Family members say David Morris Kern, the creator of Orajel, a medicine aimed at fighting toothaches and later mouth sores, has died. He was 103.
Allan Kern, his son, said his father died peacefully Friday at a group home in Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Born in 1909 in Manhattan and raised in Brooklyn, Kern worked as a pharmacist before becoming a salesman for Norwich and Warner Pharmaceuticals. He created Orajel with the help of a chemistry professor after buying a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility with his brother and two partners. Kern developed Orajel because he sought to find relief for teething babies.
He later sold the company to Del Laboratories in 1961 and moved to Phoenix in 1998 with his wife, Rose Ziedenweber Kern.
Private services are planned Monday in New York.
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