Henry Kearns, 74, president and chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States from 1969 to 1973, who at the time of his death was president of Kearns International, a San Francisco consulting firm, died of cancer May 29 at his home in San Francisco.
Mr. Kearns was born in Salt Lake City and studied engineering at the University of Utah. He moved to Washington in 1957 when he became the assistant secretary of Commerce for International Affairs. He returned to California in 1961. After service with the Export-Import Bank, he moved back to California in 1975. Since leaving federal service, he had been president of Kearns International.
He had received a "Man of the Year" award from the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce and had been designated an "International Executive" by the American Association of Foreign Trade Executives. He also won the National Foreign Trade Council's Captain Robert Dollar Award for distinguished contributions to the achievement of foreign trade, and had received several honorary doctorates.
Mr. Kearns was a past vice chairman of the Republican National Finance Committee and a member of the Burning Tree Club in Bethesda.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie P. of San Francisco; two daughters, Patricia K. Hitchcock of Newport Beach, Calif., and Mary K. Rohe of Rochester, Minn.; two sons, Henry T. of Garden Grove, Calif., and Michael of San Mateo, Calif., and five grandchildren.