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Cresson H. Kearny

Cresson H. KearnyAKA Cresson Henry Kearny

Born: 7-Jan-1914
Birthplace: San Antonio, TX
Died: 18-Dec-2003
Location of death: Montrose, CO
Cause of death: Stroke
Remains: Cremated

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Inventor, Military, Author

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Patriot, inventor, survivalist idol

Military service: US Army Reserve

Cresson H. Kearny (pronounced Carney) was an inventor, author, and expert on civil defense and preparation for nuclear disaster. His work included published plans for constructing effective atomic shelters, serious research into how different bomb shelters respond to blasts and explosions, and extensive writings on jungle warfare. He obtained patents for a breath-inflated backpackable boat, a jungle boot and hammock, and the Kearny Fallout Meter, a workable and reliable radiation meter that can be quickly assembled from ordinary household items in the event of an emergency. His book Nuclear War Survival Skills provides what seems a reasoned course of action in the event of a nuclear catastrophe, and remains popular with survivalists. He was a great-great-stepson of explorer William Clark.

Father: Clinton Hall Kearny (civil engineer)
Mother: Mary Chabot Cresson Kearny
Brother: Clinton Charles Kearny (pilot & geologist)
Wife: May Willacy Eskridge Kearny (m. 1943)
Son: Cresson Kearny
Daughter: Adelia Willacy Kearny
Daughter: Diana Catherine Kearny Fosse
Daughter: Susanna Joyce Kearny
Daughter: Stephanie Kearny

    High School: Texas Military Institute, San Antonio, TX (attended)
    High School: Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA (1933)
    University: BS Civil Engineering, Princeton University (1937)
    University: MS Geology, Queen's College, Oxford University (1939)
    Scholar: Scripps Research Institute

    Hudson Institute
    Legion of Merit
    Rhodes Scholarship
    Standard Oil Exploration Geologist
    OSS Agent
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Phi Beta Kappa Society
    Stroke 18-Dec-2003 (fatal)

Author of books:
Expedient Shelter Construction and Occupancy Experiments (1976, non-fiction)
Maintaining Nutritional Adequacy During A Prolonged Food Crisis (1979, non-fiction)
Nuclear War Survival Skills (1979, non-fiction)
Jungle Snafus ... and Remedies (1996, non-fiction)


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