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Obituary: Konrad Keck

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Konrad Keck 1928 ~ 2006 Our loving father, husband, and friend passed away peacefully in his sleep July 27, 2006 after a long illness. Konrad was born March 13, 1928 in Vienna, Austria to Ludwig and Hermine Keck. He attended the University of Vienna, where he earned his PhD in Biology. Wanting to live the American dream, he traveled to the U.S. in 1954 where he assisted in a two-year fellowship at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Upon his return to Europe in 1956, he worked at the Max Planck Institute in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, where he met and married the love of his life, his wife, Ursula. Konrad and his new bride permanently returned by boat to the U.S. in 1957 with four suitcases and $200, working first as a post-doctorate in a laboratory in Boston, MA, then performing research at the University of Indiana in Bloomington. In 1959, he accepted a professorship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. This was followed by a full professorship at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ, from 1963 until his retirement in 1989. At the U of AZ he was a respected and popular professor, teaching many diverse courses in biology and calculus. Upon his retirement it was time to relocate again, this time to Salt Lake City, where both cherished the Wasatch Mountains and the warm friendly people. Here they found many incredible friends, with whom they loved to converse and laugh. Konrad had many hobbies and was always happy to share them with others. Astronomy, classical music, playing the clarinet, and photography were his passions. Konrad is survived by his beloved wife, Ursula, of 48 years; son, Peter of Renton, WA; and daughter, Dorothy, and son-in-law, Duane Reynolds of North Bend, WA. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 31, 2006, 10:30 a.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Cottonwood Heights, 6515 S. Lion Lane (3100 E), Salt Lake City 84121 - (801) 943-0091 The family gratefully acknowledges the loving care and support provided by Intermountain Central Valley Dialysis Center.