Jack T. Hearns ’61, ’64G
Jack Hearns virtually grew up at John Carroll University. His father directed the University band for more than 40 years and his mother taught English at John Carroll for more than 20. The now-retired nationally known educator started his career as a high school band director and music teacher. Wanting to have more impact on children’s lives, he became a high school guidance counselor, then dean of students, assistant principal, principal and, finally, superintendent of schools in Warrensville Heights, Ohio.
He credits, in no small measure, Father Joseph Owens, S.J., at John Carroll for his success. Dr. Hearns, who earned his bachelor of science in social science and a master of arts degree at John Carroll, was a student in five of Father Owens’ classes. The Jesuit also was his master’s advisor and career mentor.
Dr. Hearns has written articles about and lectured nationally on education issues. He has also written articles for John Carroll magazine, and served as a long-time class columnist for the magazine, which earned him the 2007 Silver Quill Award. He has taught classes and guest-lectured at Carroll, served as co-chair of his two most-recent class reunions, and won the John Carroll Alumni Educators Award (among other awards).
When he retired in 1993 as superintendent, the tireless retiree launched a real estate appraisal firm. He still finds time to regularly attend Carroll events, deliver copies of The Carroll News to older alumni, and serve as an active member of the Entrepreneurs Association, where he sponsors students for membership in the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization.
For his life-long dedication to students, fellow alumni, and to the University, the John Carroll Alumni Association is proud to award Jack T. Hearns our Alumni Medal.