William H. Keck


Distinguished Alumni Service Award (1997)
B.S., 1941
Z.G. Clevenger Award (1980)
B.S., 1941


William H. Keck, former owner and chairman of Keck Motor Co. in Mount Vernon since 1947, came to the IU Foundation board in 1991 and was a member until his death. He most recently served on the development, donor relations and stewardship committees.

His association with IU goes back to the 1930s, when he came to the Bloomington campus as a student. His student activities included yell leader, manager of the 1941 baseball team and membership in Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He went on to be a 30-year member of the Phi Gamma Alumni House Corp. He received a bachelor of arts degree from IU in 1941. Keck was honored by the university for his many contributions over the years and was the recipient of the IU Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1997 and the I-Men's Association Zora Clevenger Award in 1980. He was honored on four different occasions as a Sagamore of the Wabash.

His extensive years in the business community included work in utilities and banking. He was the former director of Southern Indiana Gas & Electric Co., Southern Indiana Properties Inc., People's Bank & Trust Co. in Mount Vernon, and Old National Bank and Old National Bancorp in Evansville. His community service included an appointment by Gov. Frank O'Bannon to serve on the Bureau of Motor Vehicles Commission, serving 21 years on the Indiana Port Commission, and raising thousands of dollars for various community causes including fund-raisers for the Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club and the Greater Mount Vernon Association.