The Bexley Education Foundation will honor former Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Janet Bez Ebert of the Class of 1953 with a launch event celebrating the publication of her new book, “The Beat Goes on for the Best Class Ever”.
The book launch will take place on August 3 at 11 am in the main high school hall, 326 S. Cassingham Road. Ebert will discuss how she came to write the comprehensive Class of ’53 Chronicle, which also includes illustrations by her classmate Jack Haunty.
Ebert, 86, an accomplished musician and music educator, said she has kept in touch with her classmates and noted their accomplishments over the years. She said her thorough record keeping ultimately led her to write the book.
“They are really amazing people,” she said. “After all these years, the one thing that still stands out from our meetings is, ‘We received an excellent education at Bexley Schools. We have had wonderful teachers. They were all about the kids.
“The Beat Goes on for the Best Class Ever” features mini biographies of each of Ebert’s classmates, three of whom have also been recognized as Distinguished Alumni of Bexley High School: The late Dr Earl Metz, professor of medicine with a national academic reputation which has trained new doctors in some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the country; Dr Andrew Wallace, former head of the cardiology division at Duke University and creator of DUPAC, an innovative heart health program; and Robert J. Weiler, real estate developer in Columbus, philanthropist and co-founder of the I Know I Can educational program.
The class of ’53 also includes academics, actors and musicians.
Ebert herself continues her musical career. She is in her 69th year of private tuition. In high school, she played the transverse flute in the marching band, the violin in the orchestra, and the piano in the marching band. She went on to earn a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree in music education from Ohio State University.
After serving 20 years as secretary of the Ohio State Alumni Marching Band, she became the first female musician to walk the field in the Horseshoe with the Marching Band. She was also the first woman to lead the national anthem at Ohio Stadium.
Ebert not only continues to work as a multi-instrumentalist and educator, but is also an active BHS alumnus, said Pamela Glasgow, executive director of the Bexley Education Foundation.
“Janet is one of our most involved and enthusiastic alumni,” said Glasgo. “When I get back to that and look at the events organized by the foundation and the school district, I will see a picture of Janet.
“We have a long tradition here. Many of these people have been to school together for their entire school life and have had a long educational journey together. It is (because of) the small size of the community and the small size of the classrooms that they have formed so many bonds over the years that these bonds continue after graduation.
Ebert said she plans to donate copies of “The Beat Goes on for the Best Class Ever” to BHS, the Bexley Public Library and the Bexley Historical Society. She said the title derives its meaning from the longevity that she and her classmates have enjoyed.
“About half of the class is still alive and for me it’s amazing,” she said. “The average life expectancy when we were born was not very high. I guess heaven is not ready for us. Or maybe there is something more for us to do.
For more information on Ebert’s book or the launch event, contact Glasgow at email@example.com or call (614) 338-2093.