Class of 1974



What have you been up to? Share a life update with your classmates by submitting an AlumNote. With your permission we will add it to this Web site and include it in the Bluffton magazine.

Claire Clay ’18
Alumni relations manager



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Keith and Cyndy (Weist) Blough
Keith and Cyndy have lived in Hilliard since October 1982. Cyndy worked in travel and in sales support for Ashland Chemical Company where she retired in December 2012. Keith retired as Director of the Columbus/Franklin County Law Library in June, 2013. Cyndy enjoys painting, yoga, hiking and is busy assisting her father who recently moved to Hilliard. Keith works tax seasons for a local CPA and is active playing tennis, disc golf and piano. They have two daughters, Maria '05 who is married to Joel Koerner '07, and Denise who is a 2016 graduate of The Ohio State University. 



Sam Brown
Sam retired in June of 2017 after more than 40 years in flexible packaging sales/management. His five grandchildren keep him hopping until exhaustion sets in. Keeping up with his home here and second home in Blue Ridge, Ga., fills any spare time Sam has. He plays a lot of bad golf with fellow classmates and life-time best friends; Tim Schrader, Jim Cotner and Curt Campbell. He also stays in touch with Betty Billingsley, Marty Riggs, Roger Hoffman and Frank Bennett. They all miss their dear friend, Chuck 'Dollie' Billingsley. 

Sam says, “Thank you Bluffton for such great friendships.”



Jim Cotner
Jim retired in 2016 after completing a 36 year career with  BP Oil Company at the Toledo BP/Husky refinery.  His wife of 39 years, Kathy, recently retired from teaching and they enjoying spending time with their two grandchildren, traveling in their RV, and spending time with family and friends. They reside near Whitehouse Ohio, and enjoy the many activities available in the Toledo area.  After 45 years Jim has figured out that his calling is to be a Grandpa and retired, and he loves every minute of it.



Roger Hoffman
Roger retired in June of 2018 after 45 years as manager of Peerless Ohio Glove Co. in Bluffton. Roger and his wife, Sandy, of 45 years moved to Tavares, Fla., for their retirement years to remove themselves from the winters of the Buckeye State. 



Roger Gill
I'm living in Marysville, Ohio, employed as a florist at Kroger. I sing with three choruses in my spare time. Columbus Symphony Chorus, The Alliance Barbershop Chorus and the Columbus Gay Men's Chorus. I also sing in Marysville annual presentation of Handel's Messiah. Hobbies are woodworking and gardening. In the summer I work at the Chautauqua Institute in NY and I and my husband have a home in Jamestown, NY.


Douglas Meister
Douglas is retiring on June 30, 2019, after 45 years in ministry and 27 years of service at Jeffersontown Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Louisville, Ky. He is going to sleep for a month and then read the Sunday newspaper on Sunday! He is looking forward to traveling, playing golf, and his 50th class reunion in 2024. 



Marty Riggs
Marty retired from education after 32 years back in 2005 to coach baseball at Duke University in Durham, N.C. Since then, Marty has spent time working for the Columbus Clippers Baseball team for the past eight years and he attends many events for his 12 grandchildren who are in Colombus, Ohio; Indianapolis, Ind.; Upper Sandusky, Ohio; and Denver, Colo. 


Sally (Weaver) Sommer
Sally lives in Bluffton, right on the edge of campus. She retired two years ago and is enjoying the change in pace that retirement has brought her. She continues using skills she developed in her work life, administrative skills by serving on several boards and retail skills by volunteering at Habitat for Humanity's ReStore in Lima. A highlight of retirement, for Sally, is the freedom to travel to Wooster, Indianapolis and Wisconsin to visit her kids and grandkids on a more regular basis.