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Dr. Neil Mark Keats
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In memory of
Dr. Neil Mark Keats
Dr. Neil Mark Keats Palm Springs - Dr. Neil Mark Keats, a retired orthopedic surgeon, died January 15, 2019, after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. Born April 28, 1943, to Ilene (nee Elbinger) and Alfred Keats in Detroit, Michigan, Neil was an excellent student and athlete. At 14, he became an Eagle Scout, the youngest Boy Scout in Michigan to achieve this award. After early graduation from Cass Technical High School, he went on to University of Michigan for undergraduate (1965 BS) and medical school (1969 MD). By 1963, Neil's very politically active mother had introduced him to what it means to be a Democrat. He spent summer 1963 in Washington, D.C., working for a congressional representative, Martha Griffiths. His mother later worked on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for President Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1965, just before entering Medical School, Neil met Beatrice Schwartz, a third-year University of Maryland physical therapy student, on a trip to Israel and Europe. After a long-distance relationship, they married in 1966. In July 1969, after the birth of daughter Jennifer Ann, the family moved from Ann Arbor to Maryland with everything that they owned—Jennifer's baby furniture and Neil's medical books—in a 5x7 trailer, so Neil could start an internship and surgical residency at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Neil's residency was interrupted when he was drafted. And, while serving in the United States Navy, first in Vietnam and then at the United States Naval Academy, the couple's second child, Matthew Michael, arrived in December 1972. By July 1973, Neil left his Navy service with the rank of Lt. Commander and went back to the University of Maryland Hospital to finish his residency as an orthopedic surgeon. A year later, he became a Fellow of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In 1976, Neil started an orthopedic practice in Glen Burnie, Maryland. He regularly volunteered with Maryland State Hospitals and participated in a very memorable medical mission to Guatemala with the Schwartz family, Bea and Matthew with an organization called VOSH. Neil's idol was a family friend who was also their doctor, Jack Mandiberg. Neil emulated his mentor, becoming the kind of doctor who was truly loved by patients and friends. He always had time to talk, never tired of helping others, and always knew the right thing to say. He was a perfect gentleman. A great athlete, Neil was always into sports. He excelled in bowling, boxing, and golf in college, and later tennis, skiing, scuba diving, and Taekwondo. He participated in triathlons, and later became an avid swimmer completing the Chesapeake Bridge swim (4.3 miles) and the Alcatraz to San Francisco Sharkfest. In 2000, he and Bea were lucky to retire to Palm Desert, CA. Neil loved the desert, the heat, and year-round sports. After settling, however, he was not satisfied "with just being retired." He worked at Fort Defiance Indian Reservation, New Mexico , and volunteered for weeks at a time, covering for exhausted surgeons at St. Jude Hospital in Saint Lucia. He also volunteered for the Indian Wells Tennis Tournament and was very excited to drive an upcoming Spanish star named Rafael Nadal. Since Neil and Bea met in Paris on their student trip, they loved to travel together, exploring Africa, Bhutan, Europe, Argentina and China. Gifted with an excellent memory, Neil always recalled names of friends, athletes, actors, historical events, and figures. He also loved to read about historical events. Neil was extremely proud of his children, Jennifer and Matthew. His passion for animals and nature encouraged Jennifer to become a children's author, known as "The Green Author," and Matthew to become a veterinary surgeon. Both share their father's compassion and desire for high standards. Neil's children and four grandchildren—Madison, Maxine, Braden, and Finley—all reside in Maryland. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to: Parkinson's disease Research c/o Dr. M Georgeta Varga #3056009493 University of Texas Dell Medical School Gift Processing P.O. Box 7458 Austin, TX 78713 Family services will be in Maryland.
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In memory of
Dr. Neil Mark Keats
Dr. Neil Mark Keats Palm Springs - Dr. Neil Mark Keats, a retired orthopedic surgeon, died January 15, 2019, after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. Born April 28, 1943, to Ilene (nee Elbinger) and Alfred Keats in Detroit, Michigan, Neil was an excellent student and athlete. At 14, he became an Eagle Scout, the youngest Boy Scout in Michigan to achieve this award. After early graduation from Cass Technical High School, he went on to University of Michigan for undergraduate (1965 BS) and medical school (1969 MD). By 1963, Neil's very politically active mother had introduced him to what it means to be a Democrat. He spent summer 1963 in Washington, D.C., working for a congressional representative, Martha Griffiths. His mother later worked on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for President Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1965, just before entering Medical School, Neil met Beatrice Schwartz, a third-year University of Maryland physical therapy student, on a trip to Israel and Europe. After a long-distance relationship, they married in 1966. In July 1969, after the birth of daughter Jennifer Ann, the family moved from Ann Arbor to Maryland with everything that they owned—Jennifer's baby furniture and Neil's medical books—in a 5x7 trailer, so Neil could start an internship and surgical residency at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Neil's residency was interrupted when he was drafted. And, while serving in the United States Navy, first in Vietnam and then at the United States Naval Academy, the couple's second child, Matthew Michael, arrived in December 1972. By July 1973, Neil left his Navy service with the rank of Lt. Commander and went back to the University of Maryland Hospital to finish his residency as an orthopedic surgeon. A year later, he became a Fellow of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In 1976, Neil started an orthopedic practice in Glen Burnie, Maryland. He regularly volunteered with Maryland State Hospitals and participated in a very memorable medical mission to Guatemala with the Schwartz family, Bea and Matthew with an organization called VOSH. Neil's idol was a family friend who was also their doctor, Jack Mandiberg. Neil emulated his mentor, becoming the kind of doctor who was truly loved by patients and friends. He always had time to talk, never tired of helping others, and always knew the right thing to say. He was a perfect gentleman. A great athlete, Neil was always into sports. He excelled in bowling, boxing, and golf in college, and later tennis, skiing, scuba diving, and Taekwondo. He participated in triathlons, and later became an avid swimmer completing the Chesapeake Bridge swim (4.3 miles) and the Alcatraz to San Francisco Sharkfest. In 2000, he and Bea were lucky to retire to Palm Desert, CA. Neil loved the desert, the heat, and year-round sports. After settling, however, he was not satisfied "with just being retired." He worked at Fort Defiance Indian Reservation, New Mexico , and volunteered for weeks at a time, covering for exhausted surgeons at St. Jude Hospital in Saint Lucia. He also volunteered for the Indian Wells Tennis Tournament and was very excited to drive an upcoming Spanish star named Rafael Nadal. Since Neil and Bea met in Paris on their student trip, they loved to travel together, exploring Africa, Bhutan, Europe, Argentina and China. Gifted with an excellent memory, Neil always recalled names of friends, athletes, actors, historical events, and figures. He also loved to read about historical events. Neil was extremely proud of his children, Jennifer and Matthew. His passion for animals and nature encouraged Jennifer to become a children's author, known as "The Green Author," and Matthew to become a veterinary surgeon. Both share their father's compassion and desire for high standards. Neil's children and four grandchildren—Madison, Maxine, Braden, and Finley—all reside in Maryland. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to: Parkinson's disease Research c/o Dr. M Georgeta Varga #3056009493 University of Texas Dell Medical School Gift Processing P.O. Box 7458 Austin, TX 78713 Family services will be in Maryland.
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