The Upper Arlington Alumni Association will welcome community members and Golden Bears past and present to Upper Arlington High School on Saturday, July 6, as part of its 2019 open house.

Each summer, the UAAA offers graduates, current and former teachers and administrations, as well as the community members, opportunities to connect and stroll the halls of the high school during its annual open house.

This year, the open house will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at UAHS, 1650 Ridgeview Road.

"We try to work it around people's travel schedules around the Fourth of July," said Alice Finley, executive director of the UAAA and the Upper Arlington Education Foundation. "We had it on Sunday last year, but we figured that would be a travel day this year.

"So we bumped it up to Saturday."

In addition to catching up with familiar faces and fostering class reunions, a portion of the event is dedicated to honoring educators and alumni who've made their marks on the school district and beyond.

Following live music from The Girlfriends in the cafeteria from 1 to 2:15 p.m., five former teachers will be inducted into the Educator Hall of Fame, and the UAAA will honor an "Outstanding Alum" and present two "Distinguished Alumnus" awards during a 2:30 p.m. ceremony in the school's Learning Center.

Joe Conley, Bonnie Emery, Virginia Gardier, Elizabeth "Betsy" Miller and Dan Sebastian will be inducted into the Educator Hall of Fame.

Conley taught in Upper Arlington for 25 years.

"He began at Hastings and then moved to the high school, where he spent the bulk of his career teaching classes like mass media, broadcast theory and broadcast production," Finley said.

Emery "is a legend at Barrington Elementary Schools," Finley said. She spent "many years" there as a (grades) 3-4 multiage teacher and looping third- (and) fourth-grade teacher.

Gardier died "just a couple weeks ago," Finley said, adding that she served as a librarian/media specialist at Burbank Elementary School and later at Greensview Elementary School.

Miller taught language arts at all levels at the high school.

"She also served as a districtwide teacher-leader in the subject, as well as being the adviser for the Norwester yearbook, the director of the Artist in the Schools program and many other extra responsibilities," Finley said.

Twenty years after being a student and playing football and tennis at Jones Middle School, Sebastian found himself teaching at the school, in addition to coaching football and tennis there.

"Fast forward four years, and he was teaching and coaching at the high school 20 years after his graduation," Finley said.

Mary DeCesaro Cameron (class of 1979) will be named "Outstanding Alum."

Finley said Cameron "demonstrated a long history of support for the district, school programs, student programs, the class of 1979 and alumni in general."

"She served on the alumni association board for 13 years and still supports the association with committee work, chaired her class reunions, is a Leadership UA graduate and more," Finley said.

This year's "Distinguished Alumnus" awards go to Dr. Pete Edwards ('79) and Justice Herbert Brown ('49).

"Pete is most broadly known for keeping the Columbus Crew in Columbus when he led an investor group and bought the team," Finley said. "His accomplishments in his medical field, though, are also remarkable and worthy of recognition.

"He is an orthopedic surgeon with a fellowship-trained specialty in sports medicine. He has 25 years of experience in treating elite athletes such as Olympic wrestlers, NFL players, NASCAR team members, the U.S. men's and women's national soccer teams and countless collegiate athletes."

Finley said Brown was "an excellent attorney for years" before serving as a professor in the College of Law at the Ohio State University and holding "many important positions having to do with legal affairs."

"The highlight of his life was his distinguished career practicing law before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court and the Ohio Supreme Court," Finley said. "Herb served as the 142nd Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio from 1987-93.

"He will be remembered as an intelligent, fair-minded, and independent jurist. Throughout the years, Herb also assumed numerous leadership responsibilities in business and civic organizations at local, state, and national levels. He is now a retired Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court."

In addition to the Open House, Finley said the class of '49 will have activities for their 70th reunion throughout the week, including a breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, July 4, at 1660 Waltham Road.

More information is available at 614-488-5215.

At 5:30 p.m. that day, there will be a picnic supper at 4446 Dublin Road. Information is available at 614-876-6333.

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