Henry Stern emigrated with his parents to the United States to escape the Holocaust. He grew up in New York City where he attended the prestigious Stuyvesant High School and then went on to attain his bachelor of science in chemistry from City College of
Henry entered the U.S. Army in 1956 during the Korean War, and at the personal recommendation of Senator Jacob Javits, he was assigned to the Army’s Research
Laboratory at the Quartermaster Food and Container Institute in Chicago. He served there as a member of a task force conducting research on food preservation and freeze drying meals for troops both in the States as well as overseas. Henry left active duty in 1958, but remained in the Army Reserves through 1963.
Prior to entering the service in Henry had worked as a chemist for Warner Lambert. Upon his honorable discharge as Specialist, Third Class in 1958, he went on to work as a research chemist for several food companies, including Standard Brands in New York City.
Henry and his wife Sandra, who married in 1965, relocated to Stamford in 1981. He is a long-time member of the Fred Robbins Post 142 of the Jewish War Veterans, for which he currently serves as Quartermaster. Among his various volunteer efforts, Henry’s main focus has been serving several days a week for more than 15 years with the senior lunch program at the Stamford Jewish Community Center.