Mr. John Kinnear was born in Logansport, Indiana, March 2, 1936. He graduated from the local high school in 1954 after which he attended the University of Arizona. He received his Bachelor of Science degree with concentration in Business Administration. Upon his graduation in 1959, Mr. Kinnear began a 21-year career in the field of Respiratory Care working with medical device manufacturing and worldwide distribution of disposable respiratory medical products. He was a founder of two corporations in that field while also serving as Chairman of the Board of Intec Medical Corporation in Kansas City, Missouri. He served on the Board of the American Association for Respiratory Care and was the inventor of several oxygen delivery systems as well as many other inventions that currently remain in use today throughout the globe.
His avocation was politics which lead to his campaign involvement with Ronald Reagan in 1980. Mr. Kinnear joined the political realm of Governor Reagan’s campaign staff and subsequently joined the White House staff as the Associate Director of Presidential Personnel receiving a Top Secret security clearance in 1981. The following year he was assigned as an Assistant to Elizabeth Dole, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
In 1988, at the conclusion of the Reagan Administration, Mr. Kinnear retired to concentrate on his increasing support of the United States military men/women and their families. The Fort Worth Airpower Council, the oldest military support organization in the United States was founded by Air Force General Curtis LeMay and local businessman/philanthropist Frank Kent to support the military community at Carswell Air Force Base. As his involvement grew, he eventually became the Chairman of the Council and now serves as the Vice Chairman of the Airpower Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit with its roots dating back to 1958. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Georgetown Rail Equipment Company, a Texas corporation, and is currently the Vice Chairman.