Dan McKeever began his career in O&P in 1933 as a technician for J.E. Hanger of Georgia in Atlanta. Four years later, McKeever was asked to run the company, which at the time had two locations, 20 employees and a net value of $25,000.
During the following decades, McKeever built the company into a large corporation while focusing on quality patient care. He made house calls at patients homes, measuring them for devices then returning to the office to craft prostheses from blocks of wood. As science advanced, and titanium and other newer materials and technologies emerged, McKeever incorporated these new innovations into patient care.
By the time J.E. Hanger was sold to Hanger Orthopedic Group in Bethesda, MD, to create one of the largest O&P businesses in the world, McKeever had assembled a team of quality people for management positions, building Hanger into a major company. He also founded Southern Prosthetic Supply, a wholesale distributor of orthotic and prosthetic components and fabricated items. At the time of the sale, the company consisted of 93 patient care centers in 15 Southeastern and Midwestern states and five wholesale distribution centers with 500 employees and annual revenues of $68 million.
The eleventh prosthetist to be certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics Inc. (ABC), he later went on to become president of ABC in 1953-54. He also headed the profession’s trade association as president of the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) in 1949-50.
McKeever believed in the importance of education and was active in assisting his alma mater, Georgia Institute of Technology, where he earned a bachelors degree in electrical engineering. He served as chairman of the Tech-Georgia Development Fund, president of the National Alumni Association and as a member of the Athletic Board and Georgia Tech Foundation. In 1980 he received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award.
During World War II he attained the rank of colonel in the Army and was awarded the Legion of Merit for Service as stock controller of the Signal Corps.
Up until his death in 1997 McKeever served as a consultant and member of the board of directors of the Hanger Orthopedic Group Inc. The family of Dan McKeever is pleased to make available scholarships to promising orthotic and prosthetic students to encourage a pioneering spirit in the O&P profession.