Sunday, August 31, 2008


David Rudenstine with Ashton Hawkins, executive vice president, Metropolitan Museum of Art:

I was reading the Styles Section in today's New York Times. There was this whole event at Clermont, the country estate established by the Livingston family in 1728. And I didn't seem to know a single name.

I usually read through the Style section to get an overview of what's happening with philanthropy in NYC, since it sets the stage for the nation in a lot of ways.

There I am scanning along and 'low and behold...' -- #25 reads Ashton Hawkins! And there he is strutting out on the green. Loves me some Ashton. Oh, my aspirations...

And right before I was posting this, I came across a death notice for his mother -- just this past January. And at 106?!

Paid Notice: Deaths

Published: January 1, 2008

HICKOX--Kyra Schutt Hawkins, age 106, died peacefully at home in Muttontown, Long Island, NY on January 2, 2008. She was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia. After escaping from the Russian Crimea in 1919, she attended and later taught at the Brillantmont School in Lausanne, Switzerland. She was first married to Ashton Hawkins, widowed and later married to Charles V. Hickox. She leaves three children, Lisa Hawkins of Northport, ME, Kyra LeRoy of Dover, MA, and Ashton Hawkins of New York, NY; four stepchildren, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. At her request, there will be no service. Memorial donations may be made to the ASPCA.

Hello, Ashton. I hope you are well. May you live to 106! I'm gonna start my own Proust Club out here. After I get around to reading some.

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