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Upper St. Clair board member Bruce Kerman known as meticulous

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Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011

Bruce Kerman, a member of the Upper St. Clair school board, read every single document -- no matter how long or tedious - before every board meeting.

"He was always, always the most prepared member of this board. He read through the material the district gave us -- all of it -- and asked detailed questions at meetings. He was a very smart man and took his responsibility seriously. He was a very active working member of this board," said board President Rebecca Stern.

Mr. Kerman died on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, in Family Hospice in Mt. Lebanon after a four-year struggle with cancer. He was 52.

"He was a devoted father and loving husband. He made the world a better place," said Mr. Kerman's wife, Amy Kerman. The two met in Cleveland and lived in Upper St. Clair for 20 years.

A trained engineer with a graduate degree in business, Mr. Kerman worked for two decades at FedEx Ground in Moon in operations planning.

Diagnosed with liposarcoma four years ago, MrKerman worked and attended school board meetings until about six weeks ago, his wife said.

Mr. Kerman, whose two daughters attend Upper St. Clair schools, was elected to the school board in 2009.

"He was never interested in public office before then, though he was a dedicated voter and worked as a judge of elections," Amy Kerman said.

Mr. Kerman, a Republican, became interested in serving on the school board as a result of an academic controversy five years ago over elimination of the International Baccalaureate program at the school. In February 2006, the then-new school board voted 5-4 to phase out the program, despite much public opposition. The program was kept as part of a settlement after the ACLU filed a lawsuit.

"He was concerned that his daughters, and many other students, were in this great program and that the school board did not seem to be really listening to the public," she said.

A native of Fair Lawn, N.J., Mr. Kerman earned a bachelor's degree in metallurgy and materials engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from Penn State University.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Rebecca and Sarah; by his parents, Joseph and Joyce Kerman of Boynton Beach, Fla., and by a sister, Lori Kerman of Bedminster, N.J.

Mr. Kerman's funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Beth El Congregation of the South Hills in Scott.

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