Biography of Thomas J. Keenan, Jr.
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THOMAS J. KEENAN, JR.
One of the most eminent consulting engineers of Alameda county is Thomas J. Keenan, Jr., of Oakland, who has had extensive and varied experience in engineering, in which he has demonstrated his ability in an unmistakable manner, and now commands a large and remunerative private practice. Mr. Keenan was born in New York city on the 25th of July, 1894, and is a son of Thomas J. and Margaret (Garvie) Keenan. He was educated in the public and high schools of his native city and took the engineering course in Columbia University, and special engineering courses at the University of California. His first position after leaving college was that of draftsman with the Consolidated Gas Company of New York, after which he successively served as construction engineer with the Standard Shipbuilding Corporation, as designer for the Standard Oil Company of California, having come to this state in 1915, as assistant chief draftsman for the Hercules Powder Company, as inspector of installations for the Pacific Coast Shipbuilding Corporation, as plant engineer for the Union Oil Company of California and as superintendent of construction for T. Ronneberg. For the past five years he has been engaged in the private practice of his profession and as a consulting engineer has gained a large and representative clientele, having designed and assisted in the construction of many large buildings and in the solving of engineering problems. He is now also a member of the board of examiners of the building department of the city of Oakland, in which capacity he has rendered effective service.

Mr. Keenan was united in marriage to Miss Eleanor Britton, of New York city, and they are the parents of three children, Eleanor, Milton and Thomas J., III. He is a republican in his political views and is a member of the American Association of Engineers and American Society of Civil Engineers. Because of his earnest life, high attainments and efficient service, he is held in high regard in professional circles, while as a private citizen his record has earned for him the respect of his fellowmen.

From:
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928


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