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William A. Kerr

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 5 Nov 2010 (aged 95)
Encino, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 61699046 · View Source
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William A. Kerr, beloved father and grandfather, passed away peacefully on November 5, 2010. He resided at 16183 Royal Oak Road in the Encino district of Los Angeles, California at the time of his death.

He was one of six children born to Alexander H. and Ruth K. Kerr. Bill graduated from USC with honors in 1936 and served as an airline pilot for TWA and test pilot/trainer for Northrop Aircraft Company.

As a flight instructor for Fleet Flying Service in Van Nuys, California, he taught the late American actor Jimmy Stewart to fly. He returned to Kerr Glass Manufacturing Company, as Executive Vice President in 1957.
As a result of his astute managerial and leadership skills, the next twenty-five years brought acquisitions; construction, industry altering technical innovation and growth to the company resulting in it becoming one of the largest glass operations in the U.S. In 1982, he received the glass industry's highest honor, the prestigious Phoenix Award. He retired from Kerr Glass in 1984 as president and CEO.

Bill was a trustee of Westmont College since 1973 and son of Westmont founder Ruth Kerr. He made numerous contributions to Westmont that included the renovation of the Ruth Kerr memorial Student Center, the Whittier Science Building, and the Emerson Residence Hall. He continued to support the Albertina Kerr Centers Foundation in Portland, Oregon, founded by his father Alexander H. Kerr in 1907. The Centers help children, adults and families in Oregon who face mental health challenges and developmental disabilities.

He consulted for several companies and was director of S.G.I. International, a coal and crude oil residual processing company. He also served as director of Lau Capital Funding and was chair of Bainbridge Technology Group, a management-consulting firm. He was an elder at Bel Air Presbyterian Church and active on the Forest Home Auxiliary.

He was preceded in death by his wife Beverly and son David. He is survived by his daughter Conni (Jim), and son Bill (Kathy), sister Constance Warner, and his five grandchildren, Kendall, Alexis, Justin, and Hunter Kerr, and David Cox.

Funeral Services will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park in the Hollywood Hills on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. in the Church of the Hills.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on November 14, 2010.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 61699046
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