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John Cary Secrest

automotive company executive

John Cary Secrest was American automotive company executive.


Secrest, John Cary was born on June 11, 1922 in Lakewood, Ohio, United States. Son of Paul E. and Charlene (Cary) Secrest.


Bachelor, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1946. Master of Business Administration, Harvard, 1948.


Vice president, general manager appliance division American Motors Corporation, Detroit, 1964-1965, vice president finance, 1965-1968, vice president corporate staffs, 1968-1972, group vice president staff and international, 1972-1979, also director. Consultant Chrysler Loan Project, United States Treasury, 1980-1983, Bracken, Secrest Tompkins, 1979.


Past vice chairman Michigan campaign United Negro College Fund. Board directors, past chairman executive committee Meadow Brook Theatre and Music Festival. Past board directors Boys' Club Metropolitan Detroit.

Past member board directors Southeast Michigan Junior Achievement. Associate Ohio Wesleyan University Served with United States Army Air Force. Served with Army of the United States, 1943-1946.

Member International Road Federation (past director, executive committee), Ohio Wesleyan University Alumni Association (past president Detroit) Clubs: Orchard Lake Country, Birmingham Athletic. Harvard Business School (Detroit) (past director).


Married Harriet Louise Porter, October 31, 1954. Children– Paul Porter, Jeffrey Adams, Carol Annual.