Robert B. Kei­gler

UMBC stu­dent, who at­tended Gil­man School and Du­laney High, re­mem­bered as a ‘wel­com­ing per­son’

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD OBITUARIES - By Jac­ques Kelly jac­ques.kelly@balt­sun.com

Robert Brad­ford Kei­gler, a Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land, Bal­ti­more County stu­dent who stud­ied fi­nan­cial eco­nomics and en­joyed play­ing lacrosse, died Mon­day at the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land St. Joseph Med­i­cal Cen­ter from a res­pi­ra­tory con­di­tion.

The Ti­mo­nium res­i­dent had re­cently cel­e­brated his 24th birthday.

His mother, Barbara Scher­mer­horn Kei­gler, said that she found her son sleep­ing and breath­ing ir­reg­u­larly, and that his death was ap­par­ently caused by un­di­ag­nosed sleep ap­nea.

Born in Tow­son and raised in Ti­mo­nium, he was the son of Thomas N. Kei­gler, a banker and for­mer McDonogh School lacrosse coach who died in Oc­to­ber 2017. His mother is a re­tired Howard County teacher.

Known to many as “Bo,” he had at­tended Gil­man School for six years and played var­sity lacrosse. He also played trum­pet in the school’s band and be­longed to a stu­dent bell choir. He was a 2013 grad­u­ate of Du­laney High School.

“This is a ter­ri­bly sad loss,” said Henry P. A. Smyth, head­mas­ter at the Gil­man School.

“It was a plea­sure to work with him and get to know Bo dur­ing our time to­gether at Gil­man,” Mr. Smyth said. “Bo was a young man with a won­der­ful spark in his eye and a deep love of learn­ing. His heart and soul were good, and he will be dearly missed.”

Af­ter high school he spent a year at the Uni­ver­sity of North Carolina at Greens­boro, then re­turned to his Ti­mo­nium home and ob­tained an as­so­ci­ate’s de­gree at Bal­ti­more County Com­mu­nity Col­lege. He then be­came a fi­nan­cial eco­nomics stu­dent at the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land, Bal­ti­more County.

“Bo was truly a won­der­ful stu­dent to have in my class,” said Au­dra Hen­ni­gan. a UMBC fac­ulty mem­ber. “He sat in the front row, con­trib­uted such a pos­i­tive en­ergy to the daily lec­tur­ing and was so wel­com­ing to me as a new­comer to the uni­ver­sity.”

“He was the most self­less per­son I have ever met,” said his brother, Wil­liam Thomas Kei­gler of New York City. “What he did in life, he did with a smile. One-on-one, he was very en­gag­ing. He al­ways had a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude. He was al­ways op­ti­mistic, al­most to a fault.”

Fam­ily mem­bers said he was a his­tory buff. He toured bat­tle sites and read widely about world wars.

Mr. Kei­gler also en­joyed play­ing ten­nis and pad­dle ten­nis, and com­peted at the L’Hiron­delle Club in Rux­ton.

“Bo was happy-go-lucky and a wel­com­ing per­son. He idol­ized his older broth­ers and at­tended all their lacrosse games while they were in col­lege. He mem­o­rized the names of the team play­ers and their par­ents who also came to the games,” said his mother.

“He en­joyed travel and had re­cently taken a tour of French Poly­ne­sia, where he hiked and snorkeled,” she added. Mr. Kei­gler at­tended the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer and was a mem­ber of two groups at Grace Fel­low­ship Church in Ti­mo­nium: a Bi­ble study class and The Iron­men, a group for men.

Dr. Ken Volk, of Lutherville An­i­mal Hos­pi­tal, re­called the en­thu­si­asm and com­pas­sion that Mr. Kei­gler dis­played while work­ing there as part of a ser­vice project.

“Bo was a big kid as a teenager and he was a com­pas­sion­ate in­di­vid­ual,” said Dr. Volk. “He loved an­i­mals. Some peo­ple, when they come to work here, ei­ther get it or they don’t. Bo did from the start. Some kids are hands-off with the an­i­mals. Bo was dif­fer­ent. He would get down and help clean a dog with a sore ear. He hit it off with the staff, too.”

Dr. Volk also re­called that “Bo was a huge sports fan and I’d see him on the bas­ket­ball court. His death is a tragedy.”

In ad­di­tion to his mother and brother, sur­vivors in­clude an­other brother, Thomas Ed­ward Kei­gler of Bal­ti­more; and his grand­fa­ther, Wil­liam Sor­rell Kei­gler of Naples, Fla.

Ser­vices are pri­vate. Robert B. Kei­gler was a his­tory buff who vis­ited bat­tle sites and read about world wars.

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