Dr. George W. Brumley Jr.

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GEORGE W. BRUMLEY JR. Dr. George W. Brumley, Jr., 68, showed great devotion to all the roles he played in his life - leading pediatrician and medical researcher, a helping hand for those in need and most importantly, patriarch of a large, close-knit family. He was killed in a plane crash near Nairobi, Kenya, on July 19, 2003, while on a vacation with his family.Dr. Brumley was raised in St. Mary's, Ga., by Helen and the late George W. Brumley, Sr. He received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from Duke University in Chapel Hill, N.C., with postgraduate training in pediatrics and neonatology. He served in the United States Navy as a physician in Newfoundland.Following his military service, Dr. Brumley, who was married to Jean Stanback Brumley in 1958, taught at Duke University for 19 years and co-directed the university's Division of Perinatal Medicine. His five children, the late George W. Brumley III, the late Elizabeth Brumley Love, the late Lois Brumley Morrell, Marie Brumley Foster and Nancy Jean Brumley, were raised in Chapel Hill. In 1981, the Brumley family moved to Atlanta to allow Dr. Brumley to take the chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University, where he later served as interim dean of the Medical School.Dr. Brumley retired from medicine in 1995 and refocused all his efforts toward supporting several nonprofit organizations designed to help meet the needs oif underserved populations. The Whitefoord Community Program, a community development project supporting a neighborhood in southeast Atlanta with a school health clinic and pre-school early learning center, is in its eighth year. He also helped establish Project GRAD, a public private nonprofit effort to support enhanced performance in public city school systems. Dr. Brumley's vision for philanthropic service extended to his five children and their families, and his warmth affected all those who knew him.He and Mrs. Brumley also served as co-presidents of The Zeist Foundation Inc., a private family foundation, and were active with Trinity Presbyterian Church. At the time of his death, Dr. Brumley was developing a family real estate investment with his brother, Frank, in Charleston, S.C., a planned community called Daniel Island.Dr. Brumley is survived by his mother, Helen Brumley, of St. Simon's Island, Ga.; two daughters, Nancy Jean Brumley, and Marie Brumley Foster, and her husband, R. Brad Foster, all of Atlanta; ten grandchildren; a brother, Frank Brumley, and his wife, Blanche, of Charleston, S.C.; a sister, Martha Harvey, and her husband, Joe, of Sea Island, Ga.; and six nieces and nephews. Donations may be made to:The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta The Brumley, Love and Morrell Memorial Fund 50 Hurt Plaza, Suite 449 Atlanta, GA. 30303 Attn: Wanda Lee www.atlcl.org. Arrangements by H.M. Patterson & Son, Spring Hill. 404-876-1022.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 31, 2003
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