Betty Keddy

1. I first met Harry Roseman in the late 1960’s when he was living with my sister Cathy in an apartment on Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn, NY.  They were both students at Pratt Institute. Cathy and Harry were very much in love and were married on August 24, 1968, in our parents’ garden in Lexington, MA.  Here is a photo taken that day.  I was the matron of honor and Neil Roseman, Harry’s brother, was the best man.

2. My husband Jack and I adopted two children.  Our first child, Benjamin, came to live with us in Lexington in 1969, at age 5 months.  My parents lived next door to us and in the early 1970’s Cathy and Harry lived with my parents for a few years.  Ben was doted on by three sets of adults—my parents, Jack and me, and Harry and Cathy.  Here is a photo that Harry took in my parents’ yard when Ben was about 2 or 3.

My sister Cathy is my only sibling and we have remained close over the years.  She and Harry are always very kind and supportive whenever needed.  They always spend Thanksgiving Day with us in Massachusetts, and we try to attend their art openings in New York whenever possible.  Ben continues to be a regular visitor at their home in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Five years ago I wrote a family gift book about the O’Reilly family.  Our mother was born Catherine O’Reilly.  The book, The O’Reilly Family: History and Genealogy Chart (1840 to 2009), includes information about our early years in Lexington and some additional information about Cathy and Harry.  Here is a link to the PDF version of the book: http://thekeddys.home.comcast.net/~thekeddys/Family/OReillyBookFinal.pdf

Although retired from paid work, I combine my writing and teaching skills with my concern for social justice as a prison volunteer.  Since 2006 I have been facilitating Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops and teaching writing workshops and re-entry skills classes in prison.  I have served on the board of AVP Massachusetts and also served as coordinator of AVP prison workshops at MCI-Shirley.  In the late 1990’s I volunteered for several years as a literacy tutor and served on the board of Literacy Volunteers of the Montachusett Area.  I later used my literacy tutoring skills in prison as well.  I am the Writer/Editor of the AVP Massachusetts Newsletter.  Here’s the most recent edition: http://avpma.org/news/AVPMANewsletterFall2014_1.pdf

I was gainfully employed for over 50 years in a variety of positions and most included writing of some type.   In the 1960’s, I worked as a medical secretary for Dr. Timothy F. Crane, a surgeon in Cambridge, MA.  I was a U. S. congressional assistant to the late Paul Tsongas in the 1970’s, and in the 1980’s was a writer for former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis. From 1978 to 1979 I worked as the Groton reporter for The Times Free Press in Pepperell, MA.   Beginning in 1987, I worked in high tech for 21 years as a technical writer for Digital Equipment Corporation, SilverPlatter Information, Kronos, Inc., and Cisco Systems.  My education includes a BA in English and a Masters in Education.

My husband Jack and I have been married for 52 years.  We live in Shirley, MA, with our dog Daisy and our cat Callie.  Our two children, Ben and Katie, are grown and on their own.  Katie has given us two wonderful grandsons, Christopher and Joshua Black, and we get to see them often.

- November 29, 2014 (my 75th birthday).