Phil “Doc” Knall

Dr. Philip A. Knall III passed peacefully into heaven on August 15, 2023, the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary being Assumed into Heaven. Phil was comforted with love and surrounded by his wife, his 3 children, family, and dear friends. Phil was born in Columbus, Ohio on October 1, 1949 and moved to Phoenix over 40 years ago.

Phil graduated from The Ohio State University’s College of Dentistry before moving to Arizona to start his own dental practice. As a successful and well-respected dentist in Phoenix for over 20 years, Phil (or Doc as many called him) also made time to do the things he loved: golfing, watching his Buckeyes, sailing his sailboat in San Diego, and flying after obtaining his pilot’s license. Phil lived life to the fullest, but Ohio State Football and golf were his absolute favorites. Phil was the founder of The Ohio State Alumni Club-Phoenix Chapter in 1980. In 1986 he became a vital Active member of the Phoenix Thunderbirds, eventually becoming a Life Member.

Our amazing Phil showed great courage, strength, determination and effort as he dealt with his more difficult health challenges. He was a warrior and did it with grace. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Phil’s name to: Muhammed Ali Parkinson’s Center; The Thunderbirds Charities; or Ohio State Phoenix Alumni Chapter. Phil’s Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday Sept. 27, 2023 at his favorite local bar HB Hanratty’s Pub in Phoenix from 4:00–7:00 pm.

[Excerpted with gratitude from: Messinger Mortuaries; see full obituary:]

Psalms as Personal Prayer

It seems as though an old dog can teach new tricks! An eBook of my Psalms as Personal Prayer: An Intimate Translation has recently been published. Translated especially for your devotional prayer life to enhance your relationship with the Creator, I have included over 100 of the most wonderful of those comprising The Book of Psalms in the Old Testament. I have translated these directly from the original Hebrew with no fluff, just down-to-earth phrasing.
Besides being what I consider (OK, bias alert) to be a superior translation, it is published as an eBook for your tablet or smartphone (although it also works well on desktops). It is available on Apple and Kindle, each at $5.99. Once you download it, you can pray using it on any of your devices that are connected with your email account that you use to log-in for purchase.

The main reason why an eBook? You have your psalms anywhere you have your smartphone or tablet. Waiting in line? Visiting a relative over holidays? In the hospital? You have the psalms right there handy. Got a minute? Pray a psalm! The main reason why this eBook? I believe it to be a wonderful faith-filled intimate translation!

OK, I hope you decide to try it out; like them? Either way, let me know your thoughts. Here’s the link to our book page that has more information including purchase links.
Any questions, please ask. Stay safe! Stay well! God bless you!

Your classmate and friend,
—Eric Wolf

Michael E. Hill

Michael Edward Hill, 73, of Columbus, Ohio, passed away yesterday morning, May 4. Mike was born on October 2, 1949 in Lancaster, Ohio. He graduated from Bishop Watterson High School in 1967, and he went on to study and graduate from both Franklin and The Ohio State Universities.
On June 1, 1973 Michael married our classmate Debbie Bush, who survives him; they went on to have 3 children, of whom he is well proud.
Calling hours will be held at Egan-Ryan Northwest Chapel, 4661 Kenny Road, this Sunday, May 7, 2–5pm.
For complete obituary click on The Columbus Dispatch ».

Happy Hour 2023!

Hoping many of you are able to join in for our first Happy Hour of 2023! We’ve been waiting for warmer days so we can meet up on a patio for drinks, food and conversation!!

Wednesday May 17th
3 ~ 7 p.m.
Bravo Italian Kitchen (Lennox)
*Large patio as well as inside bar area*

1803 Olentangy River Road
Columbus 43212

Wednesday Get-Together!

Now that the excitement from our 55th Anniversary Reunion has subsided, and Phil Mumm is paying a visit, it’s time to get together again. All alumni and family and friends are welcome. As always, it’s an opportunity to share experiences, 1963 and since, with those of us who have fallen out of contact or are in our daily golf foursome, and everywhere in between.

When: Wednesday October 5; 4:00 p.m.
Cost: None, unless you wish to order food or beverage.
Where: Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern
4109 N. High Street, 43214 (keeping it close to home!)
West side of High Street near Glenmont Ave., south of BWHS, north of Whetstone Park & Library.

Phil, having been away for awhile, promises to be there. If you’re in town or close-by, come and enjoy the fun times.

May Happy Hour!

It’s Spring at long last—late May should be perfect weather for an outdoor happy hour—with plenty of indoor space if we do need to escape rain/hail/wind/tornado or anything else that Central Ohio can throw out there!!

Jody Keefe Ryan and Rocky Amicon

Jody Keefe Ryan and Rocky Amicon

Molly Siemer Carty and Kathy Picl Rosati

Molly Siemer Carty and Kathy Picl Rosati


Wednesday, May 25, 2022
4:00 PM til ?
Woodlands Backyard Bar
668 Grandview Avenue, Columbus 43215
(614) 488-2114

A couple dozen attended our April get-together. Hopefully with the weather improving and the ability to be outdoors we will see an even larger crowd this month! We are all getting older, but for certain we’re still young-at-heart! Would love to see as many of you as possible! Please spread the word!!


55th Anniversary RSVP

The final attendance count is needed in less than 4 days (May 9, before 3:00 p.m.) for our 55th Anniversary Class of ’67 Reunion in July. We already have a large number of RSVPs, yet not everyone has checked in, so if you have not already done so, we’d like to hear from you; please RSVP to Tracie. If you’re bringing a spouse/guest, please include their name with your RSVP.

Event Details

Bishop Watterson Class of 1967 Reunion
Saturday July 9, 2022; 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Griggs Boathouse
3033 Thoburn Road, Columbus 43221

The $60 (p/p) fee includes food (cookout catered by PC Events on the Scioto River, a beautiful location!), adult as well as non-alcoholic beverages. And some of the best people around! We anticipate having music of some sort (preferably we can talk Jimmy Lee out of retirement for one more gig!) Come on Jimmy! You can do it! If not, we’ll supply other music.

Payment is made to Tracie McGarity via either Venmo or a check (3800 Lyon Dr, Columbus, OH 43220). If any questions, call me at (614) 395-9777. We will take walk-in guests who pay at the door but greatly prefer prior payment! We look forward to seeing you in two short months, or maybe even at the upcoming May get-together.

— Tracie McGarity

Street Players’ party!

Fifty-eight years after the “Mystics” I’m still playing in a band! After years of playing with bands such as Five Mighty People, I joined the Street Players in 1991.

The band is celebrating its 42-year anniversary on March 26 at Villa Milano Banquet & Event Center (1630 Schrock Road, Columbus, 43229). The celebration includes reserved-seat buffet dinner following which the Street Players take the stage from 8pm to 11pm to put on a great show.

Tickets are $40 p/p or $350 for a table of ten. More details are found on our Facebook page. Would love to see and entertain you there!

— Steve

Class Reunion 2022

Here are more detailed plans set for our Class Reunion at our 55th Anniversary:

Bishop Watterson Class of 1967 Reunion
Saturday July 9, 2022; 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Griggs Boathouse
3033 Thoburn Road, Columbus 43221

Casual Cookout
Catered by PC Events
$60 p/p; Cash Bar

It is now less than six months away, so make sure it’s in your calendar now and start to make any arrangements to attend. We’re so looking forward to spending the evening together! See more details»

Robert “Bob” Cotter

Robert Ross “Bob” Cotter, age 72, of Marysville, died peacefully Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at his home. A retired educator, he served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and coach. With a career spanning 40 years, Bob was a former principal at both Fairborn High School and Warren High School and served most of his tenure at Marysville, where he taught and was assistant principal at Marysville High School. His coaching career included varsity football and varsity wrestling. For many summers, he was the Marysville Municipal Pool manager and sports editor and writer for the Marysville Journal Tribune. A 1967 graduate of Bishop Watterson High School, he received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University and a master’s degree from Wright State University. Bob was skilled in so many areas, as he wasn’t afraid of hard work. He was a dearly devoted husband, father and grandfather.

An avid reader, golfer and Neil Diamond fan, he was known for “never knowing a stranger” and his storytelling. Bob loved to help and serve others. His positions of servitude included, an honorable discharged member of the US Army, a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus, …

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, December 27, 2021 at Underwood Funeral Home [Marysville] where the Holy Rosary will be recited at 8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Marysville, Ohio.

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Our deepest condolences to classmate Kathy and family! Save us a place, Bob!