Richard C. Keller

09/30/2010 12:00 AM |

Richard C. Keller

Richard Colestock Keller of Mattituck died Sept. 22 at Stony Brook University Medical Center. He was 92.

He was born Dec. 12, 1917, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Mosely and Mary (Barth) Keller. He graduated from Westbury High School and attended the University of California at Berkley.

In 1942, he served in the Coast Guard, doing anti-submarine patrol out of Greenport, then went on to serve as a staff sergeant in the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force in London from 1945 to 1946.

On Dec. 17, 1955, he married Janice Esseks in New York City.

Mr. Keller passed his architecture exams in 1964, without a college degree, and worked as an architect on such projects at the Metropolitan Opera House, Rockefeller University, the Time-Life building, the United Nations library and the IBM building.

According to his family, he enjoyed building boats and furniture, painting and making etchings, and he was a lover of cats.

Predeceased by his brothers, Raymond, in 1966, and Robert, in 1996, he is survived by his wife; children, Hope, of Baltimore, Md., and Barth, of Northport; and four grandchildren.

Private cremation will be held.

Memorial donations may be sent to SAVES, P.O. Box 453, Greenport, NY 11944.