Bill Keating, Jr. was active in academic, community, and athletic programs for his entire career. He served on the Boards of Trustees of the University of Cincinnati, St. Ursula Academy, and St. Xavier High School. He also was active in the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corp., Girls!CAN, Cincinnati 2012, the Harmony Project, and the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Women’s Sports Foundation.
Bill served on the Advisory Board for the UC Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research and was a member of the UC, College of Business, Board of Corporate Advisors. He also was currently involved in numerous other community and charitable activities.
As a former swimmer, he continued to volunteer as a coach and a high school and college swim official. Bill officiated numerous Ohio High School Swimming Championships and NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming Championships.
Over the course of 4 years, Bill tried to raise the profile of women athletics by selling out the XU-UC Women’s Crosstown Shootout Basketball Game and awarding varsity letters to the Women Sports Pioneers who previously never had received them. He was a Jefferson Award Finalist, Honored by the Big East Conference for his outstanding contribution to girls and women in sports and was the winner of the CSPN Amateur Sports Event of the Year and a Telly Award for the video on Pioneers of Women’s Sports.
Bill practiced law with Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL for 38 years, primarily in the area of corporate and business law representing publicly traded and privately-held businesses; he also practiced in business succession planning, executive compensation and estate and tax planning. He was listed in Best Corporate Lawyers in America and he had the highest peer review rating in Martindale-Hubbell.
Bill was married for 36 years and had five children. Since his oldest son left for college, he would send his five children the “Thought of the Day” (THD for short) to give them some fatherly advice and to let them know that he is thinking of them daily. Bill did not miss a day from September 5, 2000 until he passed on March 29, 2017. His children have carried on the THD legacy via email and this website, which Bill helped create prior to his passing.
Over the years, Bill had added people to the blind carbon list. Some send the THDs on to their kids, students, athletes or co-workers. There are now over 3,500 people on the THD list, and by the time they forward it on, almost 30,000 people end up getting it. (This is by Bill’s little brother’s calculations).
We hope you enjoy these daily messages inspired by Bill here on this website, and remember —
“Don’t just HAVE a great day, MAKE a great day! Better yet, make a great day for someone else!” – Bill Keating, Jr.
Bill Keating, Jr. passed away at the age of 63 on March 29, 2017.
You can learn more about Bill here:
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