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Dr. Larry Dean Swain

Obituary for Dr. Larry Dean Swain

January 15, 1950 - October 30, 2019
San Antonio, Texas | Age 69


Dr. Larry Dean Swain of San Antonio, Texas passed from this life on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 surrounded by his family. Larry was born in Commerce, Texas on January 15th, 1950. He graduated from Madisonville High School and completed Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Biology from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. While working at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Larry met the love of his life, April McVey. The two married in 1977 and had two children, Anneka Swain of Tacoma, Washington and Miranda Swain of San Antonio, Texas.

Larry completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Rather than going into clinical practice, Larry chose to continue his work in biomedical research. Larry was a respected researcher with over 30 years' experience in translational research focused on musculoskeletal, spine, and soft tissue regeneration and repair. He was a recognized expert in bone and cartilage development, regeneration, and healing, and he provided counsel to multiple organizations. He was an author on numerous patents and scientific publications. During his career, Larry worked at several places, including Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (KCI), the Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, BioMedical Enterprises, Inc., UT Health Science Center San Antonio, and Baylor College of Medicine. Most recently, Larry was a founding partner and VP of R&D at Progenerative Medical, Inc., a San Antonio-based medical device startup commercializing technology he developed while at KCI.

If he hadn't pursued a career in research, Larry might have become an architect. He could often be found with a cat in his lap browsing architectural publications. He was also a lover of art and design and was particularly fond of modern and Asian styles. He was constantly on the search for new pieces to add to his home collection whether it be in the form of a painting, sculpture, or even a new TV stand that he couldn't wait to show off.
More than anything, Larry loved other people. Although Larry liked to claim he was an introvert, his actions told a different story. He never passed up an opportunity to socialize with friends (or strangers). He was also known for his humor, which was often self-deprecating, sarcastic, and even a bit risqué if he felt the situation called for it. Despite his best efforts, his self-appointed nickname of "Brad Pitt" never seemed to catch on with others. Larry never lost his sense of humor and continued making jokes throughout his time in the hospital and at home. Larry's devotion to his family and friends was easy to see through the love they returned to him. He will be remembered as a beloved father, son, and friend.

Larry was predeceased by his grandparents and father. He is survived by his daughters, Miranda and Anneka Swain; his mother and stepfather, Bonnie and Troy Rose; his aunt, Helen Armstrong; his uncle (who he was raised alongside like a brother), Kenneth Crump, and aunt, Zee Crump; and cousins, Donnie Armstrong, Jason Crump, and Jeff Crump.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 4:00 PM at Porter Loring Mortuary North on 2102 N Loop 1604 E, San Antonio, TX 78232. A visitation will follow at 5:00 PM.
A graveside service for family will take place at a later date at Woodland Cemetery near Sulphur Springs, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Larry's memory to MD Anderson Cancer Research Center.

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