Golden Reunion: Class of 1970

Please mark your calendar for September 16-19, 2021, for a return visit to Otterbein! The Class of 1971 has decided to delay their reunion until 2022, so this reunion will only be for the Class of 1970.

Online reunion registration is now open!

Please note that at this time Otterbein is requiring masks while in indoor common spaces regardless of vaccination status. Otterbein’s COVID-19 protocols are thoughtfully developed in consultation with Franklin County Public Health and OhioHealth and adhere to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Ohio Department of Health.

Registered attendees as of August 25:

Judy Ackerman Henry ’70, Elaine Armbrust ’70, Geoff Astles ’70, Diane Benson Jesse ’70, Jim Blue ’70, Christine Blue, Jeanne Boin ’70, Joe Bresson ’70, Gordon Rick Bury ’70, Lynne Parmelee Bury ’69, Linda Chandler ’70, Janice Ciampa Astles ’72, Robert Colton ’70, Trish Deck Garrett ’70, Linda Dixon Dickess ’70, Robert Fortner ’70, Marcia Fortner ’70, Jill Harris ’70, Brian Hartzell ’70, Terry Hartzell ’73, John Hill, Carolyn Koachway Hill ’70, Don Liming ’70, Jeanne Lytle Anslinger ’70, Gayle M Comstock ’70, Dawn Markham Bresson ’71, Debbie Park Crawford ’70, Gary Paul Price ’70, Alfred Poock ’70, Linda Sands Price ’70, Tom Schultz ’70, Char Schultz ’70, Caryl Sell Johnson ’70, Glen Shaffer ’70, Kathryn Shaffer, Don Smith ’70, Karen Smith, Martha Sorohan ’70, Margaret Tabor ’70, Marion Vaughan Henry ’70, Harland Verrill ’70, Elaine Weaver, Linda Whitehouse Pace ’70

What do I need to know for my reunion?

Schedule of Events

The Golden Reunion is scheduled for September 16-19, 2021.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

  •  7-9:30 p.m. Meet & Greet (The Point – 60 Collegeview Rd)

Friday, September 17, 2021

  • 10 a.m. | Breakfast (The Point)
  • 11 a.m. | Class Photo (The Point)
  • 11:30 a.m. | Golden Reunion Welcome (The Point)
  • 12 p.m. | Picnic Luncheon (The Point)
  • 2 p.m. | Campus Tours
    • Campus Tour
    • Equine/Otterbein Community Garden Tour
    • Frank Museum of Art Tour
  • 2-4 p.m. | Cardinal Tales (Tell your Otterbein story)
  • 6 p.m. | Happy Hour (Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris- 409 Altair Pkwy)
  • 7 p.m. | Class of 1970 Reunion Celebration Dinner

Saturday, September 18, 2021

  • 8:30 a.m. | Continental Breakfast (Howard House Lawn- 131 W Park St.)
  • 9:30 a.m. | Celebration of Otterbein & State of the University Address (Cowan Hall)
  • 11 a.m. | Homecoming & Family Weekend Parade
  • 11:30 a.m. | Otterfest (Campus Center West Parking Lot)
  • 2 p.m. | Otterbein Football Game

Sunday, September 19, 2021

  • Church Service (list of locations below)
    • St. Paul’s: 8 a.m., 10 a.m., & noon
    • First Presbyterian: 10:15 a.m
    • St. Matthew’s Episcopal: 10:30 a.m.
    • Church of the Master: 9 a.m., 11 a.m.
    • Church of the Messiah: 8:15, 9:30, & 11 a.m.

Memory Book

Memory Book submissions for the Class of 1970 have closed. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the book, you can do so through the Golden Reunion registration process, which opens in July 2021.

Hotel Information

Traveling to Westerville?
To make your out of town stay more comfortable, we’ve arranged room blocks in the following local hotels:

Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris
409 Altair Parkway Westerville, OH 43082
Rate- $137 plus tax
Class of 1970 Reservation Link
Class of 1971 Reservation Link

Courtyard Columbus Worthington
7411 Vantage Dr. Columbus, OH 43235
Rate- $99 plus tax
Click here to book a room.
1 (888) 236-2427

Embassy Suites by Hilton Columbus
2700 Corporate Exchange Drive Columbus, OH 43231
Rate- $125 (King) or $125 (Two Doubles) plus tax
Click here to book a room.
or call 614-890-8600 and mention the Otterbein group rate

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Columbus/Polaris
8411 Pulsar Place Columbus OH 43240
Rate – $109 plus tax
Click here to book a room.

Class of 1970 Advisory Group

Class of 1970 ~ 50th Reunion Advisory Group

  • Bob Fortner
  • Brian Hartzell
  • Ted Jones
  • Tom Schultz
  • Shirley Scott
  • Kathy Sims

Special thanks to Trica Deck Garrett and Terrie Molnar Miller for making phone calls to classmates about the reunion!

If you are interested in joining the advisory group, please contact Steve Crawford, Executive Director of Alumni Relations, at 614-823-3200.

Legacy Gift

Please consider supporting the Class of 1970 Endowed Legacy Scholarship.

The scholarship will help students of future generations enjoy the phenomenal education, friendship, and support, we all received during our time in the “quiet peaceful village.” Our goal for the scholarship is $25,000 in current gifts and pledge commitments. This will fully endow the fund, and it will live at Otterbein in perpetuity.

If you have not made your gift toward our class project, or if you would like to make an additional gift, please do. In addition to making gifts of cash or stock, you may also consider an IRA charitable rollover. Individuals who have reached age 72 can make a gift from their IRAs and in doing so may ultimately reduce their taxable income. Contact your IRA administrator for more information or to request a transfer. Please contact Kathleen Bonte, Executive Director of Development, in Otterbein’s Advancement Office to alert her to any forthcoming stock transfers or IRA distributions. All gifts and pledges, up to five years, made to the Class of 1970 Endowed Scholarship Fund by December 31, 2021, will be counted toward our goal. If you have any questions about making a donation, please contact the Advancement Office at (614) 823-1400. You can also make a donation by visiting In the Designation field, select “other” and enter “Class of 1970 Endowed Legacy Scholarship.”