Alice S. Lumpkin, farmer

Alice S. Lumpkin, an environmentalist and animal lover who with her husband owned and managed their Worthington Valley farm, died Saturday of cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 52.

The daughter of Dr. Samuel McComb Lumpkin, an ear, nose and throat specialist, and Barbara Seney Waters Lumpkin, a homemaker, Alice Seney Lumpkin was born in Baltimore and raised in Sparks and on Geist Road in Glyndon.

After graduating in 1979 from Garrison Forest School, she earned a bachelor's degree in geology with an environmental option from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, in 1984.

As an undergraduate, Ms. Lumpkin spent a semester in Kenya with the National Outdoor Leadership School, which "further ignited her passion for nature and wildlife," said her sister, Tara Waters Lumpkin of Taos, N.M.

From 1985 to 1990, she worked in Chadds Ford, Pa., for the Brandywine Conservancy, where she oversaw easements and land stewardship. She later worked for the Wilderness Society in Washington from 1994 to 1995.

In 1993, Ms. Lumpkin earned a master's degree in environmental law from Vermont Law School, where she was a magna cum laude graduate. She earned her law degree that same year from Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Del.

Ms. Lumpkin, who was known as "Ali," married James C. Murray in 2003. The couple owned and managed Mary's Meadow, their Worthington Valley farm, where they grew Christmas trees, tended sheep and horses, and cared for yellow Labrador retrievers and foxhound puppies.

In 2000, she went on safari in Namibia with her parents and sister.

She and her husband traveled to Churchill, Manitoba, to see the polar bears and harp seals on the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and honeymooned in the Galapagos Islands and South Africa.

Ms. Lumpkin also enjoyed visiting wildlife parks and zoos in the United States. She shared her husband's interest in vintage aircraft. She attended air shows all over the country, and flew in a B-17 bomber and a P-51 Mustang fighter plane.

She also liked to hike, ride horses, go whitewater rafting and volunteer at the steeplechase races and at the Maryland Combined Training Association.

No public services will be held.

In addition to her husband, father and sister, Ms. Lumpkin is survived by her stepmother, Sandra Gill Lumpkin of White Hall. Her mother died in 2001.

An earlier version of this article misstated when Ms. Lumpkin received her law degree. The Sun regrets the error. 

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