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Charles E. Keenan Jr.

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May 21, 1933 - July 19, 2015 Dr. Charles Edward Keenan, Jr. succumbed to cancer at his residence on July 19, 2015. Born May 21, 1933 to Charles and Margaret Keenan, he grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. In an act of patriotism and youth, he joined the U.S. Marines during the Korean War at 17 and was shipped out to Camp Pendleton, where he fell in love with the California sunshine. Upon graduation from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in 1960, he moved to California and would join and establish a thriving medical practice in Santa Monica. He was Chief of Staff at Santa Monica Hospital in 1977; president of the Los Angeles County Medical Association, Bay District, 1977; chairman of its Board of Ethics between 1982 and 1986; Medical Director for Santa Monica City College and Associate Clinical Professor for UCLA before retiring in 2004. Dr. Keenan married Patricia Lee Chauncey and moved his family to Malibu in 1968, raising seven children. He is survived by his children (Jeffery, Joseph, Suzanne, Chip, and Timothy), grandchildren (Summer, George, Taylor, Shawna, Brittany, Chadney, Navarre, Sky, Christopher, Charlotte, Violet, and Vivienne), siblings (Mary Margaret, John, Michael, Richard, Joseph, and Patrick), and numerous nieces and nephews. A mass will be held for Dr. Keenan on Saturday, August 1, 2015, 10:00AM at St. Monica Church in Santa Monica. A memorial service will be held for him on Sunday, August 2, 2015, 4:00PM, at the Malibu West Beach Club. Donations on his behalf should be sent to the Cancer Research Institute.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 24 to July 26, 2015
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