Reception immediately following service at Old Town Club
2875 Old Town Club Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Friday, Sep 14, 2018
Centenary United Methodist Church
646 West 5th Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Friday, Sep 14, 2018
Sep 28, 1941 - Sep 08, 2018
Theodore Allen Keith, age 76, a long time and well known Winston-Salem Cardiologist passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Hospice, September 8, 2018. His devoted wife, Mary Jane, was always by his side throughout their 51 years of marriage. Dr. Keith had suffered two cerebral hemorrhages that led to his passing.
Dr. Keith was born September 28, 1941 in Passaic New Jersey to Theodore Roosevelt Keith, M.D. and Margaret Volpe Keith. Instilled by his parents at an early age that those who were given much, much is expected. Dr. Keith was a devoted son, husband, father, grandfather and friend.
He was a graduate of Newark Academy and earned a Bachelor of Art degree from Duke University in 1963. Upon graduating Duke University, he entered Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem. It was there he met his loving and devoted wife, Mary Jane Stacy who would become his wife on May 6th, 1967. He then graduated from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1967. His postdoctoral training at North Carolina Baptist Hospital included internship in Internal Medicine (1968-70) and residency in Cardiology (1970-71). Dr. Keith greatly fulfilled his military duties as a Major and Chief of Medicine in the U.S. Air Force in Minot, ND from 1971-1973. He then accepted fellowship in cardiology at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. In 1974 he returned to his beloved city of Winston-Salem to start his own cardiology practice, Forsyth Cardiology Associates where he practiced for 29 years. At that time he semi-retired and practiced with Cardiology Specialists of NC in 2003- 2006. He retired from the Heart and Vascular Center in Winston-Salem at age 70 in 2011.
Pioneering the first Catheterization Laboratory at Forsyth Memorial Hospital was one of Dr. Keith's greatest professional accomplishments. Once established, Forsyth Memorial Hospital would then go on to develop its first heart surgery unit. His long standing memberships include: Clinical Instructor in Cardiology at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest, Clinical Assistant Professor in Cardiology, Staff Cardiologist at the Cardiac Rehabilitation Laboratory, Chief of Cardiology at Forsyth Memorial Hospital and Director of Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Forsyth Memorial Hospital. In addition to the hospital affiliations he was also involved in Forsyth County Medical Society, American Heart Association, Fellow Council of Clinical Cardiology, American College of Cardiology and The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. In May of 2017, he was bestowed the honor of being inducted into Bowman Gray Society. His love of medicine and his dedication to his patients has shown throughout his career. His patients were just an extended part of his immediate family. He took pride in being a doctor and helping others in need and putting his patients above all other.
Medical accomplishments pale in comparison for his love and devotion for his wife , family and faith. He was a devout and active member of Centenary United Methodist Church. Dr. Keith also loved the great outdoors which included skiing, cycling and hiking which led to many exciting family vacations. One of his favorite personal accomplishments was reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro with his late son, T.R. Keith. Kiawah Island as well held a special place in his heart for his family and grandchildren. Many hours were spent crabbing, fishing, riding bikes but most importantly making precious memories that will last a lifetime. Besides his dry sense of humor and intelligence his most notable quality was his kindness to family, friends and strangers. His strong sense of fairness, integrity, loyalty, and commitment to doing the right thing made him a mentor to his children and grandchildren. His family remains grateful for the years they had the privilege of traveling with him through his life's journey.
Dr. Keith is survived by his wife, Mary Jane and their children and families. Stacy Keith Ritch of Myrtle Beach, SC her husband Bill and their daughter Lilly: Melissa Keith Lewis, her husband Richard and their children May and Virginia; Jennifer Keith Ruck daughter in law to their late son T.R. Keith of Virginia Beach and their sons Everett and Grant. He is survived by his younger brother Thomas J. Keith and his wife Rebecca of Winston-Salem, NC and his daughters Jennifer and Sarah.
A private graveside service will be held for the family, and a memorial service will be held September 14th at Centenary United Methodist Church, 646 W. Fifth Street, Winston-Salem NC 27101 at 11 a.m. , with a reception following at Old Town Club, 2875 Old Town Club Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be given to:
Centenary United Methodist Church (646 west 5th Street, P.O. Box 658, Winston-Salem, NC 27101), Appalachian Trail Conservancy (799 Washington Street, P.O. Box Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 24245/appalachiantrail.com in memory of), Neurology Program Activities at WFBMC office of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations, P.O. Box 571021 Winston-Salem, NC 27157.
Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com
Wade E Hutchens Sr
Dr Keith was my cardiologist for many years, we developed a great friendship while he cared for me. He was like no other doctor I have ever known and I will truly miss him. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family.
Mitzi Reavis RN
Dear Family , My sincerest condolences to you during this time. I had the honor of working with Dr. Keith. He will be greatly remembered and greatly missed. May God bless you all during this time. Mitzi RN
My deepest sympathy to the family of Dr. Ted Keith. It was an honor to work with Dr. Keith as an RN on 9th floor at Forsyth, Procedure Room and Cath Lab. He always showed dignity to his patient's and expressed a special concern to each and every one.
I can only imagine what type of husband, father, grandfather or brother he was! Many times he would talk about the vacations with his family and the fun he had had.
May God be with you at this time of sorrow and help you to remember the best times with your loved one.
So saddened to hear of Dr. Keith’s passing. I worked with him in the cath lab from the very beginning until he stopped catching. I respected his knowledge and professionalism during this period. I enjoyed all of his adventures he shared, and experienced some of his disastrous bicycle accidents. Dr. Keith was a wonderful Dr. and friend. He will be missed.
Hilda G Smith