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17 Jun 2019From examination of Jordannuses from '46 through '58, 94 more people who attended UHS at one time or another have been added to the database. Most of these are listed below as "misssing." However, Arbutus "Bootsie" Wilson Ford is known deceased. A Find-A-Grave page has been created.
11 Jun 2019Judith "Judy" Anderson Angelo died June 6, 2019, in Lake Charles, Louisana. An obituary is on her Find-A-Grave page.
23 Oct 2018From the Facebook page for UHS alumni (Bloomington, IN), we learn that Judith "Judy" Reynolds Heines Toscana, of Boynton Beach, Florida, died January 21, 2018.
02 Sep 2018 Susan "Susie" Gaston Thompson died Sugust 29, 2018, in Bloomington. An obituary is on her Find-A-Grave page.
30 Apr 2018 Valerie Ellen Milisen Sommer died March 10, 2018, in Bloomington. An obituary is on her Find-A-Grave page.
25 Apr 2018 From an extensive search of Ancestry.com data, we believe that Jerry Glenn Gallimore, of Indianapolis, died before 1994.
25 Mar 2018 From an extensive search of the Social Security Death Index and Find-A-Grave, we believe the following member of the Class of '58 has died. If anyone can confirm or knows otherwise, please let Dave Gray '65 know.
There is a Find-A-Grave (59310571) page for Thomas D Southern, born Feb. 22, 1940 in Paoli, died Sep. 27, 2010 in Indianapolis. The page does not have enough information to confirm it is Thomas Dale Southern of this class.
22 Mar 2018 I used the Commemcement Program to add middle names for many Class members. If there is an error in your name, please let me know. Dave Gray '65
4/20/17 Eric Martz writes: Jack Munsee inspired me in biology at UHS (remember "frogman"?). The Physics teacher (Mr. Brand?) mentored me in being a national winner in the 1957 Westinghouse Science Talent Search, which landed me a full-tuition scholarship at Oberlin College (Major: Chemistry). After a Ph.D. in Biology, Phyllis Ustin of NYC and I got married at the Alice in Wonderland sculpture in Central Park, NYC, in 1971. We have two sons: Gabe, a neurologist specializing in epilepsy (Louisville KY) and Eli, a policeman in Middletown CT. Both are happily married and between them have blessed us with 3 granddaughters and two grandsons (ages 1-5). For most of my career I taught and did research in immunology and cell biology. I changed fields in the late 1990's, developing free open-source software for scientists, educators, and students to visualize and understand 3D protein molecular structure (see http://MolviZ.Org). Those molecules are like beautiful sculptures, and they satisfy the frustrated artist in me. The journal "Nature" uses my main product (http://FirstGlance.Jmol.Org). After I retired in 2004, I taught short workshops in Spain, Israel, and Japan (11 trips to Japan!) as well as the USA (but failed to become fluent in anything besides English, with apologies to Virginia Kruse -- "taisez vous!" still rings in my ears). I made a website celebrating the lives and ceramic art of my parents (http://MartzPots.Org). Phyllis and I and our dog Muppet are healthy and treasure each day.
8/19/11 Nancy Wentworth Dolphin writes "Sorry I will not be able to be there for the all school reunion to enjoy everyone's company. Have houseguests from Japan that week and decided I cannot be so impolite as to walk out on them. Do plan to be in the area around May 20, 2012 and will hope to find those of you who live near then."
8/12/11 Judith Reynolds Heiles Toscano notes that she'd have graduated with this class except that she "transferred to BHS in the middle of 9th grade."
6/21/11 Georgann Walker Wilson passed away June 11, 2011, at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital. Georgann worked at the Indiana University Department of Veterans Affairs for 30 years. As a very patriotic American, she enjoyed contributing to military veterans with their education goals and interests. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. Survivors include three sons and their wives; three grandsons; a sister-in-law; and neices and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Richard Walker (UHS '59) and a granddaughter. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.pdcfuneralchapel.com.
extracted from an obituary in the Bloomington Herald-Times
4/19/11 William Steven “Steve” Warner, of Greenwood, passed away on April 17, 2011. Born in Richmond, IN, Steve truly cherished time spent with his family. Throughout the years, he coached Little League, basketball & softball, was an avid golfer, previously served on Bantam Football Board and was a member of the Allisonville Masonic Lodge. He was an avid sports fan; the Cubs, Colts, Da’ Bears and I.U. Basketball to name a few. He was a carpenter at IUPUI and held his real estate license.

Survivors include his loving wife of 41+ years, Meredith; his children, William “Bill” Warner, Jr., Andrea (Matthew) Tiley and Aaron (Chasidy) Warner; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Judy Schmid (UHS '50); and many nieces and nephews.
1/29/11 extracted from an obituary in the January 27 Bloomington Herald-Times ... sent by David Campaigne '60

David R. Grubb of Bloomington, died on January 23, 2011 from injuries suffered at his home. He was a 1958 graduate of University High School and served in the U.S. Army Reserves after high school. He was a fireman for the City of Bloomington for over 12 years and owned and operated David Grubb Tree Transfer and Landscaping for over 35 years. He is survived by his son; his former wife, Frencee (Jones) Grubb, of Bloomington; four brothers and their wives; two sisters and their husbands along with several nieces and nephews.

A commenter to the Herald-Times wrote about David the following:

A little history on David Grubb for many who don't know the real David.

David Grubb served the Bloomington/Monroe County community for many years in a lot of ways. He was a professional "Fireman / Firefighter" for the Bloomington Fire Department. He was well educated in the art of fire fighting and was well liked by his fellow firemen. Later, David began having personal issues (as we all do) and it became hard for him to cope at times.

His fellow firefighters wanted him to seek a "medical-release" from the department, that way David could use the retirement pension that he'd worked for serving our community, plus reduce some of the stress in his life, and finally seek the mental help from professional doctors. Well, the department brass wouldn't grant him a "medical" and some pushed David until David snapped and said he was finished, and he walked away. Problem was, by him quitting, the city didn't have to pay him anything, they were able to keep his pension. David Grubb walked with nothing from the very community that he'd sacrificed for.

David tried to make a living by helping work the "land;" he loved the beauty of Mother Nature, especially the trees, waterways, and finally our lakes where we got our "drinking water" from. He couldn't understand the many rules & regulations at times that hurt the land and harmed new families just starting out. He became a spokesperson on their behalfs! David never really was able to get all the medical attention he really needed to deal with his mental problems. David was always trying to do the best that he thought was right in his mind.


This was a man who ran into burning buildings ... Planted trees and landscaped all over the area ... He did many jobs for charities for little cost ... He did jobs that he wouldn't receive payment for months, years ... He loved children, and many times handed candy to children, especially candy canes at Christmas time ...

Yes, he was a pain to many officials here in the community, and he did ride his ol' horse all over town. He was a character for sure, but at times he fought against inner forces at the same time he fought city / county hall. In the end, David was a lonely man, but I find it ironic that a man who once ran into burning buildings to look for people, lost his life in a fire at his own home!
12/12/10 A photo from your past ... sent by Jim Mosier who says "Attached is a 1946 Elm Heights First grade picture. Five students in this picture, including myself, are 1958 UHS alumni: Ruth Dyer, Jimmie Mosier, Bonnie Haynes, Jimmie Neawedde and Valerie Milisen."
note from webmaster - in the 1952 photos you'll find an earlier photo of Mrs. Gregory with a class - my class" - Margaret
5/16/10 Sally Ivans White checked in again - now living in St Augustine FL
5/20/08 Class of 1958 is about to meet for its 50th reunion (Saturday, May 31, at Chapman's restaurant). The reunion organizers are Linda Swafford Fowler and Susie Gaston Thompson, with assistance from others.
5/11/08 Tom Hensley sent the obituary for Douglas Wilson from the May 9, 2008 Providence Journal. It is available online at www.projo.com. Search for "Douglas C. Wilson." Doug's brother, Cam, was also in the class of '58, and his brother Bill ("Wigs") was in the class of '52.

First reporter to write of Nixon resigning dies

01:00 AM EDT on Friday, May 9, 2008, By Alex Kuffner, Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE — Douglas C. Wilson, a former reporter for The Providence Journal who broke the news of President Richard M. Nixon’s decision to resign, died Monday at his home in Amherst, Mass. He was 67. Wilson retired in 2002 after most recently working in public affairs for Amherst College, his alma mater.

It was Aug. 7, 1974, when Wilson, the Journal’s Washington bureau chief, came upon his most famous story. The Watergate scandal had erupted more than two years earlier and Nixon’s base of support in Congress had drastically eroded. Wilson was looking to write a piece on how Nixon was handling the stress and had called Baruch Korff, a rabbi from Rehoboth and Nixon confidant. Korff was in Washington and asked Wilson to see him in his office. He told Wilson of the president’s decision and asked to remain anonymous. Wilson called Providence and dictated a story for that day’s edition of The Evening Bulletin, The Journal’s afternoon paper. The story began, “President Nixon has decided to resign and his decision is ‘irrevocable,’…” The day after the story ran, Nixon announced his resignation in a TV address to the nation. Wilson was awarded the Merriman Smith Memorial Award from the White House Correspondents Association for his scoop.

Born in Providence in 1940, Wilson grew up in Bloomington, Ind., before going to Amherst, from which he graduated in 1962. He also earned a master’s degree in international studies from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He joined The Providence Journal as a reporter after graduation. After spending a year from 1968 to 1969 in Washington, D.C. as a congressional fellow with the American Political Science Association, Wilson joined The Journal’s Washington office. He covered Capitol Hill and the presidency and wrote a series on Chilean President Salvador Allende.

In 1975, after 13 years at The Journal and the year after the Nixon story, Wilson returned to Amherst as associate secretary of the college. He was named secretary for public affairs two years afterward and later, college editor. He edited the college’s alumni magazine, served as Amherst’s media spokesman, and helped produce several books for the Amherst College Press, including The College on the Hill, a book of historical photographs for the college archives, and Narratives in the History of Amherst College, an anthology of essays on the college’s history. Wilson wrote 8 of the 28 essays included in the latter work. In 2003, after his retirement, Amherst awarded Wilson the college’s Medal for Eminent Service.

He is survived by his wife, three children and one grandchild.
7/22/07 Thomas Lyndon Schuessler passed away in Tucson, Arizona, on July 9, 2007, after a prolonged struggle with physical and mental illness. While he will be greatly missed, we wish him peace. Tom is survived by his two children, his brother Brian (UHS '66), and sisters Jerry Sue and Jackie. Tom received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University, and in 1974, Tom and his family settled in Tucson, where he taught at the University of Arizona Law School for more than a decade. Memorial services will be held at Adair Funeral Homes, 1050 N. Dodge Blvd., Tucson, on Saturday, July 28 at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
7/15/07 Nancie Boardman Theurer writes: "Hey Everybody! What a pleasure it was to stumble upon this site, read all the messages, & learn that so many of us are still around!
My husband & I left Bloomington in 1972, moving to Illinois where Hans taught for four years. We then spent three years in Phoenix, eventually settling in California (the SF Bay Area). Hans died of throat cancer in August of 2001, & when both my sons relocated to the metro Atlanta area, I decided to follow suit. I have to admit I miss the West--especially the climate. (I had forgotten all about humidity.) It's nice, though, being able to live near my sons & their families (6 grandchildren--4 boys, 2 girls).
I also missed going to work every day (I'm a retired book-keeper), so in 2005 I signed up for an income tax class & spent the last 2 tax seasons working for H&R Block. I bought a house last summer that needs LOTS of TLC so that also keeps me busy--trying to decide which project to tackle next.
I would love to hear from anybody who has the time to E-mail or write. I am really looking forward to the 50th reunion. - Best wishes, Nancie T.
3/10/06 Sally Ivans White writes from Australia: "Would you please remove me from the deceased list. My huband objects to sleeping with the Dead... Please resurrect me...
After finishing my degree I worked in the medical field for a number of years, I have four children [three boys and a girl] all still in the US. We are gray nomads and we are returning to the US in a few weeks and then travelling onto England [Antony my husband is and Englishman who has lived for a long period in Australia.] After this who knows we may settle, back in the US."
[webmaster resurrects and says "I'm really glad to hear from you!"]
10/25/05 William Batchelder says: "I am a Professor of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California Irvine. My Dad, at my age now, was required to retire from Indiana University by university rules. The rules have changed, and I have no desire to retire (two Professors down the hall that I have published with just reached 80).

I was divorced in 1993, remarried to Dr. Ece Batchelder, and we are proud to have our daughter, Iona Batchelder, who is 6. She is in her third year of the cello, and seems to have a lot of talent. Its exciting to be the Dad of a young child again and see her grow. It keeps me young (I hope). My folks have passed away, but Iona's other grandparents live in Istanbul. We have made several long trips there including a month this summer. This has opened my eyes to World History, e.g. I went to a concert in the fort on the Bospourous Straits that the Ottomans built in 1453 to starve out the Byzantines still in Constantinople.

I managed to get pretty far up in the world of USA chess by the mid-1980s. Then I realized that to get higher would mean the demise of my career. That career has involved making up statistcial and mathematical models of social science phenomena. Thats a lot of fun too, so I quit competitive chess at that point, and I have been on the (chess) wagon ever since. If anyone is interested, there is a bunch of stuff and a picture that comes up when my name is shoved into Google, but I do not have a personal website.

I will miss the reunion, but conferences have brought me back to Bloomington several timessince I left the area in 1970. I am surprised that I can remember so well many experiences (most of them great) I have had with the folks in the UHS class of 1958."
9/17/05 Nona Bell Estrin says: "Vermont has been home since '69. Like Indiana was, but add mountains and a little more snow. Two children, 5 grandkids. Sister DD lives down the road. Married to Charles Johnson, who was with me at our 30th UHS reunion. Mother and my stepfather still living in the same home on "Nashville Rd" where I visit and roam the woods 2 times a year. Some of the box turtles I meet in the woods are ones I've been encountering off and on for almost 60 years!!!! Still can't spell, but University Press of New England published a year of my watercolor nature journals, with short essays by my husband, (IN SEASON, UPNE, 2002) a few years ago and it's still going strong. I'm involved in community, family, conservation, hiking, and I lead very fun workshops on keeping a watercolor journal at places like The Wooden Boat School. I can show you everything you ever wanted to know about watercolor in an hour, but week-long classes are more fun. I don't have a web site, but we do have a spare room for any UNIVEES in town."
8/14/05 Gale Bardwell Polley writes: "I have lived in Grand Junction, Colorado since 1974. I was married to Bill Polley for 10 years and have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. I am a office manager and bookkeeper for a local company here in Grand Junction. I have been back to Bloomington many times over the years - most recently 2 years ago and am really surprised at the growth. I am involved in the Audubon Society and do a lot of crafting - mostly jewlery making - as I want to make this a success after I quit working - hopefully within the next year. I am planning on coming to the reunion in October."
7/17/05 Nancy sends this about J T Warring: "After graduating from IU with MBA has spent most of his life as a consultant. Recruited US Presidential Cabinet appointees at one point, then moved on to global recruiting. Has focused on finding executives for the life insurance industry and now is representing Citigroup (formerly Citicorp) in developing East Asia consumer insurance. Active in Rotary International and Boys and Girls Clubs as well as Crystal Cathedral. Has founded a Los Angles youth program for after-school services and is starting those services in Thailand. Has been working with Rotary in SE Asia in tsunami relief and medical care for orphans in Burma. His son has made him a grandfather."
7/17/05 Nancy Dolphin writes to add more activities for all school reunion weekend - for Sunday, October 30: "Tom Hensley has scheduled his frequently postponed pizza reunion at the Pizzaria Sunday at 7 P.M. It's for anyone for whom the Pizzaria (or PizzEria as it was in our day) was an important cultural landmark. It will be informal, just grab a table and eat (the pizza, not the table)."
7/4/05 Nancy Wentworth Dolphin writes: "The Class of '58 will gather in the Terrace Room of the main building at Meadowood, 2455 Tamarack Tr. starting at 2 PM Saturday Oct 29. Please BYOB and a snack to share. Plates, cups and napkins provided. No charge. From what I am getting back, it sounds like we may have a pretty good showing from those in the class of '58 who are locate-able."
added 7/17: We have a sponsor for our Saturday afternoon gathering; so it is no longer pot luck or BYOB. Place unchanged. Time unchanged.
added 10/13: Place at Meadowood has moved to the Lower Lounge / Patio.
7/4/05 Valerie Milisen Sommer writes: " I've been retired since 1993. I taught for twenty three years--everything from kindergarten to seniors in college. My former husband, Phil Sommer, had desires too often for my taste to change jobs...therefore, I had to take whatever job I could find. I went back to school after I finished my teaching career. I studied medical records and ended up at a big hospital in Louisville. I was a tumor registrar (working with cancer charts). After I retired, I moved back to Bloomington. My parents needed help by that time so that worked out well. Both my parents have now passed on. I now spend many hours down at the Monroe County Public Library as a Vital Volunteer (literacy organization) I also help with the Red Cross book sales."
5/9/05 Rosalee Meadows Turpin Anderson writes: "I have two sons, Kevin and Devin Turpin and one step-daughter Julie Anderson. After twenty years of marriage to Austin Turpin, he passed away with lung cancer. I was single for about five years. I married Norm Anderson, and he passed away with leukemia. We were married for ten years. I have been in the rental business with my cousin for 19 years. We rent to I.U. students. I live North of Bloomington and I am going to sell my home and move to town in a condo. I plan to attend the class reunion and the dinner."
4/8/05 Sue Jean Stillions writes: "Former owner of two flower shops, I now am a designer for a local flower shop. I also am a antique dealer."
3/14/05 Cam Wilson writes: "In April '04 I returned to Bloomington for the first time since 1977. What a great town it is! As Patty B. said, what a great place to grow up. Man has Bloomington expanded! That whole mall complex on E. 3rd (out beyond the Catholic church, which --as I recall-- was essentially the eastern edge of town in 1955) was Rogers' farm. It went all the way south to Moore's Pike. After driving south through what had been the farm, to a traffic light on Moore's Pike by where Jan's house was, I drove west on Moore's Pike to the Covenanter cemetery at the corner of S. High St. Moore's Pike was SO crowded with traffic, and the pond and house where Douglas and I had lived were invisible behind shrubs, fences and new houses.

I went to UHS on a Saturday morning. The building was open but empty. It's been remodelled extensively into a Music School building. The hallways and the stairwells were about the only familiar thing. That, and the north door's outside landing and steps where I used to hang during breaks in, I think, jr. high. At one point, I stood in the second floor long corridor and called out several names from our class, just for the echo. Then it occurred to me to call out my own name, Cam. I did that, feeling a bit self-conscious. But, suddenly I was all stillness inside. A sense of tremendous completion came over me. Whatever remnants and echos of my teenage angst there were dissolved. It was as though my current me, who knows everything turned out alright, touched my teenage me and suffused him with a center of love and relaxed happiness, of wholeness even, that I rarely (if ever) felt during my school days. This state of happy contact lasted as I walked across the campus and stopped by the little stone chapel [Beck Chapel] where my father's memorial service had been held. Then it slowly faded away.

I did a 'tour' of Brown Co. State Park, and Nashville (unrecognizable in its booming tourist shoppes district), stayed overnight in Spring Mill State Park (love that old village) with no one there, and also in McCormick's creek --where I hiked up the creek to the cave, and drove to the family cottages that we had stayed in for the first two weeks of our family's life in Bloomington, 1950.

What a beautiful State! If any of you who don't live there anymore want to see photos of the woods and creekbottoms and bluffs of southern Indiana (plus all kinds of other natural landscapes throughout Indiana) see the book UNEXPECTED INDIANA, A Portfolio of Natural Landscapes. IU Press.

Yo! --Cam"
3/10/05 Nancy Wentworth Dolphin writes: "In the fall of '04 I had a chance to travel in the Mid-West and East Coast, having a chance to visit a number of classmates. I am happy to serve as the contact person so more of you can have this joy. My husband retired July 1 from a two year presidency at Fort Lewis College. Being first lady has lovely perks, but was a job I did not mind leaving. I had stopped working for money about 9 years ago as needs at home were mounting. I loved my job as home health nurse while I was doing it and have not missed it for more than 15 seconds! We have spent most of the year starting July 1 on the road, doing the traveling we had put off. We have been lucky to find a little place to rent on the Gulf in the Florida Keys for the winter. Being out of the snow and cold is definitely in our future. But we love Durango, Colorado, too and will spend most of the year there. Our children are grown and we have three teen-age grandchildren doing the usual teen-age things."
3/5/05 Linda Swafford Fowler writes: "I have been married for 45 years and have two daughters, 5 grandchildren. My husband, Don, and I both retired from IU after 37 years. I retired as Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1995 and he retired as Scientific Glassblower from the Chemistry Department in 1996. My mother is still living and just turned 86 in March. I am looking forward to hearing from and seeing you all in October."
2/26/05 Patricia Brogneaux Brennan writes: "I haven't lived in Indiana since 1963, but I still have a soft spot for Bloomington. What a great place to grow up!"
2/21/05 Ann Crowell Morrison writes: "I was divorced in 1986 and remarried to Kent Morrison in 1992.I have 3 children and 7 step children with 25 grands (6 from mine.) In 2002 my father died and in January of 2003 I brought Mother to an assisted living center here. I was able to take early retirement in August of 2003 from my lab tech job at Utah State Univ. in anti-viral research."
1/6/05 Charlie Meiser found this page and writes: "I discovered your UHS web site while searching for some persons who attended UHS. I see you want an address list of anyone who ever attended UHS. My family moved to Bloomington in 1947. We lived across Second Street from Elm Heights Elementary School where I attended 2nd through 6th grades. I attended University Jr. & Sr. High (7th through 10th grades). We moved to Michigan City, Indiana, in 1956. We returned to Bloomington for the summer, but I worked in South Whitley, Indiana. Consequently, I was in Bloomington for weekends. I didn't really have much contact with my UHS classmates after my sophomore year. However, many of the persons listed on your class of 1958 brought back memories.   Regards, Charlie
8/16/04 See the 1958 Commencement Program. (Thanks to Judy White '59).
1/30/02 See Tom Hensley 's web page: http://home.earthlink.net/~thensley/tom.htm

Reunion Information

October 2005
All School Reunion

Saturday Oct 29 - 2 pm
Lower Lounge / Patio
at Meadowood
2455 Tamarack Tr.

Sunday, Oct 30 -7 pm
Tom Hensley has scheduled his frequently postponed pizza reunion at the Pizzeria. - informal
Reservations Received as of 11/01/2005 for:
'58 - Judy Anderson Angelo & Joseph, Gale Bardwell, Judy Barrow Smith & Allan, Nona Bell Estrin, Patricia Brogneaux Brennan & Mike, Judith Cook, Ann Crowell Morrison & Kent, Catherine Dekle Karsell & Phil, Suzanne Doty Sironi, Ruth Dyer Hutcherson & Ronald, Jerry Etnier & Marilyn, Tom Hensley & Sarah, Cynthia Hoadley Kellogg & Terry Turner, Sue Jean Stillions & Charley, Phil Karsell & Catherine, Dan Leightman & Evelyn, Charles Leinenweber & Shelley, John Mahan, Judy May Kean, Marjorie McCord Johnson, Rosalee Meadows Anderson, Susan Moss Nash & John, Robert Patterson & Gigi Jordan, Patricia Phillips Smith & Chris, Linda Swafford Fowler & Donald, Ronald Trueblood & Diane, Alice Turner, Georgann Walker Wilson, J. T. Warring, Richard Watson, Kenneth Webb & Susan, Carole Weddle Watson, Susan Weiser Webb & Kenneth, Nancy Wentworth Dolphin & Robert
2008 - Fiftieth Saturday, May 31, at Chapman's restaurant
Contact: Linda Swafford Fowler and Susie Gaston Thompson

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Updated 17 Jun 2019