The Challenger disaster was a tragedy not just because so many lost their lives but also because so many children lost their parents, including Scott and Caroline McAuliffe, the kids of Christa McAuliffe, the teacher who died in the space shuttle Challenger explosion. Where are Christa McAuliffe’s children and husband today?
Understandably, the McAuliffes very rarely speak to the media and information on them is scarce.
Steven McAuliffe, her widower, got remarried years after his wife’s death and became a federal judge. He does not talk very much to the media, but he did express thanks to the community of Concord, N.H., a few years ago for protecting his kids and letting them grow up as normally as possible.
Son Scott McAuliffe, now 34, got into the marine resource management field. And daughter Caroline McAuliffe, now 31, became an educator, following in mom’s footsteps.
Our thoughts are with them today as they navigate through all the media coverage and reminders of their mom, who inspired so many others to go into education as well.