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Frank Keightley (1925-2002)

FRANK GEOFFREY KEIGHTLEY , born in Leicester, England, August 1, 1925, died October 24, 2002, at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas. He became an American citizen in 1977, but carried dual citizenship, British and American. His primary education was received from a private boys school, Alderman Newton's, in Leicester. He would go on to graduate from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, Royal School of Mines, of the University of London, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1945. He joined Shell Oil International in London that same year, and his first assignment was with Royal Dutch Shell in Holland. He would continue with other members of Shell International, among them Trinidad in the British West Indies, Caracas in Venezuela, Colombia in South American, Prabarnulih and Palembang in Sumatra, Kalimantan in Borneo, and seven years in New York City. He was transferred in 1970 to become head of Scallop Oil Corporation in Houston. After having been some forty years with Shell, he retired in 1985 and would make his home in Houston. He was particularly interested in the English-Speaking Union and served as president of the Houston Chapter from 1992 to 1994. For his devotion to that organization, he received their Order of Merit in 1999, and he would continue on its board until his death. A Champion golfer, he became interested in International Croquet when he came to Houston and was instrumental in seeing that a world class croquet lawn was built in Memorial park. His mallet won many trophies for him. His mother, Ellen Mary Upton Keightley , was born in Yorkshire, England, and his father, Edward Arthur Keightley , in Leicester, England. He was the youngest of four brothers and one sister. In 1957 he married Patricia John, daughter of Grace Spaulding John and Alfred Morgan John of Houston, Texas. He is survived by his wife, his two daughters, Patricia Spaulding Keightley and Pamela Sturtevant Keightley , and three grandchildren, Katherine Nell Bolding, Frank Milton Bolding, and Andrea Elisabeth Hughes. According to his wishes, only a few friends and family will gather together privately in his memory.

Houston Chronicle
Wednesday 10/30/02
Section: A Edition: 3

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