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Former AD House Dining Room Named for Keehns


A detail from the scenic wallpaper installed in the Alpha Delta Phi house dining room in the late 1920s.

The dining room in the Samuel Eells House, formerly the Alpha Delta Phi house, was dedicated in memory of Marjorie B. and Grant Keehn '21 during Fallcoming Weekend.

A native of Illinois, Grant Keehn came to College Hill with the Class of 1921. He joined Alpha Delta Phi, to which he would remain devoted throughout his life. He went on to the Harvard Business School following his graduation Phi Beta Kappa and was awarded his M.B.A. degree in 1923. That year, he and Marjorie E. Burchard, newly graduated from Wellesley, were wed. She had been the first girl Grant Keehn had ever taken to a party; he was 5-years-old at the time.

During their 38 years of marriage, Marjorie often accompanied Grant to the campus, and the Alpha Delta Phi house became familiar to her, especially when their son, Silas Keehn '52, was a student on College Hill. (Other family members who have attended Hamilton are Grant Keehn's daughter Dorka Keehn '86 and his grandson Keehn Thomsen '75.)

During a successful career in banking and insurance, Grant Keehn rose to become executive vice president of First National City Bank and president of the Equitable Life Assurance Society as well as a partner in Goldman Sachs & Co. Despite his multifarious business activities, he served as a trustee or director of the Boy Scouts of America, the American Heart Association, the New York Public Library and the Greater New York Fund.

In addition, Grant Keehn was served his alma mater as a member of the board of trustees. Elected in 1948, he became vice chairman in 1951. From 1963-69, he served as chairman, guiding Hamilton through the planning and launching of Kirkland College and thereafter serving concurrently on its board. He was a trustee emeritus in 1972, when his alma mater awarded him an honorary LL.D. degree in recognition of his contributions.

Predeceased by his Marjorie in 1961, Grant Keehn died in 1982. Fittingly Keehn Residence Hall on the former Kirkland campus was dedicated in his honor in 1971.

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