Save the Date for the 55th!

Hello classmates!

It was encouraging to have received all the positive responses from my email suggesting a Grand Reunion for next summer’s 55-year anniversary of our graduation. Thank you to all those who were able to reply so quickly! So…

Save the Date—I have now reserved the Griggs Boathouse on the Scioto River (just south of the Fishinger Road bridge) for July 9, 2022, from 5:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. It’s a great combination indoor/outdoor facility.

If you have not already, please check your calendar and email me (if possible in the next couple days) Tracie McGarity with your ability to attend and include an estimated number in your party. As mentioned earlier, our thoughts are to keep it on the casual side and to include as many of our classmates (and family) as possible. Any ideas are welcome… Thank you!

—Tracie

Dance in November, NYC

Want to see an Eagle soar? If you’re ready to visit New York City in November, come see my dance concert! Titled “POP: Then until Now: Vicki Angel, Eric Barsness, & Carol Clements in Concert,” the Gibney Dance Studio describes it, “Then until Now offers a look at a forty-year choreographic span, with past and present juxtaposed in the bodies of three “mature” dancers. Angel, Barsness, and Clements resurrect solos from the 1980s and make new dances, too. A surprise comic trio is the finale. Out with the new and in with the old!”

Tickets are (a quite reasonable!) $15 – $20; read the specifics on the Gibney Dance website »

A few classmates are already planning to attend. You know, a 71-year-old classmate can still perform!

All the best, Vicki

So Long, Joe Segna

Joseph Patrick Segna, age 72, passed away Monday, September 27, 2021. … Joe was a soulmate to Diane for over three deacdes. He was also a son, brother, uncle, great uncle, “bonus” father & grandfather, friend, and cherished colleague across many industries.

Joe graduated from Bishop Watterson High School and The Ohio State University with a degree in Architecture. For five decades Joe worked as an Architect and founded Segna Associates. He served on the Board of Directors for the North YMCA for 25 years and he was also an active member at St. Christopher Catholic Church. He enjoyed golf, traveling, and celebrating life with family and friends. Joe was admired by many for his work ethic, charitable heart, wisdom, and compassionate nature.

Family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, October 15, 2021 at Schoedinger Northwest, 1740 Zollinger Road, 43221. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 16, at St. Christopher Catholic Church, 1420 Grandview Avenue, 43212. If you would like to share photo memories of Joe’s life, please send to josephpsegnatribute@gmail.com, by Wednesday, October 6, 2021. Read full obituary »

RIP, Carmine Menduni!

Carmine Louis Menduni, age 72, of Dublin, Ohio, passed away peacefully on August 13, 2020. Carmine was born in Columbus, Ohio to Christina (Morelli) and Louis Menduni. He was a devoted husband to Michelle (Shelley) Werner for fifty cherished years. Carmine loved life and relished it fully. He delighted in history, a good whiskey or cigar, his wife’s manicotti and traveling. He was devoted to his faith, family and was passionate about his work. He was the proud owner of Columbus Art Memorial, a family-owned company for 99 years. His impact can be seen throughout Columbus’ hospitals, colleges, churches, memorials and sculptures. Read complete obituary »

Michael Vincent Buscemi

Our honorary classmate, Michael Vincent Buscemi Jr. (1948-2021) went home peacefully to the Lord on the last day of August 2021 and was laid to rest this week. Mike’s career had taken him to Alaska where he started and raised his family. After a quarter century, he relocated to Ohio for the last several decades. Let’s please keep Mike and his family in our prayers.

Read Mike’s full obituary »

From all your friends in Bishop Watterson Class of 1967, RIP, Brother Mike!

Monthly Gathering

Anyone present at our August late afternoon gathering will report what a great and fun time we all had. Growing each month, this seemed to be our highest turnout yet! Some faces that we haven’t seen in a while were able to make it. It was fun to spend a little time catching up with everyone.

Due to the COVID variant that seems to be determined to cause havoc, we’re not scheduling an event for September. Hopefully October will bring better days and the resumption of our time together!

On a happier note, for our 55th Anniversary Class Reunion, the weekend of July 9, 2022, is the date preferred by those in attendance at our last get-together. Any and all comments welcome!

August Gathering

Mark the date: Friday late afternoon August 27. Yogi’s Bar & Grill, 1126 W Henderson, 43220 (corner of Kenny & W. Henderson Roads). 

We start gathering between 3:30 and 4:00; people are wandering out by around 6:00— it’s informal, stay as long as you like. Food and drinks are available from the menu, optional, your call. The point is to see the guys and gals with whom we spent our high school years… share what’s been happening, what’s important. Time to renew acquaintances and relive (or not!) memorable teenage experiences. What’s going on now? Remember those who have passed before us into eternal life.

If you’re in contact with other alums, check to see whether they received this notice— if not, make sure they forward their email address for us to include. Also, if a classmate passes away, let us know and we’ll get the word out on our website. Everyone is cherished.

Rumblings are starting about how to celebrate our 55th (!) anniversary next summer— share your thoughts, join in the conversation. All ideas are welcome!

The turnout at our gatherings seems to grow larger each time, and we hope to see you on the 27th!

Nira Ann (Porter) Chambliss

Brooktondale, NY – Nira Ann Chambliss (nee Porter), aged 70, died 15 July 2019 in Brooktondale, Tompkins County, New York. She was born at White Cross Hospital in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, 11 March 1949, daughter of James Joseph and Marjorie Ruth (Wood) Porter. She is survived by her husband, Cian Sturdy Chambliss, whom she married at Brooktondale, Tompkins County, New York 26 June 1999…

Nira attended Sacred Heart school 1st and 2nd grades, then Holy Name school 3rd through 8th grades. She graduated from Bishop Watterson High School in June 1967. She attended Ohio State University for many years, accumulating enough hours to graduate but not enough in any discipline to obtain a degree. She finally found her calling when she applied for a job at R. S. Fling & Partners as a computer operator. Read Nira’s entire obituary »

Celebrating 54

Our reckoning is that TODAY June 10 is the anniversary of our graduation. Is that correct? Fifty-four years later, we’re coming through a (hopefully) once-in-a-century pandemic. Let’s celebrate!

Wednesday June 23 at 1:00pm

Our Chief Gatherer has arranged a new location for us to meet for the first time post-pandemic: Yogi’s Bar & Grill, 1126 W. Henderson Road, Columbus 43220 (corner of Kenny & Henderson) 614-914-8117. For those who haven’t been to our lunchtime get-togethers, we keep it informal; stand or sit as you please, table or bar, move around or stay put, whatever moves you. Eating is optional, beverages are optional, good times are not! It’s been almost a year-and-a-half, so come out and say hello to our classmates and catch up with what’s been happening.

If you have questions or need more information, email us. See you on the 23d!

Farewell Dick Allen!

Allen, Richard “Dick”
1949 – 2018
Dick AllenRichard Meara Allen, age 68, of Columbus, Oh, passed away Sunday, August 12 at Kobacker House in Columbus. Born September 11, 1949 in Charleston, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Charles Delmar and Mary Lucille (Hinterschied) Allen. Dick attended Immaculate Conception before going on to Graduate as a Golden Eagle from Bishop Watterson High School.

He was the owner of several bars and restaurants throughout his life as an entrepreneur in Columbus. Many of which were located on the campus of The Ohio State University, where he attended college. The Oar House, The Travel Agency, Surf City, Dead Eye Dick’s Saloon, Kitties Long Branch Saloon, and The Bombay Yacht Club, to name a few, were the foundation blocks for what has now evolved into the OSU campus bar scene. After his long run on campus, Dick pursued ventures downtown with Allen O’Mearas, Aristotle’s, The Old Pewter Mug, and Chameleon’s. Perhaps most notable of his establishments, located in the Victorian Village, he founded Zeno’s. Zeno’s has served as the community’s local watering hole for, as of August 10, 34 years. His patrons were his closest of friends, and his employees may as well have been his children. He seemed to have enough love in his heart for everyone. Dick paved the way for bar and restaurant owners in Columbus by constantly battling for their independent business rights, and by sacrificing much of his own to do what was right for many. A large part of this came through his tenure as the Treasurer of the Ohio Licensed Beverage Association, as he has held that position since the OLBA was founded.

As if he didn’t have enough going on, he was also involved in the ownership of Oakhurst Country Club in Grove City, where he was Chairman of the Board. This gave a pretty good excuse to be at the golf course for long periods of time, and several days in a row.

Dick Allen was a Husband, a Father, a Grandfather, and a Brother first, a best friend second, and a brilliant businessman last, however he played all of the parts so well, that it may be hard to rank them. Always putting the interests of others before his own, Dick loved to vacation with his family, simply to provide for them and bask in the joy of their happiness. Of course there were some small benefits that came with training three sons into bartenders/servers over his lifetime, but he deserved every bit of the hospitality that he got, and more.

Aside from getting away with the family, he found joy in being an avid Blue Jackets, Browns, and Buckeyes fan. Dick Allen was a mountain of a man with a heart of gold, and he will be terribly missed. If there is one quote of his that captures the way he lived his life, it would be, “Do it like you know it, or don’t do it at all.” This is the advice of a Legend, Dick Allen, may he rest in peace.
Full obituary »