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Keith Robinson Price

11/24/1930 — 04/09/2024

From Pasco, WA | Born in Oxnard, CA

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Keith Robinson Price

Keith was born in Oxnard, California, on November 24th, 1930, to Walter and Catherin Price. He grew up in Burbank, California, and graduated from Burbank Senior High School in 1948. After serving in the US Navy during the Korean War, he entered the University of California, Davis Campus, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture. He later earned a Ph.D. in Botany from Washington State University in 1965. Keith had a long-standing interest in “things nuclear” as he would say. He worked at the Nevada Test Site in the summer of 1957 during above ground testing of nuclear weapons. He was awarded the first AEC Fellowship in Biology to conduct his Ph.D. thesis research on the use of radioactive materials to study the root systems of native plants occurring on the Hanford Site. He was an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Nevada, Reno Campus, from 1964-1968. He then returned to Hanford to work for Battelle as a Senior Research Scientist until 1974 After four years with the Atlantic Richfield Handford Company and successor Rockwell Hanford, he was rehired by Battelle and held several positions related in some way to the field of environmental science. He was most interested in studies and programs dedicated to protecting the health of residents living near industrial or nuclear facilities, especially the Hanford Site. Keith retired from Battelle in 1992. After retirement, Keith enjoyed traveling throughout the Southwest in whatever mode of transportation he was currently living in. This worked hand-in-hand with his love for photography. Keith enjoyed taking pictures of plants and landscapes along his travels. In addition, Keith loved to cook, work in his garden, and bake bread. Taking a scientific approach to creating new bread recipes, he became the family bread baker, delivering a variety of flavors fresh out of the oven to whoever was on the list that week. Keith enjoyed bird watching. He spent many hours enjoying the shenanigans going on at his backyard bird feeder and was always up for a Sunday football game. He is survived by his four children, Lenore Nanni, Kennewick, Washington; Ken Price, Pasco, Washington; Kara Crowell, Kennewick, Washington and Marlene Walsh, Lancaster, California. Keith had 3 bonus children from other marriages, Christine Wilton, John Duggan and Bret McBain. Keith was also blessed with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be missed dearly.  

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations to be made to The Tri-Cities Cancer Center.

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  • Marlene and family,
    I am so glad that I got to meet your dad! I will always remember the story he told me about his pink motorcycle!

    April 25, 2024
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