The Norman Transcript


June 21, 2013

Mary Helen Brumback

NORMAN — Mary Helen Brumback, along with her beloved husband, Roger Alan Brumback, tragically died in Omaha, Neb., in May 2013. Mary was an amazing person and so full of life, but she was taken from us too soon. Mary was 65 years old.

Mary was born in Richland, Wash., in 1947 to Harry and Dorothy Skinner. She grew up primarily in Arlington, Va. Her family relocated to Bethel Park, Penn., where she attended Bethel Park Senior High School and graduated in 1965.

Mary was a remarkable student in high school, as she was involved in the student council, science club, math honor society, gymnastics, marching band, French club, and the National Honor Society. Mary then attended Pennsylvania State University, where she met Roger, her future husband. She transferred to University of Pittsburgh and earned her B.S. in pharmacology.

Mary worked as a pharmacist in Baltimore while her husband was a doing a residency at Johns Hopkins University. Next, they moved to St. Louis, where she gave birth to her first child while Roger did an additional residency. Then, they moved back east to Rockville, Md., where Roger worked in Bethesda at the National Institute of Health.

As both Mary and her husband wanted to be near family, they chose to live in the Pittsburgh area. Roger started his initial medical practice in nearby Wilkins Township. Throughout the years Mary, Roger and their family loved to visit with their relatives in Monroeville, Penn., at Christmas time, as it was an extremely joyful time for all.

Mary was a devoted wife to Roger and a loving mother to their children. Mary and her family especially enjoyed visiting the abundant museums and art galleries, the Pittsburgh Zoo, historical sites, Kennywood Park and the multitude of cultural venues in Pittsburgh.

As a result of Roger’s career, Mary and her family got the opportunity to live and explore many different localities across the country. Eventually, they chose to settle in Norman. While living in Norman, Mary earned a law degree from the University of Oklahoma. She then practiced family law in Norman for several years. Prior to her getting a law degree, Mary also helped Roger as an editor of many of his publishing endeavors, including his many medical publications and journals. Mary co-authored a book with her husband, titled “The Dietary Fiber Weight Control Handbook.”

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