Littleton High School Principal Sikander Rashid recently announced the creation of the Bernard L. Kohn Memorial Scholarship. Kohn, formerly of Boston, Mass., Long Island, N.Y., Atlanta, Ga. and Bethlehem, N.H. passed away in 2010. To honor his memory, Kohn's family has established a scholarship which will be made available to seniors in this year's graduating class and for many other classes in the future.
Kohn was a graduate of Boston Latin School and the University of Massachusetts. After graduation he enlisted in the Army Signal Corp where he served two years during WWII. At the end of his service, he began his career at Abraham and Strauss in New York as a carpet and flooring salesman where he remained for 25 years. Kohn was a charter member of the Reform Congregation of Merrick, Long Island and the president of its Sunday school. After leaving Abraham and Strauss he and his wife Carol relocated to Bethlehem, N.H. They owned Lord's of Littleton, a furniture and upholstery business located in Littleton. Kohn was very active in his synagogue in Bethlehem, often leading services. He also tutored Hebrew to B'nai Mitzvah students. The synagogue library was named in honor of Kohn and his wife, Carol.
For many years Kohn helped run the Bethlehem Junior Golf Program which provided free weekly golf lessons and equipment to children of the community. Kohn and his wife were both long time volunteers at the Copper Cannon Camp for underprivileged children in Franconia where he served as a board member.
Kohn authored a book titled "The Trap." The Trap displays Kohn's love of baseball, but more than this, a true look in to his personal values and views of human nature.
Kohn's first love was children and he dreamed of becoming a teacher. His wish was fulfilled when he became a substitute teacher at the Lakeway Elementary School where he worked for many years. He was a positive influence on both students and faculty. His relationship with them kept him young with a positive outlook well into his 90s.
This past year students from the Class of 2010 chose Kohn as their favorite substitute teacher. Their belief that he had a gift of making everyone feel special was the reason why they chose to dedicate their yearbook to him. This dedication inspired the Kohn family to establish the Bernard L. Kohn Memorial Scholarship which will be presented to a deserving Littleton High School senior who will be pursuing higher education with the intention of becoming a teacher. The award will be presented during this year's Class Night Ceremony on June 7.
For those who would like to contribute to the Bernard L. Kohn Memorial Scholarship Fund, donations can be sent to Joseph Shea, guidance counselor, Littleton High School, 159 Oak Hill Avenue, Littleton, NH 03561.