Gerald was born in London, England. At an early age, he decided that a career in Medicine was his ideal. He entered medical school at the age of 17 and graduated 5 years later.
Whilst as a medical student, he met and became engaged to Audrey, also born a Londoner, and they were married shortly thereafter. After a 2-year stint as a Medical Officer in the Royal Air Force, he undertook specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Seeing an opportunity to practice his specialty in a new environment, the family, now grown to four with Julia and Paul, moved to Saskatoon in 1957. He lived and worked there until 1972, transferring to Vancouver. During their Saskatoon sojourn, Gerald acted as Head of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the City Hospital.
Wine and food have been a major part of Gerald’s and his family interests.
Sparked at an early age by visits to an uncle’s wine importing business located under the River Thames wine in all its glory became a fascination for Gerald that had to be explored.
Introduced by a member of La Chaîne in 1974, Gerald and Audrey soon became members and continued to his passing in 2013.
Elected to the council and later to become the Bailli, Gerald, with Audrey, attended almost every function over a period of 30 years. During 12 years as Bailli, he oversaw a number of changes in the style of functions, introduced the concept of an annual auction, and saw the membership grow steadily. On completion of his term as Bailli, Gerald was awarded the Silver Star of Excellence from the Canadian Bailliage and, at the same time, Audrey was awarded a Star of excellence for all the support that she has given to Gerald and the Vancouver bailliage.
Gerald was also a valued member of the Commanderie of Bordeaux and with Audrey, the International Wine and Food Society.
In the name of Dr. Gerald W. Korn, the Vancouver Bailliage has given an annual award to the top student of the Culinary Arts division of the Vancouver Community College.