A Centennial Celebration for Founder Louis Zalk’s Daughter Helene Zalk Pollock

Helene Zalk Pollock, one hundred years young, was celebrated by family and friends at her home in Montecito, California, this past January. Surrounded by her children–including HVS alumnus Tom Pollock ’60 and daughter Margo Sinclair as well as her husband, Daniel (in from New York City)–four grandchildren and their spouses, and six great-great-grandchildren plus many, many friends from over the years, Helene enjoyed a day filled with love, laughter, and heartfelt reminiscences.

Director of Development and Alumni Relations Kathy Zotnowski represented the Happy Valley School/Besant Hill School portion of Helene’s life at the celebration. Helene continues to carry on the vision of her father, founder Louis Zalk, through her generosity as she and her late husband, Dr. Joseph Pollock, had done since the 1940s. We can only hope to live a fraction of the extraordinary life of this inspirational woman and benefactress to our school!

John S. Brown Jr. ’67 Celebrates 70!

John S. Brown Jr. ’67 looked every bit the king of the castle as friends, including Director of Development and Alumni Relations Kathy Zotnowski, gathered at the Capital Canyon Club in Prescott, Arizona, to celebrate his seventieth birthday in January. Balloons and memorabilia from the year of John’s birth, 1949, filled the room, with candy that premiered in that year (Smarties, Junior Mints, Jolly Rancher, Whoppers, originally known as Giants) strewn on the tables as a treat for all. Great food, lively libations, and a scrumptious carrot cake (John’s favorite) were lovingly enjoyed, along with warm conversations about John’s memorable life. John is a gift to HVS-BHS, and we are honored to be among the beneficiaries of his huge heart.