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Bloomington, Indiana

Class of 1971

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24 Apr 2024 John Lowell Collins died in Bloomington on January 4, 2024. A Find-A-Grave page has been created.
20 Dec 2023 We find that Chrstopher David "Chris" Haynes died December 11, 2015, in Bloomington. A Find-A-Grave page has been created. Chris was at University School in 3rd & 4th grades, then 7th & 8th; he graduated from BHS.
24 Apr 2023 Robert Wainright "Bobby" Martin died in Bloomington on April 14, 2023. He attended U-School through 4th grade, and graduated from BHS. A photo and obituary are on his Find-A-Grave page, but will not be visible for 3 months.
30 Jun 2022 Jud Brewer and his siblings - 8 kids attended U-School: Erich '68, Gene '69, Jud '71, Derk '73, Cassandra '74, Berit '77, Clark and Jeremiah -
asked this be posted:

To honor the incredible legacy of (UHS & BHSN football & werestling) Coach Wayne and Jan Nichols,
a permanent endowment fund has been established in their honor at the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County.
The Coach Wayne and Jan Nichols Exceptional Effort Fund will allow the Nichols family to make annual grants
to causes and organizations that embody the values of Coach Wayne and Jan,
in particular giving children and youth a bridge to opportunities that will help them succeed and thrive in life.

Donations can be made to the Community Foundation, designated for the Nichols' Fund, online at or by sending a check to:
Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, 100 S College Ave Suite 240, Bloomington IN 47404
For other types of gifts or ways to support this fund, contact Meagan Niese, Development Director, at 812-333-9016.
All gifts made to the Community Foundation are tax-deductible.

For more details, click here to contact Jud Brewer
13 Dec 2021 Carol Barnhart Cross died in Bloomington on December 3, 2021. She was at University School in elementary & junior high, and graduated from Bloomonngton High School. A photo and obituary are on her Find-A-Grave page.
21 Jun 2021 Patty Irwin Robertson writes:
"Hello Class of '71. Save the weekend of August 28th for our 50th reunion. As more details are finalized, we'll let you know. Please make sure your contact information is up to date on this website; contact Dave Gray '65 if you have an update - postal address, phone or e-mail. We're trying to get the word out to all our classmates, so will you pass this on to those you stay in touch with? If you'd like to be part of the planning process, either virtually or local, please email Patty Irwin Robertson at Thanks, and look forward to seeing you."
26 Feb 2021 Rebecca Lynne Payne died in Bloomington on February 10, 2021. She was Rebecca Lemon in the Jordannuses for 7th through 12th grades; Payne was her birth name. A photo and obituary are on her Find-A-Grave page.
25 Feb 2021 Reed Krack (of Orma, West Virginia) writes:
Hey out there! We are losing many members of our class. Before its too late, are we going to have a 50th class reunion this year? If not, those who are interested can call me and maybe we can just pick a date and meet at Nick's or any venue not limited to a byo in a local area park or lake!!
Reed can be reached by e-mail here:
If you want to phone him, please contact the Webmaster at this address:
26 Nov 2020 Richard Beard Powell of Bloomington died November 18, 2020. He is in the 1958 Jordannus in Nursery School, his only year at University School, and graduated from BHS. A photo and obituary are on his Find-A-Grave page.
29 May 2020 Curtis Paul Easton, of Ellettsville, Indiana, died on May 25, 2020. An obituary is on his Find-A-Grave page.
02 Jul 2019 Joseph Alan "Joe" Young, of Carmel, died in Indianapolis on June 30, 2019. A photo and obituary are on his Find-A-Grave page.
11 Apr 2019 William "Bill" Chasteen of Springville, Indiana, died in hospital in Indianapolis on April 8, 2019. A photo and obituary are on his Find-A-Grave page.
09 Feb 2019 Scans of the Senior Class and underclass photo pages are now available, from the Jordannus in the Monroe County Library.
25 Apr 2018 We found that Rebecca Jane "Becky" Dahl, formerly married to Sam Headley '67, died in Akron, Ohio, on June 26, 2003. An obituary is on her Find-A-Grave page.
4 Jun 2017 Richard Kristian Osmundsen died on Feb 23, 2017.
Riley Andrew "Andy" Schaeffer died Oct 27, 2014.
Dara Lynn McNamarra Krack died May 3, 2014.
Kathryn A "Kathy" Terman died Sept 13, 2013.
Stephen Lee "Steve" Simmons died Aug 26, 2013.
Further information for all (except Andy) may be found on their Find-A-Grave pages (see below).
10/31/11 REUNION
WHAT: University High School Class of 1971 40th reunion
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. Sunday
WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday: Bear’s Place, 1316 E. Third St.; 11 a.m. Sunday: Irish Lion, 212 W. Kirkwood Ave.
MORE: Classmates from the Class of ’71 are invited to attend. Call Patty at 824-2611 for more information.
6/2/11 Joli Jensen wrote "I left Bloomington (moved to Nebraska) my sophomore year but would love to reconnect with classmates from my U-school years (from fifth until ninth grade)."
9/8/10 James Boyd Alexander, 57, passed away Monday September 6, 2010, in Bloomington. Jim was born in Bloomington where he graduated from University High School. He spent his professional career as the owner of Alexander’s Camper Sales, a company that he and his father founded. Jim was also a member of the Sherwood Oaks Christian Church and the Ellettsville Masonic Lodge. Jim leaves behind his wife, Anne Kelley Alexander of Bloomington; three sons; his mother, Evelyn Freeman Alexander; two sisters, Janet Kiser and husband Tom, and Carol Mullis; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert L. Alexander; a brother, Robert Lee Alexander; and a nephew.
5/11/10 Eric Anderson writes: "Hello to everyone that remembers me. Never knew this site exsisted. in Florida, currently a sales rep for a company out of Tampa Bay. Was a PGA Professional for about 12 years...didn't make the big scenes but played on the Nationwide and South Florida tours for awhile. Be nice to hear from anyone that remembers first "crush" Cindy Souers, the Landry boys. Anyone can contact me."
4/24/10 Robert W. Sullivan, 56, of Bloomington, died Thursday, April 22, 2010. He was born in Bloomington, the son of Robert E. and Eugenie (Thompson) Sullivan. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Indiana University School of Business and was the owner and operator of Sullivan Clothing in Bloomington. First and foremost, Bob was a devoted husband, a dedicated father and lover of good jokes. He cherished his family's Friday night pizza and Sunday morning pancakes. He was not shy to be "Mr. Mom" to his daughters or take his turn in the classroom; his devotion was unwavering. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Tanya (Boruff) Sullivan, his two daughters, his mother, Eugenie Sullivan of Bloomington and one sister, Sabra Sullivan-Leamnson of Indianapolis.
6/17/10 Doug Holmes reports on the death of his brother, Craig Holmes:
Craig Holmes was a University High School Class of 1971 graduate. He passed away on June 17, 2010, from cancer. He lived in Louisville Kentucky where he worked for AT&T. He was married to Sherrie Holmes, has two daughters and two step-daughters.
7/1/09 John Cotner '66 sent information on the death of Suzanne Lebeau Julian. Suzanne's sister Christine was in the class of '72.
Excerpted from Suzanne Lebeau Julian's obituary:
Suzanne Irene (LeBeau) Julian, of Greenwood, died on Saturday, June 27, 2009, at her home. She was a 1971 graduate of University High School, Bloomington. She worked for Sears in Indianapolis and for the South Side Times, Beech Grove, IN. For many years she was a Civil War re-enactor, designing and making her authentic Civil War era clothes. She married architect David Julian. He survives. Other survivors include six brothers and sisters, Richard and Rev. David LeBeau, of Bloomington, Steve LeBeau of Loveland, Colorado, Christine Hirsch of Heritage Lake, IN, Jeanette Roberts of Unionville, IN, and Jeff LeBeau of Bloomington. She is also survived by 19 nieces and nephews.
7/4/08 Laveeda Morgan Battle said: "I just ran across this page listing my high school class. I have been completely out of touch with the class, but hope everyone is well."
4/30/08 Shirley Brown Talbot says: "Been strolling through this website and down memory lane. I moved to the St. Louis area recently and wanted to make sure you folks have my address. Great Scot - we will have our 40th reunion in just a couple of years. Take care all! -Shirley
10/09/07 extracted from the Bloomington Herald Times
David T. Council, 55, of Bloomington, died October 3, 2007, in Bloomington. He was self-employed as a sign graphic designer.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara (Brinneman) Council; a son; a daughter; his mother; and two brothers, Lem (UHS '69) and James.
6/24/07 Mikel Bookwalter (email?) writes: "Now in 6/6/07 I am married to my 3rd Wife going on 6 years. I am Senior Electronics Technician for GE. I've worked here for 35yrs now. Some of the BHS gang are working here also. I have a son in the Navy and 4 granddaughters born in Iceland: Maddison Elaine; Indiana: Aubrey Shea; Italy: Annabella Sophia, Ohio: Bailey Rene'. I own 2 Harleys, an '02 Springer and '03 Gold Key Anniversary Model. I ride nearly every month of the year (Never in Snow). It has become my passion. Gave away my Titlest Golf clubs and I have three fishing boats in the back being grown in with trees. I just haven't found anything as great that you can do in public with your clothes on as Riding. Good luck and good health to all."
11/27/06 Joli Jensen says: "Even though I didn't graduate with the class of '71 (my family moved to Nebraska after my 9th grade year) I have many good memories of U-school classmates from 5th to 9th grade. It's nice to have this way to stay in touch!"
3/23/06 See Reunions section for information on the big 35th reunion plans! Download the REUNION REGISTRATION FORM (pdf format). Contacts are Patty Irwin Robertson and Sue Hanna Mehalechko.  --    (If you register on the web form, I will pass on your address information to one of the contact people - Margaret, webmaster)
11/26/05 Gloria Enguidanos Law says: "Thanks to Patty and her persistence in figuring out where I am. I'm sorry I missed the reunion. It would be great to see all of you. I'm married (28 years this January with the same guy I married in Beck Chapel so long ago) with two grown sons and have a 20+ yearcareer at the University of California at Berkeley as the senior International Scholar Adviser. We bring over 2000 international visitors a year who perform research and teach. I loved seeing your group photograph and wish I could see you all. There's a slight chance I can make the June get-together. I'm traveling to Montreal for a conference close to those dates so I'll see if there's a way to get down there. It would be wonderful to make contact. If any of you want to email and let me know how you're doing, I'd love it. Best wishes, Gloria
9/20/05 Anne Meador Brewer says: "We miss seeing everyone, as we have fond memories of our years at UHS. Gene and I have three grandchildren, and one on the way. Most of our free time is spent with the family. I'm still teaching biology and chemistry, and Gene still coaches wrestling at Bloomington South when he's not working on teeth, or printing millions of pictures of the grandkids. The past four years have been difficult as we helped our first-born with his battle with cancer. We said goodbye to Gene III on April 27, and miss him very much. Those of you who came to the service and sent letters...we deeply appreciate your support and prayers. I still read the cards from time to time, as they are a great source of comfort. Not sure we can make it to the reunion in Oct. as my health is not good, and work consumes me. I will be there in spirit, however. Maybe I will see some of you on the Fourth Saturday reunion next June.

Extracted from the 3/17/05 Bloomington Herald-Times:

Gregory "Greg" Eugene Butcher, 51, of Bloomington, died on Tuesday at his residence after a lengthy illness. He was a 1971 graduate of University High School and had received his Bachelor's degree in 1976 from the HPER School with a minor in Business from IU. He later received a master's in Education from IU. He was a member of the Indiana University Alumni Association. Greg was a teacher and a coach at several Indiana High Schools, including Switz City High School.

Survivors include two sons, one daughter, four grandchildren, his parents, two sisters, two nephews and numerous aunts and uncles. Greg is also survived by his dog Barney.

1/23/05 Jay Fry writes: "Great idea having a reunion in October (I agree with you Reed ...oh & say "hi" to Dara) and possibly in conjunction with other classes. We are living outside of Oxford, OH. Still teaching and still trying to operate a small farm (which I am NOT very good at...I just seem to lose $). I hope we will be able to attend in October. The reunions that I have been able to make were great! Patty and Dave (and other important people I may have left out) did a fantastic job arranging everything! Hope to see everyone there.
1/27/05 Rick Beets writes: "Holy Cow!, just stumbled onto this website! We've been living on the northside of Indy since 1978, love to hear from anyone in the area. I don't get to Bloomington very often anymore, though I still have relatives there. I do make it to the Bean Blossom Bluesfest near Nashville every year, a friend of mine puts on the festival (John Hall of Bushman Music, I help out with the accoustic stage and festival pics when I am not busy. Give me a holler!"
5/13/02 Patty Irwin Robertson says: "Our class is having a get together in June. We're calling it a 'Stay in Touch' party. It will be on Saturday, June 22, at 6:00 pm upstairs in the Hoosier Room at Nick's on Kirkwood Avenue. We decided last year at the reunion to meet informally each year on the fourth Saturday of June in between reunions. This will be the first time we try it."
1/18/02 Reed Krack writes: Would be great to change the time of year now and then so those who can't get away in June might be able to attend. Dara and I would have loved to have been there! Hi! to all.
11/15/01 There is a Yahoogroups mailing list and web page for the UHS class of '71. See:
9/03/01 Victoria (Vicki) Lough Chambers writes: I left U-School after graduation in 1971 to go to college in Washington state.I haven't heard anything about my school or friends since (30 years!) Thanks to [Margaret] Olson and Patti Irwin Robertson for reconnecting me with a part of my past I truly missed. I am thrilled!
8/05/01 Patty Robertson provided the group photo . Other photos will be provided soon.
7/04/01 Stephen Branam wrote on 6/29: "Just returned from the class reunion, and had a great time. I hope everyone realizes just how important for all of us to keep in touch. I didn't until this year. Hopefully, we can set up some things for our classmates to have an annual luncheon or dinner. If anyone has any information on any of the class of 71 who did not attend the reunion, please pass it on."

Reunion Information

weekend of August 28, 2021 Details coming soon
WHAT: University High School Class of 1971 40th reunion
WHEN: Nov 4-6 2011 - 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. Sunday
WHAT: University High School Class of 1971 40th reunion - November 4-6, 2011
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. Sunday
WHERE: 7 p.m. Friday: Bear’s Place, 1316 E. Third St.; 11 a.m. Sunday: Irish Lion, 212 W. Kirkwood Ave.
MORE: Classmates from the Class of ’71 are invited to attend. Call Patty at 824-2611 for more information.
Thirty fifth - June 23-25, 2006
6:00 pm Friday Evening: Nick's
Saturday Morning: Golf
6:00 pm Saturday Evening Dinner
11:00 am Sunday Brunch: Irish Lion
See more on the plans, and download the REUNION REGISTRATION FORM.

Contacts are Patty Irwin Robertson and Sue Hanna Mehalechko.
October 29, 2005
All School Reunion
Reservations Received as of 10/18/05 for:
'71 - Patty Irwin Robertson, Wayne Johnson & Judy Purcell, Phil Linnemeier, Michael Middleton, Ron Portis, Robert (Stuffy) Robinson & Deedee, Cynthia Snyder Taylor & John, Cindy Souers Dejanovich, Sarah Stevens
2002 'Stay in Touch' party Saturday, June 22 at 6:00 pm upstairs in the Hoosier Room at Nick's on Kirkwood Ave.
Thirtieth - June 22-24, 2001
view photos
Annual Informal Reunion - 4th Saturday of June

To see the Find-A-Grave page, click here
Then copy the number into the "# Memorial ID" field.

Updated 24 Apr 2024