The legendary John C. Keeney, who served in the Criminal Division for 59 years, passed away on Saturday, November 19, 2011, at his home in Kensington, Maryland. Jack joined the Criminal Division at Main Justice on March 19, 1951, and served until his retirement in 2010, at the age of 88. He served 11 U.S. Presidents. For several decades, he served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, including numberous stints as the Acting Assistant Attorney General.
In 1990 Keeney received the Henry E. Petersen Award, the Criminal Division’s highest award. He 1996, he received the Attorney General’s Award, the highest award bestowed by the Attorney General. In 2010, one of the Criminal Division buildings was named in honor of Jack.
Before his service with the Department of Justice, Jack was a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps, flying several B-17 bombing raids over Nazi Germany, one such raid resulting in his being held by German forces as a prisoner of war.
Jack received law degrees from The Dickinson School of Law and The George Washington University Law School. He was married to the late Eugenia Brislin and had five children and two grandchildren.
He was truly an American hero.