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Jack A. (John) Kerr Ph.D.

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Jack A. (John) Kerr Ph.D. Obituary
February 3, 1922 - November 15, 2015 Engineer, Air Force veteran, professor, church officer, missionary, poet, man of God - Jack Kerr leaves a legacy of loving service to his family and community. He was born on February 3, 1922 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His father was credited with the discovery of butane and propane, which brought the family to Southern California in 1925 to establish the Imperial Gas Company. After graduating from Fairfax High School, Jack served in the U.S. Air Force during WW2, flying B-29s and as a test pilot. The young First Lieutenant went to college at the University of Southern California, where he played varsity tennis (he was a tournament player from age twelve), never losing a varsity match in three years. His USC tennis team won the National Intercollegiate Championship in 1951, but Jack also concentrated on academic pursuits: a BS in mechanical engineering, a Master's in public administration and the PhD in engineering and public administration. He worked for the state of California in the Division of Architecture, before distinguishing himself over many years as a professor at USC. Jack and his wife Anna's dedication to the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood and its congregations became a lifelong ministry. Jack 's roles as Deacon, Elder and Missions department volunteer touched generations and brought many to Christ. His humility prevented some friends and admirers from knowing that he preached monthly at the Los Angeles Union Rescue Mission for thirty years. A glance into Jack's twinkling eyes promised forthcoming wisdom and often, humor. How will we fill the void from his passing? By sharing what he shared: optimism, faith and love. Jack is survived by Anna, his wife of sixty-four years, nieces Linda Nyquist and Carol Gage, brothers-in-law and sisters in-law, cousins and multitudes of friends. Interment is at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, with a memorial service being planned at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 22, 2015
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