John Edward Kearns
John Edward Kearns was born at Canajoharie, N.Y., November 30, 1879, and received his education at the Canajoharie High School, Clinton Liberal Institute, and the University of Michigan, taking a course in electrical engineering at the latter.
Taking up engineering work with the General Electric Company, he was employed in drafting and testing 1902-3, design in the Direct-Current Engineering Department 1903-06, engineering and commercial work in the Power and Mining Department 1906-10, and in the Central Station Department 1910-15. Since 1915 he has served as Electrical Engineer in the Chicago office of the General Electric Company and has been in charge of special sales engineering work.
Mr. Kearns joined the AIEE in 1907 and was transferred to the grade of member in 1921. He was a Past Chairman and Secretary of the Chicago Section, and was Chairman of the National Membership Committee of the Institute.
He was a member of the National Electric Light Association, and has represented his company for many years as a member of the Technical Apparatus Committee of that Association. As such representative, he assisted materially in the preparation of some of the standards of the AIEE. He was formerly a member of the Board of Directors of the Western Society of Engineers and President of the Michigan Engineers Club of Chicago, as well as Vice-President of the Chicago Alumni Association of the University of Michigan.