Dr. Herbert J. Stern, 84, psychologist, professor

September 13, 2002

Dr. Herbert J. Stern, a retired psychologist who formerly headed the Baltimore public schools' Division of Guidance and Placement, died of heart failure Monday at his Silver Spring home. He was 84.

Dr. Stern was born in Waynesboro, Pa., and raised in Baltimore. He was a 1935 graduate of Forest Park High School and earned his teaching certificate in 1938 from what is now Towson University.

He was hired that year by the city school system, teaching in elementary and secondary schools. He served in the Army from 1943 to 1948 in personnel testing and classification. After World War II, he remained active as an Army reservist.

After returning to the city schools, he earned his bachelor's degree in 1950 and master's in 1953, both from the Johns Hopkins University. In 1962, he earned his doctorate in education from the University of Maryland. He was director for guidance and placement from 1962 to 1968, when he became an assistant professor of education at New York University.

From 1956 to 1966, he operated a summer camp for boys with special needs at a farm he owned in Union Bridge.

Dr. Stern also held teaching posts in counseling and guidance at Loyola College and the University of Maryland. In recent years, he maintained a private psychotherapy practice in Bethesda and Glen Burnie.

His three marriages ended in divorce.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike in Rockville.

Dr. Stern is survived by three sons, Sander Stern of Rochester, N.Y., David Stern of Denver and Aaron Stern of Carlisle, Pa.; and a daughter, Patricia Stern of Tucson, Ariz.

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