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BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF BLAINE S. BIERLEY
I graduated from Portsmouth High School in June of 1955, and started at Ohio
in the fall of 1955. Each summer while I was at OSU I worked at the William's Manufacturing
Company in Portsmouth. I graduated in June of 1959 with a degree in education--English and
social studies and began teaching in the fall of 1959 in a middle school
(called junior high school in those days) in Upper Arlington, Ohio--a north-west suburb of Columbus, Ohio.
I taught nine years (obtained a Master’s degree from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, in 1962--
needed a change of venue from OSU) then transferred to Upper Arlington High School as a
School Counselor, and spent the next 27 years in that role. The last 15 or so years was as director
of guidance--a quasi-administrative position. I retired in June of 1995 with 36 years of service and
have been loafing ever since.
I married Carolyn Rayburn (a 1958 PHS grad) in August of 1963 and have lived
in Upper Arlington
38 years now. She attended the Portsmouth branch of OU for two years and graduated from the
OU campus in Athens in 1962. Carolyn taught elementary school in Columbus for a few years,
left teaching to raise our family, and went back to work as the director of a child care center
sponsored by our church, Riverside United Methodist, here in UA. It’s a part-time position which
requires almost her full time now.
Carolyn and I have two daughters--both graduates of Upper Arlington High School
and The Ohio
State University. Julia (1965) is married to an attorney who is a partner in a firm in the German Village
area. Julia is the Deputy Treasurer of the Upper Arlington Public Library System. She and her husband
live in Hilliard. Our youngest daughter, Karen (1971), has a degree in human ecology (what we used
to call home economics). She was in the business end of things and is using her training now working
as the Manager of Season Tickets for the new Columbus National Hockey League team, the Columbus
Bluejackets who began playing in 2000 and have brought lots of excitement to the central Ohio area.
Karen is single and a real sports nut. She and her boy friend will travel almost anywhere in the county
to see a major league baseball game. One of my many retirement projects has been to reestablish
contact with some of the people that I grew up with in Portsmouth in the 1950s in the Woodrow
Wilson Elementary School district.
Blaine S. Bierley
3746 Falls Circle Drive
Hilliard, Ohio 43026