Four outstanding Golden Bears will receive Upper Arlington Alumni Association awards at the annual July 4 Party in the Park.

Four outstanding Golden Bears will receive Upper Arlington Alumni Association awards at the annual July 4 Party in the Park.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. July 4 at Northam Park, 2070 Northam Road in Upper Arlington.

Ellen Clark, from the Upper Arlington Alumni Association, said the awards will be presented at 7:30 p.m.

Marjorie Garvin Sayers and her late husband, Dr. Marvin Peter Sayers, will receive Outstanding Alumnus Awards; both are 1939 graduates. Thomas Wheeler, class of 1964, and Colleen McMahon, class of 1969, will receive Distinguished Alumnus Awards.

Clark said "outstanding" awards are given to alumni who "have generously dedicated their time to the service of the Upper Arlington Alumni Association and its mission, such as Marjorie Sayers."

She said a "distinguished alumnus" might also be someone who is honored for his or her personal educational or career achievement, "such as Colleen McMahon and Thomas Wheeler.

"All honorees were selected from nominations submitted by the UA Alumni Association members," she said.


Clark said Marjorie Sayers and her late husband met in second grade at Waltham Road School, later renamed Barrington Elementary School. They graduated from Upper Arlington High School in 1939, then studied at Ohio State University.

Marjorie Sayers still resides in Upper Arlington.

Dr. Marvin Peter Sayers was chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Columbus Children's Hospital and served on the faculty at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He also served as resident neurosurgeon on the floating hospital Ship Hope.

Mrs. Sayers was chairwoman of the history committee of Upper Arlington's 1976 Bicentennial Committee and one of the founders of the Upper Arlington Historical Society.

Clark said the Sayerses were married 70 years before Dr. Sayers died in June 2013.

"Both are dedicated Golden Bears who supported the UA Education Foundation and the UA Alumni Association, as well as other local charities and groups," Clark said. "Through their dedication to their community, they have created a legacy of tradition and lasting pride in Upper Arlington."


Thomas Wheeler, a graduate of Ohio State University, was appointed by President Barack Obama to be the 31st chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Clark said.

He was involved with telecommunications networks and services for more than 30 years and started or helped to start multiple companies offering cable, wireless and video communications.

Clark said Wheeler is the only person to be selected for both the Cable Television Hall of Fame and the Wireless Hall of Fame, a fact that President Obama joked made him "The Bo Jackson of Telecom."

He was president and CEO of the National Cable Television Association and CEO of several high-tech companies. He also served as president and CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association.

Wheeler also served as a trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for 12 years, Clark said. He lives in Washington, D.C.


Colleen McMahon graduated from Ohio State University and Harvard Law School. She is currently a U.S. district judge for the Southern District of New York.

Her career has included 20 years of law practice with the New York City firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Warton & Garrison, a stint as a speechwriter/ special assistant to the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and three years as judge in the New York State Court of Claims.

Clark said McMahon was the first woman litigator elected to partnership in the Paul Weiss firm. She also chaired the Committees on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction and Women in the Profession at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She headed a successful jury reform effort called The Jury Project and taught courses in law at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law.

McMahon presided over high-profile cases that included lawsuits in which the heirs of both Marilyn Monroe and cartoonist Jack Kirby sought reclaim rights and the "Newburgh Four" FBI sting operation, Clark said.

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