Academic journal article Mennonite Quarterly Review

In Memoriam: William E. Keeney, 1922-2006

Academic journal article Mennonite Quarterly Review

In Memoriam: William E. Keeney, 1922-2006

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The MENNONITE QUARTERLY REVIEW regrets to announce the death of William Keeney on November 12, 2006 in Bluffton, Ohio. He was born July 12, 1922, in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Bill, as he was known, served on the faculties of Bluffton College and Bethel College and Kent State University. His career was many-sided: teacher, churchman, historian, administrator, and a leader in the peace movement.

Bill grew up in a coal mining family, one of fifty families selected to participate in Penncraft, a community development program founded by Quakers. At Penncraft the family was befriended by a Mennonite pastor Carl Landes, who assisted Bill to attend Bluffton College. There in 1941 he encountered Mennonite peace teaching, which led to his becoming a Mennonite and finding in Willadene Hartzler a life partner, whom he married in 1947. He served three years as a conscientious objector in Civilian Public Service including mental hospital service. Bill helped launch the National Mental Health Foundation focused on energizing public concern for the mentally ill. He and Willadene also served with the Mennonite Central Committee in Germany and the Netherlands, where he became director.

In 1950 Keeney returned to pursue a M.Div. degree at Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Chicago. There he helped establish Woodlawn Mennonite Church. In 1953 he came to Bluffton as Assistant to the President. Bill took a leave from this position to earn a doctorate in historical theology from Hartford Theological Seminary. …

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