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William Keith Rabe


1949 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
William Keith Rabe Obituary
William Keith Rabe, born in Odessa, Texas on the 21st of August 1949, died peacefully at his daughters' home on March 31, 2014.
The only child of Lanelle Burke and Charles (Bill) Leonard Rabe, Keith spent his early years in Europe, where his father was a brilliant research engineer for Shell, and where he became fluent in French. His family returned to Texas, to Houston, where Keith attended Pershing Junior High and Lamar High School, graduating with the great class of 1967. At Lamar, Keith excelled in academics and in fun. His senior year, he was named by the Houston Chronicle as one of twelve outstanding student scholars in the HISD system, and as a National Merit finalist, while serving as a cheerleader, president of RAMAL and president of Interact, both service clubs, and as a member of the track team.
Keith graduated with honors from Princeton University in 1971, earning a degree in engineering with concentrations in English, literature and art. Like Lamar, his happy years at Princeton created lifelong friendships. After graduating with an MBA from the University of Texas in 1973, Keith returned to Houston and went to work for Texas Eastern. After several years, his adventurous spirit took over and he spent the next two decades working as a business consultant to several Indian tribes and living among them in Wyoming and Montana. Returning to Houston for the last time, Keith indulged his passion for sailing. He bought and lived on a 46 foot sailboat, and spent many hundreds of exhilarating hours with close friends and family aboard her in Galveston Bay.
Keith is predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his devoted daughters, Juliana Burke and Katherine Porter, and by their mother, Mary Sue Porter Rabe of Bryan, Texas. Juliana and Kate treasure his dedication to them, and the patience, compassion and unconditional love he bestowed upon them. Since his death, dozens and dozens of friends have sent beautiful tributes to Juliana and Kate, providing them a full and loving picture of their father, and portraying his generosity, kindness, loyalty, joie de vivre and wisdom.
A celebration of Keith's life will be held at the Forest Club, 9950 Memorial Drive, beginning at three o'clock in the afternoon today, the 6th of April. It is planned as a joyous event, just as Keith would have wanted it to be, so please wear colorful attire.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests that for those who wish, please direct contributions in Keith's memory to RASA (Ragnot Amateur Sailing Association), care of the Houston Yacht Club, 3620 Miramar Drive, Shoreacres, TX 77571, attention Rabe Ragnot Camp Scholarship.
Published in Houston Chronicle from Apr. 2 to Apr. 6, 2014
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