Class Notes Archive

Bill Cohen ’66

Bill Cohen would like to share a link to his 8th annual Free Gratitude Concert

Friends.  Freedom.  Food.  Music. Parents. Children.  Pets. Laughter.  Emotions.  And dozens of other things.  Despite the virus, racial injustice, and many other challenges, we all have so much to be thankful for.  So join me (Bill Cohen) from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday November 26 as I sing a unique concert of songs that express gratitude for all that we have.  It’s our 8th year for this Thanksgiving-themed concert.  Playing piano and guitar, I’ll sing songs written by, made famous by, or inspired by, a wide variety of folks — John Denver, the Weavers, Phil Ochs, Louis Armstrong, and Don McLean.  Even Johnny Appleseed, Jiminy Cricket, and the “old ladies” on the TV show, “Golden Girls.”  On several songs, Ann Fisher will add beautiful flute accompaniment, David Maywhoor will add percussion, and Joe Lambert and Joanne Blum will add soothing vocal harmonies. This year, for the second time, the program will be entirely online.  Whether or not you’re a member of Facebook, you can see and hear the show by going to the Facebook page called “Bill Cohen Sings.”  You can either search for that page online yourself, or you can click on this link, and hopefully that will connect you AT THE TIME OF THE CONCERT.

If you have a Facebook account already, just click this link.

WWW.Facebook.com/BillCohenSings/live/

**IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A FACEBOOK ACCOUNT, YOU CAN STILL WATCH but you need to click 1 more thing! Once you click on this link (above) you will be asked to either log in or join. IGNORE THAT REQUEST!  Instead, click anything else like Home, Events, Videos etc. on the left hand column and the notice to login or join will go away! Then, you can watch us live AT THE TIME OF THE CONCERT!

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Rick Maish ’54

On October 12, at the TAT on Livingston Ave.  9 members of the class of 1954 met for lunch.  George Leslein, Marilynne Rohr, Larry Metz, Ben Dempsey, Steve Hacht, Preston Guram ad me.  Still remember our days at the Bexley Schools.

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Robert Book ’97

Robert Book 1997 currently lives in the New Albany area where he works as a Project Manager for House Doctors, a top-notch handyman service serving North and East Columbus.  He also volunteers for Midwest Boston terrier rescue and a double and pet fair.

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Mark Brugger ‘81

Mark Brugger ‘81 was appointed by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy through the State Board of Education to serve for two years on the New Jersey State Special Education Advisory Council. The council advises on unmet educational needs of students with disabilities and comments on state program plans, proposed rules and regulations, and distribution of funds. Along with this volunteering and local advocacy in the Princeton, NJ area, Mark serves on the board of the Learning Disabilities Association of NJ and performs EdTech consulting for the Larta Institute.

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Dr. Julie Mittman Glazer ’79

Dr. Julie Mittman Glazer (1979) is beginning year 6 as Superintendent of Schools in Nutley, New Jersey. Dr. Glazer is currently the President of Learning Forward New Jersey, the affiliate of the international organization dedicated to professional learning for educators. She has two sons, Max, an architect in Chicago, and Nathan, a law student at Seton Hall University

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Tom Kirker ‘78

Tom Kirker ‘78 has been retired from teaching for over 7 years with 29 years with Columbus City Schools, and 1 year in Eastern NC. He has worked part-time as a park ranger with Columbus. Franklin County Metroparks for 35 years as well, leading nature hikes and outdoor activities for the City of Bexley and writing for OhioOutdoorNews about hunting, fishing and related topics. After raising their family in Bexley,where their 3 children (now 34, 30, and 28) attended Bexley Schools, we now live in Violet Township, Fairfield County where he works at Slate Run and Chestnut Ridge Metroparks.

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Michael Segal ‘75

Michael Segal ‘75 recently moved from Partner to Of Counsel at the New York City law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and was elected to the Board of Directors of the WTA Tour (professional women’s tennis) as a Player Board Representative for 2019 – 2021.  He is still ecstatically married to Debra (Gombert) Segal (‘78).

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Nan Jenks-Jay ’70

Nan Jenks-Jay class of 1970 is to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from Yale University, Graduate School of the Environment this fall. In 2020, she was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from an international organization – the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Nan is Dean of Environmental Affairs Emeritus – Middlebury College.  She currently consults and co-owns Miller Hill Farm, Nursery and Gardens with her husband Carl Phelps offering herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees and specializing in native species. They recently conserved 100 acres of their farm in Vermont. Leading Voice in Environmental Education Wins YSE 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award  For being a leading voice for environmental education and sustainability in higher education, and catalyzing environmental programs around the country and globally, Nan Jenks-Jay ’86 MES was honored with Yale School of the Environment’s Distinguished Alumna Award 2021 https://youtu.be/bgrZxiGhJJo

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Chuck Smith ‘64

Chuck Smith ‘64 wrote a new ten minute play, PayDayus Ex Machina, which came in second at Carlton Hills College’s ten minute festival. Three audiences at The Old Opera House in WV voted his one act, More the Merrier, Best Play.  In August, his detective book, Dial EM for Empath, was posted on Amazon as an e-book and as a paperback.  It’s about Thane Solace, a detective who is an empath, which helps him in being a detective, a poker player, and as a ladies man. It has everything a reader would want: humor, violence, murder, and a sex scene. Once an artist friend of mine does the book’s cover, my second book, Dunn, will follow in a month or so. Dunn is a down on his luck private detective who comes into possession of a phone that can call five hours into the future. Of course, he uses it for gambling. Soon criminals and the NSA are in hot pursuit to get the phone, but for much different reasons. Not surprisingly, it has: humor, violence, murder, and a sex scene. I say: give the people what they want.

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Dr. James Westwater ’60

Dr. James Westwater’60— photographer, author, photochoreographer, visual concert artist and earth guardian—is a two time National Endowment for the Arts Resident Artist, a National Science Foundation Artist in the Antarctic, a recipient of the Antarctic Medal and fellow of The Explorers Club. He invented the art form of symphonic photochoreography—giant screen, multi-image photographic essays choreographed to the performance of symphonic music. During a 40 plus year career he performed his photochoreography with close to 200 symphony orchestras in the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia. He served as the Chevron Concert Artist for eight years and authored an award winning book of photography.  He now devotes energy to photographing and sharing the beauty and wonder of Mother Earth and helping to conserve and protect her. Dr. Westwater’s photochoreography and visual concerts with symphony orchestras are currently being performed with orchestras by Nicholas Bardonnay of Westwater Arts.

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