Pueblo Central Hall of Honor 2014 Inductee

Victor Keen (1959)

Victor graduated from Central in 1959 and was awarded a full scholarship to attend Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Upon his graduation from Trinity, Victor attended Harvard Law School where he earned his Juris Doctor degree. Following graduation from Harvard, Victor began a 2-year clerkship at The U.S. Tax Court in Washington, D.C., after which he embarked on a highly successful 40-year career as a tax and business lawyer at a major law firm in New York City and later a firm in Philadelphia.

Victor's expertise is in the areas of partnership and corporate taxation. Over his 40-year legal career he published scores of tax articles and lectured at national tax and bar association meetings. From 1995 until 2008 Victor was the head of the Tax Practice Group at Duane Morris, LLP, an international law firm with 600 attorneys and offices in 23 cities, headquartered in Philadelphia. Victor now serves as Of Counsel to that firm.

In addition to his long and outstanding career as an attorney, Victor has been active and successful in various business ventures and has committed significant time and resources to a number of charitable and cultural activities.

For over 30 years Victor has owned a major real estate property (residential and commercial tenants) in the heart of the burgeoning "Meatpacking District" of Manhattan. In addition, Victor:

  1. Is a significant investor and former board member of Research Frontiers, Inc., a public company and maker of "smart glass" windows (windows that can be switched from clear to dark);
  2. Is the largest shareholder and the Chief Executive Officer of 3DIcon Corporation, another public company, which is a leader in the emerging field of volumetric 3-dimension display;
  3. Is a major investor in and advisor to the managements of Egenix, Inc., a biotech company affiliated with Harvard University researching cancer cure and treatment, and Festival Transactions, Inc., a "cashless services" provider (to which Pueblo's Ray Kogovsek is currently a consultant).

Civic/Cultural/Charitable: Victor is a major financial supporter and board member of:

  1. Philadelphia Theatre Company, the premier theatre company in Philadelphia, offering in its 360-seat theatre the best in new and classic theater productions, including many recent award-winning productions from Broadway;
  2. The Kimmel Center, one of the nation's largest and most successful multiple venues for music, theatre and dance in the United States (five performance halls with a total of over 7,000 seats and eight resident dance, orchestra or opera companies); and
  3. PlayPenn, Inc., an organization supporting the production of new plays by selecting the best six of hundreds of plays submitted from throughout the country and presenting public readings of them in Philadelphia.

Victor is also a major supporter of Cape May Stage, a nationally-known theater company located in Cape May New Jersey.

Art gallery and art collection: In addition, Victor has renovated a 150-year-old church in Philadelphia where his eclectic art collection is on display. Mr. Keen enjoys giving tours of his art collection, and he often invites charitable groups to use the building for fund-raising events. (This space and the collection can be viewed at bethanymissiongallery.org.) His wife, Jeanne Ruddy, a former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, and he own and operate a venue in Philadelphia for emerging dance companies. Over the past ten years more than 200 dance companies have performed or rehearsed in this space, known as the "Performance Garage."

Athletics: In Victor's senior year at Central he was co-captain of the basketball team and captain of the track team, both teams winning the South Central League championship. In track, Victor set South Central League records in the 440 and 220 and placed first in the long jump and high jump in the Conference meet. In his senior year, he was selected to play in the Colorado State All-Star Basketball game. While at Trinity College he continued to participate as a varsity athlete in track and basketball.

Victor continues to support Central High and his class of 1959. He has not missed a class reunion in 55 years and has served as the Master of Ceremonies for two of them.

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