Spring 2019

Remembering David Hern

1935–2019

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David Hern, D61, whose expertise in dentures and other restorations will keep his students’ patients smiling for many years to come, died January 21 at age eighty-three. Hern taught prosthodontics at the School of Dental Medicine for thirty-five years and was director of Patient Simulation and Clinical Complete Dentures. He also maintained a general dentistry practice in Brockton, Massachusetts, for fifty-two years.

In 2016, the year Hern retired, he received the dental school’s Student Excellence Award. “When I think of David Hern, I think of a true gentleman, through and through,” said Joanne Falzone, D80, professor of comprehensive care. “He was the supreme professional. He appreciated each and every faculty member he worked with,” Falzone said. She recalled being terrified before delivering her first lecture at the dental school in 1996—“my lips were sticking to my teeth.” Hern approached
the podium and slipped her a bottle of water. “He was thoughtful in every way,” she added.

Hern was a graduate of Brockton High School and Stonehill College. After earning a dental degree from Tufts, he served a tour in the U.S. Air Force. Until a recent move to South Easton, Massachusetts, he lived most of his life in Brockton. He was passionate about golfing, the Red Sox, and fine dining, and was an enthusiastic home cook. “He was the ultimate family man,” Falzone said. Hern is survived by his wife of fifty-nine years, Mary Nerbonne Hern; his children Matthew Hern, Kathleen Hern, and Kiara Garcia, and four grandchildren.

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