RADM William A. Kearns Jr., USN
Retired United States Navy Rear Admiral William A. Kearns Jr., died on Sunday, April 4, 2010, in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was 77. A native of Ridgewood, New Jersey, Rear Admiral Kearns was the son of William A. and Myra Palmer Kearns.
Rear Admiral 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, United States Atlantic Fleet; commanded Amphibious Group Two in Little Creek, Virginia, and served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C.
A Master Mariner, Rear Admiral Kearns served as civilian master of several United States - flagged vessels following his retirement from the Navy. Rear Admiral Kearns resided in Southern Shores, North Carolina 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, Virginia; his daughter and son-in-law, Susan K. Tusing and Richard F. Tusing of McLean, Virginia; 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, California.
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.
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