Tom Keating first came to the University of Arizona in August, 1960 and, by his own admission, his academic performance was dismal. Tom joined Kappa Sigma fraternity, but left the UA after two years and joined American Protective Services, the family business where he worked for the next thirty-eight years, taking over as President, CEO and Chairman in 1977. Tom and family sold the company in 2000 to Securitas, the largest security provider in the world. In 1981, Tom realized a life-long dream when he and wife Reenie purchased a ranch and entered into the pure bred Gelbvieh herd sire business.
In the spring of 1997, Tom began as a returning "non-traditional" student at the U of A, thirty-five years after leaving. He graduated Cum Laude in May, 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, and redemption from something that had nagged him nearly every day of his life!
In 1997, Tom joined the UA Alumni Association's Board of Directors. He was also a member of the UA Foundation Board of Directors and has served on numerous other UA boards. His philanthropic support of the University of Arizona has touched the Colleges of Agriculture, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Fine Arts and Honors. Tom and Reenie's contributions include two lead gifts, one to establish a new home for the Bio 5 Institute in what is now called the Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch Building, and the other, the Alumni Plaza.
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