Viola Foss Lawlor

Born: December 22, 1892 - Canada
Died: November 9, 1970 - Los Angeles

Viola Foss Lawlor was the founder of the Professional Children's School in Hollywood, California, which later changed its name to the Lawlor Professional School. Lawlor Professional School, under the Directorship of Minnie Ethel Bessire, became the Mar-Ken School.

Mrs. Lawlor was married to John J. Lawlor, who was born in New York on 7 August 1909 and died in Santa Cruz California on 2 February 1989. He was the Los Angeles Freight and Passenger Representative for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.

They had a daughter, Muriel (Elaine Hammond) who was a musician and known professionally as "The Banjo Girl." The family lived at 823 Laurel Avenue, Hollywood.

Also see Mrs. Lawlor in the 1935 class photos.

Viola Lawlor and Marilyn Mitchell
Mrs. Lawlor with Marilyn Mitchell (R) and an unknown girl, 1934


Viola Lawlor, 1942.


Viola F. Lawlor (left) and unidentified woman (believed to be a school administrator – anyone recognize her?) in 1935.