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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.


Michelle Barber posted a new journal entry, "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 ... Lea más

Charles Best signed Bill's Family and Friends's Guestbook.

I am so sad to learn of Bill's passing. Our parents were friends at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, and we spent a lot of time in each other's company. He was ... Lea más

Noie McGown Defliese signed Bill's Family and Friends's Guestbook.

I only just learned of Bill's untimely passing from the Yale Alumni Magazine. We were friends in Trumbull, and I would like to send condolences to his family. I recall ... Lea más

C. Pierson MD signed Bill's Family and Friends's Guestbook.

I loved Bill's humor and wit in the very useful and enlightening publications of the CD summary.  I thought many of times that I should write to the author and say how ... Lea más

Georgilynn Hall, RN signed Bill's Family and Friends's Guestbook.

What a huge loss for Bill's family and friends, for his readers, for science and journalism. As a reader and Registered Nurse, I looked forward to every issue of the CDC ... Lea más

Nina Lara FNP signed Bill's Family and Friends's Guestbook.

Dear Elise and Family, Twenty two years ago I moved to Oregon as a recent NP graduate to accept a position in a small, non-profit clinic. One of the local physicians who ... Lea más

Larry Eninger, MD signed Bill's Family and Friends's Guestbook.

Condolences to the family.  Having just recently lost my dad, I understand your pain. I never had the opportunity to meet Bill but "knew him" from regularly reading CD ... Lea más

Laurie Choate, RN signed Bill's Family and Friends's Guestbook.

I am so sad to hear of Bill's passing.  I've used the CD Summary for many years while teaching nursing in rural Oregon.  I have enjoyed Bill's sense of humor in editing ... Lea más

Kimberly Heggen MD signed Bill's Family and Friends's Guestbook.

Just heard the sad news printed in the CD Summary. Bill's lively, tongue-in-cheek writing style performed a great service to the health of Oregonians as I am sure that the ... Lea más

Christy Rice, RN signed Bill's Family and Friends's Guestbook.

I have worked at Lane Blood Center in Eugene, OR since 1992.  It was there that I was introduced to the joy of reading his editorials with his tongue in cheek, wry ... Lea más

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