Posted: Friday, June 22, 2018 – 3:11 PM
School bonds seem to last forever. A group of Hawthorne School third-graders held a reunion Monday—70 years after first becoming friends. Several member’s of the school’s 1948 class had not seen each other since graduation.
This was the first reunion of the group and nearly 30 attended.
The afternoon started at the Beverly Hills’ school where attendees enjoyed a tour led by Interim Principal Richard Waters.
“The classrooms were familiar, but the new additions, the Hawthorne garden, and the expansion of the North playground were all new to us,” said class member Arthur Kraus, founder of Capital Intelligence Associates and inductee into the American College of Financial Services Alumni Hall of Fame.
“There’s no question that we found the classrooms were smaller than memory recalls,” said Alice Lynn, one of the event organizers.
“We got a lovely history of the school up until the present; and we were thrilled to hear that they had maintained their high scholastic standards,” Kraus added.
He even received a phone call from one of Hawthorne’s most senior teachers, Rachelle Marcus, after the Courier published an article about the reunion on June 15.
After activities at the school, reunion-goers gathered at the Venice Beach home of Kraus and his wife, Rini.
Among the attendees were: Audrey Bishop from Melbourne, Australia; Peter Block from Cincinnat; Sue Holzman from New Zealand.; retired conductor Ken Klein who led symphonies around the globe and met his wife, a pianist, in Vienna, and Tony Rose, Ph.D., author and lecturer.