Upon graduation from the University of Arizona in 1958, John Kinnear became active in the medical device manufacturing and worldwide distribution in the field of Respiratory Care. He was a founder of two corporations in that field – serving as Chairman of the Board of Intec Medical Corporation in Kansas City, Missouri. He also served as Director on the Board of the American Association for Respiratory Care and was the inventor of several medical oxygen delivery systems that currently remain in hospital and home care use today.
Kinnear joined the campaign staff of Governor Ronald Reagan in 1980 and later joined the White House staff as Associate Director of Presidential Personnel. In 1982 he was named Assistant to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary, Elizabeth Dole. He resigned from the Reagan Administration in 1988 to concentrate on the needs of military families as a member of the Fort Worth Airpower Council. Later he became Chairman of that entity and also served as the Vice Chairman of the AirPower Foundation. In 1988 Kinnear joined the Board of Directors of Georgetown Rail Equipment Company, a Texas corporation – where he served as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Board. Mr. Kinnear presently holds the title of Director Emeritus of the AirPower Foundation.
John married the former Coreen Mencimer, a native of Denver, Colorado, in 1958 and they subsequently had three sons and seven grandchildren. John and Coreen have had a home in Arlington Texas since 1974.