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June 19th, 2013

Donald Keller: Army vet, directed TV commercials for top agencies

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onald Dean Keller died June 6 in Hollywood, Florida, after a long illness.
He was 81 years old.
Mr. Keller was born in the Bronx, New York, on January 28, 1933. He moved with his family to Norfolk, Virginia, when he was a boy and eventually settled in Scarsdale, New York, where he graduated from high school in 1951.
He enlisted in the United States Army and became a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division during the Korean Conflict. Following his military service, Mr. Keller graduated from the University of Vermont, and worked in the textile business before becoming a TV commercial producer and director at several of the top New York advertising agencies.
Mr. Keller was a member of the Directors Guild of America, and won the prestigious Palme d’Or Award for the roll out campaign of the Boeing 747 aircraft at the 1968 Cannes Film Festival as well as several Clio Awards during his advertising career.
He lived in Bronxville, New York, and Scarsdale, New York, until he relocated to Key Biscayne in 1992.
He is survived by two daughters, Kristen Coffield and Heather Lee, as well as twin sons, Jason and Shane Keller, along with seven grandchildren.

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