North Central College - Naperville, IL

Ann Durkin Keating

Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History

Ann Durkin Keating holds the C. Frederick Toenniges Professorship at North Central College. She is a history professor and chair of the History Department.

Keating earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Illinois, and master of arts and doctorate degrees from the University of Chicago.

Keating has taught at North Central College since 1991 and helped establish the College's Chicago Term, which takes students from all majors into the city to learn about its past and present and to pursue internships there. She spearheaded publication of the book, Encyclopedia of Chicago, and appears regularly as a public speaker and is often quoted as an expert source about Chicago-area history.

Keating is the second recipient of the C. Frederick Toenniges Professorship, which was first presented to Howard Mueller in 1992 by an endowed gift from College Trustee Judy G. Stevenson, president and treasurer of Magnetrol International, Inc., a manufacturer of safety controls for level and flow systems. Named for a longtime (1930-47) North Central music professor and Community United Methodist Church choir director, the chair is awarded to a North Central professor whose excellence in teaching and dedication to students embodies the tradition Toenniges exemplified.