UCSD Graduate Killed In Quake

Kloos was a Triton swimmer for four years

By Tony Shin
|  Saturday, Jan 16, 2010  |  Updated 11:11 AM PDT
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Ryan Kloos Killed in Quake

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The UCSD men's swim is mourning a tremendous loss after former team member Ryan Kloos, 24, died in the Haiti earthquake.

"It's been tough because he touched so many people in so many positive ways,"said Triton head swim coach Scott McGihon.

Kloos was a Triton swimmer for four years before graduating in 2008 with a degree in Biochemistry. "He was someone who gave one hundred percent, he was all about this team being better than it was the day before,"said McGihon.

Kloos was in Haiti visiting his 26 year old sister Erin who's a volunteer at the Father Wasson Center in Petionville.  It's a five story building for children who suffer from disabilities. It was leveled in the quake.

Kloos was on on the top floor and died. His sister was on the ground floor and suffered serious injuries.  She's now recovering at a hospital in Florida.

"It's unbelievable to know he will not be back," said Kloos' aunt Karie Dozer. 

Kloos grew up in Phoenix, Arizona where his parents still live. Dozer said the world lost a good man. 

"He was very socially conscious and just a really smart kid and a ton of fun."

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