Marjorie Bedell Greer

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Marjorie Bedell Greer

November 10, 1933 - October 04, 2018

Marjorie Bedell Greer She was a fighter of the good fights; a tireless warrior for social justice; a deeply involved community member; a scientist, physical therapist, world traveler, professor; an advocate for women, education, the elderly, nature and the democratic process; a music and dog lover; loving and supportive wife, mother and Abuelita. She passed from this earth on October 4, 2018.
Marjorie Bedell Greer, PT, PhD. was born November 10, 1933 to Harold L. and Frances (Bilby) Bedell in Eldorado, Kansas. She was the youngest daughter and sister to twins, Hortense and Anita. She graduated from Augusta High School and attended University of Kansas completing a bachelors degree in physical therapy and biology in 1959. She immediately began working as physical therapist in Cleveland, Ohio. It is at the University of Kansas where she met her beloved husband, John Keever Greer. They were married in October 1959, and shortly thereafter moved to Lansing, Michigan for graduate work. Marj and Keever lived in Chile for two years doing field work on mammals of South America. She completed her masters in anatomy at Michigan State in 1964. That same year, their first son, William Jeffries Greer was born. They moved to Norman in 1965 when Keever was appointed Assistant Professor of Zoology at OU. In 1966, Keever was named Director of OUs Stovall Museum of Science and History (now named Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History). The three of them lived, traveled and worked in Zocatecas, Colima, and Chihuahua, studying the mammals of Mexico. Returning to Norman, their second son, John Keever Greer was born in 1967. Marj and Keever continued to work together on mammalian research publishing their findings on the Southern Lapwing in Chile, Pygmy Spotted Skunk from Colima and osteoarthritis in wild mammals.
In 1979, Keever was diagnosed with leukemia and subsequently died in 1980. As imagined, his death was devastating to Marj and the boys whose lives revolved around Keever and his work and travels for the Stovall Museum.
Marj began teaching physiology and anatomy at the College of Allied Health in 1980 at OUs Health Sciences Center. She volunteered numerous hours the VA hospital and published extensively in the area of cardiac rehabilitation and geriatric physical therapy. In 1988-89, she was awarded OUs Associates Distinguished Lectureship Award for her skills and dedication to the classroom. In 1994, she completed her Ph.D. in Education Psychology from OUs College of Education. She was cited as one of the founders and cornerstones of one of the top physical therapy programs when she was conferred Professor Emeritus of Physical Therapy in 1996.
Throughout her career, Marj was always giving of her time and resources for more organizations than can be listed here but include serving as a board member for Oklahoma For Excellence in Science Education, League of Women Voters, Common Cause of Oklahoma and founding member of the University Womens Investment Club. She and her best friend, Ed Kessler were constantly advocating, writing letters and attending meetings on behalf of the environment, local and national initiatives involving everything from rail service, bio fuels, politics, water and education to name a few. She volunteered for Sierra Club, Womens Resource Center, Meals on Wheels, and SNOMNH, where she lovingly gave more than 1,000 hours of service and was awarded Outstanding Volunteer Service Award 2005. She was recognized in 1998 with the Ombudsman Volunteer Award of Appreciation. She was a longtime member of the West Wind Unitarian Universalist Congregation.
She was preceded in death by her parents and older sister, Anita B. Chappuie, her beloved husband, John Keever Greer, Ph.D. and best friend, Edwin Kessler, Ph.D. She is survived by her sister Hortense Bedell McDuffe, husband Clint and their children; son Jeff Greer and wife, Susan; granddaughter Keever J. Greer; and son John Keever Greer. Marj was not a loquacious person but absolutely delighted in her family. She loved to see Jeff in his role as husband and father and always referred to John as her best friend. Her absolute pride and joy was her granddaughter, Keever.
A celebration of her incredible life is forthcoming.
Published on October 31, 2018
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Katherine Chappuie Fruthaler
Dec 11, 2018
I am so sad to hear this. I special memories of your Mom and Dad coming to our house when we were little, I still have a small ceramic cup (I think from Chili) that she gave me. I also have good memories of staying with them in Norman after John was born. I was there to help your mom but I think that I was the one who got the most benefit from that visit.
Linda Sanabria Roberts
Nov 01, 2018
Professor Greer,
I learned a lot from you ... we all did. May you rest in peace. Thank you for all you contributed to the Physical Therapy world. We are indebted to you.
Linda Roberts
Doris Kupfer
Oct 31, 2018
I will miss conversations with her about science. I knew through her activities at the Unitarian church and the League of Women Voters. She was a faithful member of both. She had a dry sense of humor that could catch you off guard. I will miss her very much.
Deborah Jacobs
Oct 19, 2018
Marjorie always gave me a hug when I would see her at the UU congregation. She always had a sweet spirit, and was ready to share her joys and concerns with our faith community. She will not be forgotten, and will always have a special place in my heart.
Lubna Mirza
Oct 19, 2018
Marjorie passed away, but she will always live in our memories. 💕 We will miss her input in the book club where she always came prepared with notes.
We will miss her wit and wisdom, her sense of humor and her kindness.
All these years, she could never say my name and we finally settled on Lubka! Is that right? She would ask.
Close enough, Marjorie! I told her.
I will miss her hugs. 🤗 She hugged me often and told me she was happy I was there.
Lesson from the life of Marjorie Greer: Keep going, keep growing, keep learning until you die! ❤️
Chris Montgomery
Oct 18, 2018
I was lucky to have grown up a block away from the Greers. We spent some time together when I was younger; but it wasn't until college that Jeff and I became close friends. At the time, I knew that Marj, Jeff, and John were pretty special people. I learned a lot from all three of them. I have fond memories of watching stupid movies with Glenn, Jeff, and John. Marj would poke her head in to say hello; then go to her study and patiently tolerate the noise and nonsense of college-age boys. The end of the movie "Stand By Me" said it best - "I never made friends like that again - Does anybody?"