former and current UA teachers, and by clicking on their names, you can send them emails. The faculty who have submitted information for this page are hopeful that their former students will stay in touch.

Please visit this page and read about some of your favorite educators, and send them an email to catch up!

ATTENTION CURRENT AND RETIRED TEACHERS: If you are not listed on the Faculty page, please send your bio and email address to Ellen, and you will be included!


UAHS English teachers Diane Haddad '73 and Kevin Stotts are looking for students who have won or were runner-ups for the Matt McCoy award.

This award is given annually in May at the Senior Honors Assembly in memory of Matt McCoy, and it honors excellence in the field of English and composition. Winners are selected based on their Senior Capstone Project performance.

Matt McCoy was a student who graduated in 1988, and he died in a car accident the following year. His parents created this scholarship in his memory to celebrate students' writing. At the time it was awarded to Senior Thesis projects, which evolved into the Senior Capstone Project. Next year will be the 25th year of the award.

This year marks 25 years of presenting this award. Mr. Stotts and Ms. Haddad hope to have as many former recipients and runners-up as possible to return to UAHS in mid to late May of 2013 for a celebration.

>>> If you were so honored, or if you know someone who was, please contact Diane Haddad or contact Kevin Stotts.


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 4th of July Block Party, the annual selection of Outstanding and Distinguished Alumni, the Golden Bear [Pre-Hibernation] Rock Fest, and determination of content for the 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.


UAAA operates as a sub-fund of the Upper Arlington Education Foundation. The Foundation is structured to provide financial support for enrichment activities whose costs exceed the District's budget. These are not only in traditional classroom programs, but also programs in the fields of fine arts and athletics. The Upper Arlington Education Foundation Board of Trustees believes that no greater legacy can be created for future generations than a permanent fund which is designated solely for the purpose of exemplary education in our community.

Each year UAEF hosts its annual fundraiser, The Golden Bear Bash! on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend. This year it will be held on Sunday, September 1. Everyone is invited to this fun, casual evening with great music, live and silent auctions, and amazing food. You'll be hearing more about the Golden Bear Bash! in the coming months, and we hope you'll join us on September 1 as we raise funds to provide grant money for our great Upper Arlington Schools!

>>> Read more about The Golden Bear Bash! here.

>>> Learn more about the Upper Arlington Education Foundation here.

SPECIAL NOTE: If you enjoy visiting, or if you attend your reunions, or 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,

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.

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


During the 50th year celebration of Hastings, the Adopt-A-Chair committee has been busy raising funds to refurbish the chairs in the Hastings Middle School auditorium. Those of you who have been in the auditorium recently understand the need for this work.

The campaign is being chaired by Amy Chope Whalen '79 and Lauren Schooley Schuermann '79, daughter of the late John Schooley, Hastings architect and UAHS Class of 1946 alumnus.

As the campaign to restore the existing chairs in the Hastings Middle School auditorium continues, we would like to ask you to become a permanent part of the legacy of Hastings Middle School. We hope that as an alumnus, you will take part in this transformation and consider adopting a single chair, or a group of chairs. A nameplate will be included on the back of the chair with the inscription of your choice. We believe this is a wonderful way to recognize you, your family, or your business. You may also consider memorializing a special person.

The Upper Arlington Education Foundation has agreed to match up to $10,000 for chairs purchased. Please help this campaign!

Restoration of each chair is $150. The chairs will feature a cushioned seat, and a nameplate will be included on the back of the chair with inscription of the donor's choice. If you do not feel that you can adopt an entire chair, we are extremely grateful for any contribution you can make.

>>> Read more about the Adopt-A-Chair Campaign, see Before and After photos of the auditorium chairs, and print the Donation Form here.


Jill Henderson Knowlden '74 has set up a Facebook page called "You know you are from Upper Arlington if ... " and you can go there to reminisce with the rest of us who grew up here and have wonderful, fun memories of our community and schools. The page has become a very popular place for alumni to reconnect and share their fondest recollections of growing up as a Golden Bear.

What special memories do you have of UA - things about it back then that made it unique, or qualities it still has that make it stand out as spectacular?

>>> Visit the "You Know You're from UA If ..." Facebook page here.

      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 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 for helping us keep our newsletter interesting and fun with your input!    

1943 70-Year Reunion! See details here.
1948 65-Year Reunion! See details here.
1953 60-Year Reunion! See details here. Ron Hooker, Shirley Milburn, and John Waddell Smith are coordinating the events! Get ready to celebrate at a lineup of great events: a buffet lunch, a breakfast, school tours, and a reunion dinner party at Scioto Country Club!
1958 55-Year Reunion! See details here.
1963 50-Year Reunion! See details here. Jerry Anthony and Phil Williams are co-chairing the reunion, and Ken Vaughn serves as a reunion contact. The 50-year celebration includes a golf outing, a reunion luncheon, a dinner party at Scioto Country Club, float decorating, school tours, and a picnic to wrap up the reunion weekend.
1966 Douglas Roberts '66 has published an exciting book entitled The Man Who Fooled SAVAK. The story is about a G.I. stationed in Tehran during the Vietnam War, who falls in love with an Iranian girl and who later launches an elaborate plan to get his finance and her mother out of the country. They hope to reunite with their father and husband who escaped death from the Shah’s secret police, SAVAK, ten years earlier. See details here.
1968 45-Year Reunion! See details here. Patty Zartman Nichols is chairing the reunion this year. The Class of 1968 will get together for a golf outing and a fun party at The Bogey Inn,
1973 40-Year Reunion! See details here.
1978 35-Year Reunion! See details here. Jeff Worrel is coordinating the reunion events, including a reunion party at The Columbus Zoo.
1983 30-Year Reunion! See details here. Susan Shelby Pabst is chairing the reunion committee for 2013.
1988 25-Year Reunion! See details here.
1993 20Year Reunion! See details here. Corey Colombo is planning the reunion for the class in 2013.
1996 Erin Kittle Paider '96 has taken a position as the Assistant Director of the Upper Arlington Education Foundation and Upper Arlington Alumni Association. Erin works as assistant to Executive Director Joanie Dugger, and her contributions have enhanced the operation of both organizations. Welcome, Erin!
1998 15-Year Reunion! See details here.
2003 10-Year Reunion! See details here.
2006 Nikki Peters Kennedy and husband Andrew are proud to announce the birth of their baby boy, Henry Joseph Kennedy, born at St. Ann's Hospital on September 9, 2012 weighing 8 lbs., 11 oz. Nikki graduated Summa Cum Laude from Otterbein University in December, 2011 with a BA in health education.

2008 5-Year Reunion! See details here.
2009 When John Townsley (UAHS 2009) walked onto the Vanderbilt practice field in February of 2011, he was just looking for an opportunity to continue his football career. A year and a half later, the Commodores' scout team quarterback from Upper Arlington, Ohio, is on full scholarship at Vanderbilt.

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.

1948 Jim Liggitt 1969 Mark A. Gibson
1957 Sally Redick Mitchell 1972 Tim Pfening
1959 Joyce Marie (Graziani) Payton
1975 Tom Fenner
1961 Bob Dillon 1983 Tari Jones Kehres
1961 Chris Johnson 1998 Todd Sullivan
1960 David Korodi 2002 Elizabeth "Liza" Benson
1964 Anthony (Tony) Griffin FACULTY Charles Will: UAHS
1968 Dr. Jack L. Musgrave    

Mr. Charles Will, who taught at UAHS for 29 years, from 1955 until 1984, passed away on January 2. After his retirement in in 1984, Mr. Will moved to Circleville, where he was involved with the Scioto Society, the group who produces the summer play "Tecumseh." He was also an ad hoc member of The Upper Arlington Education Foundation for several years.

In 2005, Mr. Will was inducted into the Upper Arlington Educators Hall of Fame in recognition of his many years of exemplary teaching and his widespread influence on and inspiration to his many students through the years.

Those who wish to make a memorial gift to honor Mr. Will may donate to The Upper Arlington Education Foundation either through Paypal or by sending a check to UAEF, 1950 North Mallway, Columbus OH 43221. In the Details section of Paypal, please make a note that this is a gift in memory of Mr. Charles Will. Thank you.

>>> Read more about Mr. Will here.


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 13,000 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 him or her 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 UA Mail home address / phone number Email Joanie Dugger/Erin Paider
To submit your email address to be added to Email Ellen Clark
To submit personal or class news for Traditions / Email Ellen Clark
Questions or comments about 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 '80   Executive Director
  Erin Kittle Paider '96    Assistant 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 '62 Ron Johnson '61    Bradley W. Sharp '72
John D. Kost '74       Candi Spencer '77

The Upper Arlington Alumni Association
1950 North Mallway
Columbus OH 43221
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