Class News, from Joey Thiele - Our class president, Glenn Walters died in the fall of 2019. Glenn had fulfilled his dream of being a college professor as he served many years on the faculty of the University of Dayton. He had filmed the Cincinnati Bengals for years and was a favorite film professor for years at U.D.
Another classmate, Elaine “Fleeta” Dixon Tekamp, died in the fall of 2019 and was honored at a special tea at the Dayton Woman's Club on September 12 for her volunteerism, and artistic leadership. Classmate Carolyn Downing Bellware also left our ranks.
Since we were born in 1930, we will be celebrating our 90th birthdays this year. We had 103 class members when we graduated in 1948, and a few of those locally around hope to gather when allowed by state law to celebrate this special birthday. We are "depression kids" so we are not spoiled and have grown up to be patient. We are very grateful for the fine education we received from the Oakwood School system. Thanks, for our grounding!
Mary Ann “Moon” (Mullen) Price has been staying active teaching chair yoga to seniors in Florida and Michigan. Her husband, Jerry Price (1948) passed away in 2007. Her niece Joan Creager Folz, is in the Class of 1974.
Congratulations to Jerry Wenzke for his upcoming induction to the OHS Athletic Hall of Fame. excelled in football, basketball, and track and field. In his senior year in football, he set a single season scoring record of 96 points, led the team in rushing, pass receiving, and to a 7-2 record. In track and field, Wenzke broke the school record in the shot put twice, breaking a 30-year-old record with a 49’5” throw and then broke his own record with a throw of 50’4”. Wenzke resides in Kettering with his wife, Nancy.
Marty Erbaugh, by Dale Erskine (67)
The year just closed brought two special remembrances in my life. The first was the saddening news of the passing of OHS friend from the Class of 1966 and summer work companion at Camp Kern, Marty Erbaugh. I hadn’t seen Marty since the summer of 1970.
While on a plane for business to NYC several years ago, I struck up a conversation with the women seated next to me. She shared that she was associated with Denison University as a theanthropic fundraiser. I paused and then asked if she had ever met James Martin Erbaugh. Her response was immediate with “You mean Marty?" She instantly filled the four decades gap in my friendship with Marty with her simple question. His recent obituary affirmed his life of leadership and community service to others beginning with his family upbringing in Oakwood. Marty will always be remembered by those whose life he touched.
Dale Erskine - As a special family remembrance, we sought to gather the families of our four children including our ten grandchildren to my sister, Nancy Erskine Blazar’s family’s summer home on Cape Cod. The Cape has been a favorite vacation spot of all the Erskine OHS siblings including Mark (68) and Dean (71) and Nancy (73). It was a delightful first visit for our daughter in-laws and most of the grandchildren who had never seen the natural beauty of that area along with its historical sites. We all enjoyed exploring the wonderfully varied Atlantic shore beaches as well as Cape Cod Bay along with the Cape Cod National Seashore during the days and evenings.
Our two college freshman and high school junior grandsons shared a couple of wonderful hours with me on a beautiful twenty-mile bike ride passing many crystal clear freshwater ponds and local cranberry bogs. Cape Cod’s summer baseball league was reminiscent of a Dayton Dragons game for some of us.
Mahrty Lehr, PGA golf professional, received the Commander's Award for Public Service and an army medal for his 8 years of golf instruction at Fort Belvoir, Washington, D.C. in the fall. He taught the wounded warriors and their families basic golf and helped save lives through this unique program. He was awarded a boxed American flag that was flown over the Pentagon on Veteran's Day in his honor!
50th Reunion Plans: Be sure and UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION on our Contact Page! We will soon be planning our 50th class reunion, and want to make sure classmate information is correct. Thanks! -- Rene' Arnold Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cathy Capelle - Congratulations to Cathy on her two bronze and one gold medal finish in the 2019 FINA World Championship She is currently training for the USAD nationals in July in Flagstaff, Ariz. and the 2021 FINA Worlds in Fukuoka, Japan, where she is hoping to capture five gold medals. Her current goals are to earn a score of 10 and break a world
record. Capelle was selected for the Dayton 60 Strong Calendar contest. She is Miss August and an ambassador representing what it takes to be inspiring in mind, body and spirit.
Cindy Stoner Mitchell - After 35 years in Southern California, and After multiple careers as a human resource executive, interior designer, and luxury real estate sales, I’ve retired to Asheville, North Carolina...A beautiful spot in the Blue Ridge Mountains! My two kids are grown and married ...one in New York City and one in Ventura California. Husband’s still working in finance. I enjoy art and travel! photo is in Scotland!
Leo Flotron’s long-standing career-scoring record (1,091 points) for basketball was broken by senior Darren Rubin. Rubin was given the game ball and was immediately recognized at half court after scoring his record-setting shot.
The 1979 SWBL Championship Football Team will be inducted into the OHS Athletic Hall of Fame this fall. The team finished 9-1 and was the first OHS football team to win the SWBL. Howard Sales, a 2009 Hall of Fame Inductee, was the head coach. Congratulations!
Arthur Gray - My family and I moved to Greensboro, North Carolina last year. I was tired of the traffic congestion, shoveling snow and the state of the economy in Chicago. A dermatologist retired here and I was recruited to take over his practice. Best regards to my classmates and OHS!
Chris Epley, currently serving on Oakwood City Council will appear on the April primary ballot for a seat on the bench of the Ohio 2nd District Court of Appeals. Best of luck to Chris!
Congratulations to Rob Corrado for his upcoming induction to the OHS Athletic Hall of Fame. Rob participated in basketball and baseball. In basketball, he was the Most Valuable Player in 1999 and selected 1st team all SWBL. In baseball, Corrado earned four letters, was the MVP and 1st team All SWBL three years. He was the SWBL Player of the Year in 1998 and 1999 and selected 2nd team All Ohio his senior year. Corrado pitched six of seven games in the 1997 State Championship Tournament run. Corrado had a career batting average of .457, 30 career home runs, 100 RBI’s, 21 pitching victories, 366 strikeouts in 214 innings, and a 1.99 Earned Run Average. Corrado was drafted by the New York Yankees out of high school, but chose to attend the University of Kentucky. He played baseball for three years at UK and was then drafted by the Texas Rangers. Corrado resides in Oakwood with his wife, Molly.
Best wishes to Cate (Da Prato) Berger on her campaign for State Representative of the 41st District of Ohio! Cate is an active volunteer within our community and a vocal advocate for deserving causes and underserved populations. She was a member of Leadership Dayton’s Class of 2018 and Dayton Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2019. Cate holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in History from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She and her husband, Nick, were high school sweethearts and returned to Dayton after college to raise a family that now includes their 3 children.
Congratulations to Steve Lohmeyer on his engagement to Jenna Ellrich. Steve graduated from Kent State University (2005) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management. He is a professional caddie on the PGA Tour. Steve’s fiancee Jenna is a 2010 graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality Management. She is employed as a Fraud Investigator at Vanguard Funds. A May wedding is planned in Scottsdale.
Phil Green - Congratulations to Phil and wife Tiffanie on their recent marriage! Phil and Tiffanie Grilliot of Greenville, OH were married October 12, 2019 in Clearwater Beach, Florida.
Nicholas Reasoner and his company, TransLoop Logistics (transloop.io), is doing to combat hunger in Chicago. TransLoop is donating $1 per shipment moved to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s Food Bank, during the COVID-19 outbreak. TransLoop officials believe this will equate to more than 1,000 meals this month alone. 2015 alum Luke Minard also works at TransLoop as a Mid Market Logistics Executive. Way to go, Nicholas and TransLoop! Minard is 2nd from left, and Reasoner is 4th.
Emily Spurlin - executive pastry chef at Lula Cafe in Chicago - was named one of 20 semifinalists in the annual James Beard Foundation awards in the category of Outstanding Pastry Chef. Unlike most of the foundation’s restaurant and best-chef awards that are broken down into regions in the U.S., the pastry-chef award is a national category. The Beard foundation awards are considered the most prestigious in the restaurant industry. Way to go, Emily!!
Annie Chandler Wang and husband Kenneth Fan are happy to announce Lucas Gabriel Fan was born on April 1, 2020 at 9:49 p.m. at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL weighing 6 lbs 13 oz and measuring 19.5”. Enjoying and cuddling Lucas in the first few hours after his birth were some of the most special, awe-filled, can’t-believe-this-is-happening moments in our lives thus far. We have been truly blessed. Annie is Co-founder, Chief Product Officer, and Creative Director at HerCampus.com. Her husband Kenneth Fan is a physician, and the family resides in Miami, FL.
Congratulations to Chris Hardy for his upcoming induction to the OHS Athletic Hall of Fame. Hardy earned 12 varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball. In football, he was the team MVP his junior and senior seasons. He is second in rushing yards and scoring in school history. Hardy was 1st team all SWBL his junior and senior year, and was selected to the 2nd team All Ohio as a senior. In basketball, Hardy was the team MVP as a junior and senior and was 1st team SWBL both years. He was selected Special Mention All Ohio as a junior. In baseball, Hardy was the MVP as a senior, 1st team all SWBL as a junior and senior, and 2nd team All Ohio as a junior and 1st team All Ohio as a senior. Hardy resides in Chicago, Ill.
Kelsey Haviland will also be inducted into the OHS Athletic Hall of Fame this fall. Kelsey excelled in tennis, winning the State Championship in 2004 as a freshman. As a sophomore, she advanced to the State quarterfinals and was a member of OHS' State Championship team. As a senior, Haviland was the State Runner-up. Haviland was nominated three times for the Rae Burick Women in Sports Award and was an honor student. After graduation, Haviland played tennis at The Ohio State University. Haviland resides in Miami, Fla.
Congratulations to Julia Sizek on her qualification and performance at the Olympic trials of the marathon. The trials were held on February 29th in Atlanta, GA, and Julia placed 166th out of 350 racers. Julia resides in Oakland, CA and runs with the Strawberry Canyon Track Club. Julia ran track at the University of Chicago where she was a four-time All American. Currently she is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the University of California Berkeley.
Jacob Allex-Buckner - My husband Clayton and I have a new addition to the family, Breanna.
Congratulations to Sophia Cothrel on her recent marriage to Brandon Herbert on April 4. COVID-19 couldn’t stop their nuptials, as the duo connected with loved ones via video while exchanging their vows. Sophia is a fellow at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.
Hospital Corpsman Third Class Tommy Rocco Baker (FMF) is stationed at Baton Rouge General’s Mid-city campus along with 73 others as part of a federal initiative to staff hospitals in COVID-19 hotspot states with military medics. The sailors are helping run the ICU as well as two other units at the hospital, which had been closed but was reopened on April 3 to free up beds at other local facilities during the pandemic. Thank you for your service and stay safe, Rocco!
Congratulations to Erin Greer on her graduation with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Jean Baker will graduate in May from West Virginia University with magna cum laude honors. She has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources with a minor in Conservation Ecology.