Class Notes Archive

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 the following poem dedicated to Sara Pfaff.

Dear Mrs. Pfaff

Thank you for ninth grade English,

for calling me Miss Tornes 

as you looked fiercely 

over the reading glasses

propped on your nose,


for making us read so much

William Carlos Williams,

Emily Dickinson

and J.D. Salinger,

whose books I devoured

at the Bexley Public Library.

Holden, Franny and Zooey’s

eccentricities mirrored my own,

made me feel that I too

belonged to the human race.

Thank you for helping me

slay my darkest dragons

with your ferocious 

extra credit reading list.


Thank you for telling me

when I turned in the first essay,

Nice is a garbage word.

You made me find a more precise

adjective.  Nice turned into fragile

green sheaths of daffodil blossoms

when we illustrated Wordsworth’s

“I wandered lonely as a cloud.”


Thank you for searing

in my brain forever

the red wheelbarrow

slick with fresh rain 

beside the white chickens.

Elizabeth Tornes


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Robert Reed Class of ’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 to meet the needs of present and future generations. “I was qualified for this position after earning a Bachelors of Science in Environment and Natural Resources from the College of Agriculture at The Ohio State University. I hope more Bexley students will be interested and engaged in conserving our public lands. “
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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.

Class of 1954 – 65th reunion

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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 and I look forward to spending time in Spain this summer continuing to improve my own skills in a native setting.



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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 leadership ability. Oliver was also a member of the Bexley Education Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Program, a club which educates Bexley High School students about the philanthropic grant making process from various speakers and award grants at the start of the second semester for school projects, programs and clubs.

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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 information.

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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. “Romantic Comradery” did well at the NVTA One Act Festival and won Best Actress, Best Script and Best Original Production.
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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 of LA behind for the cool of Western NC. This area of NC is close to a temperate rain forest which gets lots of rain and consequently is green. No forest fires for us!

I’m sending a “Hello” to my high school pal, Miriam Kuhn

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