Karen W. Tyson, 60, an economist with the Institute for Defense Analyses and congregational leader at the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, died May 9 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington County. She had metastatic colon cancer.
The death was confirmed by her husband, Herb Tyson. She was a resident of the Alexandria section of Fairfax County.
Dr. Tyson had been at the Institute for Defense Analyses for more than 25 years and worked as a cost analyst on defense and health matters.
Karen Marie Windau was a native of Sandusky, Ohio, and a 1973 honors graduate in economics and government at Georgetown University. She received a doctorate in economics from Michigan State University in 1980.
Her earliest jobs were with the research firm Abt Associates and Chase Econometrics, a leading economic forecasting and consulting concern. She was an associate professor in Georgetown’s department of community and family medicine in the early 1980s.
She was a member and past board chairwoman of Mount Vernon Unitarian Church in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County. She served on church committees, organized fundraising events and sang in the choir.
Her daughter, Katherine “Katie” Tyson, died in 2009 of injuries from a car crash.
Survivors include her husband of 37 years, Herb Tyson of the Alexandria part of Fairfax County; a sister, Janice Windau of the Alexandria part of Fairfax County; and two brothers, Mike Windau of Sandusky and Greg Windau of Lorton.
— Adam Bernstein