Tom Keating entered the Holy Cross Fathers Seminary in North Easton just after high school. where he lived in semi-monastic religious life for over five years. After leaving the seminary, Keating enlisted and served in the United States Army in 1968, and served one year in Long Binh in the Republic of Vietnam, from 1969 to 1970. His work there earned him two Army Commendation medals.
Honorably discharged, Tom attended Boston University and completed his Master’s degree in Education, and taught high school media studies in Burlington, MA for eight years. A career in corporate media communications followed, including Internet learning design.
Tom attended the writing program for veterans (AGAPE) at Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College under the direction of Roxana Von Kraus, and was twice accepted at the William Joiner Institute’s Writers’ Workshop at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. His story “Convoy for the Con Voi” was published in “War Stories 2017”, an anthology edited by Sean Davis, writer, artist and combat veteran of Iraq. His story, “Shakedown” appears in the Warrior Writers forthcoming book, Complacency Kills due out in the Fall of 2019.
Tom and his wife live in Needham, MA and he is an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 2498, Needham and is committed to assisting veterans of all ages.