The names of a former educator, mayor and two others known for community service were added to the Upper Arlington Wall of Honor on May 20.
During the ceremony at the Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center, J.W. Jones, Clark Pritchett Jr., Jeanne (McCoy) Purnhagen Schaal and Jacob "Jake" Will were added, bringing the number of Wall of Honor members to 43.
The annual ceremony is presented by the Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation Department and Upper Arlington Historical Society to posthumously recognize residents for contributions to the local community or elsewhere.
Nominees are chosen by the public and selected by a committee of representatives of the city and the historical society.
"Since 1990, the Historical Society has partnered with the city of Upper Arlington to honor our former neighbors that have made significant achievements locally, nationally and even internationally by putting them on our Wall of Honor," said Charlie Groezinger, Upper Arlington Historical Society president.
"This year, we honored four people because it's our centennial and we selected people who made significant contributions to the city and the development of the city."
The city provided the following information about each of this year's inductees:
* J.W. Jones (1887-April 30, 1954) was a resident of Upper Arlington for 22 years. In 1920, he began his work in Upper Arlington schools as the president of Upper Arlington School, later renamed Upper Arlington High School. At the time of his presidency, he taught math and biology as well. When the new high school building -- now Jones Middle School, named in his honor -- was constructed in 1924, Jones was appointed as the district's first fulltime superintendent, a post he held for 20 years. His passion for learning led him to play an instrumental role in establishing the Marwick School of Supervised Play in 1933, the first preschool in Upper Arlington.
* Clark Poston Pritchett Jr. (March 10, 1943-Sept. 24, 2011), was a resident for 31 years. He received his bachelor's degree in economics in 1965 from Ohio State University and graduated with a law degree from the OSU College of Law in 1968. Out of college, Pritchett practiced as an attorney and was elected to serve on Upper Arlington City Council in 1998. From 2003-06, he was council president and mayor. Pritchett donated kitchen equipment for the Amelita Mirolo Barn that he helped secure. He also helped secure the newer downtown Hilton that lifted Columbus into contention for major conventions.
* Jeanne (McCoy) Purnhagen Schaal (Sept. 13, 1920-Dec. 2, 2013) was a resident for 33 years and was an active member in a several clubs and organizations. An employee of Ohio Bell, Battelle, Clyde Williams & Co., and the National Board of YMCA, Schaal also dedicated much of her time to community service. She was the first female president of the Northwest Kiwanis Club and served as president of the American Business Women's Association (Rose Capital Chapter). She also was a member of the Ohio Business Week Foundation that worked to mentor high school students.
* Jacob L. "Jake" Will (July 19, 1927-Oct. 30, 2013), was the owner of J.L. Will & Co. His passion for the Tri-Village community and Upper Arlington was apparent through his involvement on a number of committees, such as the Northwest Kiwanis Club, the historical society's committee for the Wall of Honor and the Community Improvement Corp. A graduate of Ohio State University and a U.S. Army veteran, Will was a mentor, teacher and friend to many of the community's current leaders.
To be considered for the Wall of Honor, a nominee must be deceased, have lived in Upper Arlington for part of his or her life and must have made a significant contribution to the city, the state and/or the nation.
"A plaque is made that includes a relief of the individual and a summary of his or her lifetime accomplishments and contributions to the community, region or beyond," said Emma Speight, Upper Arlington community affairs director. "These plaques can all be found along the limestone wall of the plaza in front of the Municipal Services Center.
"On a sunny day, we often see visitors to our building pause for a few moments to read about some of the inductees. It's a means of remembrance, celebration and cause for community pride, knowing that Upper Arlington has been home to so many men and women of great distinction."
Speight said the plaques for Jones, Pritchett, Schaal and Will should be installed on the Wall of Honor in early June.