The creator of Orajel, a medicine aimed at fighting toothaches that was later also used for mouth sores, died on Friday in Paradise Valley, Ariz. David Morris Kern was 103.
Born in 1909 in Manhattan and raised in Brooklyn, Kern graduated from the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy and worked as a pharmacist before becoming a salesman for Norwich and Warner Pharmaceuticals. After buying a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility with his brother and two partners, he created Orajel with the help of a chemistry professor. Kern would later tell family members that he developed Orajel because he sought to find relief for teething babies.
“It was the No. 1 product for toothaches for years,” Allan Kern said. “He was really proud of it.”