Bernard Rapoport '35 was honored as the Jefferson Alumni of the Decade of the 1930's on February 16, 2012. Rapoport was an entrepreneur, philanthropist, author and the founder of American Income Life Insurance Company.
Here is what Rapoport shared regarding his education at TJHS in the 2007 Annual Report of the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation: "After I finished junior high, I went to Thomas Jefferson High School and there I began to mature. I made good grades, of course. I had to. Papa said that anything less than an A is not acceptable. So, most of the grades were A's. Even though I had the potential to make good grades, this attitude was the same as my sister's and she later became a Phi Beta Kappa at The University of Texas. It is so important that a parent give a child something to live up to and whether these are goals, dreams, or both, the pursuit of perfection is a must." (http://www.rapoportfdn.org/rap2007ar.pdf)
Bernard Rapoport passed away on April 5, 2012.
To read more about Bernard Rapoport, please visit: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Longtime-Democratic-backer-Rapoport-dies-at-94-3465201.php.
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