Keith Eastman ’72 P04

27 July 2010

Class: 1972

Major: Economics

Residence: Edina, MN

Deceased: July 25, 2010

Alumni survivors: Mr. Michael Douglas Eastman ’04 (Child)

Keith M. Eastman, age 60, of Edina lost his battle with cancer on July 25, 2010. He was happily living at home with his beloved wife Holly until 4 days before his death. Keith was supported throughout by the love and unselfishness of his 4 children, Charles, Michael, Jacqueline and Victoria, as well as the outpouring of help from his many, many friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Eastman. Besides his wife Holly and their four children, Keith is survived by his mother Jean Eastman, his sister Kathleen (Ray Greva) Uskert, nephews Derek (Shera Raisen) Uskert and Christopher (Dominique) Uskert and their families; and Holly’s wonderful Haugland family including her father Douglas (Helene) Haugland, sister Teri (Win Yonan) Haugland, and brothers Scott (Jody) Haugland and Mark Haugland and their families. Keith’s devotion to his children was evidenced by supporting them in all facets of their lives including visiting them when they traveled to foreign cities for academic studies and employment. He became a world traveler because of his children. After graduating from Carleton (BA) and the University of Chicago (MBA,) Keith began a long and fruitful career as a public accountant, venture capitalist, entrepreneur and business advisor, helping scores of Minnesota companies and entrepreneurs. As a venture capitalist he was an early backer of Golden Valley Microwave, the pioneers of microwave popcorn. He later co-founded Spine- Tech and served as its CFO through an IPO and up to an acquisition by Sulzer Medica. He briefly returned to venture capital before becoming CFO of Disc Dynamics. Keith enjoyed entertaining friends and family and also tending to his gardens; especially the ones at his lake home on Crane Island which throughout the years has become the family’s retreat.

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  • 2021-12-22 15:49:59
    Craig Stenberg

    I still miss Keith, especially his gifts for problem solving, his genius for creating good times, and his generosity. He & I led the Carleton Co-op during our senior year. Among our accomplishments were: turning the Carleton Cave into a coffee house and restaurant, bringing great performers to campus, including Sha Na Na, It’s a Beautiful Day, and the incomparable Leo Kotke, as well as establishing a funding program for small scale dorm based inclusive gatherings, so that even the poorest students among us could host a party.

    As his next door neighbor in Evans Hall, I witnessed his falling in love with a beautiful woman from St. Olaf, Holly, whom he later married. After graduation, we kept in touch. I recall visiting their amazing cabin on an island in Lake Minnetonka during one of my visits to Minneapolis. Were he alive today, he’d be going strong, making major contributions to our reunion.

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