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September 18, 2013
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Kathleen Faye Keeler, 91, died September 13, 2013, at Friendship Haven, Fort Dodge, Iowa. She was born June 8, 1922, the daughter of Edward and Ovedia Gestie Reece. She attended Springfield Township country school and graduated co-Valedictorian from Ledyard Consolidated High School in Ledyard, Iowa, in 1940. She received her 2-year elementary teacher training certificate from William Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa. She taught elementary education in New Sharon and Audubon, Iowa, before enlisting in the Marine Corps Women's Reserve based in San Francisco, from which she was awarded an honorable discharge in April 1946.She studied classical voice with the Eugene Fulton School of Music in San Francisco, and was a soloist at Fort Mason in California. She married Max Keeler in 1951 and was divorced in 1958. She received both her B.A. in elementary education and her M.A. in special education from San Francisco State College in 1956 and 1961, respectively. After teaching several years in the San Francisco schools, she pursued her Doctor of Education degree with an emphasis in teaching students with special needs. She received her PhD from Colorado State College in Greeley in 1963. She then taught at Moorhead State in Minnesota before returning to California where she spent the next 18 years as a professor of special education at San Jose State University. Kathleen was a dedicated teacher of both undergraduate and graduate students, and maintained contact with many of them even after her retirement in 1983.



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