Biography of Dr. Frank J. Kern
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

FRANK JAUH KERN, M. D. The medical profession of the City of Cleveland, Ohio, has long been accounted an eminent scientific body, and this reputation was in no way lessened when its ranks were opened to admit, in 1913, a youthful general practitioner in the person of Dr. Frank Jauh Kern, who had already become widely known in the field of journalism, and who since then has become a leader in scientific research.

Doctor Kern was born at Skofja, Jugoslavia, March 18, 1887. His parents, Frank and Mary Kern, spent their entire lives in their native land, respected and worthy people in every relation of life and faithful members of the Catholic Church.

In the common schools of his native land Doctor Kern had the usual educational privileges, and later very superior ones in the gymnasium at Krainburg, Germany, where he spent six years. He early cherished an ambition to come to the United States, and in 1903 circumstances made this possible. He made his way to St. Paul, Minnesota, where he entered St. Paul's Seminary, and there for three years he was a student of philosophy and theology under the jurisdiction of that eminent and highly honored prelate, the late Archbishop Ireland, who was not only reverenced and beloved by the Roman Catholic Church, but by the country at large. Doctor Kern in his sociological studies came under the preceptorship at St. Pauls of Rev. John A. Ryan, who is now a member of the faculty of the Catholic University at Washington, District of Columbia.

In 1906 the young collegian came to Cleveland to become assistant editor of The Nova Domovina, a Slovenian newspaper, but later accepted the editorship of The Glasnik, a Slovenian newspaper at Calumet, Michigan. In 1907 he returned to Cleveland as manager of The Glasnik, and in 1908 he entered Western Reserve University Medical School, from which he was graduated in 1912 with his medical degree, a most worthy achievement reflecting great credit upon his studious habits. He served for a time as an interne in Charity Hospital, Cleveland, and then entered into general medical practice, and has become well known in this field in city and county to the general public, and deeply interesting to his brother practitioners here and elsewhere because of his scientific investigations. Doctor Kern is a pioneer in the use of ultra violet ray therapy in Ohio, and his learned article entitlçd "Actino Therapy in General Practice: with Case Histories," which appeared in the Ohio State Medical Journal in April, 1922, met with medical approval and opened up much interesting and scientifically valuable discussion.

Doctor Kern married, at Calumet, Michigan, Miss Agnes Wertin, who was born at Calumet and is a daughter of Matthias Wertin, who came from Europe to the United States in 1864 and became a pioneer in the copper region of Michigan. Doctor and Mrs. Kern have three children, Francis, Edward and Ella, aged respectively, nine, eight and six years.

Doctor Kern is a member of the Cleveland Academy of Medicine, the Ohio State Medical Association, and the American Medical Association. He is supreme medical examiner for the largest Slovenian Benefit Society in the world, at Chicago, Illinois, which has a membership that numbers 35,000. In addition to his other work and study Doctor Kern is an author and compiler, and his English Slovene Dictionary, issued in 1919, is a comprehensive work and the only complete one of its kind ever published. He is not only held in. great respect professionally, but is much esteemed personally, an educated, courteous gentleman, never forgetful of his native land, but appreciative of the blessings of his adopted country.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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