Stern - Ernest L.,of Pound Ridge, New York and New York City, passed away on September 2nd, 2018 after being diagnosed in May with glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer; he was 83. Ernie was the beloved husband of Barbara Lang Stern, brother-in-law to Jane Scheiber (Harry), and uncle of Abraham Glass (Amy), David Glass, Gail Stern Lovelady (William), Sherri Stern, Susan Edelman (Scott), and Michael Scheiber (Andrea). In 1972, Ernie founded Thompson Components Corp (TCC) as the first US division of Thomson Electric which later became Thales. He continued as CEO of TCC until his retirement in 2003. He was also the founder of a private company called Lothar Sanford. In recognition of his achievements at Thales, the French government invested him as a chevalier of the Légion d'honneur, the highest French order of merit for military and civil service and a recognition that meant a great deal to Ernie. He continued to serve as Chairman of the Board for TCC until his passing. According to Cornell Alumni Staff, "he was among Cornell University’s most loyal graduates and a proud member of the Class of 1956, for which he served as class president for many years. There was no better advocate for the university than Ernie, who helped to encourage numerous gifts that enriched Cornell’s campuses in Ithaca and New York City." Ernie led a successful endowment campaign for Cornell’s Mann Library and served on the Board of Trustees’ Committee on Alumni Affairs & Development and as a life member of Cornell University Council. Cornell honored his contributions with the Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award and an endowed library curatorship in his name. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Cornell University, 130 East Seneca Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, or online at: https://giving.cornell.edu/ways-to-give/, or online at: https://giving.cornell.edu/ways-to-give/, or to the National Brain Tumor Society: http://braintumor.org.
The funeral service will be on Wednesday, September 5th at 10:00 am at Congregation B'nai Yisrael, 2 Banksville Road, Armonk, NY Interment will follow at Pound Ridge Cemetery, West Lane, Pound Ridge, NY