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Kevin Granata Obituary

Kevin P Granata, 45, of Blacksburg, beloved husband and father, loving son and brother, passed away Monday, April 16, 2007.

Kevin was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. He began his bachelor's studies at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, and then transferred to Ohio State University where he received degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics. He later earned a Master's degree in Physics from Purdue University and was employed by the Applied Physics Lab in Maryland, where he did classified research. He returned to Ohio State University and completed his Ph. D. in Biomedical Engineering, continuing his research until he transferred to the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Virginia, where he was the director of the Gait Lab.

In 2002 Kevin came to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, to continue his teaching and research interests. He had numerous publications and research grants, and lectured both nationally and internationally. Kevin's greatest passion and pride was his family, especially his wife and children. He was also an athlete. He rowed crew at Purdue, participated in biathlons and triathlons and was an avid runner and cyclist. He loved coaching his sons' Lacrosse teams, reading and doing construction around his home and was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church. Kevin believed in being a well-rounded person and he successfully used his talents to the utmost; academically, physically and spiritually. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by wife, Linda (nee Ankenman); sons, Alex and Eric; daughter, Ellen; parents, Mildred and Joseph Granata (Toledo); brother, Paul; sisters, Eileen and Anne; and numerous nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles.

A public memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2007, at the Blacksburg Presbyterian Church.

A private funeral will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Kevin P. Granata Memorial Trust, 1872 Pratt Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24068.

Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24060.

This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.
Published online on 4/19/2007 courtesy of Daily Progress.