Cutline is David Keller, Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics at Utah Valley University.
Utah Valley University professor David Keller had a knack for teaching philosophy in an accessible way and communicating with people across the ideological spectrum.
Keller, the 51-year-old director of the UVU Center for Ethics, died Saturday of a fast-moving cancer brought on by radiation therapy used to treat Hodgkin's disease 30 years ago, according to his self-penned obituary.
He started his studies at the University of Utah while he was still recovering and went on to Franklin and Marshall College followed by Boston College for a master's degree and the University of Georgia for a doctorate.
Cutline is David Keller, Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics at Utah Valley University. Courtesy davidkeller.us
After a childhood spent hiking and camping in the red rock country of Utah, Keller
academic career on environmental ethics.
In his work, David Keller advocated for philosophers, scientists and policymakers to work together for environmental stewardship, said Brian Birch, associate vice-president for academic affairs at UVU.
was a public intellectual," Birch said, participating in debates like "Is God necessary for ethics?
In his 18 years at UVU, David Keller brought lofty ideas down to earth, said philosophy professor Elaine Englehardt.
As director at the Center for Ethics, David Keller attracted speakers ranging from Ralph Nader to Sen.
"I just feel like David
created one of the stellar programs in the country," Englehardt said.
Keller also founded a chapter of the American Association of University Professors union - one that now bears his name - advocating for professors and bringing attention to the issue of low-paid adjuncts while maintaining a good relationship with the UVU administration.
"They respected David
analysis of a situation.
made a friend, he
kept that friend.
really had good ideas."
Keller is survived by his wife, Anina Merrill, brother Peter Keller and sister Christene Keller-Ensign.