Bob & Mary O’Connor Bryant

Bob and I have been married for 49 years and reside in Powell, Ohio. Our son and his family live in Columbia Falls, Montana, near Glacier National Park. We are blessed to have a beautiful, 9-year old granddaughter, Fiona.

Bob worked for Evans Adhesives Corporation for 37 years, retiring two years ago. I started work at American Electric Power the day after I graduated from Watterson, and had a wonderful 47-year career there before retiring three years ago. Bob and I are enjoying retirement.

We look forward to visiting with the Class of ’67 this weekend.

— Mary & Bob

David Emerick

As I left Columbus in January 1968 to join the Navy I always thought I would return to live. That did not happen. During my 8 years I was stationed at NSA Ft Mead Maryland.

I met Sherry Melonakis at the USO in Baltimore. We married and soon found ourselves stationed at the Naval station in Rota Spain.

When we got out of the Navy we returned to the Baltimore area where I found work with Bendix field engineering, then moved on to General Instrument working on stateside lottery systems and international recetracks. Spent some time in South Africa and Venezuela. 12 years later I found myself working for Mitsubishi in the paper converting industry. I am still working with MHIA 28 years later, now working on my exit to …

I travel quite a bit with my job and we travel around the US on vacations.

Our two daughters Kris and Melissa keep us involved with various concerns that create travel opportunities. Transformer conventions and most recent we have entered the arena of Steampunk which is a mixture of old Victorian and the wild west. We help promote a local Steampunk day in our home area of New Freedom PA on the Maryland/Pennsylvania line north of Baltimore.

We live in the countryside surrounded by a horse farm/vet about 2 miles outside of town.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion.

— Dave

Edward Malecki

In Summer Quarter 1967, I went to Ohio State with no idea what would happen. I learned that being smart in high school didn’t mean much in college. I could not do calculus or chemistry at the college level, so I had to figure out what I could do. I found out that geography (which we last took in 4th grade) was an interesting field, with an international network. I majored in International Studies but the geography professors at Ohio State got me to try calculus again – yes, there’s math in geography – and I became a geography grad student. During that time, I met Cindy, a Columbus girl, and we got married in 1973.

I got my Ph.D. in 1975 and it was on to Norman and the University of Oklahoma for my first job as a researcher and professor. Our son was born there in 1981. Cindy’s parents retired to Florida and a job opened up in Gainesville at the University of Florida in 1983. I spent 18 years there, always figuring that we’d retire there – no snow to shovel but lots of bugs, humidity, and wood rot. Florida is a great place to visit, but you don’t necessarily want to live there. In 1996, my mom died and my brother, sister, and I sold the East Dunedin Road home we had grown up in.

Work as a geographer had been good to me. I’ve written a couple of books and dozens of journal articles (working on the publish-or-perish principle), and I’ve traveled to conferences all over Europe and parts of Asia. My family and I lived in Vienna, Austria for half a year as a Fulbright professor. My network of friends is largely global; few are in the United States. My graduate students are like my kids.


Ed & Kathleen, 2016

In 2001, a job appeared at Ohio State and I moved back to Columbus. In 2003, Cindy got brain cancer and died within a few months. I thought, I’m too young (at 54) to be alone. So put me in touch with an art teacher and interior designer, Kathleen, and we got married in 2004. We live between Dublin and Powell, near the Columbus Zoo, where I had worked while finishing my BA in the early 1970s. We have 5 grandchildren (Kathleen’s daughters’ kids) in the Chicago area. My son lives in New York City.

So I lived in Columbus for 26 years, then in two southern college towns for the next 26 years. I don’t do football, after being surrounded by Buckeyes, Sooners, Gators, and now Buckeyes again. So far, I’m in year 17 of the next 26 years or more in Columbus. Coming “back” to Columbus was not like coming back; my family was no longer here and even the department I worked in at OSU had moved to a different building. I’ll retire from OSU before long, but continue to read, think, write, and travel.

— Ed

Bill Cannell

I am sure you remember me as the guy who was always pushing the envelope and getting in all kinds of trouble. I can’t believe that I survived the end of our first semester, ‘Junior Year Massacre,’ in which they booted ten or more of our classmates out of our high school. This forced them to attend public schools, only to be surrounded by mini-skirted young ladies. I won’t list all the details of my crazy life, but stop on by and I’ll fill you in on all the exciting details.
— Your fellow Eagle, ‘Wild Bill’ Cannell

Michelle DeTemple

Are you sure it is not the 25th? Time sure has flown by.
I attended OSU, while working at Jerry’s Drive In. I worked in the banking industry which took me in and out of a marriage where we lived near the Jersey shore. I was a season ticket holder to the Philadelphia Phillies during this time trying to teach my new girlfriends the game of baseball. I eventually moved back to Columbus in the late 70’s where I worked in the accounting department for a local men’s clothing store chain, which took me to Dallas, Texas as the chain was bought up by Hart Schaffner & Marx and they were consolidating the accounting function of retail chains from around the country. I made sure I lived near Arlington Stadium home of the Texas Rangers enjoyed watching Nolan Ryan set pitching records. In the early 90s the company exited the retail business I was laid off so back to Columbus. I was offered a job in Cincinnati by my former Controller from Texas at Cincinnati Bell Information Systems, so I moved to Cincinnati in 1993. I lived downtown next to Riverfront Stadium, however I was a season ticket holder to the Cleveland Indians with with a group that was organized by one of my brothers. My Dad thought I was crazy, he was probably right, I lived next door to where the Reds played, but I was a season ticket holder to a team 4 hours away. I retired in 2010 from my accounting/software testing world.

I spend a great deal of my time volunteering for the County Senior Services and the County Democratic Party along with fostering a soon to be 16-year-old boy, I am not sure what I was thinking when I agreed to the latter. Any travelling that I do is around the country. I have a nephew in the theater, so I have been from Maine to New York (many times) to North Carolina to Kansas and Chicago to name a few. Three of my siblings live outside of Ohio in Illinois, North Carolina and Florida which adds to the travel plans. Five of my other siblings live in Columbus and one here in Cincinnati, so we try to get together several times a year. There are currently 60 members in my immediate family with three on the way, so it can be very challenging at best to get us all together.

Looking forward to Saturday.
— Michelle

Paul Morrill


Paul Morrill with granddaughter

In the immortal words of Joe Walsh the great philosopher of our times from Cleveland, “everyone is so different, I haven’t changed” or should I say “it’s a wonder I’m still sane after all I’ve been through, Life’s been good to me so far”?

Graduated from Watterson 67 went to The University of Dayton dropped out of school in fall 1969 drafted into the Army early 1970 then undrafted that summer. Went back to school and graduated with degree in civil engineering 1972. Redrafted into the army, 6 years in the Ohio National Guard. Out as 2nd lieutenant. Worked in Detroit for 2 years, Columbus for 7 years, then to Colorado for 4 years. Settled down in New Jersey in 1985. Retired in May of this year working 32 years (25 as a direct employee) for a water company. Started with Detroit Water Co, FEMA flood studies across Ohio as surface water hydrologist, land development planning in Colorado then back to water and sewer in New Jersey.

Morrill familyI met my wife Patty in Columbus in 1977, married in 1981. Recession drove us to Colorado later that year then onto New Jersey. We live on 7 acres with miles of horse trails at back door. We cleared some of our land and built our own barn (Patty has her own framing hammer). We added onto our house 3 times did almost all of the work ourselves with a little help from our friends (including Jack Schwartz with his nail gun).

We have a son and daughter. Our daughter graduated from Ohio State with a degree in molecular genetics married 11 years and has a son and daughter. Our son is still holding out but is getting serious with his current girlfriend. He graduated from Rowan University and is involved with the care of Autistic adults.


Patty, Paul, Charlie, Jack

I’m not very good at inserting photos but included pictures of my wife and son in Colorado when we celebrated my 60th. Pictures of my grand-daughter and I standing in our barn and a photo of my wife and I on the ski trip with Jack Schwartz and Charlie Ferris. Have reconnected with Denis Poirier and John Bergman as well as some from the old Clintonville neighborhood that were not in our class.

I also included an old photo of our family from 2001 Shenandoah National Park. I still had hair with color even. Maybe I have changed a little.

Morrill family 2001

Paul and family, Shenandoah, 2001

I must repeat
Life’s been good to me so far!

— Paul

John Montgomery

At the risk of incurring Kathy Picl Rosati’s wrath at the reunion, I thought I should submit my bio now.

Like many of us, I started at Ohio State the in the Fall of 1967. I considered majoring in history. However, a first quarter brush with academic disaster ended those thoughts. I spent the next year or so finishing my requirements while I looked for another major. I finally settled on geology and managed to graduate in December, 1971.

I went through ROTC and I really thought about making the Army a career. A geology degree put me in the Corps of Engineers. But my basic training between my junior and senior years destroyed any desire of making the military my profession. Instead, after graduating I did my time on active duty, came home, and joined the National Guard. Although I learned the adage “One weekend a month and two weeks a summer.” is really only a guideline, I enjoyed the twenty-eight years I spent in the Guard. It was a change of pace from daily routine.

Finally home, I decided to emulate my father by starting law school. I graduated in 1976. At first, I did what most new lawyers do, namely taking any case that came my way. For a couple years, in the early 1980s, I was general counsel for an environmental group who wanted a lawyer with a geology degree. Eventually, I focused on probate law. It’s sedate and mostly non-stressful work, although I did participate in one of the biggest fist-fights in probate court history. (I was trying to stop it.). You’ll be able to read all about it when I publish my memoirs.

— John

Steve & Mary Clark Smith

Some habits are hard to break! After about a dozen years after dating in high school and college, Steve and I gave our relationship another go and started all over again. We have been married almost thirty years, and are parents/step-parent of three great kids, and five busy grandchildren.

We live in Clintonville, and enjoy keeping up our friendships of so many WHS friends. I am a retired primary teacher, and Steve plans to retire from his work as a wholesale sales representative in the near future.

— Mary

Mike Dury

1973 was my first significant year after HS. I graduated from OSU with a business degree, got married to my wife Joan, and started work with a new company that had purchased my father’s firm. Then the kids started coming, Frank (’74), Ann (’76), Meg (’79), and finally Tom (’85).

We moved to Upper Arlington in 1978, directly across the street from Saint Agatha church and school. In 1979 I went to work at a new plant that International Paper Co. had just opened on the west side of Columbus.

We enjoyed life for the next 10 years, I continued working at IP and Joan worked part time at OSU hospital as a registered nurse. We bought a 16’ boat and a camper and our family loved taking weekends and vacations at Lake Erie.

Unfortunately our idyllic life was not to last. In 1989 our oldest son, Frank, was diagnosed with leukemia. Now our lives were turned upside down as we battled the disease with our son. To help cope with the stress I took up running (I had gained 40 pounds since high school), and completed my first Columbus Marathon in 1990, with my whole family in attendance. I still remember crying like a baby as I hugged Frank at the finish line.

Frank had been in remission since 1989, but tragically he relapsed in 1991. He went to the University of Minnesota Hospital for a bone marrow transplant. We were devastated when he died there after the transplant.

After grief counseling, our family was starting to get our lives back together when the next misfortune befell us. Joan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. This time, however, the cancer was beaten and she recovered.

We were finally able to resume a normal life. I had continued running and had gotten into racing local 5K and 10K events, in addition to still doing marathons. I eventually completed 13 marathons, including 2 Boston Marathons.

By now I had purchased a larger 22’ boat which I kept at a marina on East Harbor, so the family continued boating and camping at the lake.

All this time I still worked at the plant where I started in 1979. After several promotions I was now part of the management team that ran the facility. I eschewed several opportunities that would have meant relocation because I loved Columbus (and still do) and saw no reason to leave.

Fast forward to 2006. Joan and I were empty-nesters, and I was looking eagerly towards my planned retirement at age 60 in 2009. Joan was still working part-time as a nurse, and our golden years looked to be very attractive. Lots of travel (finally to Europe), more boating (now I had a 25’ boat at the lake), and whatever else we wanted to do.

After I stopped running races in 1999, I had gotten more and more into playing hockey (I always loved the game and used to build a backyard rink every year since 1978). So it was that on May 16, 2006 I was playing in a men’s league game when an idiot on the other team blindsided me and threw me headfirst into the boards. I damaged my spinal cord at the C4 and C5 level, and instantly became a quadriplegic.

After rehab, by 2008, with Joan’s love and skills (thank God she is a nurse!) we were finally rebuilding our lives yet again when yep, you guessed it, more misfortune. Joan’s cancer returned!

Now, instead of travel, our lives revolve around chemo and doctor’s appointments, with almost yearly hospital stays for me. Still we enjoy life as best we can. The kids visit often, and we go out as much as possible.

Man, 50 years!! I guess that makes us pretty old, doesn’t it? But we’re all still kickin’ (me not literally) so we deserve to celebrate. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion (I’ll be the one in the power wheelchair!).

— Mike

Steve Abbott

After graduating, I sang in a rock band (the late Al Sanese, WHS 69, was drummer) for a year or so and ultimately graduated from OSU with a degree in broadcast journalism in 1971. During this time I left Catholicism behind and became involved in other spiritual practices and the antiwar movement. In 1970, I was a founding member of the Columbus Free Press, an underground newspaper, and worked as an editor & writer there for 4 years while working a variety of part-time jobs. In 1972 I was arrested along with several prominent activists and charged with various misdemeanors related to antiwar demonstrations; Abbott v. Columbus is a well-regarded case on the right to reasonable bail. Ah, legacy.

After charges were dismissed in 1974, I worked for five years as a courtroom bailiff in Franklin County Municipal Court, where I met and married Carol Sturgill, mother of three, in 1978; the marriage lasted until 1986. After leaving Muni Court in 1979, I was a private investigator for two years and taught part-time at Columbus Technical Institute, which in 1988 became Columbus State Community College. From 1980-1990 I was PR/communications director for a social service agency and continued to teach in the evening.

Steve and Melanie Abbott

Steve & Melanie Abbott

When I left the PR job, I returned to grad school at OSU and earned an MA in English Education while teaching part-time at CSCC and free-lance writing. In 1993 I was hired full-time in Columbus State’s English Department, teaching composition, creative writing, mass communication, and literature with a specialty in poetry. In 1999 I helped to organize the Columbus State Education Association, which in 2001 became the faculty union. I served two terms as CSEA’s president and was lead negotiator of its first two contracts. I was twice a finalist for the college’s Distinguished Teaching Award and was among the first faculty to receive its Distinguished Full Professor award in 2011. Now semi-retired, I have emeritus status and continue to tutor at CSCC.

Melanie Boyd and I met as adjunct faculty at CSCC in 1991, started dating in 1995, lived together for several years, and then split up. We re-connected 7 years ago and have been married now for 6. We live in Old North Columbus (what some call Baja Clintonville). Previously I owned & lived in homes in the University District and Upper Arlington.

I became active in Columbus’ poetry scene in the 1980’s and was a founding member of The Poetry Forum at Larry’s (a renowned campus-area bar). The weekly reading series, now at a different location, is one of the Midwest’s longest-running poetry venues. I received an Individual Excellence Award in poetry from the Ohio Arts Council in 1993 and an OAC residency on Cape Cod in 1994. Several chapbooks of my poetry have been published, and a full-length collection is forthcoming. I edit Ohio Poetry Association’s annual member journal Common Threads. I’ve also been an active member of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus since 1997 and have served as chair of its board of trustees.

Through all of this, I’ve been fortunate to stay in touch with a core of friends from high school. Those connections reach across the country, and beyond my family they are my longest and among my deepest friendships.

I was among the founders of Columbus’ annual volunteer-run festival ComFest in 1972 and continue to be active in its General Planning Committee. Early on after high school, I threw in my lot with the little guys and others without power, and I’m proud to have been continually involved in action that supports social justice (JFK’s inaugural speech included, “Here on earth, God’s work must truly be our own”). My mother once said, “You always wanted things to be fair,” but I never asked whether she thought that pitifully noble or simply indicative of an unrealistic character flaw. Regardless, I find peace in gardening, which allows me the illusion that I have control of something in the universe, and which routinely proves me wrong.