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John Rudolph Kern

Kern—John Rudolph Kern, 78, on March 18, 2018, in Abingdon, Va., where he suffered a heart attack. John was born on January 28, 1940, in Iowa City, Iowa, to Jean and Alexander Kern. His boyhood summers in the forests and fields near his maternal grandparents’ log cabin and at Crestwood, his grandfather’s progressive mixed‐race housing coöperative, gave him a love of learning, a love of nature, and a passion for the struggle against injustice. He graduated from Swarthmore College, where he ran track, played varsity soccer, and volunteered in an impoverished Philadelphia neighborhood. His study under Quaker historian Frederick🔒

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