On Saturday, December 1, 2012, at the age of 85. Born in Germany in 1927, he and his mother came to the United States in 1941. He received the benefit of a Quaker education at the Westtown School, and graduated from Haverford College in Pennsylvania. He served honorably in the U.S. Army, and performed graduate work at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.
After completing his education, Thomas Stern enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a Foreign Service Officer. Early in his career, he was stationed abroad at the U.S. Embassies in Rome and Bonn. He also served in a number of senior posts with the State Department in Washington, D.C., including as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management and as Deputy Director, Bureau for Politico-Military Affairs. His last diplomatic posting abroad was as the Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Korea, from 1976 -79.
He is survived by a loving family: Vivian, his wife of 53 years; his sons Michael and Ken; and his grandsons, Alex, David, and Nate.
Service and interment private.