Howard Kerr '53

Distinguished Alumni
Howard Kerr was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and attended Visitation Grade School and graduated from Dowling High School in 1953. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He was a Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relation in New York City.

Mr. Kerr served as a line officer in the United States Navy where he commandedtwo combat ships and was the Commodore of a Destroyer Squadron. He served in Vietnam, was on the Executive Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations and the Naval Aide to Vice President’s Spiro Agnew and Gerald Ford. He served in the White House as the Executive Assistant to the Counselor to President Gerald Ford.

Mr. Kerr was the President and CEO of two Chicago based Corporations, andhas served on several corporate and not for profit boards. He was the mayor ofLake Forest, Illinois, for three terms.

Mr. Kerr is currently a guest lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Iowa. He is a College of Arts and Science Fellow and a recipient of the University’s International Impact Award.

He and his wife of 53 years, Patricia, have four children and nine grandchildren. They live in Lake Bluff, Illinois, and Iowa City.

Dowling Catholic High School

Dowling Catholic High School is committed to serving the Greater Des Moines Catholic community and embracing learners of all faiths. In an environment that is faithful, caring and dedicated, Dowling Catholic forms each student to become a Christ-centered leader.