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Kevin Patrick Granata

GRANATA Kevin P., Ph.D. 1961 - 2007 Kevin Patrick Granata died on April 16, 2007, at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, VA during the Virginia Tech massacre while attempting to save others. Kevin was born on December 29, 1961 in Toledo to Joseph P. and Mildred (Callaghan) Granata. He attended Christ the King grade school and was a 1980 graduate of St Francis DeSales High School. He began his bachelor's studies at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio and then transferred to The 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 Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Maryland where he did classified research. He returned to Ohio State University and completed his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering in 1993. He subsequently worked as a research scientist in the Ohio State Biodynamics Laboratory. In 1997, Kevin joined the University of Virginia where he was director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory and an associate professor in the Medical College. At the time of his death, Kevin was a tenured professor at Virginia Tech and an adjunct professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. Kevin was regarded as one of the top five biomechanics researchers in the country. His work included movement dynamics in cerebral palsy, biometric robotics and biomechanics. He recently invented an exoskeleton walking device to aid people with sarcopenia and helped develop the MARC robotic walker, a mobility aid for the elderly. Kevin had more than 67 scientific publications and numerous research grants. He lectured and presented his research nationally and internationally. Kevin's greatest passion and pride was his family, especially his wife and three children. He loved to spend time with his children. He was involved in their education, scouting and sporting activities. Kevin is survived by his wife, Linda, and their three children, Alex, Eric, and Ellen. He is also survived by his parents; sisters, Eileen Granata and Anne (Steven) Macy; brother, Paul (Karen); numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles; as well as many friends. Kevin believed in being a well rounded person and successfully used his talents to the utmost, academically, physically, and spiritually. Kevin died as he lived, to help others. He will be greatly missed. Kevin was buried in Blacksburg, Virginia on April 21. A Memorial Mass and celebration of his life will be held at Christ the King Catholic Church on Saturday April 28, 2007 at 10 a.m. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider the Kevin Granata Memorial Fund at St. Francis DeSales High School, Toledo, Ohio.
Published in The Blade from Apr. 26 to Apr. 27, 2007
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