Dr. James Otis Brumfield, known as "Brummy" to his colleagues in the College of Science at Marshall University, passed away Saturday, Oct. 8.
Brumfield, 71, was the longest-tenured faculty member, taking that mantle when Dr. Simon Perry retired in 2010. Brumfield was in his 48th year with the university.
He was a member of the department of Biological Sciences. He had earned a bachelor's degree in physics and master's degree in biological sciences from Marshall, and earned a doctoral degree in geobiophysical modeling form the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. He had been an Education Fellowship Recipient as a Faculty Fellow and Researcher in geomorphology and mining through NASA\ASEE-American Society of Engineering Education.
Dr. Charles Somerville, dean of the College of Science, said Brumfield was an innovator in the area of geospatial science and image processing at Marshall. He founded courses in remote sensing, image processing and geographical information systems on campus through a 30-plus year collaboration and friendship with physics professor Dr. Ralph Oberly.
Funeral services were at the MU Campus Christian Center.
Entombment followed in Woodmere Memorial Park, Corridor of Faith, Huntington.
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