Keith Cady, 96, died on March 9, 2011 with his lifelong sweetheart and wife of 73 years, Vicki, and his sons, Wendall and Paul, at his side. Born on March 15, 1914 in Brimfield, he attended Lake Forest College, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and its president his senior year. He met his future wife, who was attending the Evanston Hospital School of Nursing, on a blind date. They were married on Aug. 7, 1937.
Mr. Cady earned his master’s degree from Northwestern University and did post-graduate work at Harvard University. He taught biology and other science courses at South Milwaukee High School in Wisconsin and Rockford West High School in Illinois before moving with his family to Oak Park in 1945. A biology teacher at Oak Park and River Forest High School from 1945 to 1951, he became head of the science department there. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to dean of students after co-authoring the nationally distributed high school biology textbook, American High School Biology.
After retiring from OPRF in 1975, his insatiable desire to keep busy led to launching a post-retirement career as a real estate agent for F.C. Pilgrim and Company in Oak Park, where he stayed until the age of 75.
During his career as a teacher and administrators, with his summers free, he became camp director for Camp Rotary in Rockford, the YMCA Camp Seymour in Decatur (where his wife was camp nurse), and the Oak Park YMCA Summer Day Camp.
In 2006, he was honored for his 50 years of service as a board member of the West Cook YMCA. Since 1980, he and his wife spent their summers in Eagle River, Wis.
Since 1947, they have been members of First United Methodist Church of Oak Park. In 1994, he was inducted into the Lake Forest College Athletic Hall of Fame for his basketball prowess. He also served as an alumni class agent for many years.
In 2007, Mr. and Mrs. Cady were honored to be included in the book, Project Everlasting, the culmination of a nationwide search by Project Everlasting to find “Marriage Masters” who had been married over 40 years.
Keith Cady is survived by his wife, Victoria “Vicki” Cady (nee Dieball); his sons, Wendall and Paul Cady; his grandsons, John and Scott Day; his niece and nephew, Vicki Davis McGinnis and Roger Davis. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carolyn (nee Nelson) and Harold Curtis Cady; and his sister, Yerda Cady Davis.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, March 18, 2011 at First United Methodist Church of Oak Park, 324 N. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park 60302, with visitation beginning at 2 p.m. until the service at 3 p.m. A fellowship gathering will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Keith’s memory to the church or to Oak Park and River Forest High School’s honorarium program.
Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.