In Memoriam

Jean L. Stern, 1928–2009 The Board of Trustees and staff of The Children’s Aid Society are deeply saddened by the March 3rd passing of Jean L. Stern, who served the agency and its youth for 12 years as Trustee.

Her relationship with Children’s Aid began in 1990, when she and her husband Robert became generous donors, giving personally and through the Edna F. Blum Foundation and the Ilma F. Kern Foundation. In memory of their son, Jean and Robert established the Wick Stern Memorial Fund, to support youth who have overcome obstacles and seek higher education as a goal for a brighter future. They also established the Jean L. and Robert A. Stern Foundation; in her memory, her husband and family established the Jean L. Stern Memorial Scholarship, to be given each year to a student who overcomes obstacles, and performs service and shows compassion for others. The first Jean L. Stern Memorial Scholarship was given at the June 18th E.X.C.E.L. graduation ceremony.

Though interested in a variety of youth development programs, E.X.C.E.L. (Educational Excellence Creating Empowered Leaders) was one of her favorites because of its commitment to helping youth prepare for higher education and their lives beyond. Not only did she and her husband create scholarships for youth, but in 2006 an annual luncheon was created to honor the Wick Stern scholarship recipients and to allow Jean and Robert to engage directly with the teens they were helping. Jean’s involvement and her personal caring and ready affection for all made her a favorite among the youth.

Jean and her husband also supported a number of programs and locations, including the agency’s mental health services, Alvin Ailey summer dance camp and Child Sight. She was also a leader among Trustees, serving on a number of program advisory committees.

Jean was a warm, vital part of The Children’s Aid Society. The Board sends its thoughts and sympathy to Robert Stern, her husband of more than 60 years, their sons Robert and Peter, and the entire family.