Friends and family of Ken "Harv" Hargreaves will gather at the Elks Lodge on July 22 to remember the longtime Alameda educator, who died last month at age 90.
Hargreaves taught in the Alameda Unified School District -- including at Lincoln Middle School and the now-closed Porter Elementary School -- for 37 years before he retired in 1987 and moved to Sierra Village in Tuolumne County.
"He was one of those compassionate teachers," said Alameda school board President Margie Sherratt, who attended Lincoln school and was taught by Hargreaves. "He had a great, outgoing personality. The kids loved him."
Along with his work as an educator, Hargreaves was a fixture in the Alameda Council of the Boy Scouts of America, where he served as scoutmaster and in a host of other positions.
Hargreaves initially joined the scouts in 1933. He eventually earned 49 merit badges and reached the rank of Life Scout.
Born in Santa Rosa in 1921, Hargreaves moved to the Island with his family six years later.
He graduated from Alameda High School in 1939 and later attended City College of San Francisco and the University of California at Berkeley.
His education was interrupted by World War II, however, when he was drafted into the Army and sent to the Pacific.
Hargreaves resumed his education after the war and graduated from UC Berkeley in 1949.
He married Barbara Fisher in 1970 and together the couple had five sons: Robert,
They also fostered a sixth son, Ralph Butler.
As a teacher, Hargreaves and his wife often led students on trips to Washington, D.C., where they used the nation's capital as a backdrop to teach history and government, his family said.
Along with once being his student, Sherratt worked with Hargreaves at Lincoln school after she became a teacher.
"He never lost his spirit and his joy of kids," Sherratt said, noting the many years Hargreaves worked. "On many occasions, former students would return to the school just to visit him. He was that type of teacher."
Hargreaves was also a long-standing member of the Alameda Elks Lodge. The Old Alamedans honored him as their 2010 Man of the Year.
After he retired and moved from Alameda, Hargreaves joined the Twain Harte Chamber of Commerce, the Twain Harte SIRS Branch and the Tuolumne Wine Association.
He died June 23 in Sonora.
His friends and family will remember Hargreaves with a "Celebration of Life" at 2 p.m. on July 22 at the Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave.
Contributions in his memory can be made to the Alameda Council Endowment Fund and the Nature Conservancy in the name of Kenneth T. Hargreaves.