Rumizen, Ph.D., Melissie Clemmons Dr. Melissie Clemmons Rumizen, a Baton Rouge native and a Central area resident until the age of 15, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006, at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va. She was 51. An accomplished and well-respected leader in the field of knowledge management, Dr. Rumizen's career began as a Russian and German linguist in the U.S. Army. From there, she moved to the National Security Agency, and later, joined the private sector as a knowledge strategist and much-sought-after speaker and consultant. Her work in the speaking and consulting arena took her all over the world, including England, Germany, Japan, China, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Iceland and Spain. She earned her master's degree from Boston College and her Ph.D. from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She is the author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knowledge Management." Dr. Rumizen is survived by her parents, Bill and Laura Clemmons; brothers, Brian and Darryl Clemmons; sister, Alicia Hill; stepdaughter, Lara Rumizen; grandparents, Anne LeDuke and Mae Brian; other relatives and numerous friends around the world, all of whom will greatly miss her unique style, humor, passion, intelligence and generosity of spirit. The family received visitors at Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd., on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 2 p.m. Sunday, followed by a brief graveside service at Redwood Baptist Church Cemetery, near Slaughter.
Published in The Advocate from Dec. 8 to Dec. 10, 2006.