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Profile Updated: March 1, 2021
Residing In:
New Middletown, OH USA
Psychologist/Professor and Chair Emeritus
Jane A. Barnett, born 1966; Rebecca L Holthaus, born 1967; David A. Cliness (Drew), born 1969; Benjamin More…B. Cliness (Ben), born 1974
Grand Children: Adam Holthaus, born 2002; Sam Holthaus, born 2004; and Brianna Barnett, born 2006
Yes! Attending Reunion
Favorite places to go

Amsterdam, London, Scotland, Stonehenge, Mesa Verde, Col., Chiricahua Natl. Mon., AZ, Gettysburg, Niagra Falls and Niagra on The Lake, Yellowstone, Yosemite National Park, Estes Park in Rocky Mountain National Park, Col., Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Places you would like to go

New England States, India

What would we be surprised to know about you?

I am not sure about this. I will have to give more thought to it. I guess I might say that I have had some "spiritual experiences" during my life that would be surprising to most people, especially, since I am not a religious kind of guy or I might say that I am not into organized religion of any sort.

What is your favorite memory of HEHS

Playing sports, acting in school plays, pep rallies, and especially friendships with classmates

What is your least favorite memory of HEHS

falling on a fumble rather than picking it up and running for a touch down and winning the game - I felt horrible over letting my school, teammates and coaches down. While I have come to accept it, I still remember it and it is something you wish you could do over again.

What are your favorite drinks?

Cabernet Wine with dinner and a cup of green tea to start the morning

What was the last CD you bought?

Beethoven, Symphony No. 1 and 6

What famous or interesting people have you met?

The Dalai Lama - Univ. of Michigan - I believe he is the most highly developed human being I have ever met, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and Bernie S. Siegel, (corresponded with them as we had working with cancer patients in common).

What cool things have you done?

Traveled to Russia (St. Petersburg and Moscow), Amsterdam (Red Light District), England (London and Oxfort Univ., Shakespeare's home, Stonehenge, etc.., Scotland. For ten years straight, I went tent camping in the Southwest and Colorado. Visited many Native American cliff dwellings, Wrote a book of poetry, built a retreat cottage in the woods near Leesville Lake in Carroll County, Ohio

Last October, 2008 I was inducted into the Bemidji State University (Minn.) Football Hall of Fame. I played football at Bemidji during my freshman year and was moved to the varsity to play defense at mid season. Much to my surprise, that 1959 team turned out to be the best team in the school history. Since I received a varsity letter, I was inducted in the Hall of Fame. At first, I was not inclined to make the trip but with encouragement from family and friends, I decided to go. And, I am so pleased that I did. After about 50 years, I saw some incredible changes to the University, met some wonderful people, and reconnected with some of my classmates. And I was able to get a feel for the young man that I was then, who left his home in Huntington and traveled over 1500 miles to test whether he had what it took to make it on his own. It was a great experience, difficult at times, but lots of growth and just what I needed at the time.

Most recently I published a book with the title of "Inner Consciousness and Spontaneous Imagery: an Exploration of the Unconscious". It is a summation of over 20 years of research work., Moreover I am working on a revision of my Poetry book, "The Journey of Life" which I hope will be available by the end of this month. Now I am working on a book about my research work with cancer patients. It will deal with the spiritual aspect experiencing cancer and other life threatening illness.

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Mar 31, 2021 at 10:24 AM

Hi Sandra,
I see you are an April flower.. Hope you keep blooming for many years to come. Just got back home from sunny Florida after escaping all the cold and snowy weather in Ohio. Lots of classmates in Florida these days. Take good care of yourself and i wish you a wonderful birthday celebration. Fondly, David

Mar 21, 2021 at 9:25 AM

Hello Amelia,
I just want to welcome you to our class website. I hope you will be able to join us when we have our next reunion. We also have small reunions in Punta Gorda Florida in March. However the pandemic has been limiting for gatherings this year. Wishing you good health and happiness. Take good care of yourself, David

Mar 21, 2021 at 9:18 AM

Hello Sandra, I see that you have a birthday coming up soon. You were a spring baby springing forth with all the spring flowers. My sister moved from Nashville to Fort Myers, Florida where I have been spending the better part of the winter for the past two years. I see her more now than I did when she lived in Nashville. You might give some thought to joining us here, we are 20 strong in Florida. I hope you are staying safe and well during these pandemic days. Also, hope you have been able to get the vaccine. Wishing you a wonderful birthday this year and for years to come.
Fondly, David

Mar 01, 2021 at 3:00 PM

Hello Amelia,
I hope all is well in your neck of the woods. I still have fond memories of our theater days. I remember, you probably don't, that we had some very meaningful discussions during that time. A feminine prospective on life was very important to me then. Just want to wish you a great Birthday celebration with family and friends. Take good care of yourself and stay safe and well. Fondly, David

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Mar 01, 2021 at 5:01 PM

Posted on: Mar 01, 2021 at 2:40 PM

Hello my dear friend,
Another birthday celebration for a deserving Florida transplant. I was hoping to see you at our March gathering in Florida but understand that COVID has altered those plans. I hope all is well in your neck of the woods. I am fine and now in Florida for the rest of March working on my book about my work with cancer patients. I think you will be interested in it. It will deal with the spiritual aspects of cancer and lift threatening diseases. I was able to get my COVID shots and hope to be able to do more fun things with Sherry while I am here. This is it for now. Take good care of yourself and stay safe and well. Love ya, David

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Jan 24, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Posted on: Jan 24, 2021 at 9:39 AM

What a horrible experience. I trust that you will make a full recovery. Good thing you are in good condition or you could be nursing home bound. Yes, we all need to be more careful. It is the law, we get older and not younger but some of us, including me, seem to feel we are much younger and can still do things that we should hire others to do. Well I am off to check out my roof since we have a break in the weather. Oops, maybe i should call a roofer. In any case, take good care of yourself and stay safe and well, fondly, David

Jan 11, 2021 at 12:44 PM

Hi Peggy, I see you are heading for a birthday soon. I bet Colorado Springs is a bit cold but perhaps beautiful in the mountains. I am in warm, sunny Ft. Myers Florida for the winter. Oddly enough I sort of miss the snow and cold weather but not enough to head for home. Just want to wish you a very nice and relaxing birthday this year, in the midst of all the issues surrounding COVID, and all the social and political unrest these days. I am hoping to live another 10 years just to see what history will say about this time in our lives. Take good care of yourself and stay safe and well.

Fondly, David

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Dec 28, 2020 at 4:51 PM

Posted on: Dec 28, 2020 at 12:02 PM

Hi Jo Ann, Not too many people can be wished a Happy New Year and Happy Birthday at the same time. You are one of our ageless classmates. You must be taking some of your Shaklee vitamins, a good testimonial for your products. I am in Florida now after leaving 10 inches of snow and 16 degree weather in Ohio several days ago. At least, we experienced a white Christmas. Wishing you a great 2021 after a very difficult 2020. Stay well and safe. Take good care of yourself. David

Dec 22, 2020 at 1:02 PM

Hi Linda, You were a Christmas/New Year's baby. My sister was born on December 29th. As a result everyone in our family, being preoccupied with Christmas and New Years, forgot her birthday. I hope that has not happened to you. I hope you are managing the COVID crisis well. It has made things so difficult for the usual family gatherings. I have just said to our kids and grand children that I am sending their Christmas presents in the mail and hope to see them next year. Then I am heading south to Florida for the winter where the sun shines. I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and New Year, and yes a very, very Happy Birthday. Stay safe and well. The vaccine is on the way. Fondly, David

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Oct 24, 2020 at 7:57 PM

Posted on: Oct 23, 2020 at 1:12 PM

Hello Barbara, This is a nice time to be in Florida despite COVID. We will be heading to your neck of the woods soon, joining all the snow birds coming to invade Fr. Myers. I got a message from Dee yesterday who said that she had just landed in Sarasota, and is now recovering from the long trek from northern Wisconsin. I hope that all is well in your world and that you are staying safe and well. Take good care of yourself and have a great birthday celebration on the 29th. Fondly, David

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Posted on: Sep 28, 2020 at 10:26 AM

Hello Frankie,

Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. I understand you now live in Prescott, a beautiful place in AZ. I think it is a healthy place to be living. I hope COVD has not come to visit where you live. I am still doing the mask and social distancing thing as we have COVD in our area. So far no one in our little community has become infected. Wishing you a great birthday celebration with family and friends. Stay safe and well, fondly, David

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Sep 05, 2020 at 10:29 AM

Posted on: Sep 02, 2020 at 11:07 AM

Hi Ernie, Just finished reading your book, My Brother and Me. I really enjoyed it, especially the last part where you went into some detail about your immediate family and the many trips you made into the hills of WV to visit with your Aunts and Uncles and Grandparents. Those outings to the farms and fishing seemed like so much fun. You and your brother were raised by an extended family with lots of healthy experiences. You guys were loved and knew it. I was sorry to read of your father's health problems. Following his prostate surgery he had such a miserable time of it. Today, treatment would probably be Flomax and no surgery needed. I loved the story about how your mom and dad met and ran away to get married. What a love story. And the family picture. They were a very handsome couple and a lovely family. Then the story about Ross' affiliation with the KKK. It seems to me that in those days the KKK was active in WV.

As your books suggest, family beginnings and the pathway to heaven led to Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Like many of us the care of our parents, as they age and develop health problems, falls to us. You and you brother seem to have taken good care of your parents and it was nice to know that your mother was able to return to Huntington where she could reunite with family and friends. When I was at our last class reunion, I looked around at fellow classmates thinking that each one had their own life story and if each one could write as you have, we would have so many touching and glorious stores of hard work, raising their families with courage and dignity, and being everyday heroes without notice. Also, as I looked around I saw everyone as part of the flow of generations that have roots so deep into human life and also being part of future generations. Your books are but two examples of the march of generations of human life, each with their own glorious stores to tell.

Incidentally, there are some names that I ran across in your book. My mother's maiden name was Cooper and her father had a general store in Smithers south of Charleston on Rt. 60. He had been a coal miner and I was told he was a miser and had the first dollar he ever made. Later he move his clan to Beckley, buying land for each one of them to build homes on so he would have someone to take care of him. Only two of the 7 kids moved there. The Coopers had a tough reputation and many were afraid to cross them. Also, your mother's name was Taylor. I dated a girl in the ninth grade, Ann Taylor, whose father was a prominent doctor in town. They lived on Washington Blvd, near the park. Might you be related to them. You also refer to the Wheelers. My next door neighbor was Frank Wheeler. He often took me hunting and fishing. His wife was one of the women in the neighborhood who mothered me. My mother was a Paranoid Schizophrenic, a very mean women, and I think I went about the neighborhood with a sign on my back saying "mother me" and I got a lot of mothering. Frank's people seemed to come from the West Huntington area.

Anyway, during the last class reunion these are some of the things I thought about and I wrote a class poem, "The Class of 59" which is posted on our class website. You might take a look at it. I think its themes would resonate with you.

This is it for now. I hope other class members will take the time to read your books. I think many could relate to it. Take good care of yourself, my dear friend, David

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Aug 27, 2020 at 10:05 AM

Posted on: Aug 26, 2020 at 11:33 AM

Hi Erinie, just want you to know that I have obtained a copy of your book, "My Brother and Me". I am enjoying reading it. I am amazed at how much research you must have done for this and your other book. There is so much begetting that there is no way I can keep up with it. I love reading about some of the stories told about those in your family background. Take care, Fondly, David

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Aug 27, 2020 at 9:55 AM

Posted on: Aug 26, 2020 at 11:07 AM

Hello Jack, I see you have a birthday today. Congratulations. I hope you are well and thriving. This COVID thing is getting a bit limiting but I am getting work done on my writing projects and spending weekends at my cottage on Leesville Lake. No virus down there so far. Just want to wish you a great birthday with your family and friends. You know we have fewer birthdays left than we have had in the past. So lets try to make everyday count. Take good care of yourself, Fondly, David

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Aug 25, 2020 at 4:50 PM

Posted on: Aug 25, 2020 at 10:05 AM

Hello Sally, ye ageless one. I hope all is well in your neck of the woods and that farmer Fred is enjoying attending to his farm animals. I hope you guys are staying safe and healthy. This COVID thing is quite depressing and limiting. We are still doing social distancing and wearing a mask. But I am keeping busy with keeping up two houses, home and the cottage and I have writing projects that I am working on. Just recently published a book on the "Inner Consciousness" and hope to finish the revision of the Journey of Life book soon. Then I will be working on a book about my work with Cancer patients. So I am keeping busy. Also hope to make the trip down to Florida this winter but watching to the virus thing closely. I hope all our classmates in Florida are keeping safe and well. Otherwise, I want to wish you a great birthday with your friends and family. I am mindful of the fact that we have fewer birthdays left than we have had. So make everyday count. This is it for now. Fondly, David

Aug 24, 2020 at 10:28 AM

Hello Macky. I hope all is well in your world. I know you must still be grieving. Does it ever end? There are so many reminders of all the good times. But then I would not have it any other way. It was great to see you at our Florida reunion. You don't seem like you have aged much. I do plan to head to Florida this winter but do not know when as we are watching the virus problem. I continue to wear a mask and social distance. Fortunately, I have writing projects to do and have to keep up the house and cottage near Leesville Lake in Carroll Co. Ohio, where we go most every weekend. Just published a book on "Inner consciousness", a case study book. And I am revising the Journey of Life book to be followed by a book on my work with cancer patients. So I am keeping busy despite the social distancing requirements. Wishing you a wonderful birthday. Take good care of yourself and stay well and safe. Fondly, David

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Aug 24, 2020 at 5:22 PM

Posted on: Aug 24, 2020 at 10:17 AM

Hello Steve, I trust that all is well in your neck of the woods. Are you still in the transportation business? Seems like you might consider retirement one of these days but then doing what you really enjoy is what keeps us young. Wishing you a great birthday. Stay well and safe and take good care of yourself, Fondly, David

Aug 24, 2020 at 10:13 AM

Hello Judy, I bet your University of Kentucky girl is well on her way to a great career at UK. I think you wrote me that she was working at the University. I have so many fond memories of my student days there and sadly I have not been able to visit that area in a long time. However, I am sure you have many occasions to visit there. Wishing you a great birthday, you one of our ageless classmates. Take good care of yourself and stay well and safe, Fondly, David

Jul 30, 2020 at 10:18 AM

Hi Vicki,
Sorry I missed you birthday. It has been a busy time for me. Been doing the social distancing and mask wearing thing. Except for going to the cottage on weekends and doing grocery shopping I stay home most of the time. One positive thing is that I have been able to get back to my writing projects. Incidentally, Ernie Carpenter published several books. I am reading his book, "The way to Mt. Moriah" and really enjoying it. It is about tracing his roots back to the first colonies. He is an accomplished writer and I recommend his books to you and other classmates. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. Hope also that you had a great birthday celebration with family and friends and wishing you well during the following year. Take care, Fondly, David