Michael Patrick Kiley, 62, Dies

Obituaries, January 28, 2004 in The Saratogian

OLNEY, Md. -- Michael Patrick Kiley came by his name honestly. His favorite sport was Notre Dame football; his favorite TV show was Notre Dame football; his favorite musical group was The Clancy Brothers; his favorite book was 'The Last Hurrah', and his favorite movie was 'The Last Hurrah,' starring Spencer Tracy.

A loving and faithful husband, caring and devoted father, dutiful brother and generous friend, he gave us 62 years before his good heart gave out Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004.

Born in Saratoga Springs, he was a son of the late Dr. Joseph L. Kiley and Kathryn Mulqueen Kiley and was a 1960 graduate of St. Peter's Academy (Saratoga Central Catholic High School). He was inducted into the St. Peter/SCC Hall of Fame in 2001 as a recipient of the Excellence in Education Award and delivered the commencement address for the school's 2001 graduation ceremony. He resided in Olney, Md., with his wife, Nancy.

He was a lifelong fan of horse racing and Notre Dame football, but for those who could get beyond that or those who could dig through the small mounds of worn-out Fighting Irish caps and yellowing Racing Forms, they found an unassuming man of tremendous warmth and compassion with a deep well of dry humor.

Along the way, between the Hornung and Montana years, he picked up degrees from the universities of Notre Dame, Missouri and Virginia, receiving his doctorate in medical sciences from Virginia. He did post-doctoral research at the University of Michigan and continued that research at the University of Nevada School of Medical Science where he also taught. He published extensively in scientific journals and books dealing with microbiology, immunology and infection control.

He emerged as one of the world's leading microbiologists and an expert in developing and overseeing multiple levels of biocontainment facilities. Before concentrating on laboratory design and procedures, he was at the forefront in the early studies of Lassa fever, the Ebola virus and mad cow disease while at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Ga., the Jonas Salk Institute in Tannersville, Pa., and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, Md. He has traveled worldwide and helped develop the Hemorrhagic Virus Program for Health Canada as well as participating in many international conferences.

In addition to his wife, Nancy, he is survived by two daughters, Katie and Jennifer; five sons, Matt, Chris, Mike, Andy and Ryan; his sister, (Dr. William) Mary Ellen Carroll of Greenwich and his brother, Roger A. (Susan) Kiley; six grandchildren, Madison, Jackson, Benjamin, Michael, Anne and Elizabeth, several nieces and nephews and countless friends.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Joseph K. Kiley; his granddaughter, Mary Margaret Grace Kiley; and his first wife, Anne Mullaney Kiley.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2004, at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (584-5373 or burkefuneralhome.com)

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, in the Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, by the Rev. Robert J. LeFevre, pastor.

Burial will follow in the family plot in St. Peter's Cemetery, West Avenue.

Memorials may be made to the General Scholarship Fund at Saratoga Central Catholic High School, 247 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.


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