Dr. Bernhard T. Mittemeyer – A Lifetime of Service to His Adopted Country

Bernhard was born Oct. 30, 1930 in Paramaribo, Surinam, South America. His parents Jan and Hanna were there as missionaries from Holland. They arrived in 1926 and served there for 42 years. However, during WWII, his father went to be a chaplain for the Dutch Army in Indonesia from 1942 to 1945. Bernie, his two brothers and his mom came to the United States in 1944 and lived in Nazareth, PA where Bernie and his two brothers learned English. In early 1946, their father came to the U.S., and he and his wife planned to return to their Moravian mission work in Surinam. The plan was for Bernie and his brothers to go to Holland and live with family members there to insure appropriate further education. However, a church family in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania volunteered to “adopt” the three boys so they could remain in the United States, which they very much wanted to do. So Bernie was able to graduate from high school there in 1948. He then went to Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA as a pre-med student and graduated in 1952. Afterwards, he earned his M.D. degree from Temple University School in 1956.

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