May 21, 1925 – April 17, 2019
On the morning of April 17, 2019 George C. Keeler died peacefully at his home in Mount Shasta, California at the age of 93.
He is survived by his children – Stephen, John and Susan; John’s wife Mary Alice; Susan’s husband Richard Renouf; and five grandchildren: Zachary, Mary Grace, Christopher, Aiden, and Emily.
George was born in Fresno, California, the son of William Norton and Faith Cushman Keeler; brother to Jane. He excelled in school both athletically and academically, graduating as valedictorian from Fresno High in 1942.
Following his father’s footsteps, George attended University of California, Berkeley. After only one quarter of college, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He served during World War II as a radioman on ships in the Pacific, the USS Norton Sound and USS Hamlin. He received an honorable discharge in April of 1946.
George returned to Cal where he earned degrees in History and Law. He was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and earned Phi Beta Kappa membership his junior year.
He practiced law for 40 years in San Francisco before retiring a managing senior partner at Jordan, Keeler, and Seligman.
In 1953, George married Mary Grisham with whom he shared a love for sports, especially baseball. Even after the pain of watching the San Francisco Giants narrowly lose the World Series in game seven in 1962, they remained avid fans.
George and Mary lived in Marin County for 37 years before moving permanently to their vacation house in Mount Shasta in 1988. They were married until 2013 when Mary preceded George in death.
George was an honorable man of accomplishment who would often say, from his ever-present historical perspective, that the years of his life were the best that have ever been.