JUNE, 2018
1950 North Mallway Columbus OH 43221 614-487-5007 Ext. 1120 Email UAAA
  
IT'S REUNION TIME!
   The following classes are having reunions during the 4th of July weekend this year.
Please click your class year to see your reunion page.
   
YEAR
PARTIES
REUNION CONTACTS WEB
FB
1953
65-YEAR
DETAILS John Waddell Smith 614-459-9206
Ron Hooker 614-457-1709
1958
60-YEAR
DETAILS Sue Perry Allen
Diane Miller Selby
Merry Maidlow Hamilton
1963
55-YEAR
DETAILS Ken Vaughn 614-457-0898
Susan Guthrie Heebink 740-380-2752
Phil Williams 614-206-4166
 
1968
50-YEAR
DETAILS George Miller
Jeani McLaughlin Butler
George Richards
Tom Wiseman
UAHS1968.com
1973
45-YEAR
DETAILS

Beth Wroe
Pam Thomas Farber
Chrystal Elliott

1978
40-YEAR
DETAILS Mark Ricketts
Amy Ryan Boyd
Brad Hulls
Laurie Sickles
Suky Yost Warner
UAHS1978.com
1983
35-YEAR
DETAILS

Lori Vogt Schumacher
Susan Shelby Pabst
Cynthia Watson

1988
30-YEAR
DETAILS Millard Draudt
Carla Sokol
 
1993
25-YEAR
DETAILS

Corey Colombo
Molly McCorkle-Rule
David Coon
Anne Conroy-Noble
Kevin Sheriff

 
1998
20-YEAR
DETAILS If you know who is organizing this reunion, please email Ellen Clark. Thank you.  
2003
15-YEAR
DETAILS

Jenn Fisher
Lauren Biles

 
2008
10-YEAR
DETAILS Jimmy Trotier  
2013
5-YEAR
DETAILS Megan Miller
Sarah Page
  
ADMISSION IS FREE!      EVERYONE IS WELCOME!      BRING THE FAMILY!
  2018
ADMISSION IS FREE!      EVERYONE IS WELCOME!      BRING THE FAMILY!
EVENT UA ALUMNI DAY OPEN HOUSE
DATE Sunday, July 1, 2018
TIME 1:00 - 4:30 pm
LOCATION Upper Arlington High School
FOOD Cash food and beverages - FOOD TRUCKS from Schmidt's and Donatos!
COST FREE! No Admission Charge!
QUESTIONS Ron Johnson 614-563-8438
Ellen Clark 614-565-4353
     
    
TOURS of your alma mater throughout the day
Food Trucks for lunch and refreshments: SCHMIDT'S AND DONATO'S
Presentation of the 2018 Outstanding and Distinguished Alumnus Awards
  2018 OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS AWARDS: Ceremony at 2:30 pm in the Learning Center
  Charlie Groezinger, Class of 1968
  Beth Wroe, Class of 1973
  2018 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AWARDS: Ceremony at 2:30 pm in the Learning Center
  Jack Mortland, Class of 1953
  David Younkin, Class of 1958
Presentation of UA Educators Hall of Fame inductees: Ceremony at 2:30 pm in the Learning Center
Performance by the Upper Arlington Marching Band
Music in the cafeteria by THE GIRLFRIENDS: Tim Stridsberg '71, Craig Pataky '71, Bill Wyatt '69, plus ALUMNI GUEST PERFORMERS!
Extensive displays of vintage UA Memorabilia
Guest appearances by former UA teachers and administrators
Shopping for UA merchandise in the "Bear Essentials" School Store
A visit to the Alumni Garden in front of the high school
Cross-Class Reunion: See friends from other classes
 
2018
RECIPIENTS WILL BE HONORED DURING UA ALUMNI DAY ON SUNDAY, JULY 1.
AWARDS CEREMONY AT 2:30 PM IN THE LEARNING CENTER
CHARLIE GROEZINGER
1968
BETH WROE
1973
JACK MORTLAND
1953
DAVID YOUNKIN
1958
  
Each year the Upper Arlington Alumni Association (UAAA) honors one or more grads with the Outstanding Alumnus Award, and honors one of more alums with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
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.
   
OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS: CHARLIE GROEZINGER, CLASS OF 1968
Charlie Groezinger, Class of 1968, has been selected to receive the 2018 distinction of UAAA Outstanding Alumnus for his continued work on behalf of our UA community.

Charlie has been a resident of Upper Arlington since 1953. He attended Tremont Elementary, Jones Jr. High and UA High School, graduating in 1968. Charlie then attended The Ohio State University, before and after serving in the U.S. Army, majoring in Business Administration and Computer Science.

Charlie spent 30 years developing software for consumer goods and factory automation, and for the last eleven years, he has been the co-owner of SGO Designer Glass of Columbus with my son. Heam semi-retired.

Many UA residents know Charlie because of his work with the Upper Arlington Historical Society, an organization for which he has served as president since 2011. He is also the Chairman of the Legacy Projects Committee, UA Centennial Task Force. Charlie is also a member of the Upper Arlington Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association. Charlie currently serves as President, National Board of Governors of A Special Wish Foundation and is President of the National Association of the Remodeling industry (NARI), Central Ohio Chapter. Charlie has volunteered to work on The Class of 1968 reunion committees during the fifty years since high school graduation. In his free time, he enjoys golf and scuba diving.

Charlie has been married to Colleen since October of 1996. He has one son, Charles Jr. (Chuck), and two grandsons, Deacon (4) and Logan (2).

  
OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS: BETH WROE, CLASS OF 1973

Beth Wroe, Class of 1973, has been selected to receive the 2018 distinction of UAAA Outstanding Alumnus for her continued work on behalf of the Upper Arlington Alumni Association (UAAA) and her class reunion committee.

Beth has always been an "Arlington Girl." She went to kindergarten in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and then her family moved to an Upper Arlington home located on the corner of Tremont and Tewksbury Roads in 1960. Beth was a Barrington, Jones, UAHS Girl.

Beth lived In Columbus until 1993, when she moved to Arizona for a job opportunity. In 2010 she moved back to Columbus, as she missed her home and all her friends.

Beth has helped with the last four UAHS Class of 1973 class reunions, and she is excited to celebrate the class' 45-year reunion this year.

Several years ago, Beth joined the Upper Arlington Alumni Association (UAAA) Executive Board and has been involved with fundraising to help support The Alumni Association with the Block Parties at Barrington after the 4th of July parade, The Golden Bear Rock Fest at Saint Agatha's, the UA Alumni Day Open Houses at UAHS, and other activities to raise money and get more members involved with The Alumni Association.

Beth recently sold her house to downsize and move to a condo in North Arlington with her boxer "Maggie." Beth has been employed as the concierge at The Blackwell Inn at OSU for the past six years, and loves her job.

Beth has four grown children: four boys and a daughter. Three of her children live in Columbus, while her middle son is a police officer in Glendale, Arizona. Beth has six grandchildren who bring her pure joy.

  
A Distinguished Alumnus is an alum (or group of alumni) who is honored for his or her personal educational or career achievement.
DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS: JACK MORTLAND, CLASS OF 1953

Jack Mortland, Class of 1953, has been selected to receive the 2018 distinction of UAAA Distinguished Alumnus for his accomplishments during his career.

Jack Mortland grew up in Galion, Ohio and moved to UA for his senior year (1952 - 1953). At UAHS, he ran cross country, finishing 10th in the Central District CC meet, and track, where he won the Central Buckeye League 440, anchored the mile relay team to victory, and finished second in the high jump. Jack was also on the basketball team. He graduated from Bowling Green State University, where he earned three letters in both cross country and track, graduating in 1957 with a BS in Journalism.

While in graduate school at OSU, Jack took up race walking and eventually earned spots on US National track teams in both 1961 and 1965 for meets against the Soviet Union, as well as Poland and West Germany. In 1964, he was on the US Olympic team, finishing 17th in the 20 Km Racewalk in Tokyo. He was also a member of the 1967 US team for the World Cup of Racewalking held in Bad Saarow, East Germany. Members of that team were the first US athletes to compete in East Germany after the East-West split.

Jack was an industrial engineer at Westinghouse for seven years before moving to Battelle as a technical writer and editor, retiring in 1995. For 51 years he edited and published a newsletter on the sport of racewalking, The Ohio Racewalker, which circulated nationally and internationally. Jack and his wife Marty have lived in the same Clintonville home since their marriage in 1963. Jack and his wife have two sons, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.    

  
DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS: DAVID YOUNKIN, CLASS OF 1958

David Younkin, Class of 1958, has been selected to receive the 2018 distinction of UAAA Distinguished Alumnus for his accomplishments during his career.

Dave graduated in the spring of 1958 from UAHS and enrolled in Engineering at The Ohio State University that same Fall. Engineering became Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering, a new degree program with four years of traditional aero engineering and an additional year (Astronautical) for Space-related Engineering, such as Rocket Engine design and on-orbit maneuvering of space vehicles.

Upon graduation from OSU in December, 1963, Dave entered USAF Pilot Training in February, 1964. He married his wife, Joan, that same year while in Pilot Training because he decided that he loved her too much to live without her. She was an RN at (Ohio State) University Hospital when they met in 1962.

Dave earned his "wings" in Pilot Training in 1965 and became a B-52 Co-Pilot. He volunteered repeatedly for Vietnam, and was finally given an assignment as a C-7A "Caribou" Pilot. Dave quickly became an Instructor Pilot, checking out "newbies" when they needed to learn how to take off and land on ridiculously short strips in the jungle.

Dave flew more than 1500 sorties (by his count, 1763) with people shooting at him, his crew, and his airplanes. He set many USAF airlift records, including 26 sorties in one day. He came home to accolades and medals, and became a B-52 Aircraft Commander with a crew of six. After he did that for a few years, Dave had a shot at Test Pilot School, which was the entry point for USAF Astronaut candidates. He declined the position because of a bad back, (he sometimes regrets it to this day), and went on with his USAF career.

Dave earned his MBA from Chapman University in Orange, California, in 1984, which helped him get a management position in Industry on Day-1 after retiring from the Air Force.

Dave spent the last eight years in the Space Program for the government, and then went into industry as a Space Systems Engineer and Project Engineer. He managed multiple space projects, and garnered several Space Station-related patents along the way. Dave retired from industry in 2000 and moved to Big Bear Lake in the Southern California mountains.

As a volunteer, Dave taught English Literacy for 13 years (mainly to Hispanics), worked for the Sheriff's department for 13 years, and as a Naturalist for the Forest Service for eight years.

Dave has three children, eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren (currently, but who's counting?). Dave lost the Love of His Life on February 6, 2018 to multiple cancers after more than 53 years of marriage. He is currently splitting his time between his two California homes in the mountains of Big Bear and the desert of Ridgecrest.

 
RECIPIENTS WILL BE HONORED DURING UA ALUMNI DAY ON SUNDAY, JULY 1.
AWARDS CEREMONY AT 2:30 PM IN THE LEARNING CENTER

Four teachers will be inducted into the Educator Hall of Fame this year. These teachers were nominated by peers and selected by a group representing teachers and alumni. The Educator Hall of Fame was established in 2007 by former UAHS Principal and current Upper Arlington City Council President and Mayor Kip Greenhill to honor “the best of the best” teachers in the district.

   
BRUCE BROMBACHER: JONES MIDDLE SCHOOL

Bruce Brombacher taught math at Jones Middle School and was teacher of the year twice at Jones thanks to his commitment to students of all levels.

Bruce was honored as the Upper Arlington District Teacher of the Year in 1982, an award that led to the Ohio Teacher of the Year distinction. That same year, he achieved top honors as the National Teacher of the Year.

Now, in retirement, Bruce is enjoying time with his 5 grandchildren as well as gardening, volunteering and fishing.

JOE CARUSO: JONES MIDDLE SCHOOL and UAHS

Joe Caruso was a math and science teacher and taught at Jones Middle School and the High School during his career in Upper Arlington. Joe routinely rode his vintage bicycle to work.

Students who decided the bike was an “eyesore” formed a group to host bake sales and raised money to surprise him with a sleek new 12-speed red racer.

In addition to being a wonderful teacher, Joe led an impactful drug intervention program at the high school.

ELLEN ERLANGER: AT JONES MIDDLE SCHOOL

Ellen Erlanger began her career in Upper Arlington as a social studies teacher at Jones Middle School. When she became an administrator, Ellen led programs focused on Career Education, and Student Development.

Ellen and her friend and colleague, Kathy Meyer, now provide leadership for the “Growing Together” Service-Learning Network in central Ohio. This work has allowed her to maintain strong ties to Upper Arlington, which she finds gratifying.

SHARON WHALEY: JONES MIDDLE SCHOOL

Sharon Whaley was a beloved teacher at Jones Middle School. She served as a District Coordinator for the 8th grade Washington DC Trip and was on the planning committee for the annual Veterans Day lunch. She was also the Advisor for the Jones Middle School Student Council. A former colleague, Laurie Sutherin, said, “I have never met another teacher who gave so much of themselves for the betterment of their students, their school, and their community. As an Intervention Specialist, Sharon contributed to the success of hundreds of students over the course of her career. She believed in educating the whole child and it was evident in everything she did that she believed that every student had the ability to be successful.”

Unfortunately, Sharon recently lost her 10 year battle with cancer, but until just weeks before her passing, she was enjoying life. She traveled, spent lots of quality time with her children and grandchildren, enjoyed gardening and visited family.

   
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UA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE BOARD
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!
   
Alice Finley   Executive Director
Ron Johnson 1961 President
Ellen Isaly Clark 1969 Past President, Board Member,
Web Manager
Carolyn Casper 1962 Board Member
Sarah Ross Eagleson 1972 Board Member
Margherita Finelli 1975 Board Member
Jack Graf 1965 Board Member
Bill Hall 1979 Board Member
John D. Kost 1974 Board Member
Gary Nack 1965 Board Member
Jennie Lyon Ravery 1971 Board Member
Bradley W. Sharp 1972 Board Member
Doug Trotter 1972 Board Member
Beth Wroe 1973 Board Member
   

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