Traug Keller

Traug Keller, longtime Ridgefielder, died January 20, 2010 at his home in Ridgefield.
Born Traugott Francis Keller on March 4, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York, Traug moved with his family to Cleveland, Ohio as a teen.  There, he made Cleveland’s All-City basketball team for St. Ignatius High School, and went on to star at John Carroll University.  He played for the Cleveland Pipers in the Cleveland Industrial League just before they turned professional.  He played for the United States Marines team during his service as Lieutenant.   He counted a winning layup over future NBA All-Star Maurice Stokes as the highlight of his college career. 
Traug used his experiences as a player to coach many youth league teams in Ossining, NY and Ridgefield as his sons were growing up.  He was famous for his love of the full court press.
Traug was an avid runner, and ran well until difficulty with a knee replacement in his early sixties ended his running days.
Traug began his life as a writer as a sports reporter for the Cleveland Press.  There, he wrote a series of articles about learning to play golf; by the series’ end, he was a scratch player.  He had a couple of infamous run-ins with baseball player Ted Williams, a reluctant interviewee.
After briefly working in the public relations department for an advertising firm that publicized the land speed exploits of Mickey Thompson on the Bonneville Salt Flats, Traug moved with his wife Terry, and their first son, Traug, to Islamorada in the Florida Keys.  He spent a year writing short stories.  Nothing was published then, but last year he published a collection of this work, The Remittance Man, on Blurb.com.
Traug spent the remainder of his professional life writing for the communications departments of IBM, and two IBM spinoffs, SBC Communications and Imnet Systems.  While with Imnet Systems, he and Terry lived in New York City.
After retirement, Traug wrote many stories for the Ridgefield Press, and taught a very popular class on writing at Founder’s Hall.  A lifelong two-finger typist, he could often be found hunched over a keyboard.  A collection of his later work is planned.
Traug organized and hosted a monthly poker game for the past decade.  He was known for his unbridled optimism about whatever cards he was holding.
Traug served for years on the board of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, and was very active in town throughout his 37 years in Ridgefield.
Very late in life, Traug started a blog.  His first few posts can be found there, at http://traugkeller.blogspot.com/.  His body of work will be added over time.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Terry, his sons Traug, Joseph, and Matthew, his grandchildren Traug, Caroline, Joseph, Henry, Harlan, and Lily, his sister Barbara, and by countless friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Founder’s Hall of Ridgefield and to the Regional Hospice Home Care Program of  Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, 405 Main Street, Danbury, Ct., 06810.
A wake will be held at Elizabeth Seton Church in Ridgefield this Sunday from 2-5.  A Mass will be held at the same location on Monday at 10:30 a.m.


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