In memory of her late husband, Ann E. Regan ’77 established the Keith G. Regan Memorial Scholarship Endowment in May 2008 to support undergraduate students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the A. James Clark School of Engineering.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Keith G. Regan graduated from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1976 at the age of 16. After high school, he was thrilled to be a part of the University of Maryland's College of Engineering and lived in Kent Hall, where he played intramural volleyball, for all but two semesters. Keith was a member of IEEE and Eta Kappa Nu and graduated with honors in May of 1979. He received his Master of Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in May of 1980 at the age of 20. His professional career ran the gamut from software engineer at Bell Labs in Columbus, Ohio, to manager at Comsat Mobile Communications, to vice-president at Lockheed Martin Global Telecommunications, and finally to Chief Technical Officer at Telenor. Keith's innovations in satellite communications earned him an international reputation and he is remembered for those innovations as well as his integrity and dedication to the field.
Keith married Ann Blair '77 in May of 1979 and together had two sons, David Keith Regan and Peter Andrew Regan. They were the joy of his life. While neither of them chose the engineering path, they both inherited Keith's love of tinkering, his curiosity of how things are put together, his sense of humor, and some of his height--Keith was 6'7" tall. Keith enjoyed many and varied hobbies from building Kentucky rifles to boating to theater to American history to BMWs and motorcycles. His energy was boundless and his sense of humor well honed. His musical talent was awesome, having attended Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore and he loved to play piano for any and all. Most of all he loved home and home life. He traveled extensively for his job, but Keith was always grateful to get back to the United States and his wife and his boys. A truly gentle soul, Keith died of the effects of cholangiocarcinoma on April 3, 2005 at the age of 45.
Keith paid for his education at the University of Maryland by working three jobs each summer and being a desk receptionist at Cecil Hall. Because he was gifted with intelligence, he managed to always maintain a very high G.P.A. in spite of having to work. With his limitless love of children, Keith would be the first to want to help a student finance his/her education. It would be very important to him to know that some young person might be able to focus on learning rather than on earning the money to be able to go to school. It is in the spirit of Keith's love of young people and education that his wife, Ann E. Regan established, in his memory,an endowed fund, to support engineering students at the University of Maryland, College Park.
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