IN MEMORIAM: The Rev. Robert Keaten '01

The Rev. Robert "Bob" Keaten (Class of 2001) died on March 11, 2015 in Fort Collins, Colorado. He was 79 years old. Born on March 20, 1935, in Atlanta, Georgia, Keaton graduated from Yale University in 1957 with a B.S. in physics. He spent the next 40 years working as a physicist, including positions at Rockwell International and as the American representative to the OECD Halden Reactor Project in Norway before finishing his career at GPU Nuclear Corp. in Parsippany, from which he retired as VP of Engineering in 1997.

Keaten then went on to a second career as an Episcopal priest, earning his M.Div. degree from The General Theological Seminary in 2001, and was ordained to the priesthood on the Feast of the Epiphany in 2002 by Bishop Jack Croneberger. After serving as half-time Associate at St. John's, Boonton and Good Shepherd, Ringwood in 2001 and 2002, he went on to serve as Rector of St. Andrew's, Lincoln Park from 2002 to 2007.

In 1961 Keaton married Sheila Bruning; they were married for 53 years. They retired to Fort Collins in 2012. Keaton was an avid chess and bridge player, but devoted most of his time to furthering his education, his ministry, and Episcopal charities.

Keaton is survived by his wife, Sheila; sons Robert and James; three grandchildren, Kathrine, James, and Matthew; and a brother James.

The funeral for the Rev. Keaton was held on March 17 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Fort Collins, Colorado. Condolences can be posted here.