Cosmetology School Dean Honors Old Friend with Help of Beauty School

A world-famous beauty school is hosting its second annual event to honor a deceased and beloved friend of the school’s dean.

Paul Mitchell Schools hosts an event to honor the memory of Dean and Co-Founder Winn Claybaugh’s best friend, Ann Bowler.

Ann Bowler died last year at the age of 92 and Claybaugh wanted to do something big to honor her memory. He decided to involve the beauty school in celebrating her memory and “Ann Bowler Day” was born.  Paul Mitchell beauty schools across the nation held the first event in December of 2010 and repeated the event last year.

When he invited the beauty school students to help honor his friend’s memory, the students and staff decided overwhelmingly to help. They visited senior citizens at nursing homes and specialty centers to offer manicures, haircuts, and companionship. Other beauty school students treated seniors to Christmas carols, gifts, sing-along parties, and in some locations “Ann Bowler” day is now a quarterly event. Students at those beauty schools are visiting the centers once every three months to visit with seniors and offer cosmetology services.

In addition to their work directly with seniors in these locations, the students were attentive to the staff members that worked at each of the centers and offered sincere messages of gratitude for the work that they do in their communities.

In a press release from the beauty school, Dean Claybaugh said that he was very deeply saddened by the loss of his dear friend and she often escorted him to events. “She loved having her photo taken that night [at the 2009 Paul Mitchell Schools FUNraising dinner] with John Paul DeJoria, Donny Osmond, Leeza Gibbons, and Larry King, and she was captivated by all the magic created by our Paul Mitchell Schools. I’m sure she would be very proud to see the magic our schools now create in her honor,” he said.