Memorial services were held in Chapel Hill and Atlanta for three generations of the Brumley family who were killed in a plane crash in Kenya on July 19. All twelve family members, including five Duke alumni, as well as the two pilots, were killed when their chartered plane crashed into a mountainside.
" The Duke community is deeply saddened by this terrible news from Kenya," President Nannerl O. Keohane said after receiving the news. "Five of the fourteen persons on board the plane were graduates of the university; they had all maintained close ties and contributed to Duke in many ways. Their lives were filled with professional achievement, commitment to family, service to society, and a spirit of generosity. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of all those who were lost in this unspeakable tragedy."
The Duke alumni who were killed were:
-George William Brumley Jr. '56, M.D. '60 of Atlanta, who was a former co-director of the division of perinatal medicine at Duke Medical Center. He returned to Duke in 1966, founded the medical school's division of neonatology in 1972, and served at Duke until 1981, when he became chair of pediatrics at Emory University in Atlanta. He was a past recipient of the Duke Medical School's Distinguished Alumnus Award.
-Jean Stanback Brumley '58, George Brumley's wife. She worked as an elementary-school teacher in Durham before she and her husband moved to Atlanta. She was active in a number of charitable and civic organizations.
-The Brumleys' son, George William Brumley III M.B.A. '86, of Chapel Hill. He was chairman and CEO of Oak Value Capital Management, a Durham investment management firm he began with a partner in 1990. He was involved as a board member in several North Carolina environmental organizations and at Durham Academy.
-The Brumleys' daughter, Elizabeth Brumley Love '84 of London. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Emory University. Her interests included mental-health issues and organizations serving children.
-Elizabeth Love's husband, William J. Love '84, M.B.A. '92. Since 1998, the Loves had lived in London, where he worked as the director of sales and marketing for the
European branch of his family's company, Printpack, which produces packaging for the consumer-products industry.
Seven other family members also died in the plane crash.
Tragedy Strikes Three Generations
October 1, 2003