Keith Gingrich spent his life as an advocate for peace and global justice. He volunteered and worked with MCC in Nigeria, Sudan, and Washington D.C. for many years. He was a loving father to four kids, husband, and the oldest of eight siblings. His beard was legendary, as was his spirit and passion for helping the less fortunate.
Keith was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the age of 56 and courageously battled the disease for over a year before passing away on Veterans Day, November 11, 1998. He was veteran of a different type. He was a warrior for peace who fought to bring people together rather than tear them apart. He was described by friends as a "citizen of the world" because of his natural ability to connect with people of all kinds, in places all over the world.
"During the years he was with the MCC Washington Office, Keith humbly served to bring a voice to the voiceless and to make the world a better place." - Ken Martens Friesen (Remembering Keith Gingrich at the Washington Office)