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Bill's Family and Friends’s Story

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On Sunday, December 1, 2013, our friend and colleague Bill Keene succumbed to complications from gallstone pancreatitis, just a few days before his 57th birthday.

Bill grew up in Seattle, and graduated from Yale University in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. After returning from two years studying rhesus monkeys in India and Pakistan, he worked as a lab technician at the University of California at San Francisco, and then continued his education by receiving both a master’s in public health and a doctorate in microbiology in 1989 from UC Berkley. One year later, Bill began working as an epidemiologist at the Oregon Public Health Division and had been there ever since. 

Intelligent and hard-working, Bill was highly respected internationally, nationally, and here in our community as an expert in foodborne disease outbreak investigations. He was known for his extraordinary intelligence, dry wit, and uncompromising candor. He was a tremendous friend, opening his door to all, brewing a pot of tea for visitors, and inviting friends to his home for a movie. We are so fortunate to have known Bill; he will be sorely missed.

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Thank you

Thank you all for your continued posts and attendance (in person or virtually!) at Bill's celebration this past Saturday. We will continue to update this site as time permits. Information on how to access a recording of the memorial will be posted when it becomes available.