Karen R. Keesling
Karen Ruth Keesling (July 9, 1946 - July 4, 2012) was the United States Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Manpower & Reserve Affairs) from 1988 to 1989.
Keesling was Assistant Dean of Women at the University of Kansas for 1971-72. From 1972 to 1975, Keesling worked in the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare as executive secretary of the Secretary's Advisory Commission on Rights and Responsibilities of Women. From 1975 to 1977, she was Director of the White House Office of Women. She was then a women's rights analyst in the Library of Congress's Civil Rights Division. She then attended the Georgetown University Law Center, receiving her J.D. in 1981. From 1979 to 1981, she was also a legislative aide of Sen. Nancy Landon Kassebaum (R–Kan.)
In 1981, Keesling joined the United States Department of the Air Force, serving as Deputy for Equal Opportunity and Director of Equal Employment Opportunity, 1981–82; as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower Resources and Military Personnel, 1982–83; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower, Reserve Affairs, and Installations, 1983–87; and as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Readiness Support, 1987-89.
On September 7, 1988, President of the United States Ronald Reagan nominated Keesling to be Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Manpower & Reserve Affairs). She held this position until 1989.
She moved to Sun City, Arizona in 2000 and practiced law there until her retirement in 2009. She died July 4, 2012 in Sun City.
- "Karen Keesling Obituary: View Obituary for Karen Keesling by Sunland Memorial Park & Mortuary, Sun City, AZ". Obits.dignitymemorial.com. Retrieved 2012-08-08.
- Nomination of Karen R. Keesling To Be an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Sept. 7, 1988
- Profile from Ford Library
- Barbara J. Love, Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975 (2006), p. 247
- Federal Register
Tidal W. McCoy
|Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Manpower & Reserve Affairs)
1988 – 1989
Jerome G. Cooper