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Jay Robert Hern

Jay Robert Hern, Professor Emeritus at Pasadena City College, was born on May 9, 1931 in Los Angeles, California. He attended Whittier High, Class of 1948, Fullerton College and Stanford University where he graduated in 1952 Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a Major in English and Drama. He served in the U.S. Army 100th Chemical supply group in Fort McClellan, Alabama. While serving 6 years reserve in Texas he became a live television sportscaster for the cities of Odessa and Midland, Texas. He went on to receive a Master's Degree in Speech Pathology from UCLA and became both a speech pathologist and an audiologist. Post-Grad UCLA he was further mentored by renowned author and speech pathologist, Dr. Joseph Sheehan, who placed him as head of the Veteran's Administration Program of Speech Pathology for Children. Years later a bout with cancer prompted him to leave this field. In 1961 he became a professor of speech, drama, radio and television at Pasadena City College. He retired 49 years later as Professor Emeritus. All his life he raced to workshops and voice over auditions capturing his share, while teaching students the same. You probably know his voice "...And Now NBC Presents Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color…". He was gentle, humble and helpful to all. He is loved and survived by his cousin, Joan Hern of Laguna; his companion and fiancée of the past 18 years, Phyllis Wilkerson and her entire family; and by the thousands of admiring former students. Memorial Service will be held today, Wednesday at 2:00pm at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 54 N. Oakland (corner of Colorado Blvd and Oakland) in Pasadena. Reception to follow. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits. Cabot & Sons Mortuary
(626) 793-7159

Published in Daily Breeze on Feb. 29, 2012
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