1989 Bluecoats Hall of Fame Member
J. Babe Stearn spent the majority of his professional life as a law enforcement officer, first as a patrolman and a lieutenant in the Canton Police Department and later as the Stark County sheriff. Stearn became the first Jewish officer hired when he joined the Canton Police Department in 1937. He spent 10 years on the force before he began his official association with the Canton Police Boys Club. He was appointed director of the club in 1954.
While serving as the Director of the Canton Police Boys Club, J. Babe Stearn was instrumental in the founding of the Canton Police Boys Club Drum & Bugle Corps music program in 1972 – the program that would later develop into the Bluecoats.
J. Babe Stearn passed away in 2007 at the age of 92.
Click here for a short historical video about the Canton Police Boys Club, now named the J. Babe Stearn Community Center.