- from Roger Barth
I had called to talk to Tom Keating about a legal matter yesterday [Monday, 2 June 2003]. I hadn't spoken to him in several months. His secretary called back today to say that he had died of cancer on Sunday [1 June 2003]. See attached obituary. He was a very close friend at PU and a true gentleman. My wife,Chris, and I had dinner with him last year at his home, and his cancer at that time seemed under control. I wish I had kept in closer touch with him over the last months --a lesson for us all, I guess, as we get on in years.

[obituary © Copyright The Star Democrat]

Thomas James Keating IV of Centreville died on Saturday, May 31, 2003, of causes related to Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He was 65.

He was the elder son of the late Thomas James and Eileen Hope Keating, also of Centreville. His father and paternal grandfather both served as judges of the Circuit Court for Queen Anne's County. He was educated in the Queen Anne's County public schools, at St. Andrew's School in Middletown, Del., at Princeton University (A.B. 1960), and at the University of Maryland School of Law (J.D. 1969). He served for three years in the U.S. Army, assigned to Intelligence Corps duties and working largely in Washington, D.C.

After his stint in the military, he spent six years or so in the trust division of a large commercial bank, working in the fields of estate planning and estate and trust administration, and then entered the private practice of law. He was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1971, and practiced law from 1971 until shortly before his death, first in Easton and later in Centreville. He was much involved in the State Bar Association and continuing legal education activities, and served as chairman of the Estate and Trust Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association.

He was a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and of the Maryland Bar Foundation.

He is survived by his brother, Michael Patrick Keating, of Trappe; his three children, Thomas James Keating V, Edmund Patrick Alan Keating, and Ann Keating Ashley, all of Centreville; and by five young grandchildren. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. If you seek his monument, look at

The services and interment will be private. The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, a donation may be sent to the Talbot Hospice Foundation, 586 Cynwood Drive, Easton, Md. 21601.

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