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A trip down memory lane

April 22, 2004

George and Barbara met at Syracuse University while doing graduate studies. George grew up in Glendale, attended Hoover and graduated from Occidental College with a music major. He went to Syracuse for a master's degree. At Hoover he often played the organ and remembers the Hammond in the auditorium as the largest installation in Southern California.

When their master's degrees were completed, George and Barbara married. George received his Ph.D. at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. Then the couple made their home in Vienna, Austria. George studied on a Fulbright scholarship at the Academy of Music. George recalls, "We could see the Schoenbrunn Palace and the Hapsburg Zoo from our window. The palace gardens were more beautiful than Versailles. The zoo is the oldest one in Europe."

On his return to America, George embarked on an academic career, teaching in Southern colleges.

The couple returned to California in 1977, where George accepted a position with Loyola Marymount. The Klumps' daughters Anneli and Heidi graduated from Rosemont Middle School and Crescenta Valley High School.

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As the girls grew up, George and Barbara traveled extensively in Europe in the summer, performing in cathedrals across the continent.

At home in La Crescenta, George tends the garden. He's president of the Southern California chapter of the American Rhododendron Society. In his garden, he grows 75 plants, including 50 different varieties. He's excited about a variety from Malaysia called vireya. George says, "The colors are fantastic." He commented that the newer plantings at Descanso are situated up on the hill near the Boddy House, away from the frost line that killed earlier plantings near the Japanese Tea House. George is looking forward to hosting the Gardens' director, Patrick Larkin, who will speak at the chapter meeting in May.

The Klumps are also looking forward to traveling soon to the big island of Hawaii to see the twin telescopes on Mauna Kea. George added, "They're the largest telescopes of their kind in the world."

George often cooks. He favors rustic, European-style cuisine and has a collection of goulash recipes. For my readers, he e-mailed me with a classic Hungarian goulash.

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