Dr. James “Jim” H. Keays ’62, former faculty member, died June 18, 2016. He graduated from the University with a degree in mathematics and returned as a member of the School of Music faculty.
Andrew Glendening, dean, School of Music, shared of Jim, “Jim Keays was a dear colleague who will always be remembered for his service to the University, School of Music and Redlands Symphony Orchestra. He was a gifted mentor, respected colleague and a diplomat. He shared his love of music, especially opera and all things related to the horn, freely with generations of students, alumni and audience members through his music history courses, program notes and alumni trips to Salzburg.
“Although there are many memorable moments, I will always remember his
excitement at finally obtaining tickets to the Bayreuth Festival after years on the waiting list. Always thinking of the University, he sent me a postcard of the Richard Wagner Festspielhaus with a note saying: “This would fit nicely behind the Fine Arts building! All we have to do is find a donor!” Jim’s devotion to the University and his kindness to his students will always be part of Redlands.”
Keays was given a well-deserved Outstanding Teaching award in 2000 and a Length of Service award for his 35 years at the University in 2007. As a tour leader in Salzburg and as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors or through the Faculty Club, he was an active member of the Bulldog family. Through his commitment to Town and Gown and support of the University through the Redlands Fund, he made lasting contributions to the educational lives of students and our institution that are an inspiring legacy. His family members include his son, Jeffrey Keays ’96.