About Dr. Thomas N. Stern, M.D.
Thomas N. Stern, M.D.
Education in Memphis had a special place in the heart of cardiologist Dr. Thomas Stern, a former president of the Memphis Board of Education. He was committed to education and he was really committed to Memphis.
The fourth-generation Memphian graduated from Central High School in 1943 and went on to Harvard College. From there, he attended UT Medical School and graduated with a medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
He served in the Korean War as an Army captain and then returned to Memphis to help his father, Dr. Neuton Stern, run what was then called The Cardiology Group of Memphis, a practice they co-founded. It has since been renamed The Stern Cardiovascular Center as a tribute to father and son.
Dr. Stern and his wife, Harriet Stern, sent their three children to Memphis City Schools, and Dr. Stern sat on city school board for 12 years from 1980 to 1992 and served as president in 1982 and 1986.
A former president of the Memphis Heart Association, he was active in the community. Dr. Stern received the Tennessee State Medical Association's Distinguished Service Award in 1991. The Dr. Thomas Stern Pre-Medical Scholarship at the University of Memphis is named after him.
In 1992, he made a $1 million donation to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to establish an endowed professorship in cardiovascular medicine. He was honored for distinguished teaching when he was a clinical professor of medicine and cardiology at UT.
Later, Dr. Stern became involved in photography, exhibiting his work throughout the Memphis area, including a show at Memphis Botanic Garden.
Dr. Stern will be missed by the entire Memphis community.