1945 was a year for the history books. The atomic bomb fell, as did WWII. Yugoslavia emerged, while FDR retained power. And James Geocaris ’45 graduated from The Laboratory Schools.
A student who received his entire tuition through need-based financial aid, Geocaris said that it was the sheer willpower of his mother that got him through the front doors.
And that’s exactly why Harry Bims ’81 gives back to his alma mater. “My dad didn’t spend money on anything and decided that he would spend money on my education at Lab,” said Bims. “I had to maximize the opportunity. I focused on doing the best I could. I was behind in certain areas because I came from public school. I pushed myself to catch up and get to the point where I was taking AP Classes. I was a serious kid.”
Bims gives directly to support financial aid, because he believes strongly in the need for socio-economic diversity within the Lab community. For Bims, financial aid would have made a difference for him and his family. That’s why he gives back to provide others with the same opportunity.