Thursday, September 16, 2021

Elizabeth Hatfield-Keller Death – Obituary : Elizabeth Hatfield-Keller Has Died

Elizabeth Hatfield-Keller Death – Obituary, Funeral, Cause Of Death

The Oregon Historical Society is saddened to share news of the passing of trustee Dr. Elizabeth Hatfield-Keller after a courageous battle with cancer. While Dr. Hatfield-Keller recently joined the board in 2019, she has long been a member of the OHS family. Her father, Senator Mark Hatfield, was the inspiration for OHS’s annual Mark O. Hatfield Lecture Series that presents evenings of though-provoking discussion from the nation’s top historians and authors. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, OHS was in the midst of launching the 2020 series, and quickly sought Dr. Hatfield-Keller’s advice on how to proceed in the midst of so much uncertainty. With her experience as an emergency room physician, she championed our first COVID-pivot as we moved the series to a virtual format, penning personal letters to series sponsors explaining the importance of social distancing to slow the spread of the pandemic.

Her willingness to be a leader on the OHS board of trustees, and to use her knowledge as a doctor and her influence as Senator and Mrs. Hatfield’s daughter, helped us fulfill our mission and truly take care of one another during the pandemic. She was a voice of reason, and she was a great advocate who reminded us of our duty to always prioritize public health when making programmatic decisions. Listening to her strong opinions and wise advice freed up staff and board members to operate in a new pandemic reality and embrace innovation to meet the evolving needs of our community.

She faced her own diagnosis with the same sensible reason, courage, and poise that we so admired in her. OHS’s board president, Mary Faulkner, shared a recent email communication in which Dr. Hatfield-Keller expressed that she hoped to be remembered as “someone who handled this with grace and gratitude, recognizing there have been so many blessings before, during, and as a result.” Dr. Hatfield-Keller’s strength during her battle with cancer is an example to us all, and there is no doubt that her memory will live on thanks to the important work she did for our community and for the Oregon Historical Society. We are grateful to have had her leadership on our board, and to have had the privilege to count her as a dear friend and advocate of OHS’s mission.

Through a social media announcement, DeadDeath learned on September 13, 2021, about the death of Elizabeth Hatfield-Keller who has died. In the mourning spirit of this death, families, friends, and associates of the deceased share their sad news across social media timelines.

It is really a difficult time for the beloved ones of Elizabeth whose passing has brought so much tears to.


There are many tributes and condolences on social media timelines of the affected friends and families. Death has always created deep heartbreak and an inexplicable deep sense of loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family who has lost their beloved one and also with friends who must have been devastated by the death news.


This publication is not serving as the official obituary announcement by the family. An account of life of Elizabeth Hatfield-Keller and details about the upcoming funeral is not contained in this writing. The family of the deceased would release the official obituary announcement which may contain the visitation and funeral date.

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