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Robert G. Stern

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Robert G. Stern of Chestnut Hill died peacefully at home on June 7, 2011 after a long and determined battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife, Lucinda I. Doran, daughter, Nancy Stern-Paulenka and her husband Steven of Londonderry, N.H., son Mark of Malden, sister Barbara Simon and her husband Peter of La Jolla, Calif., his children's mother Helena Valente of Reading, six grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Bob was born to Margaret and Louis Stern, a Hungarian immigrant family, on Jan. 2, 1931 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He attended Bronx High School of Science. He earned his undergraduate degree from Queens College, NY and Master's degree from Boston University. He served proudly as a carrier jet pilot and Lieutenant in the US Navy. After working as a physicist at Avco and the Missile Division of Raytheon, Bob became a dedicated and innovative physics teacher at Brookline High School where he was awarded a Fulbright Grant for teaching merit. He will be remembered fondly by many students whom he helped motivate and teach not only science but thinking and reasoning skills they could use throughout their lives. In retirement he worked as an education consultant at the Harvard Smithsonian Observatory. Bob was a voracious reader and passionate life-long learner who sought knowledge in all aspects of his life. He traveled extensively and lived in England and Germany. In his retirement he took a broad array of courses in theology, history, sociology, culinary and fine arts. He was an avid tennis player sailor, skier, biker and competitive bridge player. He also coached tennis for underprivileged youth and, later, sailing at Brookline and Wellesley High Schools. Even to the end of his illness, Bob surprised many by his resolve to remain physically and mentally active. Bob was a member of Longwood Cricket Club and the Longwood Covered Courts Tennis Club, both of Chestnut Hill. He will be missed sorely. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name to Tenacity, Inc an education, life skills and tennis summer program for underprivileged youth (Attn: Brendan McCue, 38 Everett St., Ste 50, Boston 02134) or Jimmy Fund Prostate Cancer Research (10 Brookline Place, Brookline 02446). A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Published in The Brookline Tab from June 18 to June 25, 2011
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