In Memory

Stuart Alan Keen - Class Of 1943

Stuart Alan Keen

Stuart Alan Keen, born November 3, 1925 in Los Angeles to Charles and Ina (Elwess) Keen, passed away peacefully at home after a short illness on September 20, 2016. Stu grew up in San Marino, attending South Pasadena High School. He joined the Air Force upon graduation. He attended Arizona State University and the University of Southern California, and remained a Trojan football fan. 

Stu met his wife Inger-Jane Wacher, in Trona, California where they both worked for American Potash and Chemical Company. They were married in 1949, moved to South Pasadena and later to Pasadena where Stu lived for 65 years. He was one of the last remaining members of the South Marengo Property Owners Association, which he founded. Stu began his successful career as an insurance broker with Olympic Insurance. He then flourished with Johnson & Higgins for 35 years. As a Senior Vice President he handled the Teledyne and Atlantic Richfield accounts.

Stu was most proud of his private coin business "Coinsak" where he specialized in buying and selling half dollar busts. He found pleasure in the interactions with his long-time customers. He traveled to Mazatlan twice a year where he enjoyed deep sea fishing, golf, and margaritas. Stu was an avid golfer, and later as his life slowed down, he continued with weekly breakfasts with his golfing partners.

Stu's wife passed away in 2012. He is survived by his daughter Lise Keen, his son Darby Keen, grandchildren Katy, Palmer, Dennis, Carly Keen, and Joanna (Keen) Schneider; sister Elizabeth Keen (SPHS '45); nieces Michele Docherty and Carrie Bond, and dog Benny. He was a good provider to his family and will be missed by them, friends, and neighbors.

Pasadena Star-News, September 23, 2016