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    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

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