William McC. Kerr II, executive
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.