Class Notes

Notes reported since May 2017.  Scroll through the decades and newest notes are at the top of each decade section.

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Class Notes 1930-1939

Grace Savage ’38 – Grove City, OH

Grace just celebrated her 98th birthday! She is in excellent health and lives in Grove City, Ohio.

Lois Dworsky Sheketoff ’39 – Hartford, CT

I have lived in Hartford since 1945. I had a wonderful marriage for 67 years to David. We have a son and daughter and two granddaughters. Daughter Arlene did work in Columbus for a few years as an engineer for Taft Broadcasting TV. (April 2014)

Marcia Black Crabtree ’39 – Orlando, FL

75 years ago I graduated from Bexley High School. I am healthy and active, was married 61 years and have two sons. I started 1st grade at the old Main Street School and went on to graduate 12 years later with an excellent education including music, art, recess, etc. There was no kindergarten. I understand Read More

Class Notes 1940-1949

Patricia Knisley ’45 – Columbus, OH

Happiness is receiving a call from a former Cassingham first grade student of mine about 63/64 years ago! Even better was the second call telling me to look on page 17A in the April 13, 2017 Wall Street Journal. Bob Greene had written an article entitled “I Actually Thanked a Teacher.” Thank you, Bobby! (As Read More

Barbara Rose Revere ’49 – Hilliard, OH

Moved again- to a beautiful new resort community here in Columbus. It is called Stone Oak- come visit! (January 2016)

Stanley P. Kessel

I finally retired after teaching orthodontic bio-mechanics to innocent young graduate heads for 17 years. They gave me a great retirement affair.

JoAnn and Wayne Hanners ’49

We had our 65th class reunion on Sept 19 and 20th.. We met at TAT Restaurant on Friday Sept 19 and the Old Bag of Nails on Sat 20th. We had 25 Classmates attend and with spouses and guests a total of 42. We had Classmates travel from CA, FL, MT, TN, and WVA. Fun Read More

Stanley Kessel ’41 – Hollywood, FL

Am now the oldest teacher in the history of the dental school at Nova Southeastern University. Still banging bio-mechanics into innocent post-grad orthodontic heads my grand-children’s age. Slowing down with a new hop but driving and no walker yet. I wonder if our old house at 2539 Fair Avenue is still intact (corner of Fair Read More

Mary Hullinger Polom ’42 – Wilbraham, MA

I celebrated the BIG 90 this year with parties with family and again with my book discussion group, then a vacation at Cape Cod with the whole family from MA and PA, except LA grandson. I still walk two miles most days and live in my home of 50+ years. (October 2014)

John H. Ramey ’44 – Akron, OH

I was recognized with the award for “A Lifetime of Distinguished Service” at the 24th Annual Harold K. Stubbs Awards Dinner on March 14 in Akron. The dinner was held annually in memory of Stubbs, a popular municipal court judge and West Side Akron resident who died suddenly in 1989. The City/County Safety Building is Read More

Class Notes 1950-1959

Jerry Smeck ’50

Been away from Ohio since 1952 but remain a staunch Buckeye. Retired in 1995 and moved from San Jose, after 40 years, to Modesto, California in 1999. On a good day it’s about a one hour drive, but on a bad day, which is usual, it up to 2 1/2 hours; a total nightmare to Read More

Bruce Meyer ’57

Nancy, my wife of 55 years, and I have endured the Pandemic so far by being caught in California for 5 weeks (not so bad in March compared to Columbus). After being quarantined, I am back working at Nationwide Childrens part time and waiting for golf and pickle-ball to restart.  We have seen 3 sons Read More

Billie McComas Bower ’56

My husband and I have been in quarantine like most old people and really are missing our family and friends! We do accept the danger of the Coronavirus which does keep us at home.  As a result, I have reconnected with my interest in genealogy and exploring (by phone) with a new cousin found through Read More

Janet Ebert ’53

I am finally working to complete my “Memory Book” for the Class of 1953, My goal is to have it at the printers by September. I’ve done three of these books, plus several big updates for our class – which, of course, is the best ever group of graduates! This one has more statistics than those previously printed. After the copy hits the printer’s Read More

Class of 1954 Reunion

The Class of 1954 had a wonderful time getting together at the TAT Ristorante this Fall with lots of classmates returning to Columbus from the area as well as out of state.

Terry and Nancy Meyer, ’53 & ’54 – Columbus, OH

We now spend winters in Naples, FL. We have a granddaughter who will be a 4th generation Maryland student.

Trudy Horkin ’55 – Melbourne, FL

Enjoying life in Melbourne, Florida. I volunteer at an equine assisted therapy center, but have pretty much given up riding. Marv volunteers at Viera Hospital. Nursing along my garden – gardening down here is certainly different from Ohio. Would like to get in touch with my classmates and any Bexley alums living in this area. Read More

Raymond Wagenhorst – 1953

Raymond F Wagenhorst retired as a senior engineer with IBM in 1991 and retired as a Registered Professional Nurse in 2017. He and his wife, Shirley, have moved to Tinton Falls, New Jersey.

Dick Barry ’55 – Arlington, TX

Last year my co-authored book sold 1,157 copies in 13 countries during the first six month sales period! How to Make a Golf Yardage Book based on the book by Eric Jones and Dick Barry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC12gQZbcOA https://www.amazon.com/Make-Yardage-Book-Eric-Jones-ebook/dp/B01AVDK0BY (January 2017)

Marilyn (Van Meter) Miller ’50 – Western, NC

All is well in Western, NC. I’m still active in the local Democratic Party, environmental, animal rights, and social justice causes. My husband, Jim, and I are thankful for continued good health. (December 2016)

Class Notes 1960-1969

Sherry Christie ’64

In August, Sherry Christie ’64 published Amber Road: A Novel of Love and Betrayal on the Roman Frontier, the second in her series about treachery, love, and honor in Rome of the Caesars. It’s available as a print book, ebook, and audiobook on Amazon.

John Calland ’68

Graduated from University of Texas with degrees in education, pharmacy, DDS, and Endodontic Certificate. Married RN, 2 boys, both married with son and daughter each. Private practice for 20 years and now retired doing menial labor taking care of our yard and pool.  Played golf 6 days a week for 30 years and finally! won Read More

Ann Russell ’63

The ‘63 Book Club is up and running.  Members of the Class of ‘63 have been meeting peripatetically (thank you Mrs. Amos for the cool vocabulary word) for several years. Those of us in the central Ohio area meet about once a month at various restaurants to discuss a book we’ve chosen the month before. Read More

Chuck Smith ’64

I retired in June as a part-time contractor for EPA. I have had more time to send out my short plays. “Fluent” was read in Flagstaff, AZ and near Penn State. “PayDayus Ex Machina” was an Honorable Mention at a Lafayette College one-act competition. A ten minute version of “Meeting Acute” was performed in Tampa. Read More

Wesley Sellers Bonnie ’62 – Ruston, LA

We have lived in Ruston, Louisiana since 1974. My huband, Larry, and I worked at Louisiana Tech University and both retired in 2013. We are presently building a house in the Straus Park subdivision on Brevard, North Carolina, which we hope is completed in October. We will at that time leave the heat and humidity Read More

Ann Kelso Kaufher ’67

I just graduated with my M.A. in Education with a focus on curriculum and instruction from California State University Fresno. I also received the 2017-18 Kremen School of Education and Human Development Project Award for my paper “Actualizing Art Integration and Teacher Self-Efficacy.” I’d like every child to receive what the students in Bexley receive Read More

Carol Friedman ’69 – Canmer, KY

Attention all Class of 1969 members. Our 50 year reunion is 2019. Be there or be square. Yes, this means YOU!

Jeff Carroll – 1968

My daughter just had twins in January, a boy and a girl. The boy they named “Jude Daniel” and the girl they named “Bexley Grace.” I guess that we must have come back to town a little too often for the 4th of July. We live in Winona Lake, Indiana and hope to bring the Read More

Julie (Paine) Van Vliet ’68 – Denver, CO

We have moved to Denver, CO to be with two of our three children. We are thrilled we now have our first two grandchildren. Two beautiful boys. (October 2015)

Caroline (Bebe) Baird Mason ’60 – Prides Crossing, MA

I just attended our 55th reunion. Everyone spoke about how blessed we were to gave frown up in Bexley- a magical community where we received a superb education and forged enduring friendships. We mourned the loss of 33 of our own dead classmates. Tony and I moved to the North Shore of Boston to live Read More

Class Notes 1970-1979

Libby Wetherholt, Class of 70

I retired after 30 years as an intervention specialist with the Dublin Schools in 2007. Our 2 children, Jane and David, graduated from Salem College and OSU, respectively after my retirement. Jane was married to Chris French in April 2019 and are now living within walking distance of us in Clintonville. After retirement I worked Read More

Tom Beck ’74

My son Patrick Beck is member of the 2020 class.  He will be attending Otterbein University and plans to major in education and play football.

Steve Marr ’75

On November 24th, I met up with Mike Segal, Howard Cohen, and Bob Nusgart at the OSU / Penn State game. At halftime we also bumped into Mark Palmer and Phil Peters and enjoyed catching up with fellow classmates.

Beth Tornes ’73

Beth called the office to share that she loved hearing about Mrs. Pfaff in the recent alumni magazine and that Sara had a huge influence on her, and encouraged her in writing and reading. Beth lives in Northern Wisconsin and has published 3 books of poetry. Her latest, Between the Dog and the Wolf, includes Read More

Ellen Klages ’72

“Passing Strange,” a novel by Ellen Klages won both the British Fantasy Award and the World Fantasy Award in 2018.

Libby (Davis) Wetherholt – 1970

This past year I have served as chair of the Clintonville Area Commission, a group that advises the City of Columbus on the needs of our neighborhood. Being chair is time-consuming, but I have met a lot of interesting neighbors in the 4 years I have been on the commission. Otherwise, I stay busy during Read More

Steve Marr ’75

It is always a pleasure to “come back home” to Bexley. This year Tom, Linda, and myself came home to celebrate Cliff’s 90th birthday and Marcella and Cliff’s 65th anniversary! In addition, I just could not stay away from attending this year’s OSU / Michigan game! Rubino’s is still a favorite destination and it is Read More

Betsy Salt ’70 – Westerville, OH

I retired on December 31, 2014 after serving for 31 years as the cataloger/metadata librarian at Courtright Memorial Library at Otterbein University in Westerville. (December 2014)  

Tom Kirker ’78 – Lancaster, OH

I retired from teaching in the Columbus City Schools and rural North Carolina in the spring of 2014 with 30 years of service. I am currently a park ranger with the Columbus and Franklin County Metroparks, where I started as a part-time ranger back in 1986. I am also doing freelance science/nature consulting for the Read More

Ann C. Wilcox ’73 – Washington, D.C.

Continue to enjoy life in Washington, DC, doing litigation and also providing legal support to activists and demonstrators in the DC area. Celebrated the life of our father, Franklin E. Wilcox, who died this year at the age of 88 (he was remembered by many BHS alumni as a Boy Scout leader and Director of Read More

Class Notes 1980-1989

Mark Moore ’86

I retired from the City of Bexley back in 2013, but while I wait for my wife to retire I needed to find something to occupy my time. I have been working for Greenscapes Landscape for the last 7 years as the purchasing agent and Safety Director. We are the largest premier install nursery in Read More

Monica Christenson (Sager) ’82  Little Rock, AK

Recently I won a language teacher scholarship to study in Barcelona, Spain, this summer.  I teach Spanish in Little Rock, Arkansas, to young children ages 2 1/2 through 4th grade and competed nationally through the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) for this special privilege.  It is an honor to have won Read More

Todd Huffman ’88 – Tampa, FL

Dr.Lee Thomas, Dean of Academic Affairs, and Campus President, Dr. Jennifer China, presented Professor Todd Huffman with the Dr. George M. Miller Excellence in Teaching Award for Hillsborough Community College-South Shore Campus during the Student Excellence Awards event held in Ruskin, FL. Professor Huffman was selected as this year’s award recipient out of 120 faculty. Read More

Brian Herstig ’89 – Minneapolis, MN

We welcomed Goldie Rilo on March 6. She entered the world at a healthy 8 lbs. 15 ozs. and 21.5 inches long. She already has taken to the Minneapolis winters and looks forward to visiting her older brother, Ben, as he prepares to leave for Temple University in the fall to study music education in Read More

Class Notes 1990-1999

Stacy Abroms ’92

During the 2019-20 school year, I finished my post-degree education license (AYA/ILA), student taught in 10th grade at Bexley and my oldest (of 4) graduated from Bexley High School and is on his way to Kent State University in the Fall.

Alise (Warmund) Kermisch ‘ 94

Well, Spring has been a doozie here in Denver Colorado. I am considered an essential worker and have been interpreting in to ASL the daily Denver Public Schools update from the Superintendent and Board of Education since just before we sheltered in place. My husband runs a behavioral health company that is based in California Read More

Barbi Sorensen Smole ’97

Barbi (Sorensen) Smole ’97 is a mom of three and runs her own pilates studio, Pointers Pilates in Maryland. After her son was diagnosed with a rare eye disease called Coats Disease, Barbi started the Curing Coats Fundraiser to raise research funds for The Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins. Visit, Curing Coats on Facebook for more Read More

Jane Smith ’97

Hello—I’d like to share a bit of alumni news. My next two picture books in my Chloe Zoe picture book series—”It’s Halloween, Chloe Zoe!” and “It’s Thanksgiving, Chloe Zoe!”—are releasing this August 2017 from publisher Albert Whitman & Co. As with the previous titles, I am both the author and the illustrator. Below are a Read More

Jane Smith ’97 – Hermosa Beach, CA

BHS Alumna (1997) Author-Illustrator Jane Smith has signed a six-picture book deal with publisher Albert Whitman. Chloe Zoe, a precocious school-aged elephant, stars in the new series. Her close-knit family and group of animal friends join in her adventures. The first book, titled “It’s Valentine’s Day, Chloe Zoe!,” will be available in January 2016 and Read More

Class Notes 2000-2009

Robert Moore ’08

I am now living in the Brewery District and running a public policy analysis firm called Scioto Analysis. We’re doing a lot of work on COVID-19, in particular working on revenue options for state government in light of the economic fallout of COVID and studying the economic impacts of social distancing.  More stories to come!

Nathan Ours ‘08

Hi! Nathan Ours here, class of 2011! This COVID-19 pandemic has definitely been a roller coaster of emotions! It has been 4 weeks since I have seen my wife and my son, as an essential worker I did not want to risk them contracting this virus so they are staying elsewhere to really distance themselves from Read More

Oliver Gladfelter ’14

A graduate of Denison University, Oliver received the president’s medal at the University’s Academic Awards Convocation this April. The medal is the highest honor the college bestows on a student for their academic success, as well as for community service, contribution to the arts, athletic fitness and achievement, enlargement of the community’s global perspective and Read More

Stacie Testaguzza ’08 – Westerville, OH

I graduated from Miami University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a minor in Business Management. I am now a licensed Real Estate Agent in the Greater Columbus area with Keller Williams Capital Partners. I also work by appointment at Helzberg Diamonds located at Tuttle Mall selling high end jewelry and engagement Read More

Class Notes 2010-2019

Greg Miller ’14

I actually am an essential worker, being a senior banker at Fifth Third Bank. To stay healthy all I’ve really done is work on good personal hygiene and social distancing but more importantly I’ve been taking steps to build my immune system up through diet and exercise and taking in lots of vitamin C.  I’ve just Read More

Robert Reed ’14

Robert Reed ran into science teacher Scott Lodgson and reported that he was currently employed by the US Department of Agriculture: U.S. Forest Service, a Federal agency that manages 193 million acres across the United States and its territories. It’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands Read More