September 29, 1940 — January 8, 2020
Dr. Kanury, known affectionately as Murty, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on January 8, 2020, in Durango, Colorado.
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Murty was born in Kavutaram, Andhra Pradesh, India, on September 29, 1940, to Seshayya and Punnamma Kanuri.
He was the first in his lineage to earn a Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering) and was named professor emeritus after teaching at Oregon State University for decades. He was renowned for his expertise in combustion and thermodynamics, a fellow of ASME, and among innumerable professional and academic accomplishments published his book "Introduction to Combustion Phenomena" in 1975. In addition to his vast engineering knowledge, Murty was a devoted scholar of philosophy, poetry and yoga.
Throughout his years he played many roles, including father, writer, builder and avid proponent of morality. Dogs and children always held a special place in his heart. Murty is survived by sons Sesh Kanury, and Perry (Cassidy) Kanury Bordeaux. Come share in a celebration of Murty's life at CH2M HILL Alumni Center in Corvallis, Oregon, on January 24, 2020, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Alzheimer's Association.