Ralph Keef


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Ralph C. Keef was born in St. Stephens, New Brunswick, Canada, in December 1933. He grew up in Vanceboro, Maine. His father and grandfather owned land and woods operations in Washington County and in Charlotte County, New Brunswick. Keef attended the University of Maine where he received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, a Certificate in Pulp and Paper Management, and in 1958, an M.S. in Pulp and Paper Technology.

Keef’s professional career began in Ketchikan and Sitka, Alaska with the Alaska Lumber and Pulp Company. In 1961, Keef joined the St. Croix Paper Company in Woodland, Maine and then, as a result of a merger was employed by Georgia Pacific. In 1967, Keef joined Great Northern Paper in Millinocket.

In 1973, Keef became the Resident Manager and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Nova Scotia Forest Industries in Port Hawkesbury, a mill complex owned by the Swedish-owned company Stora Kopparberg. He later transferred to their paper mill in New Falls, New York as Vice President where he stayed until retiring in 1987.

Keef recipient served as a member of the University of Maine’s Pulp & Paper Foundation Investment Management Committee becoming its Chair in 2001. Keef died on July 9, 2015, at his home in Hermon, Maine following a series of strokes.

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Chemical engineering, Pulp science, Paper manufacturing



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