Dr. William E. Keim

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Dr. William E. Keim Obituary
Dr. William E. Keim Dr. William E. Keim, of Telford, PA (formerly of Perkasie, PA) died peacefully on July 25, 2010 at the Lutheran Community at Telford. He was 84. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Charlene (Taylor) Keim, son Steven Keim and wife Lisa of Casper, WY and New York, NY; daughter Rebecca Keim of New York and Katonah, NY; sisters-in-law Ruth Keim, of Media, PA, and Margaret Keim, of York, PA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four brothers, George, Edwin, Charles and Harrison Keim, and a sister, Mary Van Doorne. Born in Laurel Springs, NJ, he was the youngest child of the late Charles R. and Ella (Powers) Keim. A 1943 graduate of Spring City (PA) High School, he received a B.S. from Millersville State College, and M.A. and Ed.D. from Lehigh University. He also served as a bombardier instructor in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. Long recognized as an area educator, Dr. Keim began his career as an industrial arts and math teacher at East Greenville and Upper Perkiomen High School followed by Assistant Principal at Upper Dublin High School. He moved to Perkasie in 1958 to become Principal of Pennridge High School, eventually serving as Superintendent of the Pennridge School District from 1970 until retirement in 1981. Notable accomplishments during his tenure included design and construction of a new open-space high school, creation of a summer theater program and art gallery and curriculum expansion of the Upper Bucks County Vocational School. He also championed the advancement of cultural exchange programs which sent local students and teachers abroad and brought students from many European countries, South America, Asia, Africa, Iraq and Kuwait to Pennridge to experience an American education. During these years he also served as a consultant for the U.S. Department of State, traveling to Egypt, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Bolivia, Peru and Brazil to advise those governments on education curriculum and administration. Following retirement from Pennridge, he taught at Lehigh University, served as Educational Director of the Valley Forge Chapter of the American Institute of Banking (AIB) for 14 years and was Executive Director of the Bucks County Organization for Intercultural Development which supported the creation of schools in Central America. In 2007, Dr. and Mrs. Keim visited the three American schools in Guatemala on the 25th anniversary of the schools' founding. He was a long-time member of St. Stephen's United Church of Christ, Perkasie, where he taught Sunday School and served as President of the Church Consistory. Dr. Keim was a board member and officer of many institutions and organizations during his lifetime, including the Pearl S. Buck Foundation, the Lamel Fund, Bucks County Council on the Arts, Bucks County Chief School Administrators, Eastern Penna. Retired Superintendents, Phi Delta Kappa Lehigh Chapter, American Association of School Administrators, Bucks County Playhouse, International Schools Services, Perkasie Lions Club, Bucks County Council - Boy Scouts of America, Bucks County Community College and the FUND Board of the Lutheran Community at Telford. A 32nd Degree Mason, Dr. Keim was a 50-year member of MacCalla Lodge in Souderton, PA. He received numerous awards for outstanding service and volunteerism, including first recipient of the Lehigh University of Education Alumni Award, the Pearl S. Buck Foundation Award for Outstanding Service, the George Washington Award from Valley Forge Chapter of AIB, the Boy Scout of America Statue Award for outstanding service, and the Living History Award from Perkasie Historical Society. In his free time, Dr. Keim was an avid fisherman, woodturner and sports enthusiast. He was a member of the American Assn. of Woodturners, Keystone Wood Turners and Bucks Woodturners. Working with other residents, he was instrumental in setting up a wood and craft shop at the Lutheran Community of Telford. Bill found much joy in attempting to snare shad on their annual trip up the Delaware River, a good round of pinochle with friends (graciously accepting ribbing when the women won), and attending Pennridge football games. Above all else, he valued his family, his friends, his faith, and providing educational opportunities for others. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service for Dr. Keim on Thursday, August 12, 2010, at 10:30 AM at St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ, 110 North Sixth Street (corner of Sixth and Arch Streets), Perkasie. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Keim Family Foundation for scholarships in the arts and education, c/o Philadelphia Foundation, 1234 Market Street, Suite 1800, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Arrangements are by the Bernard Suess Funeral Home, 606 Arch Street, Perkasie. www.suessfuneralhome.net
Published in Montgomery Newspapers from Aug. 2 to Aug. 5, 2010
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