Dr. Ted F. Keck

August 4, 1919November 11, 2010

Ted F. Keck, 91, died Thursday, November 11, 2010, in Georgetown Texas.

Ted was born August 4, 1919, in Washburn, North Dakota. He was the son of Frederick and Alvena (Schacher) Keck. He was raised and educated in Washburn. Ted graduated (Class Valedictorian) from Washburn High school in 1937.

He served in the Army during World War II from 1941-1946. Ted was a First Lieutenant who was a commanding officer of a tank destroyer company and also did some intelligence work. He received five campaign stars.

In 1946, he graduated from Minot State Teachers College (now Minot State University). During college, he was a Four-Year Football Letterwinner, Two-Year Track & Field Letterwinner, and the Conference Shot Put Champion (1939 & 1940). In 1947, Ted married Delaree Morley from Velva, N.D. and they had three children. They later divorced in 1977.

In 1948, Ted graduated from the University of Oregon with a Masters Degree. He also graduated from the University of Oregon with a Doctor’s Degree in Physical Education in 1954.

Ted was the Director of Athletics and Physical Education at Minot State Teachers College (now Minot State University) from 1949-1963. He was the Head Football Coach Four Years, Head Wrestling Coach Two Years, and Head Baseball Coach Seven Years. Ted received the Minot State University Athletics Hall of Fame Award in 1986.

Ted was the Director of Athletics and Physical Education at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona from 1963-1970. He was awarded the Northern Arizona University Hall of Fame in 2002. Ted was one of the administrators responsible for getting NAU into the Big Sky Conference in 1970.

Ted was the chairman of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University), San Marcos, Texas from 1970-1989. He retired in 1989 and also married Lola Fischer.

Ted was a wonderful family man who taught us so many things and he will be greatly missed. He will also be remembered by his love of exercise, jogging, walking, weight lifting, gardening, and ice cream.

Those who shared in his life: Wife of 21 years, Lola Keck, Georgetown, Texas; Son, Shannon (Sylvia) Keck, Montgomery, Texas; Daughters, Shawneen Keck, Reno, Nevada; Kathleen (Ardell) Keck-Haugen, Minot ND; Grandson, Bryce Haugen, Minot, ND.

Ted was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, four brothers, one sister-in -law, two brother-in-laws, one niece, and one nephew.

There will be a family service in Washburn, N.D. at a later date.


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Bobby Patton

December 8, 2010

I knew Ted when he was interviewing for the chair position. At that time he took be aside and showed his interest in me as a person and faculty member. Ted was more that just a friend and fellow professor to me. I grew up without a father and he filled in very well. I never told him so but he was like a father to me. Always a great listener to hear me out. That smile I will never forget. It went from ear to ear and was always there. During his time as Chair he may not have made everyone happy but he did what he thought was the right thing to do for the department and the university. I can hear him now saying individuals are important but the overall picture is what matters. If students would follow his example of exercise there would be a lot less illness and disease in this country. It is tough closing this document without giving him a hug. I miss him so much. Ted, I love you and will miss you daily. My prayers go out to Lola and the rest of Ted's family. Bobby

Jay Horton

December 2, 2010

It saddens me to think of the world without Dr. Ted Keck. I thought of him as a capstone of the "greatest generation." His demeanor was that of quiet stregnth. He had a way of commanding respect, without demanding respect. I knew him for 35 years and while I had heard that he served in WWII, he never mentioned receiving 4 bronze and one silver star. But that was just like him. He served.... but was not self serving. Never one to boast on himself. I could never thank him enough for what he did for me in my college career, or when he helped me and my family get settled and get started when we were his neighbors. One thing is certain, he loved his wife, his three children and his grandson. He was greatly respected by many. My condolences to all who knew him. He will certainly be missed.
Best regards,

November 22, 2010

Dear Lola, Kathy Mary, Shannon and Shawn,
I was so sad to hear Ted had
passed away. He was a good friend
and had a positive influence on many,
many people,myself included. All
of you are in my thoughts.
Warmest Regards,
Marion Johnson

Northern Arizona University Retirees Association

November 20, 2010

Your friends from the Northern Arizona University Retirees Association wish to express their condolences at the loss of Ted. He was a great asset to our NAU faculty and the Flagstaff community and will be fondly remembered for his contributions. May you find peace and comfort at this difficult time.
Kindest regards,

George & Marilyn Carruthers

November 18, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. With love and caring from your Country Estates friends.

John Nixon

November 18, 2010

I just read of Mr. Keck's passing in the Arizona Daily Sun. Mr. Keck was AD at NAU when my father, Bill Nixon covered the university as a reporter for the Arizona Republic. Dad thought highly of Mr. Keck and I always remembered him as a distiguished man. My sympathies to the family...

November 16, 2010

Keck family, (11-16-10)
I just learned of Ted's passing from the Haberlack's.He surely will be missed by many. As others will confirm, he touched so many people with the ability to mentor us from would-be Physical Education students to Educators, from athletes to Coaches and teenagers into adults. Our pathways frequently took different routes but the basic lessons of life through public service via education was similar. Ted Keck was that silent inspiration, and we hope we made him proud. Our lives have all been enhanced by Ted Keck.
John Greenslit
1127 Arlington Drive
Lansing, MI 48917

November 16, 2010

Hi Lola/Shawneen/Shannon/and Kathy Mary.
Our sympathy is with all of you at this time as we remember all the wonderful
times we have known with Ted. He was Red's Mentor though college and
sports at Minot State U. all those years ago.Ted was the reason we moved
to Flagstaff and he always looked out for Red here at NAU. We loved him!
May God bless all of you. Shirl and Red Haberlack

November 16, 2010

Our condolences to your family.
We are sending a memorial to Minot
State University.

Rod and Marge Caufield