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Memorial Tribute

In addition to its philanthropic mission, the Zeist Foundation strives to honor the extraordinary members of the Brumley family who so willingly shared their passions, talents, and treasures with the broader community. May the legacies of these precious twelve loved ones, who tragically lost their lives on July 19, 2003 in a plane crash near Nairobi, Kenya, live on through this work forever.

Mrs. Jean Stanback Brumley and Dr. George W. Brumley, Jr.

Mrs. Jean and Dr. George Brumley were married in 1958. The couple settled in Durham, N.C., where they were active and generous supporters of the nonprofit community for nearly 20 years. The Brumleys raised five children in North Carolina: the late George W. Brumley III, the late Elizabeth Brumley Love, the late Lois Brumley Morrell, Marie Brumley Foster, and Nancy Brumley Robitaille.

Jean Stanback Brumley was full of poise and elegance as well as intelligence and passion. She graduated from Duke University and taught elementary school in Durham. After the family moved to Atlanta in 1981, Mrs. Brumley quickly became known as a committed philanthropist and active community volunteer. She was honored to serve on many boards such as the Trinity Early Learning Center and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta as well as co-chair a successful capital campaign for Trinity Presbyterian Church.  Her passion for the arts was evident through  involvement with the Southeastern Flower Show and nearly 20 years of leadership and service on the board of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. George Brumley received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Duke University. He received postgraduate training in pediatrics at Harvard University and neonatology at Johns Hopkins University before serving in the United States Navy. As a leading pediatrician and medical researcher, Dr. Brumley enjoyed a distinguished career in academic medicine first at Duke University Medical Center and later as Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University, where he also served as Interim Dean of the School of Medicine.

Dr. and Mrs. Brumley served as co-presidents of The Zeist Foundation, Inc. Upon his retirement from Emory in 1995, Dr. and Mrs. Brumley dedicated themselves to supporting several non-profit organizations engaged in addressing the needs of underserved populations. Together they founded the Whitefoord Community Program, a community development project serving the Edgewood neighborhood in southeast Atlanta. Dr. Brumley also helped establish Project GRAD Atlanta, a public-private nonprofit effort to support enhanced performance in the Atlanta Public Schools.

Mrs. Julia Preston Brumley and Mr. George W. Brumley III

Julia and George Brumley III made their home in rural Orange County, N.C. The couple had two children, the late Jordan McNeill and George W. Brumley IV.

George III, the older brother of the four Brumley sisters, was an avid hunter and conservationist. George earned his undergraduate degree from Emory University and his MBA from Duke University. In 1986, he established Oak Value Capital Management, an investment management firm in Chapel Hill, N.C., of which he was Chairman and CEO.

Julia was raised in Chapel Hill, N.C. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, spending her freshman year at the Sorbonne in Paris and her senior year in an exchange program with Manchester University in northern England. She also studied at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and the Cordon Bleu.

Julia and George were active in their support of environmental causes including the North Carolina Nature Conservancy and Triangle Land Conservancy. They championed organizations focused on education and children including the Durham Academy, the Hill Center, and Planned Parenthood.

Mrs. Elizabeth Brumley Love and Mr. William Jenkins Love

Bill and Beth Love made their home in Atlanta, Georgia before moving to London, England. They were the devoted parents of four daughters: Jessica, Katie, Hannah, and the late Sarah Jennings Love.

Beth earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1984 and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Emory University in 1998. After moving to Atlanta with her husband, she served on the boards of several organizations focused on mental health issues. She was active in fundraising efforts for the Center for Puppetry Arts, the American Heart Association, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Speech School, and The Westminster Schools.

Bill was born and raised in Atlanta. He earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1984. Bill first ventured into real estate, but returned to Duke to earn his MBA in 1992. Prior to his untimely death, he served as Director of Sales and Marketing for the European division of his family’s company, Printpack.

Bill’s generosity was evident through his community service and support of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Duke University, the American Heart Association, and numerous other organizations at home and abroad.

Mrs. Lois Brumley Morrell and Mr. Richard Warnock Morrell

Lois and Richard Morrell lived in Atlanta and were the proud parents of Caroline, Rebecca, and the late Alexander Brumley Morrell.

Lois received her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree in neonatal-perinatal nursing from Emory University. She worked as a neonatal nurse practitioner for five years, but left nursing to raise her three children. Lois was an active supporter of the Schenck School, an elementary school for children with dyslexia and other learning disabilities, and worked passionately to ensure children with different learning styles had appropriate educational opportunities.

Richard graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned his law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where he was named to the Law Review. He practiced product liability law for seven years with Troutman Sanders in Atlanta. His devotion to his family and community prompted him to leave a successful legal career and pursue a doctorate in psychology with a sub-specialty in conflict resolution. He shared his wife’s family’s appreciation for philanthropic service and had accepted a leadership position at the Whitefoord Community Program. Richard also served on the advisory board of Skyland Trail, a mental health organization; as the Missions Chair of the Session of Trinity Presbyterian Church; and on the board of Trinity School. Had he lived, he would have been awarded his Ph.D. in August 2003.