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Wilbert McKeachie


1921 - 2019
Wilbert McKeachie Obituary
McKeachie, Wilbert 8/24/1921 - 6/12/2019 Dexter Professor Doctor Wilbert (Bill) James McKeachie passed away peacefully in the company of loved ones on June 12th, 2019. He was 97 years old. Dr McKeachie was an exceptional human being who led a long, rich, and joyful life. He married his college sweetheart, Virginia (Ginny) Mack, with whom he enjoyed 74 loving years of marriage. They raised two daughters and were blessed with a granddaughter as well as a great-granddaughter. He was a devoted family man, a skilled pianist who was passionate about music, a lover of card games, and a legendary fastpitch softball pitcher. The game of softball was more than a hobby for Dr McKeachie. He played on intramural, church, and city leagues, and softball was an essential activity at family gatherings. McKeachie said his most memorable year was 1976, when he pitched three no-hitters and served as president of the American Psychological Association. Religious faith was an essential component of Dr McKeachie's life. He and Ginny were active members of the first Baptist Church of Ann Arbor for over 70 years. They enjoyed singing together in the choir, playing handbells, and he served on many boards. Born in Clarkston, Michigan in 1921, Bill graduated first from Holly High School, then Michigan Normal College (now EMU) in 1942. In 1945, following service in World War II as a radar and communications officer on a destroyer in the Pacific, he enrolled in graduate school at the University of Michigan to study psychology. After completion of his doctorate in 1949, McKeachie continued with the University of Michigan as a professor and researcher in the fields of psychology and education. Dr Mckeachie remained with the University of Michigan until his retirement in 1992. During his tenure, he served 10 years as Chair of the Department of Psychology, authored numerous books, monographs, chapters, and articles. Dr Mckeachie is best known professionally for his influential and beloved book, McKeachie's Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers, now in its 14th edition, which has helped college educators world-wide to become better teachers. In monumental service to his profession, he held numerous leadership roles including the presidency of the American Psychological Association, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and the American Association of Higher Education. His illustrious career was recognized by numerous prestigious awards, and 8 honorary degrees. Dr Mckeachie was a truly great man who left nothing in this life undone. He will always be treasured for his thoughtfulness, generosity, and for the many lives he touched with kindness the world over. He was predeceased by his wife Virginia (Mack) McKeachie, daughter Karen McKeachie and sister Joyce (McKeachie) Doerner. Dr McKeachie is survived by daughter Linda Dicks (Larry) of Dexter, granddaughter Erica Wallace of Dexter, great-granddaughter Addy Carter of Flat Rock, brothers Mel McKeachie of Wooster, Ohio and Duane McKeachie of Flint, sister-in-law Mildred (Millie) Danielson of Ann Arbor, son-in-law Lew Kidder of Ann Arbor, and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, July 13, 2019 at First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Border to Border Trail or First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor.
Published in Ann Arbor News on June 23, 2019
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