Dr. Phillip O. Keirstead
1938 - 2017
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St. Augustine, FL
Dr. Phillip O. Keirstead, PhD, died April 4, 2017, at the Bailey Center in St. Augustine following a four year battle with kidney cancer.

He was born May 1, 1938, to Irma and Loyd Keirstead in Waterville, Maine.

He was raised in Maine and Connecticut graduating from Hamden High School in Connecticut. He went on to matriculate at Bates College in Maine but graduated summa cum laude from Boston University in Radio and Television. He spent the next 20 years in broadcast news in Connecticut, Iowa, North Carolina, Missouri culminating at CBS News in NYC.

He started a second career teaching broadcast journalism having gotten Masters from University of Iowa. He taught at Fordham and Hunter in New York then joined the faculty of Florida A&M in Tallahassee for 29 years. During that time he also earned a PhD from City University in London, England. He was a senior Fulbright professor to India and did many seminars around the world for the USIA.

He was the author of nine books and about 1,500 articles.

Phil enjoyed traveling, eating, reading and meeting people. He also never met a potato he didn't like.

Phil is survived by his wife S.K. Keirstead and poodle, countess Penelope.

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Published by St. Augustine Record on Apr. 15, 2017.
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Phil set a level of academic and ethical expectation that he, himself, reflected in his own accomplishments. No colleague or student could have known Phil Keirstead who did not benefit from his knowledge, industry and tough honesty about what it took excel as a journalist. He was a friend and colleague at FAMU for many years and his passing brings back so many memories. It is hard for me to hear that he is gone. My sympathies to SK and his extended family.
Michael Abrams
April 19, 2017
So sad to hear of Phil's passing. We all cherish the fond memories and wish all the best for his family. May God bless. Allen Thompson
Allen Thompson
April 16, 2017
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