Keith Stimely was born on April 9, 1957, in Connecticut, but grew up and was educated on the West coast. He studied at San José State University and the University of Oregon, from where he graduated in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in history. Stimely then joined the US Army, serving as a reserve officer. His interest in revisionist history began in high school, and in 1980 he spoke at the second IHR Conference (Pomona College). He joined the editorial staff of The Journal of Historical Review in June 1982, and served as its chief editor from February 1983 until February 1985. He compiled the 1981 Revisionist Bibliography (no longer in print), and was a gifted artist and pianist. He died in Portland, Oregon, on December 19, 1992.