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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Roy C. Keigher, M. D.

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[This information is from Vol. III, p. 555 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Dr. Roy C. Keigher, numbered among Schenectady's leading physicians and surgeons and worthy native sons, has here followed his profession through the past fifteen years, maintaining his office and residence at No. 1037 State street. He was born on the 1st of April, 1885, his parents being Thomas and Mary (Smith) Keigher, both of whom were also natives of the Empire state, the former born in Schenectady and the latter in Glenville. Thomas Keigher, who was a machinist by trade and continued in the service of the General Electric Company for many years, passed away in June, 1912. His widow still resides in Schenectady and has many warm friends throughout the city.

Roy C. Keigher supplemented his grade and high school education by a course of study in the Union Classical Institute, from which he was graduated in 1903. His professional training was received in the Albany Medical College and following the completion of his course therein in 1907 he spent one year in the Bender Laboratory at Albany and a similar period in the Albany City Hospital. It was in 1909 that he began the private practice of medicine in Schenectady, where he has remained to the present time and has gained an enviable reputation as one of the most capable members of the profession in the city. With the passing years his patronage has steadily increased as he has had opportunity to demonstrate his skill in the treatment of disease. Dr. Keigher is one of the city physicians and has served as president of the Schenectady County Medical Society, indicating his high standing among his professonal colleagues and contemporaries. He likewise belongs to the New York State Medical Society and the American Medical Association and is one of the sixteen physicians constituting the membership of the Monday Night Scientific Club. It was Dr. Keigher who compiled the history of the Schenectady County Medical Society which appears in this work.

On the 26th of June, 1912, Dr. Keigher was united in marriage to Miss Marcella D. Carrigan, daughter of Joseph and Marcella (Louth) Carrigan, both of whom are natives of Vermont and are still residents of Pittsford, that state. Dr. and Mrs. Keigher are the parents of two children: Helen, who was born October 6, 1913; and Jane, whose natal day was February 7, 1917.

Since age conferred upon him the right of franchise Dr. Keigher has supported the men and measures of the democratic party at the polls. In religious faith he is a Catholic and fraternally is identified with the Knights of Columbus. His life has been guided by high ideals and his pronounced ability has won for him the esteem and admiration of his professional colleagues and the general public as well.

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