In Memory

Keith Baumgartner

Keith Baumgartner

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01/14/14 10:41 AM #1    

Megan Bueschel

One of the best New Years Eve "dates" I ever had was a few years after College. Keith was going to be in town from LA and told me to "dress up & be ready by 4pm."  At 4pm Keith arrived in a limo and we were driven straight to O'Hare where we boarded a Chartered plane to Atlantic City. Keith covered everything from transportation to money for gambling. We walked from casino to casino, had a great meal, rang in the new year and were back at the airport by 2am for the return flight to O'Hare.  Totally unexpectedly, we ran into some people I knew from my freshman year at Hillsdale College.  It was so much fun. Keith was a good friend and always came through when life dealt a bad hand from time-to-time.

01/15/14 09:01 AM #2    

Mary Jane Deasy (Kupsky)

That sounds so fabulously Keith!  One of the best.  


02/17/14 10:28 PM #3    

Nancy Tait (Renaut)

Keith was a winter dance date of mine. Such a gentleman. Had a great time - first class all the way - even tho it was just high school. I knew Keith thru grade school on up. A dear a sweet spirit. Always had a smile and a helping hand. Spent a lot of time with him and his family at his house as well as he with mine. Many happy memories.

02/18/14 01:58 PM #4    

Barbara Willwerth (Laman)

Keith remained my good friend through college as well. We both were in the same dorm and he introduced me to my husband (now ex) who happened to live in the dorm room next to his. We remained friends for years.  I actually went to visit him just a few weeks before he passed away. I will always remember his spirit and loyalty and his love for theater arts.

07/28/14 04:33 PM #5    

Jill Jones (Staniszewski)

Keith was in the Music Man and played one of the barbershop quartet. It was a highlight of my 5 year reunion when we got to sit together and catch up. I was sad to see he passed away at such a young age. He was a big Broadway producer-so glad he followed his passion!

07/29/14 01:23 PM #6    

Jeff Egan

Keith was one of the few truly nice guys that I have met.  It's the world's loss.

08/01/14 09:41 AM #7    

Stephen Clingerman

Keith was my first roommate at U of I in Oglesby dorm and he was a great guy and roommate.   As Barb may recall, we lived next to Tom Lehman and Bill, and we all got along very well despite hearing "Taking Care of Business" from Bachman Turner Overdrive coming from their room on many occasions.  Keith and Tom later on went through rush and joined Theta Xi fraternity,  if the old gray cells are firing correctly.  Keith was a great friend, very talented, and of course achieved remarkable professional success in very competitive world of television in a very short time.  He worked on the trailblazing show Love, Sydney, among many other projects.m if memory serves.  I was very sad to hear of his passing and he got a very nice write-up in the Tribune.  He passed at such an early age, wish he could be here with us for the 40th.

11/06/18 07:53 AM #8    

Nancy Mann (Angelopoulos)

Rest In Peace Keith, I know he and Steve Stoltz are up there with big smiles sending down their goodness to us all.

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