OBITUARY

Gastrich, Dr. Mary

Closter, NJ - Closter Location

Dr. Mary Grace Downes Gastrich, 79, of Closter, NJ passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 27.  She was predeceased by her parents Dr. Ralph L Downes and Grace Newell Downes Field, her brother Dr. Ralph N. Downes and her son Paul Hans Gastrich.  She is survived by her son John Gastrich; daughter Cathy Gastrich Sandak and her husband John; her two grandchildren, Jake and William Sandak, as well as her two nephews, Ralph and Chris Downes. Visitation Friday, July 30th, 2-4 pm at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter.

Mary was born in Syracuse, New York and graduated from Syracuse University.  She received a Master in Arts and Master in Science from Columbia University, a Doctor in Education from Columbia University and Doctor of Philosophy from Rutgers The State University.  Mary was a member of the Sigma Xi (Kappa chapter) Scientific Honorary Society at Columbia University, a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, and a member of Alpha Chi Omega.  Her academic teaching career was at Columbia University Teachers College, Riverdale Country School, and Ramapo College of New Jersey.  Mary was a Research Scientist for The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.  Most recently, she was an Associate Professor of the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of OB/GYN and a member of the RWJMS Cardiovascular Institute of New Jersey. Mary published many scholarly articles in several publications, most recently in the Journal of Womens Health.