He was born in 1902 in Hardinsburg, Breckinridge County, Kentucky, the son of Rev. Wilbur E. Keenan and Erie Robbins. His parents were both born in Breckinridge County. He married Martha Dell Payne (1905-1980)in Bloomington, Illinois, in 1928. There two children were Barbara Ann Keenan, born in Indianapolis in 1941; and Joseph Reid Keenan, also born in Indianapolis. Reid L. Keenan died in Indianapolis in 1964 and both he and his wife were buried in the Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.
Dr. Reid Lionel Keenan was a man with an extraordinary career.With an M.A. in chemistry, he was employed by George Eastman, the famous multi-millionaire and founder of Kodak in Rochester, New York.While in Rochester, Reid quickly befriended Eastman and was invited to play the organ at Eastman's famous Sunday brunches, which were attended by large numbers of Eastman's friends.Ever enterprising, Reid also worked part-time as a golf instructor at the Genesee Valley Golf Course in Rochester.He decided to become a physician and worked his way through medical school by renting large hotel ballrooms where he and wife Martha gave instruction in contract bridge.He had an illustrious medical career gaining a national reputation for his skills as a micro-surgeon.His son Joseph said about him, "He was the brightest man I have ever known."Joe said that his father often told him hair-raising stories about removing bullets from Al Capone's mobsters in Chicago.From his obituary:
"Dr. Reid L. Keenan, retired orthopedic surgeon, served as a medical rating specialist for the Veteran's Administration after retirement and during an extended illness.He had also been on the staff at Methodist, Community and St. Vincent's hospitals in Indianapolis, Indiana.Dr. Keenan was a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and had been a member of the Board of Trustees there.He did graduate work at the University of Wisconsin.He was a research chemist for Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, New York, before entering Northwestern University Medical School, where he was graduated in 1939.He was to receive a doctor of science degree from Illinois Wesleyan in February of 1964.Dr. Keenan was a member of the Meridian Street Methodist Church, the Marion County, Indiana, and American Medical Associations, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, Central States Society of Industrial Medicine, and Indiana Bone and Joint Club.Dr. Keenan was also a member of the Indianapolis Rotary Club, Mystic Tie, Masonic Lodge, Murat Shrine, Scottish Rite and Kappa Kappa Alpha medical fraternity.He also served on the Board of Trustees at Crossroads Rehabilitation Center."Source:Obituary published in the Indianapolis Times Newspaper, Saturday, January 18, 1964.Reid lived most of his adult life at 3702 North Deleware Street in Indianapolis, Indiana.