NORMAN — Roger Alan Brumback, 65, along with his beloved wife, Mary Helen, was tragically killed in Omaha, Neb., in May 2013.
Roger Brumback was born in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 15, 1948, to Frances and Oscar Brumback and later grew up in Monroeville, Penn., where he lettered in swimming at Gateway Senior High School. After school, Roger could be found delivering the Pittsburgh Press or mowing yards in the neighborhood. During his leisure, Roger enjoyed playing chess and tennis with his friends.
After earning his diploma in 1965, he attended Pennsylvania State University where, after a combination of advanced placement credits, a heavy course load and yearround attendance, he earned in only two years a B.S. in pre-med and met his future wife, Mary Skinner, who was studying pharmacology. Thus at age 19, Roger was accepted into and became the youngest member of the inaugural class at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, Penn.
After medical school graduation in 1971, Dr. Brumback served as a pediatric resident at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore for two years, followed by an additional training in pediatric neurology at Washington University in St. Louis, where he did his residency at Barnes Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
In lieu of the draft, Roger — as a medical student — obtained a military deferment through the U.S. Public Health Service that allowed Roger to serve between 1975 and 1977 as a clinical associate in clinical and experimental neurology, neuropathology and clinical neurophysiology with the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, Md.
After a brief private practice in neurology in Pittsburgh, Roger took a position as chief of the neurology service at the Fargo, N.D., Veterans Affairs Medical Center and also was a member of the faculty of the Department of Neuroscience at the School of Medicine at the University of North Dakota.