Dr. Keith Harlan Byington, March 14, 1935 - April 1, 2014, of Columbia

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | 4:30 p.m. CDT

Surrounded by his family, Dr. Keith Harlan Byington passed away on April 1, 2014. 

As per Keith’s request, a private family service has been held. The family will receive those wishing to pay their respects on Saturday, April 5 from 1-4pm at 302 Westridge Drive.

Keith was born March 14th, 1935 in Plymouth, Iowa. 

Although he was raised and worked on his family’s farm in Northern Iowa, education was very important.  He attended a small rural elementary school in Worth County, Iowa, known as Union Number Seven. After graduation from high school in Plymouth, Iowa, Keith attended Mason City Junior College, where he met his wife, Nancy Jeanne Code.

Keith and Nancy were married in the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa on August 27, 1955.

Continuing his education, Keith received a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from the University of Iowa in 1958.  He received a Masters in physiology and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of South Dakota in 1964.

From 1964-1968, Keith completed postdoctoral research at the University of Florida and the University of Wisconsin.  He then joined the department of Pharmacology at the University Of Missouri Columbia School Of Medicine, where he taught and conducted research for 45 years.  Keith tutored from 1994-2013 in the PBL curriculum for first year medical students.  He retired in December of 2013.

Keith’s love in life was his family, research, education and his garden.  He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, M. Graham Clark Chapter.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy, their four children and spouses: Jay & Pat Byington, Pamela & Daniel Mertz, Bill & Tammy Byington, Ann & Mike Krohn, eight grandchildren, four great-grand children and his sister, Katherine Kearns.

He is preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the ALS Research Foundation. Condolences may be left for the family at

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