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90_HR0179 HRSHRXXXXlr 1 HOUSE RESOLUTION 2 WHEREAS, The members of the House of Representatives are 3 saddened to hear of the death of Doctor Edward Keen of 4 Springfield, Illinois; and 5 WHEREAS, Born on December 8, 1922, in Superior, 6 Wisconsin, Ed took his German and Norwegian roots to Illinois 7 where he grew up in the Village of Libertyville; and 8 WHEREAS, Ed attended Libertyville High School where he 9 played both football and baseball, prior to entering Lake 10 Forest College; and 11 WHEREAS, Ed served courageously and valiantly in the 12 United States Army's 84th Infantry Division, Company L, in 13 Europe during the Second World War, was captured, and 14 subsequently spent six months in a German Prisoner of War 15 camp; and 16 WHEREAS, Having regained his health following the war, Ed 17 completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Lake Forest College 18 in 1948; and 19 WHEREAS, On August 21 of that same year, Ed married Marge 20 Vetterkind and took a job teaching English at New Canton High 21 School, after which he transferred to Centralia High School 22 to continue teaching as well as coach football; and 23 WHEREAS, Ed received his Master's degree at the 24 University of Missouri in 1954; and 25 WHEREAS, Ed then became the principal and later 26 superintendent of the Williamsville/Sherman School District 27 where current State Representative Raymond Poe was a student; 28 and 29 WHEREAS, Ed returned to the University of Illinois, where 30 he received his Ph.D. in 1963; and -2- HRSHRXXXXlr 1 WHEREAS, Ed became school superintendent for the Clinton 2 school system, where former State Representative Sam Vinson 3 was then a senior in high school; and 4 WHEREAS, Ed held the position of school superintendent in 5 Putnam County for 17 years 6 WHEREAS, Ed served on the House Republican Research and 7 Appropriations Staff from March 21, 1983 until June, 1993, as 8 the elementary and secondary education analyst; and 9 WHEREAS, Ed continued working for the good of all public 10 school children even after his retirement from staff through 11 his employment as a public education advocate with the 12 Illinois Principals Association. 13 WHEREAS, Ed was active in the Rotary Club, as well as his 14 Army Division's Reunion organization, having once served as 15 the group's National President; and 16 WHEREAS, Ed will long be remembered by legislators, 17 staff, and lobbyists for his cheerful smile, quick wit, and 18 good sense of humor; and 19 WHEREAS, Doctor Edward Keen is survived by his wife, 20 Marge; his loving daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Gary 21 Barton; his granddaughter, Stacy; his sister, Beverly Small; 22 brothers Douglas and Arden; and many relatives and friends; 23 therefore, be it 24 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 25 NINETIETH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we 26 mourn with the family of Doctor Edward Keen in their time of 27 loss; and be it further 28 RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be 29 presented to the family of Doctor Edward Keen.
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