Mr. J. Percy Keating, who died after a brief illness on the 22 December, 1920, was a member of this Society for thirty—five years, having joined in 1885 within a few months of its organization. During this period his interest in the undertakings of the Society was constant and practical. Elected to the Board of Managers in 1912, he served in that capacity for two terms, until his resignation in 1914 to become Chairman of Trustees of Research and Endowment Fund, which position he held at the time of his death.
To this brief record of the late Mr. Keating’s attachment to the work of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia the Board of Managers feels constrained to add the testimony of its appreciation of the deceased’s services and to express its sorrow in the loss of an esteemed member. His enlightened interest in the part being played by the Church toward the upbuilding of the Republic could always be counted on. Solid in both his knowledge of and his loyalty to Catholicity and sterling in character, considerate in mind and manners, he attained high standing in the community as a patriotic citizen and as a worthy representative at all times of his co—religionists.
Source:Â Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia, Vol. XXXII, No. 1, March, 1921, p. 58. Viewed on Google Books at <http://books.google.com/books?id=GFo8AAAAIAAJ> on 1 June 2009.