Wil­liam McC. Kerr II, ex­ec­u­tive

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — Frederick N. Ras­mussen

Wil­liam McC. Kerr II, for­mer pres­i­dent of Con­cord As­so­ciates and a dec­o­rated Viet­nam War veteran, died Aug. 31 from pro­gres­sive supranu­clear palsy at his Tow­son home. He was 72. The son of John T. Kerr Sr., a civil en­gi­neer, and Dora Pre­ston Kerr, a home­maker, Wil­liam McCon­key Kerr II was born in Bal­ti­more and raised on Walker Av­enue, Steven­son Lane and then Rux­wood Road in Rux­ton.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing in 1962 from the Gil­man School, he re­ceived a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in 1966 from Buck­nell Univer­sity, where he was a mem­ber of Phi Kappa Psi fra­ter­nity.

He then en­tered Of­fi­cer Can­di­date School at Marine Corps head­quar­ters in Quan­tico, Va., and was com­mis­sioned a sec­ond lieu­tenant in 1967.

In De­cem­ber 1967, Mr. Kerr left for Viet­nam and served with the 2nd Bat­tal­ion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Di­vi­sion.

He was awarded the Bronze Star for valor.

He was dis­charged in 1970 but con­tin­ued to be a Marine Corps re­servist un­til re­tir­ing in 1999.

Mr. Kerr be­gan his ca­reer with Con­sol­i­dated En­gi­neer­ing Co. as a car­pen­ter and was even­tu­ally pro­moted to project man­ager.

In 1977, he joined his fa­ther and two brothers at Con­cord As­so­ciates, where he worked as a project man­ager on con­struc­tion projects, in­clud­ing the Bal­ti­more Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, Johns Hop­kins Hos­pi­tal and Med­i­cal School, United States Fi­delity & Guar­anty Co. in Mount Wash­ing­ton, Johns Hop­kins Ap­plied Physics Lab­o­ra­tory in Howard County, Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity Home­wood cam­pus and fa­cil­i­ties re­lated to the Hub­ble Space Tele­scope.

Mr. Kerr was named pres­i­dent of the com­pany in 1996, a po­si­tion he held un­til Con­cord As­so­ciates closed in 2011.

When he was 40, he trained for and ran in the Marine Corps Marathon.

He was also an avid bi­cy­clist and en­joyed rid­ing through Bal­ti­more City and County un­til a de­cline in his health when he was in his 60s af­fected his abil­ity to ride safely.

Mr. Kerr was a mem­ber for 60 years of Sec­ond Pres­by­te­rian Church in Bal­ti­more, where he was an ac­tive vol­un­teer.

He en­joyed trav­el­ing and restor­ing an­tiques.

Acel­e­bra­tion of life ser­vice will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 17 at his church, 4200 St. Paul St.

He is sur­vived by his wife of 48 years, the for­mer Har­riet Ann Wil­liams; a son, Wil­liam McC. Kerr IV of Home­land; a daugh­ter, Cyn­thia Lynn Salmond of Glen Arm; two brothers, John Thompson Kerr Jr. of Monk­ton and Charles Edward Kerr of Yoe, Pa.; and four grand­chil­dren.

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