Dr. Brumback had just announced his retirement, and he and his wife planned to move to West Virginia next month. Their bodies were found by a piano mover.
What makes this case even more strange is this is not the first time murder has touched the Creighton Department of Pathology. In March 2008, the 11 year old son of pathologist Dr. William Hunter was murdered, along with the family’s housekeeper. Police are currently investigating whether the cases are somehow connected.
Dr. Brumback seems like he was a very interesting man.
While in med school at Penn State, he engaged in chromosomal research of owl monkeys, and actually discovered a unique species. The species, Aotus brumbacki, was named after him.
He originally pursued training in both pediatrics and neurology, and became board certified in both, before he went into pathology.
At the time of his death, Dr. Brumback was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Child Neurology and the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine.
His wife earned her law degree at Penn State and practiced family law. They had three children together.
No arrests have been made in the case yet, and police have not released many details.
My thoughts go out to their family, friends and colleagues.