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Richard P. Keville
  • Expressions of sympathy may be made in Richard's memory to the Darwin Festival Gift Fund, C/O Salem State University, 352 Lafayette St., Salem, MA 01970.

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SALEM- Professor Richard P. Keville D.A.T., 83 of Salem, beloved husband of Virginia F. (Christensen) Keville, died June 27th, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Joseph P. and Laura Smith Keville. He was raised and educated in Revere and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1950. He continued his education at Boston University earning his Bachelor's degree in Biology in 1959 and his Master's Degree in Biology in 1962. He earned his Doctorate in Biology from the University of North Dakota in 1974 and earned a second Master's Degree from Harvard University School of Public Health in 1982. He was a lifelong learner and truly enjoyed expanding his base of knowledge by taking many summer and extension courses throughout the course of his life.

Dr. Keville pursued numerous career paths over the course of his life: US Postal service, Plant Quarantine Inspector, stuntman. An honorably discharged veteran, Richard served his country as an aircraft radio operator in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was stationed in Germany for much of his active duty and he immersed himself in the culture that surrounded him fluently speaking German. He enjoyed many return trips to Germany.

Doctor Keville was a tenured Professor of Biology at Salem State University from 1962 until the time of his retirement in 1996. He relished being able to passionately share his knowledge and find innovative ways to connect with a wide range of students. A polished speaker, with an extensive recall of facts and details, he could be counted on to step in at a moment's notice to lecture on a wide range of topics..

A resident of the Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea for over 35 years, Richard and his wife recently returned to living in Salem. He had a love of travel, crossword puzzles, and was an avid reader. He had a deep love of the out of doors and enjoyed camping. He was passionate about music and loved to play his guitar. He enjoyed connecting with his fellow veterans at squadron reunions. He was a loving husband, father, and, grandfather who will be deeply missed.

Richard is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Virginia F. (Christensen) Keville of Salem, his daughters, Elizabeth Keville of Cross Lanes, WV and Eva Keville Palmer of Salem, his sons, Kurt Keville and his wife Lauren of Somerville and Conrad Keville of Edmunds, Washington, his grandson Duncan Palmer, his sister Elizabeth McGrimley of Windham, N.H. and several nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Joseph and Frank Keville.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral services are private. Assisting the family with the arrangements is The O'Donnell Funeral Home 46 Washington Sq., (At Salem Common) Salem. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Richard's memory to the Darwin Festival Gift Fund, C/O Salem State University, 352 Lafayette St., Salem, MA 01970. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit