Eileen Keller’s grandfather co-founded Tabor College in Hillsboro. His four sons attended and then became doctors. Eileen, too, attended Tabor for three years. During the war the school didn’t have as many science classes, so she attended McPherson College.
Eileen graduated with a degree in chemistry and biology. She went to St. Francis Hospital in Wichita and got a degree in medical technology.
Eileen worked in the Wichita Hospital until it closed. She went to work at the Veteran’s Hospital. Eileen moved to Lawrence, working on a government health grant while living there a little more than five years.
Eileen met her future husband, Leland, at the young people’s group in the Methodist Church in Wichita. Eileen and Leland married in May, 1949, and were together for 52 years. They were blessed with three children. The family later grew to include nine grandchildren.
They moved to Pittsburg where Leland taught pre-med at Kansas State Teachers College, now Pittsburg State University. He taught many students, with 355 of them becoming doctors.
Eileen’s hobbies include working on various health grants for free and drawing. Eileen also was an accomplished tennis player, receiving one trophy for her wins. Eileen has served on many committees and several causes, including the Cancer Society and chaired the county tuberculosis drive.
Eileen moved to Via Christi Village in Pittsburg on Aug. 12, 2010.