George Brumley, M.D., 68, retired chair of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, and members of three generations of his family were killed in a July 19 charter plane crash in Kenya.
Aboard the chartered aircraft with Brumley were his wife, Jean, 67; three of the couple's children and their spouses; four grandchildren; and two pilots, Emory officials say. There were no survivors.
Brumley, a well-known philanthropist in the Atlanta area, chaired the department of pediatrics from 1981 until 1995, then served as executive associate dean for clinical affairs from 1995 until his retirement in 1996. He also was interim dean of the medical school from 1983 to 1984.
In his role as head of pediatrics at Emory, Brumley was medical director of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston--then known as Egleston Children's Hospital--and chief of pediatrics at Grady Memorial Hospital.
During his tenure, Brumley oversaw the establishment of the Emory Egleston Children's Research Center, which raised the profile of scientific medicine programs at the school.
"For those of us in the Emory School of Medicine, this loss hits particularly hard," Dean Thomas Lawley, M.D., wrote in a letter to faculty and staff. "Dr. Brumley turned a small pediatrics department into a large, thriving academic department. He expanded the faculty and made the pediatrics residency training program one of the most sought-after in the country."