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Arthur B. Kern, MD


Arthur Kern, 96, of Pawtucket, died March 6, 2018. A graduate of Harvard College and Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Kern practiced dermatology in Providence and was a clinical professor emeritus of dermatology at Brown.

He served honorably in the US Navy during both World War II and the Korean War. In the field of public affairs, Dr. Kern was actively interested in local and national politics, supporting a national single payer plan for health care, election reform, and conservation. Passionate about art, Dr. Kern exhibited his sculpture for many years. He loved skiing, tennis, and bird watching; and dragged his entire family to Block Island every fall for memorable viewings of the fall bird migration.

Dr. Kern is survived by his children: Ronni Kern of Santa Monica, CA; David Grant Kern of Camden, ME; and Jonathan Kern of Carmichael, CA. He is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Donations in his memory may be made to either Doctors Without Borders, www.doctorswithoutborders.org, or the National Audubon Society, www.audubon.org.


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