Kerr, newspaper lawyer, dies

John Kerr

John Kerr, a lawyer for The Post and Courier, died Wednesday.

Kerr, 66, a lawyer with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, was a 1968 graduate of The Citadel and received his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1973. He was a native of Dillon.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970 and was awarded a Bronze Star, Air Medal and a Purple Heart.

Kerr was a former president of the Charleston Lawyers Club and the Young Lawyers Division of the South Carolina Bar and a member of the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Bar.

He also served as president and a member of the Board of Directors for the Charleston Men’s Chorus, was a member of St. Philip’s Church, and former president of the John Ancrum Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

For the past 20 years, he placed emphasis on media law defense of libel and slander actions against broadcast and print media.

In 2006, he was ranked among “The Best Lawyers in America” for his work in First Amendment law.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by J. Henry Stuhr Mount Pleasant Chapel.

He is survived by his wife, Becky Kerr; two daughters and three sons.

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