Kent Granger - In Memoriam
Posted by Paula Paine on May 23, 2011 in Alumni, "board of trustees", "The College"
Ottawa University Life Trustee Kent Granger passed away at the age of 74 on January 13, 2011, at his home in Punta Gorda, Florida. A memorial service was held at the OU™ Chapel on January 25. Granger graduated from Ottawa High School and spent one year at Ottawa University
before graduating from the University of Kansas. He went on to earn a law degree from Stanford University, practicing law nationwide and becoming a pioneer in class action litigation against large companies that practiced price fixing and violated other security laws. He also served as assistant attorney general for the state of Kansas. As a businessman, he was president of Granger Enterprises, which led to numerous commercial developments on the south end of Ottawa. Granger lived with the effects of polio throughout his adult life. “I think he gave us all a valuable, living example,” said longtime friend Bob Bond. “That vivid example says that we cannot quit. We cannot quit if we’re sad or if we’re depressed. We can’t quit if our health and well-being is challenged. We can’t quit because we’re tired or because we say we’ve done enough. We can’t quit if we want to honor the living reality of the man, Kent Granger.” In 1984, while a member of the Ottawa University board of trustees, Granger donated a portion of the funds to purchase the OU president’s residence across the street from The College. It was appropriately named Granger House and will honor Kent’s memory for decades to come.