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Creighton Pathologist Roger Brumback Loved His Work

Roger Brumback, M.D., professor and former chairman of Creighton University’s Department of Pathology, was found dead yesterday with his wife Mary in their Omaha home. He was 65. Police are investigating the deaths as a double-homicide.

Brumback came to Creighton in 2001 and served as chair of the Department of Pathology until 2010. He had just announced his retirement from Creighton University and was headed to West Virginia in June. Prior to coming to Creighton he had spent 14 years at the University of Oklahoma.

 He was known for his work in Alzheimer’s disease and the Oklahoma Alzheimer's Association established the Brumback Award for Outstanding Achievement in recognition of his work. Brumback was the author of many articles and books, including two for family caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and one he wrote with his wife, The Dietary Fiber Weight Control Handbook, which was published in 1989. He was the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine and the Journal of Child Neurology.

Brumback referred to himself as a “born-again conservationist” after he discovered a species of owl monkey was named for him (A. brumbacki). Brumback was intent on becoming a general medical practitioner when he entered Pennsylvania State University Medical College in Hershey, Pa., in 1967. He began studying the chromosomes of owl monkeys only because he needed to complete a research project for graduation. That research was published in one of the premier journals of primatologists in 1971.

His colleagues described him as a perfectionist who was very popular with his students and other faculty.

Services are pending.