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Dr. Kenneth Keller died peacefully at home in Centennial, Colorado on Sunday August 13, 2023 at the age of 83. Loved by all who knew him, Ken was kind, astute, courageous and a lover of corny jokes. He lived gracefully with Parkinson’s Disease for 27 years.
Dr. Keller began his career teaching Anthropology at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He served the University from the 1970’s until his retirement in 2008. During his tenure, in addition to teaching, he chaired the Department of Sociology/Anthropology and served as Associate Dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Science. While at the college, he helped found the Family Literacy Center, turn the Social Work program into a department, and helped build bridges with China through a Academic Scholars Exchange Program, teaching at the Guangxi Normal University in Guilin. Of course he worked with Anthropology and Sociology students, but he also worked closely with nursing students, students seeking teacher licensure, social work students and their respective departments.
His ability to empathize and make people feel comfortable and seen brought diverse groups together to meet a common goal. In recognition of his service to students, colleagues and Metro, he was named an Outstanding Faculty Award and was awarded Emeritus Professor of Anthropology after his retirement.
We invite you to make a gift to honor Dr. Keller’s legacy.