Class Notes Archive

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 Central Ohio with anywhere from 100-120 employees. I know most of you would not think of a company in the landscape business being an essential business. We are considered an essential business due to the fact that if you are building a home and/or warehouse, most municipalities will not let those dwellings be occupied unless the entire project is complete which includes the landscaping. For these reasons most of our contractors require us to be present. The challenges we have had with the pandemic is getting safety supplies. Obviously we are following all of the CDC recommendations including face covers. Some of the employees have sewn their own masks which are very creative, but appropriate. We wear nitrile gloves within our work gloves and when ever possible we are having employees direct report to jobsites to limit exposure in the company vehicles and they are sanitized nightly. The big one is staying a minimum of 6’. We have become a lot more mechanized than we were before, but have found this in some situations makes us more efficient. My hope for all of us is that this will be over soon, but fear we will have a new normal. So to all of you Alumi out there please use common sense, we are all in this together, but now more than ever we need to be together no matter what that means to each one of us.

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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 drive into the Bay Area.  Don’t have much reason to go to The Bay now.  We sold our very beautiful 42 ft Sailboat about 8 years ago. The ocean is very unforgiving!! Enjoyed many years of San Francisco Bay sailing and out of the Golden Gate to Monterey, Half Moon Bay etc.–getting old sucks but we sure had a good time. We took up RV’ing also. Drove approximately 100,000 miles around the USA. So my life has not been boring.  We visited our family quite a few times in Columbus, Arlington and Canal Winchester, etc.  Nancy and I passed our 65th wedding anniversary on March 5th. I still have one living sibling in Columbus, Janet Wilkes. Janet was in the Bexley school system until 1950 when Mom & Dad decided to move to Florida. Every time I sit down to type a letter I think of my Bexley HS typing teacher; and now I have forgotten her name, but I haven’t forgotten how to type. The memory of the keyboard remains in my brain. It just amazes me!!!
We have a soon to be 18 year old Greatgrandson that is graduating HS. It seems unfair to deny the graduates the ceremony of High School Graduation, but the alternative is to expose yourself to a pretty bad virus. Perhaps this will make them stronger in some future situation?  Would love to hear from classmates – this would be our 70th reunion.
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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 and 5 grandchildren graduate from Bexley and await 2 others. We also have a son and 3 grandchildren in the LA area.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 our club championship.  I play the drums, guitar and piano (a little), read and do acrylic painting.  A lot of baby sitting the grandkids.  I keep up with David Weston and Bruce Peterson.

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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. Out of town classmates, from Maine to South Dakota to California, meet with us via email or FaceBook. Now we have our first Zoom book club meeting scheduled for later this month. We are looking forward to seeing everyone, catching up, (and yes, Mrs. Amos) even discussing a book or two! All members of the Class of ‘63 are invited to join the book club. Email Ann Zimpfer Russell at azbexley@gmail.com. Update: We had a great “coast to coast” ‘63 book club meeting on Apr. 27 with participants in CA, TX, MD and Ohio.

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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 Ancestry.com. DNA. And I spend more time on the phone and computer, connecting with Bexley classmates Joan Dye Hein, Norma Wood Grimm and Barbara Ketzmier Durbin. 

To date, I’m so thankful that my family of 28 (4 children, 7 grands, 5 greats and one on the way plus spouses) are virus free. I was an only child and so happy to have a big family! Bob and I will be married 63 years this year.  But this last Easter was the strangest ever. Here is a picture of my 6 month old great grandson Rowan and his parents … I  dubbed it “Love through a window”! Looking forward to freedom soon and viewing my newly placed Bexley brick!

 

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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!

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