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Dr. Kenneth B. Keating, PhD

Dr. Kenneth B. Keating, PhD (Ken), passed away on January 1, 2022, aged 90, surrounded by his loved ones. He had lived for seven years in Cokesbury Village, Hockessin, DE preceded by 43 happy years in Webster Farm, Wilmington, DE. A beloved husband, father and grandfather, Ken was a research scientist with a witty, kind, and generous soul who won hearts through his courteousness and mirth.

Born in the Bronx to first-generation Irish parents, Rose and Bernard Keating, Ken went to parochial schools in NYC and graduated from Regis High School, a Jesuit school in Manhattan. He credits Regis for instilling in him scientific curiosity with a love of the classics. Ken went on to study chemical engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now the NYU Tandon School of Engineering), earning his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, and master’s degree at the same institution followed by a PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Illinois, all with full scholarships. He served two years as a Lieutenant in the US Army’s Corps of Engineers.

Starting his 35-year career at E.I. DuPont de Nemours in 1960, Ken rose to the rank of Senior Research Fellow and was cited by management as a “champion and leader of DuPont’s efforts in electrochemical engineering”. His work focused on catalysts, fuel cells and batteries, high speed electroplating, the development of palladium nickel and setting up DuPont’s excimer laser program. Ken holds more than 30 US and non-US patents in these areas. In retirement, he focused on global warming and explored ways to lessen its impact.

With his thirst for knowledge, Ken pursued a wide array of interests – from space exploration to baseball and chess. He started playing chess with Russian emigres at an early age in Bronx parks, joined the Manhattan Chess Club and became a Chess Master. Ken was also a Grand Master of postal chess, delighting in the slow-paced games and friendly post card exchanges with the players. When visiting his daughter in Sarajevo, he enjoyed the chess matches in the parks and donated a jumbo size set to the city of Sarajevo in 2005 – still being used daily, rain or shine.

His passions became infectious for his whole family. His love of Europe and knowledge of several European languages led to many trips to Europe and appreciation of other cultures, an interest his children and grandchildren embrace. He was moved by classical music – Mahler, Sibelius and Rimsky-Korsakov were among his favourites – and he and his wife Connie attended concert seasons at the Delaware and Philadelphia symphonies. They loved exploring the Delaware state and national parks in their VW camper and spent 25 summers in Lewes, DE surrounded by their family.
Even with these various pursuits, Ken always put his family first. Meeting his wife Connie at the DuPont Experimental Station, a Delaware native, they raised their children together and enjoyed a lifetime of shared interests over their 55-year marriage. Ken volunteered for the Mount Pleasant High School Marching Band Boosters and coached his son’s soccer team and later in life enjoyed volunteering with Connie at the American Association of University Women (AAUW) book sale and spending time with his grandchildren.

Ken was predeceased by his parents, Bernard Keating and Rose Keating and his beloved wife, Constance C. Keating, in 2017. He is survived by his two children and their families: daughter Sarah Keating, her husband Srdjan Arnaut of Strasbourg, France; son Raymond B. Keating, his wife Ingrid J. Keating of Manhasset, NY; three grandchildren: Alena, Julian and Isabella. He is also survived by his sister, Dr. Barbara Eliasson, PhD, his sister-in-law Ruth E. Blair and her husband Colonel William J. Blair and his sister-in-law Anna Curfman.

Funeral Services

A private online memorial service is planned for Saturday, January 8th.


    Arzu Burcu Tuner lit a candle
    01/06/2022 06:29 am
    Samir Hećo lit a candle and writes,
    May our prayers accompany Mr Keating
    01/06/2022 06:31 am
    Gennadiy Kosyak writes,
    My sincere condolences. I’ll pray for him.
    01/06/2022 06:37 am
    Celientos lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Sarah, Srdjan and kids, please accept our most sincere condolences on this terrible loss. Your father, grandfather and father-in-law was an extraordinary man and he has left a heritage of love, kindness and passion for life. Yours, Gianni, Teresa, Deborah and Naomi
    01/06/2022 07:05 am
    Dorie Simmonds lit a candle and writes,
    Dearest Sarah and family, Words cannot express my sorrow at this saddest of losses. Your father and your mother were the brightest lights shining on you and your brother and your entire families and have instilled in you their strength, intelligence and luminosity that have brought you to do so much good in this world. May they forever be by your side, in your hearts and minds. Wishing you all a long life. With deepest sympathy and love always, Dorie and Andrea
    01/06/2022 08:28 am
    Mary Skopowski writes,
    Sarah and Family, So sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. His life and accomplishments were so full and amazing! Thinking of you and your family. Mary
    01/06/2022 08:47 am
    cloud bai-yun lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Sarah, thinking of you xxx
    01/06/2022 10:28 am
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    01/06/2022 10:29 am
    Vjosa Rogova-Damoni writes,
    My heartfelt condolences!
    01/06/2022 11:43 am
    Rebecca Everly and Chris Harland writes,
    Sending our deepest condolences and love to you during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts.
    01/06/2022 12:41 pm
    A’Lexa Hawkins and family lit a candle and writes,
    Sarah and Family, I am so sorry for your loss but am grateful to know his legacy of kindness, intellectual curiosity and generosity of spirit lives on so strongly in you. What a delightful person he was. My husband would have loved to play chess with him. Our prayers will continue to be with you, that all sorrow is eclipsed by your loving memories of such a great light in the world.
    01/06/2022 12:58 pm
    Ross Outten lit a candle and writes,
    To Ray and the Keating family: Lori and I are so sorry to hear about the loss of your father, Ken. Sending all of our love to you from Chicago.
    01/06/2022 02:38 pm
    Sarah & Michael Horan lit a candle and writes,
    Ray, Ingrid, Isabella and family - We are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you during this difficult time and sending you love. -The Horan Family
    01/06/2022 02:44 pm
    Dunja, Cenga and Sonja lit a candle and writes,
    Your father was an amazing person, he had a wonderful life, and he gave so much back to the world. We are thinking of you, Alena and Julian and wish we could be with you. Sending you love from Sarajevo
    01/06/2022 03:36 pm
    Roseanne Landay lit a candle and writes,
    My sincere condolences. Your father was a wonderful, friendly, curious, intelligent, honorable man. He will always be with you. Much love, Roseanne
    01/06/2022 03:47 pm
    Aurora and Zeljko lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Sarah, may he rest in peace. We think of you and send you our deepest condolences and hugs. 90 years old is beautiful age to join your mother. Love ❤️
    01/06/2022 04:21 pm
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    01/06/2022 04:57 pm
    Dina Lalovic lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Sarah, I can see your father was an extraordinary men and he loved you very much. Keep the beautiful memories of him. I am sending to you and your family my deepest condolences . Love, Dina
    01/06/2022 07:18 pm
    David Oller lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Ray, Ingrid, Isabella and Family, Our deepest condolences…. Ken’s zest for life, dedication to family, academic and professional achievements and other passionate pursuits are impressive, heartwarming and inspirational. What an amazing and beautiful man! While he will be missed, his love, care and wisdom lives on through the lives of those he touched along his journey, most especially through his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. With Love… Dave and Elizabeth
    01/06/2022 11:57 pm
    Darren Burgess writes,
    Sarah and Ray, I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. I knew him from The Experimental Station. I was the second PhD student from the University of Florida after the one he advised. Ken and your mother were such great people. I met you both twenty some years ago at a cookout at your parents' house. I got by to see Ken at Cokesbury Village four or five years ago, and he was as funny and engaging as ever - copy of Chemical Engineering News by his chair. Warm regards, Darren Burgess
    01/07/2022 02:44 pm
    Krassimira Beshkobva lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Sarah and Srdjan, Ray and Ingrid, I would like to convey to you the sincere condolences of my family and to assure you that we will always keep a very fond memory of Ken and his wife Connie. Ken was indeed a remarkable person. One of the few persons I have met in my life, who remind me that life is indeed a destination to strive and to accomplish things. We trust that Ken is now having a holly reunion with Connie and they will be always in our thoughts and prayers. With a lot of love, Krassimira, Alexander, Margarita and Alexander (Bulgaria)
    01/07/2022 03:06 pm
    Marité Moras writes,
    Dear Sarah, I’m so sorry about your Dad’s passing. He had a amazing and inspiring life ! My deepest condolences to you and your family. Big hugs and love, Marité
    01/07/2022 07:28 pm
    Wayne & Ginny Outten lit a candle and writes,
    Ray, Ingrid, and Isabella, We are very sorry for your loss. Ken had a exceptional, well-lived, and long life, which he shared with Connie and you all. We know that you have many warm and fond memories of him, which will provide comfort into the future. Wayne & Ginny
    01/08/2022 09:53 am
    Sam & Kathy Oller lit a candle and writes,
    Ray, Ingrid and Isabella, Our sincerest and heartfelt sympathy to you. We have very fond memories of your dear dad on our visit to NYC, Christmas Parade 2009. Chatting with your dad and mom at your place still and always will hold a very special place in our hearts. Love, Kathy and Sam XOXO
    01/08/2022 10:20 am
    Beth Valdes lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Ray, Sarah and family…. I am so very sorry for the loss of your father. He was an amazing father, brilliant scholar and scientist. He was infinitely proud of all of you and of the lives you lead today! I’ll be thinking of you…. Love you all… Beth, Todd and the late Ruth Draper❤️🙏
    01/08/2022 06:26 pm
    Ines Pfeifer writes,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to the family. Ken was my first boss in the Corporate world. I worked with him as a student of Engineering and he showed me so much. Ken took me in as a minority student and mentored me. He treated me with kindness. He was a great mentor, a caring person, and a loving family member. He always talked about his family with so much love...his children and Wife. He and his wife met with me about 5-10 years ago; and I thanked him for all the work he did with me. He was a one-of-a-kind individual...he taught me a lot: love for life, always happy, his thirst for learning and caring for another human being, I wish the world will have more people like him...this world would be a better place...Even though I did not see him or talk to him recently, it was comforting to know he was there in case I needed advice. He will be missed by me and will always be one of those unique special people you want to meet in this world...Thank you Ken...May you be in a better world.. Thank you so much for giving me a heads up in the corporate world and what you did for me. Thank you. I will miss you..
    01/11/2022 11:11 am
    Diane Draper-McGuire lit a candle and writes,
    My dear Sarah, I feel like I have known you since birth, as my sister Ruth Draper( deceased Dec 11) talked about you all the time. My sincere sympathy on the loss of your marvelous Father...Knowing Ken and Connie for decades I also feel a loss. May you remember the many good times, laughter & love that surrounded you. With empathy, Diane Draper-McGuire
    01/11/2022 01:55 pm
    Ulrike Wolff-Jontofsohn writes,
    Dear Sarah, your father must have been an extraordinary person and you will feel the loss for a long time. RIP and all my love to you and your family! Ulrike
    01/16/2022 04:14 am
    Fitore Sadiku lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Sarah, my deepest condolences on the lost of your father!
    01/18/2022 04:05 am
    M. Serdar KALIN lit a candle
    01/18/2022 07:16 am

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