Paul Lewis Keener, a dentist in Westminster who practiced until the end of his life, died March 14 of a heart attack at Carroll Hospital. He was 81.
Dr. Keener was born in Youngstown, Ohio, but moved to Baltimore, where he graduated from Forest Park High School. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in 1959 and served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force.
In 1958, he married Patricia Evans, who now owns Sidetracked Antiques & Design in Westminster.
Dr. Keener practiced dentistry in Westminster beginning in 1962 when he opened his own office and continued until the week he died. He always wanted to be in a medical field, his wife said.
"He had a passion for his field of dentistry, a passion for his profession," she said. "He loved doing what he did and had no intention to stop."
Dr. Keener enjoyed gardening, golfing and playing bridge. He often visited the Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library. He also enjoyed traveling and skiing, and skied in Italy, France, Germany and Switzerland.
A son, Christopher Evan Keener, of Denver, Colo., said his father was active throughout his life and was committed to his family and marriage.
"In this day and age when you run into people who have been committed to each other for so long, it's a rare and special relationship," he said of his parents' long marriage. "I think they genuinely cared about each other and listened to each other."
Dr. Keener also supported the Carroll County Arts Council and was a member of the Greenspring Valley Hunt Club, the Food and Wine Society of Baltimore, and Door to Virtue Masonic Lodge 42 AF and AM.
A celebration of his life will be held 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 17 at Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, 30 Greenspring Valley Road in Owings Mills.
In addition to his wife and son, Dr. Keener is survived by two other sons, Mark Paul Keener of Baltimore and Matthew Tidd Keener of Farmville, Va.; two sisters, Helen Jeffery of Bel Air and Susan Lyons of Nashville, Tenn.; a brother, Ray Keener of New Port Richey, Fla.; and two granddaughters.