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David E Krebs, D.P.T. Ph.D.

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“Dear George and Adam, I saw something today on line about physical therapy that reminded me of your father -- it was about physical therapy and...Read More »
1 of 38 | Posted by: Sarah Doyle - Turners Falls, MA

“To the family of Dr. David E. Krebs. David is remembered for the workshop he conducted in Kuwait on Motion Analysis. He has helped so many Physical...Read More »
2 of 38 | Posted by: Dr. Surreya Mahomed - Kuwait

“I am truly saddened to hear of the passing of my dear friend, Dave. He was a compassionate and caring man who touched many lives for good. I have...Read More »
3 of 38 | Posted by: Jennifer Reichert Weber - Grafton, OH

“I am truly sorry to hear of Donald and David's passing. Laura, when I come home; I will come to see you....it would be nice. Take...Read More »
4 of 38 | Posted by: A friend

“May the light of Knowledge never be extinguished... ”
5 of 38 | Posted by: Janice Brandt

“Always enjoyed his Suprebowel party in NYC;his schalarship & friendly manner.Also got to visit with he & his family at his family farm in Ohio.RIP to...Read More »
6 of 38 | Posted by: Keith Sedlacek,MD - NYC, NY

“With deepest sympathy.The Hageman FamilyKent, Michelle, Alex & Michael ”
7 of 38 | Posted by: Kent Hageman - Lorain, OH

“To the Krebs family, I am so sorry for your loss. I was a graduate student of David's in the late 80's. He was a great teacher and mentor. David's...Read More »
8 of 38 | Posted by: Beth Ikeda - Missoula, MT

“Dear George & Adam, I am very sorry for your loss. I recall very fondly the way your Dad loved to sing the old hymns in church with such gusto! His...Read More »
9 of 38 | Posted by: Shelley Scruggs - Lexington, MA

“Kathy, I wish I could be there to give you a hug. You've been an example to me of His faithfulness and love. Praying for comfort for you and all...Read More »
10 of 38 | Posted by: Jean Roberts - Auburn, IN

“Laura, Kathy, and Lois, so sorry for your loss. Alan Whitney and I will be thinking of you. It appears that David did his part to improve the life...Read More »
11 of 38 | Posted by: Rita Amstadt - Massillon, OH

“With you in spirit as you lay David to rest today. Dr. Dave was an inspiration and motivator for me in what little rehabilitation research and...Read More »
12 of 38 | Posted by: Tim Fagerson - Wellesley, MA, MA

“George and Adam this is surely a rough time for you both. Make sure to be there for one another and remember that The Almighty would never take your...Read More »
13 of 38 | Posted by: A friend

“My sincere sympathy to the Kreb's family. Was saddened to hear of his accident at class reunion. Dave was a memorable member of the class of 73. ...Read More »
14 of 38 | Posted by: Rita (Burkett ). Rahrig - TX

“God Bless David. Rest in Peace. Very sad day. ”
15 of 38 | Posted by: Diane Duryea - OH

“Dearest Laura and Krebbs family,I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember how proud you and Don always were of your wonderful family. I...Read More »
16 of 38 | Posted by: Debby Cantrell-Fisk - Norwalk, OH

“To Lois and Family, my blessings and prayers have always been with you in this struggle and waiting. I pray for your peace of knowing he is happy and...Read More »
17 of 38 | Posted by: Cora Perez - Akron, OH

“Laura, Kathy, Lois, George, and Adam: The world has lost a truly gifted and talented individual. His legacy will live on with everyone he has had...Read More »
18 of 38 | Posted by: Sharon Latteman Queen - Canfield, OH

“To Lois and all the Krebs family I am so sorry for the loss of Dr. Dave my Prayers and Thoughts are with all of you I work with Lois but meet a great...Read More »
19 of 38 | Posted by: Donna Fee - norton, OH

“Dear Lois I was saddened to hear of your dear brother's passing. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Monica Garvin ”
20 of 38 | Posted by: Monica Garvin - former co-worker

“Love and prayers to Lois and her family at the passing of David. Wishing there was more we could do. Steve & Jane ”
21 of 38 | Posted by: Janie Shotwell - Fairlawn, OH

“My haertfelt sympathy to the Krebs family. God bless. ”
22 of 38 | Posted by: Jake Nekich - Fort Myers, FL

“Laura, Our heart felt prayers are with you and the Krebs family.Bill & Gail Lyons ”
23 of 38 | Posted by: A friend

“Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. ”
24 of 38 | Posted by: Craig Hollingsworth - FL

“Laura, Kathy, Lois and family, we want to express our sincere sympathy to you and your family and to let you know we are thinking of you at this sad...Read More »
25 of 38 | Posted by: Rusty & Denny Souers - FL

“Dear Laura, Kathy, Lois, George, Adam and family members,Are deepest sympathy for your loss. You are in our prayers.Blessings, Marsha & Larry ”
26 of 38 | Posted by: Marsha & Larry Beck - Angola, IN

“Dr. Dave will be deeply missed! The entire Krebs family are in my thoughts and prayers! Dr. Dave touched many lives including mine and there is...Read More »
27 of 38 | Posted by: Natalie - Bere, OH

“I am praying for many, many angels to be with you all during this time of grieving for David. May God be with you. ”
28 of 38 | Posted by: Rev. Nadine Cotton - Medina, OH

“Rest in peace David. Our prayers and condolences are with your family.m ”
29 of 38 | Posted by: Debbie Brown Dalehite - Vermilion, OH

“To all the members of David's family I extend my deepest sympathies. I remember David as an active member at church. All who knew him have been...Read More »
30 of 38 | Posted by: Gail Wasem Rose - Lebanon, OH

“Dear Lois, I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. You have my deepest sympathy. Sincerely, Amy Nolan ”
31 of 38 | Posted by: Amy Nolan - Solon, OH

“So sorry to hear that Dr. Dave has passed away. My sincere condolences to the Krebs family. David left an indelible mark for me in his example of...Read More »
32 of 38 | Posted by: Tim Fagerson - Medway, MA

“My condolences to the family for their loss. I will always remember Dave for his strength of character and his quick wit, and I will do it with...Read More »
33 of 38 | Posted by: Steve Anadell - Lorain, OH

“Remembering David today as he was in Cub Scouts with me. As we grew up I always admired his intelligence and other gifts. He offered so much to this...Read More »
34 of 38 | Posted by: Gary Buchs

“Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. ”
35 of 38 | Posted by: Craig Hollingsworth - FL

“God Bless ”
36 of 38 | Posted by: audrey Sapienza - Berlin Heights, OH

“Rest in piece buddy team mate never forgotten! ”
37 of 38 | Posted by: Leon Krupp (Buddy) - vermilion, OH

“Rest in peace. ”
38 of 38 | Posted by: Tom Williams - Oneida, TN


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David E. Krebs, D.P.T., Ph.D., 59, formerly of Henrietta and of Cambridge, MA, died Friday, February 7, 2014 at Regina Health Center, Richfield, Ohio. Dave was a graduate of Firelands High School with degrees from Columbia University (BS in Physical Therapy and MA in Applied Physiology), New York University (Ph.D. In Pathokinesiology), and Massachusetts General Hospital's Institute of Health Professionals (D.P.T.) During his almost 30 years in the rehab field, he was a professor of physical therapy and clinical investigation at the MGH IHP in Boston, held academic appointments in orthopaedics at Harvard Medical School and in mechanical engineering at MIT, and was the Director of the MGH Biomotion Laboratory. This lab focused on two distinct research areas: balance (inner ear and cerebellum problems) and arthritis (degenerative). He also supervised almost 60 graduate PT students from 1983 - 2004. Besides more than 200 publications, he was awarded more than $5 million as the principal investigator on federal and foundation research grants, primarily to study the neural and biomechanical constraints of human locomotor control. He was the 12th annual featured speaker at the Eugene Michels Researcher's Forum and received numerous awards for his research and writing. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) awarded him the APTA of MA Research Award (1989), Golden Pen Award for Distinguished Scientific Writing (1994), Marian Williams Award for Research in Physical Therapy (1998), Chattanooga Research Award (2001), and the Helen Hislop Award for Outstanding Contributions to Professional Literature (2003). Most recently, a paper he co-authored in 2008 received the 2012 IEEEEMBS Outstanding Paper Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), the world's largest international society of biomedical engineers. Dave was a member of several professional and scientific societies, on the editorial boards of several scientific journals, and served on numerous scientific review panels for the National Institute of Health, the Veteran's Administration and other granting agencies. Dave enjoyed traveling and speaking all over the world; cooking; eating international foods; playing handball; attending the symphony and opera; and being with family and friends.
Survivors include his mother, Laura Krebs, of Henrietta; sister, Kathy (Dave) Bruns of Angola, Indiana; sister, Lois (Harry Anderson) Krebs of Brecksville; son, George Krebs, of San Francisco; son, Adam Krebs, of New York City; niece, Naomi Anderson of Columbus; niece, Liz (Matt) Shirey, a grandniece, Alexis Shirey, and grandnephew, Ethan Shirey, of Maryland; aunt, Barbara (Brown) Stevens; and numerous cousins and close friends, including Cathleen Buckon of Portland, Oregon. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald C. Krebs; his paternal grandparents, William and Marcella (Simon) Krebs; and his maternal grandparents, Ray and Dora (Latteman) Brown.
Friends may call on Monday February 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Morman Funeral Home, 16 Cooper Street, Wakeman. A Masonic service will be held at 8:00 pm Monday evening. Services will be held on Tuesday February 11 at 11:00 am at the funeral home. There will be visitation from 10:00 to 11:00 at the funeral home. Pastor Paul Eaton will be officiating. Burial will follow in Birmingham Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held in Boston, MA in the Spring.
The family has established a memorial fund to be used to recognize future leaders in the physical therapy field. In lieu of flowers and in Dave's memory, memorial gifts may be made to the "Dr. Dave Krebs PT Awards Fund."
Online condolences can be expressed at mormanfuneralhome.com