During my years as Dean of Fairhaven, Bob was my lodestone. During the frequent times I wanted to talk through what had happened in a puzzling or contentious faculty meeting or needed to test the waters for a Fairhaven response to some university initiative, I often found my way to Bob’s office. He would sit quietly and listen to me talk, and then through a series of questions and stories, help me clarify my own thinking. A master teacher in and out of the classroom. I am also eternally grateful that he set the markers along the path for teaching a class about Death and Dying, an experience that has shaped my current work with the Palliative Care Institute. And now he is setting the markers along the paths we are all traveling toward our own dying. With deep gratitude…
Bob was a great influence in my life.. helping me to learn to think critically, act ethically and how to search out challenge and adventure. His seemed like a life well and fully lived and I feel lucky to have shared his path now and then over many decades. I will miss him and miss knowing that he is working to make our world a better place. My love to Pat, Donna, Cheryl and the rest of the family.
You know, it's odd. I really don't feel as if he has left.
Our condolences to the family of Bob Keller with our appreciation for Bob's contributions to the lives of his students and the quality of education and the environment of Western Washington University. He helped us think more deeply about the issues.
My condolences to Pat an the rest of the family. Knowing Bob,enriched my life and I always enjoyed seeing him. During my time at Fairhaven and years after in the community was always a pleasure. He left a positive impact with his students and the community. In the early years at Fairhaven college he made it a better place by having high standards and requiring his students meet his standards. Always someone who you would look up to.
I am so grateful to have known Bob. He serves as an inspiration in his dedication to the environment, love of nature, and his belief in life-long learning. As an employee at the Whatcom Land Trust, I saw and heard Bob's commitment to preserving land for future generations. As an almost neighbor, it was always a pleasure to see him on the bus and have a chance for a chat. His absence in our community will be felt.
My deepest love for Dad. He would have truly appreciated his Green Burial. Much to say but for now, thank you. -Donna