Mary Ann KeelerView all stories
Mary Ann Keeler, a distinguished leader who has helped to shape West Michigan's cultural legacy, has an added distinction. She and her late husband, Miner S. (Mike) Keeler II, became the first donors to the future library for Grand Valley State University in 2003 - several years before its architects had even drawn a first rough sketch for the facility.
"Libraries have always preserved the best of our culture, and they are so important for an education," says Mary Ann. "Grand Valley has so many good students; they need a better place to learn. Mike and I have always been committed to libraries, and I am so pleased that our $1 million gift will help to fund the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons.
Mary Ann has invested herself and her resources in the performing arts, public art and museums, libraries, and several health and educational organizations. Among those she has assisted and help to lead are the Grand Rapids Symphony, Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Ryerson Library in Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids Library, and others.
Mike Keeler, who passed away in 2003 shortly after their landmark gift, served as president and CEO of Keeler Brass Company, growing it from 600 to more than 3,000 employees before its sale in 1979. His community service dates back to 1960, when he co-chaired the $1 million fundraising drive to establish Grand Valley State.