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Paul John Keaney, son of Jack and Frances Keaney, died on May 25 after a long illness.
Originally from Andover, Paul lived in Newmarket, N.H. for the past 21 years. The oldest of four children, he was predeceased by his sister, Harriet and his brother, James. He is survived by his sister, Mary Ellen; his loving wife of 46 years, Judith; his daughters, Anna and Emily; his grandson, Gibson; and several nieces and nephews.
Paul was a graduate of Phillips Academy Andover in 1954, of Harvard University in 1959, and of Wesleyan University’s MALS graduate program in 1971. He served in the U.S. Navy on an Admiral's staff aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Independence and saw duty during the Bay of Pigs incident and the Cuban missile crisis.
Paul always considered himself an educator. Beginning in 1964 at Brooks School in North Andover, he taught history and political science to generations of students from diverse backgrounds, cultures and circumstances. He pursued his ideals of education from Brooks to Pomfret School in Pomfret, Conn., to the fledgling Community School of Naples in Naples, Fla. (where he was the first Dean of the Upper School and one of its visionary founders), and eventually to Lee Academy in Lee, Maine, where his “official” teaching career ended in 1987.
Beyond academics, Paul was dedicated to educating on the football field as well. His passion and specialty was youth football, through high and middle school programs in New England to the Police Athletic League in Naples. He also coached the Tri-City Charge semi-professional football team and served as an analyst when he could no longer take the field. Throughout both his academic and athletic careers, Paul encouraged a sense of inquiry, reason and discipline that inspired his students both in the classroom and on the field.
Paul’s interests were always remarkable for their diversity. His music collection ranged from old jazz to new country (with reggae and technotronic somewhere in the middle). His bookshelf contained heavy tomes on war and political science and collections of Henny Youngman one-liners. He learned phrases in Klingon, recipes for vegetable (!) soup and tunes on the marimba. He adored finding bargains on the internet and lavishing his wife with unique “treasures." He leaves behind a story for every person he ever knew.
Per his wishes, there are no services. He has donated his remains for medical research in hopes of helping others. Those who wish to honor his memory may make a donation in his name to either the Cocheco Valley Humane Society in Dover, N.H., or the NHSPCA in Stratham, N.H.
Published on  May 29, 2017
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