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There's a very special
Where the trees of memory grow
Nurtured by the kindness
And concern that good friends show.
The roots are cherished memories
Of good times in the past
The branches tender promises
That souls endure and last.
It's a place of peace and beauty
Where bright new hopes can start
It's memory's lovely garden
That soothes the hurting heart.
Curtis M. Hellenbrand Jr, 55
Curtis M. Hellenbrand, fiancée and thirteen year partner of clan member Anita Davis, passed away suddenly on April 25th 2012. He loved all things Scottish; the Highland games, the sport of golf, the whiskey tasting seminars and learning about Scottish history. He supported Shannon Davis as she traveled and competed in Scottish Highland dance for many years before she retired from dance. He then became an associate member of the clan Keith where he partnered with Anita in working on the websites for Clan Keith USA and Clan Keith Canada.
Curt was born in Boston, MA. He held a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCLA, an MBA in Accounting - Information Systems from USC, and in June 1979 was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army’s Finance Corps as a Distinguished Military Graduate. Curt earned a Masters degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University. Curt’s 30 year Army included service as Chief of Information Management, Los Angeles District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chief - Enterprise Architecture, Chief Information Office, Army G-1 (Personnel) at the Pentagon, and an Assistant Deputy in a division of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.
In 2009 he retired as a Colonel from the US Army. His retirement ceremony was held in the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon where special permission was granted for the first ever Highland sword dance to be held within those walls. He was most recently working at AMC’s CECOM in the Software Engineering Center, Data Services Division.
Curt was a CPA in CA, CO, NC, TX, and VA. His military awards include the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal. He earned the Army Staff Identification Badge during his final assignments at the Pentagon.
He was active in Toastmasters International, where he earned his Advanced Communicator - Gold and Advanced Leader - Bronze awards, and served as club treasurer, club president, area governor encompassing several clubs, and division governor encompassing several areas.
Curt is survived by his father, Curtis Hellenbrand Sr. of Rancho Palos Verdes, California, fiancée Anita Y. K. Davis of Jacksonville, Florida and her three children Elissa, Glen and Shannon Davis to whom he was a warm and supportive father. He loved being a part of Clan Keith and he is sorely missed.
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Jean Marshall, 91
Marshall passed away in Sydney, Australia on 3 October 2011.
was appointed by Lord Kintore, Chief of the Name of Keith as High Commissioner
for Australia and New Zealand.
High Commissioner in Australia and New Zealand, Jean coordinated Keith members
in both countries except in South Australia, which is led by Commissioner
Brenton Dick. Jean attended as many Clan Keith functions as possible and
reported that numbers of members in each country was growing.
was the much loved mother of Dr. Rob Marshall and his wife Dr. Ann Crowley, Dr.
Ken Marshall and his wife Sue Mallard and Dr. William Marshall (dec).
Devoted grandmother of Miller, Rileigh and Arielle, Scott and Todd, John and
She was born in 1919.
Jean was the wife of Basil Marshall and mother of three successful professional
Ex-school teacher (math and science) now retired but practicing as a Specialist
Her 3rd book was at the publishers
the field of yoga, Jean was at the rank of Mata, after many years as a Swami
terms of service, Jean was:
Involved at the committee level and worked to help the elderly at KOPWA and Lady
Gowrie Nursing Home
Involved in the Australian Monarchist movement
Active in Australian and State politics
Member of the Australian Federation of Women Graduates
Member of Abbotsleigh Forum - a discussion group of university graduates
Member of Trefoil - an association of Girl Guides and related activities
Member of Pan Pacific and S.E. Asia Women's Association working to improve the
lot of S.E. Asian women
Member of the Smith Family which cares for the less able and the poor
was described by U.S. visitor and Clan Keith member, Rick Hancock (Washington
State and Oregon Convener for the Clan Keith Society, U.S.A.) as having that
"Keith spunk/attitude" which only verifies that it is an inherited gene that
escaped none of us.
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Gordy Marsh, 85
A member of
the Keith Highlanders Pipe Band (KHPB) since 1957, Gordy Marsh passed away on
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at the age of 85. Gordy had been a consistent and
reliable piper in the band and had served on the band’s Executive Council in
various offices several times over the years. But within the band Gordy was best
known for his quirky sense of humor as exhibited in the band newsletter “The New
Bugle”. Gordy acted as Editor-in-chief of the newsletter for more than 20 years.
He also appointed himself as “Lead Cub Reporter” for the newsletter, and we
could always find him tracking down players after a gig to “get the facts,
ma’am” and then write a story for the next issue. He took his reporting
seriously and would often attend band EC meetings as an observer so he could
report on the administrative workings of the band.
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