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Dr. Mary Ruppe

1969 - 2018
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Dr. Mary Ruppe

June 25, 1969 - March 14, 2018

HOUSTON, TX - Dr. Mary Ruppe, exceptional physician, researcher, scholar, athlete, and mother, completed her life's journey on March 14, 2018 in Houston, Texas from complications of metastatic colorectal cancer. She was born in Mishawaka, Indiana on June 25, 1969 as the youngest child of Clarice and Joseph Ruppe. On January 19, 1999 she married Dr. Michael Beauchamp in Washington, DC. She is survived by her husband & their two sons, Rhys and Drew Beauchamp of Houston. She is also survived by her parents and siblings, Anne Shields and husband Brian of Overland Park, KS, Joseph Ruppe III of Maplewood NJ, & Katherine Ruppe of Paris, France.

Dr. Ruppe was the valedictorian of The Mishawaka High School Class of 1987 and a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University in 1991. Following stints as a medical researcher in Boston and La Jolla, CA, she graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, NY in 1998. She then completed a residency in internal medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC, followed by a fellowship in Endocrinolgy at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Ruppe became the endocrinology fellowship program director and director of the bone disease clinic at Houston Methodist Hospital in 2012. As a specialist in treating children and adults with genetic bone diseases, she authored dozens of articles and chapters. She led the clinical trial that developed the first treatment for X-Linked Hypophosphatemia, an FGF-23 inhibitor known as Burosumab that received FDA approval in 2016. She treated underserved patients in her pediatric rickets clinic at the Houston Shriners Hospital and the adult endocrine clinic at Legacy Community Health. As a member of the Endocrine Society and the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research, she was actively involved in the Women in Endocrinology organization, serving as secretary-treasurer from 2010 to 2013.

Dr. Ruppe was an exceptional competitive swimmer. As a nationally-ranked member of the Michiana Marlins USS Team, she won numerous state championships, was the top ranked Indiana swimmer in 1985, and was a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee East Team and a Silver Medalist at the Baton Rouge Olympic Sports Festival in 1985. At Mishawaka High School, she was MVP for all four years and at one point held the school record in all individual swimming events. She is a member of the MHS Athletic Hall of Fame. At Harvard, she was a member of the swim team for four years, participating on two Ivy League and three Eastern Championship teams.

While living in LaJolla, CA, she took up open water swimming and won the 12 mile swim around Coronado in 1993, setting a record time for swimmers of any gender. She was also named to the U.S. olympic Committee Nation Open Water team in 1994, competing in a 10k race from Switzerland to France across Lake Geneva and finishing second. Following her cancer diagnosis she continued to compete in Masters swimming, winning an individual National Championship in 2014 and earning All American status in 2015.

Dr. Mary was truly a special person, loved, respected, and admired by family, friends, colleagues, and patients whose outpouring of sympathy leave little doubt that she had a positive impact on the lives of all she touched.

A Memorial Service will be held in Houston in the Rice Chapel located in the Rice University Student Center on Wednesday, March 21 from 5 pm to 9 pm.

Contributions in memory of Dr. Mary Ruppe may be made to the , Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rock Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607 or via internet at https://donate.lovetotheresue.org.
Published in South Bend Tribune on Mar. 18, 2018
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