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Law professor's fall from parking structure ruled a suicide

February 22, 2012 |  3:03 pm

The case of a Newport Beach resident who fell to her death in Irvine has been ruled a suicide, the Orange County coroner's office said Wednesday.

Mary "Katherine" Baird Darmer, who taught at Chapman University School of Law in Orange, fell from a parking structure in the 19000 block of MacArthur Boulevard on Friday. She was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where she died of her injures, according to the coroner's office. She was 47.

Friends remembered Darmer as an outspoken gay-rights advocate who provided legal advice to the Orange County Equality Coalition and was an involved neighbor in her community.

Before becoming a law professor at Chapman, Darmer worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in New York.


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