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John Thimpson Kerr ’39

Published in Jan. 24, 2007, issue

John died of congestive heart failure Aug. 25, 2006, at a retirement community in Towson, Md.

Born in York, Pa., he came to us from Harrisburg Academy and earned his bachelor’s in civil engineering. After he married Dora Preston in 1940, the couple moved to Baltimore, where he joined Consolidated Engineering Co. There he managed commercial construction projects, among them Friendship Airport, now known as Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. He was named the company’s president in 1971.

In 1973 he and several of his colleagues founded Concord Associates, which he served as president until he retired in 1983. In retirement, he assisted new business people through the Service Corps of Retired Executives, and worked with a Greater Homewood Community Association Remedial Reading Program.

John served as our class AG agent from 1979 through 1984 and was twice our reunion chairman. He and Dora loved to travel and were regulars on class trips. Dora died in 2003. Survivors include their daughter, Lucille; three sons, John Jr., William, and Charles; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. We offer them our sincere sympathy.

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