View Full Version : Re: Kevin Granata

04-18-2007, 09:47 AM
Dear Colleagues:

I met Kevin at Ohio State in 1992. I came to tour campus before
starting my Master's. Kevin was my tour guide and a Ph.D. student at
the time. I was very impressed with Kevin right away, both
personally and intellectually. At the time, I was just starting out
and knew very little about the world of biomechanics. Kevin spent a
lot of time that day telling me all about not only his own work, but
about many areas of biomechanics research. He also grilled me about
why I wanted to get into biomechanics, what I hoped to get out of it,
and what I thought I could contribute. Kevin's insightfulness and
his capacity to both listen and to ask hard but focused questions
gave me a lot to think about and also made me believe I had probably
made a good choice.

Although Kevin and I worked in different labs and on somewhat
different topics, I kept in touch with him over the years. It was no
surprise to me that he became very successful as both a researcher
and a teacher. In the last couple of years, some of our research
interests began to overlap and our conversations and interactions
became more frequent. I last saw Kevin when he invited me to visit
Va. Tech. last December. I had several excellent conversations with
Kevin and his students and his colleagues during that trip and was
looking forward to our future collaborations.

As many of us have, I've been trying to make sense of the seemingly
senseless events of this past week. It is times like these we
realize that every day we have is precious and that those days can be
taken away from us at any moment. Knowing this, we should try to do
whatever we can, each and every day, to have the greatest possible
lasting and positive impact on the people around us and on the world
we live in. I believe Kevin lived his life this way and the legacy
he leaves behind is clear. I know right now my thoughts and prayers
are with Kevin's family, his kids, and his students.

Kevin was a great mentor and a great colleague. We will miss him.

Jon Dingwell

Jonathan Dingwell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

University of Texas at Austin
Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
1 University Station, D3700
Austin, TX 78712-1204

Phone: 512-232-1782
Lab: 512-471-4017
Fax: 512-471-8914
Web: http://www.edb.utexas.edu/faculty/dingwell/

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