Keith A. McKain
Of Milford, Delaware, passed away Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford surrounded by loved ones after a valiant fight with pulmonary fibrosis. He was 64.
Mr. McKain was born on April 27, 1946 in Warren, Pennsylvania and grew up in Lancaster County, where the scenic landscapes inspired a love of nature and its power. In his early years, he enjoyed exploring caves and collecting fossils while learning about the land and its history. He was the son of the late Armor Leroy and Harvene H. McKain.
He was a teacher in the Milford School District for 33 years. Throughout his 39 year teaching career, completed at Colonel Richardson High School, Mr. McKain touched the lives of countless students and fought to keep Earth Science as a vital part of the Delaware curriculum. He was the recipient of many awards and recognitions, including the prestigious Christa McAuliffe fellowship, which he used to pioneer the use of the internet and technology in the classroom.
Mr. McKain was an active member of numerous state and national groups that promoted science education and was a past president of that Eastern Section of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
Later in life, he enjoyed researching his ancestry, and was considered by those in the field to be among the best amateur researchers around. In the true teaching tradition, he was always willing to share his knowledge and skills with others.
Keith was a devoted family man throughout his life; his strong will and quiet, devoted love will be missed by his family and all who were fortunate enough to know him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Dorothy McKain, his children, Susan McKain of Harrington and Michael D. McKain of Seaford; his grandson, Michael Keith McKain and his sister, Donna McKain of Mt. Joy, PA.
A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 19, 2010 at Barratts Chapel Cemetery, 8664 Bay Rd, Frederica, where all are invited to attend and pay their respects to the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE, 19963 or to the Magnolia United Methodist Church, 39 N. Main St, Magnolia, DE, 19962.
Arrangements handled by Rogers Funeral Home, Milford.