By Kristen Painter of the Star Tribune

Right brain, left brain — it didn’t matter. Mary Aufderheide seemed capable of it all.

Both an accomplished medical nurse and a professional violinist, Aufderheide had a life defined by adventure, curiosity and an ever-expanding network of friends. In retirement, she helped her husband, Dr. Arthur Aufderheide, pioneer an entirely new scientific discipline called paleopathology, the study of disease in mummies.

Her vibrant life ended June 21. She was 94.

Mary Lillian Buryk was born in International Falls to Ukrainian immigrants Jan. 13, 1923. [More]

Excerpt reprinted with permission from the Star Tribune.