Karen McKeachie (MSECE ’78) was the victim of a fatal traffic accident on August 26, 2016. She was a champion and a pioneer in the triathlon world and an enthusiastic supporter and organizer of racing events, including many in Michigan.
McKeachie is credited with using her engineering knowledge to have designed the first-ever female-specific triathlon bicycle saddle.
She has innumerable impressive athletic accomplishments, including being a seven-time triathlon world champion, a 17-time triathlon national champion and she was inducted in the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame in 2014.
Tom Demerly, who has written extensively about triathlons and cycling, published a summary of many of McKeachie’s accomplishment on the TomDemerly.com website.