His teaching career at Boston College spanned 35 years, from 1965 until his retirement this past spring. He was an assistant dean of the Graduate School of Management MBA program from 1965-72 and assistant dean and director from 1972-75. Keyes was honored with CSOM's Distinguished Achievement Award at the school's commencement ceremonies in May.
Keyes also co-authored a history of CSOM for its 50th anniversary in 1988, and was the founder and moderator of the Senior Faculty Forum, an informational luncheon series for long-time and retired faculty members and administrators.
"Ray Keyes was one of the very first people that I met at Boston College," said Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties John J. Neuhauser, a former CSOM dean and faculty member. "I knew him for more than 30 years. He always did lots and lots of little things to build the University community.
"Ray started the Senior Faculty Forum to keep people connected to the University," Neuhauser said. "He was also very much behind the push to keep ethics education" as an integral part of the CSOM curriculum.
"He was a terrific teacher and mentor," Neuhauser said, "particularly to undergraduate students."
Acting CSOM Dean Robert A. Taggart Jr. echoed Neuhauser's sentiments. "Ray Keyes was loved and admired by the students, faculty and staff of Boston College for the past 35 years," he said. "He was a great teacher, colleague and friend."
Taggart said that Keyes "devoted special attention and energy to organizing events and activities aimed at strengthening the spirit of community that exists here at Boston College," citing CSOM's annual dinner to welcome new faculty members, and the school's yearly Recognition Dinner, as well as the Senior Faculty Forum.
Keyes was a 1952 graduate of Colby College and later added a master's degree in business administration from Boston College. He also served as an officer in the US Navy.
Keyes leaves his wife Mary, three children and three grandchildren.
Donations in his memory may be made to St. Michael's Church Building Fund, 196 Main St., North Andover, Mass. 01845, or to the Marketing Department Scholarship Fund at CSOM.
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