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KEARNS WILLIAM A. KEARNS, JR. RADM US NAVY (Ret.) Retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral William A. Kearns, Jr., died on April 4, 2010 in Charlottesville, VA. He was 77. A native of Ridgewood, N.J., Rear Adm. Kearns was the son of William A. and Myra Palmer Kearns. Rear Adm. Kearns was a graduate of New York State Maritime College and was commissioned in 1954. His 31-year Navy career included extensive sea duty in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. He commanded four ships: USS Raritan, USS Arcturus, USS El Paso, and was the commissioning commanding officer of USS Nassau. As a flag officer, he served as Inspector General, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; commanded Amphibious Group Two in Little Creek, Va.; and served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C. A Master Mariner, Rear Adm. Kearns served as civilian master of several U.S.-flag vessels following his retirement from the Navy. Rear Adm. Kearns resided in Southern Shores, NC for 11 years before moving to Charlottesville in 2008. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Tammy Weber Kearns of Charlottesville; his daughter and son-in-law, Constance K. Smith and Wayne L. Smith of Barboursville, Va., his daughter and son-in-law Susan K. Tusing and Richard F. Tusing of McLean, Va.; his son and daughter-in-law Navy Captain William A. Kearns III and Mary K. Kearns of Honolulu, Hawaii, his son and daughter-in-law Thomas E. Kearns and Tanya M. Kearns of Pahoa, Hawaii; six grandchildren, Ryan H. Smith, William A. Kearns IV, Scott K. Tusing, Landess K. Kearns, Douglas W. Tusing, and Thomas B. Kearns; and a sister, Marcia K. Lyons of Riverside, Calif. Rear Adm. Kearns will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested a donation be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, 875 North Randolph Street, Suite 225, Arlington, Va. 22203. Friends may sign the guest book at www.hillandwood. comwww.hillandwood.com
Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 11, 2010