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Anne Gordon Keidel passed away Monday, July 4th, at her home in West Newton, MA. She was 72 and died peacefully after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. At the time of her death she had retired from a theological research affiliation with Boston College. She had recently finished her manuscript for a book on a fourth-century Christian priest important for mainstream Catholic Christianitys foundational teachings. Anne was born to Justine Lewis Keidel and Albert Keidel, Jr. in Baltimore, Maryland, where she graduated from the Calvert School and Garrison Forest School. She graduated from Centenary College, where she was on the varsity field hockey team and during which time she converted to Catholicism from her baptismal membership in the Episcopal Church. Anne finished her undergraduate education with a BA in history from Boston University before earning a registered nursing degree from Vanderbilt University. She practiced nursing for a year in Philadelphia before shifting her career to follow her strong interest in Catholic theology, with a side interest in Japanese Buddhism. After studying Japanese and visiting Japan, Anne moved to the ancient city of Kamakura, Japan, where she lived in a group facility with Jesuit priests, whom she joined in their study and meditation training with a Buddhist master priest. Returning to the United States after five years, she completed two masters degrees in theology, one in San Antonio, Texas and one in Toronto. Her 1984 Toronto Master of Philosophy Thesis was entitled: The De instituto christiano [Gregory of Nyssa] and its ascetical teaching. She then moved to the Julius-Maximilians-Universitt Wrzburg in Wrzburg, Germany to prepare for her Ph.D., which she received in 1997. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled Discerning the path of life: discernment according to Basil of Caesarea and Ignatius of Loyola with a comparison of their teaching. Returning to the United States, she settled in West Newton, where she began working on a book focused more on Basil of Caesarea than was possible for her Ph.D. dissertation. At her death the book manuscript was with Liturgical Press at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. Its title is: Basil of Caesarea and the Path of Life: A Theology of Discernment. In addition to her research, she was also active in her local Catholic parish | organizing and leading a theology book study group. She also collected Japanese prints and was especially fond of prints by the early 20th century artist Hiroshi Yoshida. She used her Japanese language skills and her knowledge of Japanese prints to work as a volunteer at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, helping catalogue and research their Japanese print collection. Anne was full of energy and intellectual curiosity, with a special love of foreign travel and summer vacations on the Penobscot Bay in Maine, where she indulged her hobby collecting oil and water color paintings of Maine coastal settings and related nautical subjects. She is survived by her brother Christian Keidel and his wife Franny Keyes Keidel of Devon, Pennsylvania and by her brother Albert Keidel of Bethesda, Maryland, as well as by nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian burial was held Tuesday, July 12, 2016 in St. John the Evangelist Church, Wellesley. Funeral arrangements were made by the Henry J. Burke & Sons Funeral Home, Wellesley.

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Published in The Wellesley Townsman from Jul. 8 to Jul. 21, 2016.
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July 20, 2016
I went to school with Anne from Calvert through Centenary College. She was a beautiful and caring person. It was wonderful to see her and reconnect at our GFS 50th reunion. I will miss seeing her at future reunions.
Wincy Jackson
July 20, 2016
Anne at Garrison Forest was already a deeply thoughtful person. I am glad to know her life was fulfilling and productive and am sure she brought her kindness everywhere she went.
Hope Platt
July 19, 2016
I knew Anne at both Calvert and at Garrison Forest. She was a sweet, kind, and compassionate person even then. She led a glorious life, questioning, learning, and helping others do the same.

My sympathies to her family.

Meg Owens Connor
July 19, 2016
I knew Anne at Garrison Forest, and enjoyed learning about her fascinating life at a Garrison reunion several years ago. My sympathy to her brothers and their families.
Patsy Collin
July 17, 2016
I went to Garrison Forest with Anne. Over the years I did see her a few times and was so impressed with the wonderful things she did in her life. What a beautiful, kind, fascinating soul.
Diana McKnight
July 13, 2016
Our condolences to the family. We enjoyed our time with Anne. So sorry we can't make it to the funeral.

Imelda & Frank Landry
July 13, 2016
Anne has been such a cheerful friend, phoning up when she was well and searching for something, always ready with an idea for a good book, a movie, and a good conversation! We'll miss her.
Rest in peace, Anne, and rise in glory, to discover all the interesting answers to questions unresolved in this life. You're ahead of us on that one! For you we are grateful that your struggle is over.
Wendy Helleman
July 11, 2016
I will always remember Anne as a woman of great strength and great faith. Her curiosity - which encompassed religion, art,gardening and politics among other topics- was boundless. It always made for interesting (and often lively) conversations.

She was a gentle soul who spent her life looking for its meaning and sharing the knowledge she had gathered along the way.

She will be missed.
Ellen Ryan
July 8, 2016
Sending my condolences to the family. May God give you strength and peace during this difficult time. Psalms 29:11
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