Herbert Kern

Herbert E. Kern

Herbert E. Kern, 96, of Bethlehem, PA, formerly of Florham Park, NJ, died September 9, 2013. A brilliant, loving genius, Herb attended night school at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute while working at the Bell Laboratories on West Street in NYC. Herb worked 49 years for the Bell Labs on The Manhattan Project, the first transatlantic phone cable, the Telstar satellite and phone plastic recycling. But it wasn't until retirement that Herb began his true passion photobiology studying the sun's chemical reactions on the human body. Herb initiated and helped develop the successful Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) program at the National Institute of Mental Health, linking depression in some people to the waning sunlight in winter months. More than his many accomplishments, Herb will be remembered for his infectious, deep laugh, easy smile and love of life. He was a hugger and passed this gene to most of the Kern and Luse families. Herb was married to Joan C. Kern for 68 years. Survivors: daughter Penny Luse and husband, Richard, of Bethlehem, PA; son Bruce Kern & wife, Carolyn, of Manchester, VT; and son Glenn Kern & wife, Claudia, of Lower Saucon, PA; eight grandchildren & three great grandchildren. FUNERAL NOTICE: 11 am, Oct. 26, First Presbyterian Church Chapel, Bethlehem, PA. Contributions: Calvary Presbyterian Church Music Dept., 144 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park, NJ, 07932

Published in The Manchester Journal from Oct. 18 to Nov. 8, 2013