- B.S. Civil Engineering 1936
- Distinguished Professor and Dean, KU School of Engineering
- Elected 2011
John McNown was honored for his contributions to the field of fluid mechanics and his leadership in engineering education. He served KU as dean of the KU School of Engineering and Architecture and later as A.P. Learned Professor of Civil Engineering. He worked extensively with the World Bank and other organizations to initiate and improve engineering education in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world. He was a member of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering. The KU School of Engineering awarded him the Distinguished Engineering Service Award in 1988.