Dr. Jerome Fechtner, 94, a retired dentist who had a longtime family dental practice in Fanwood, died on Friday, April 1, at home.
Over the years, he had served on the Board of Education for the grades K-8 Watchung Board of Education, as president of the Watchung Board of Health, and as president of the New Jersey Academy of General Dentistry, among other community, civic and professional positions and activities.
Dr. Fechtner was a 1943 graduate of the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry. After graduation, he served in the Navy during World War II. He served aboard the destroyer tender, U.S.S. Alcor, in the Pacific Theater, and rose to the rank of lieutenant.
When he returned home, Dr. Fechtner practiced family dentistry from 1947 to his retirement in 2006. He also served on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine. He introduced and developed the use of video in the diagnostic and patient education process.
In his youth, he had achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts, and had been inducted into the Boy Scout’s Order of the Arrow. He worked at Boy Scout camps, and led hiking expeditions through the Appalachian Mountains. He was always an avid birder, and made presentations at the American Museum of Natural History and for the National Audubon Society.
He is survived by his wife, Sondra Fechtner, who is a member of the Watchung Hills Regional High School Board of Education, and a member the Watchung Borough Zoning Board of Adjustment.
Dr. Fechtner is also survived by sons, medical doctors Dr. Kenneth Fechtner, Dr. Robert Fechtner, his wife, Nan, and their sons, Ben, Zach, and Sam; Dr. Daniel Fechtner, his wife, Mei Mah, and their sons, Max and Ezra; and Dr. Lawrence Fechtner, his wife, Sarah, and their daughter, Hannah.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, April 3, at Higgins Home for Funerals in Watchung. Memorials may be made to http://theraptortrust.org, Millington.