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Carol H. Kern (M.S. 1965, Advisor: W. J. Luyten)


I got my M.S. in Astronomy under advisor W.J. Luyten. After graduation I raised a family and started a community library.

I am now the director at the Western Pocano Community Library in Pennsylvania. I have been married to my husband, Peter for 52 years. We have three children and four grandchildren. I received numerous awards for work with the library. I founded Western Pocono Community Library in 1974. We undertook expansion in 2000 to a new 30,000 sq. ft. facility, annual budget of ~$750,000 serving a community of 35,000.My favorite memories are driving to class each morning from Brooklyn Center with friends in the School of Law. Parking under a bridge near University Avenue and walking a mile and a half to class at 30 below and experiencing eyelids freezing shut! I also remember experiencing the joy of ice skating on the Mississippi at Lyndale and 65th Avenue North. W.J. Luyten was a superb teacher and a wonderful mentor during my two-and-a-half years as a graduate assistant in the Astronomy department. My "Proper Motion" work was exciting!