Mary E. Schumacher of East Falmouth, who was currently serving as conservation commission chairman in Falmouth, died April 24 due to advancement of medical problems.
She was the wife of Donald A. Matteo, who died in 2012.
Born in 1953, she was the daughter of William C. and Genevie E. (Sillman) Schumacher. She lived in Brooklyn, New York, and then in Queens until her final year of elementary school, when the family moved to Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
After graduating from Cherry Hill East High School, she studied liberal arts and worked on the school literary magazine at Dickinson College, where she received a bachelor’s degree. In her later years, Ms. Schumacher would earn a master’s degree in public policy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
She lived for more than 20 years in and around Cambridge, Concord, and Newton. Following a short stint as an editor at a literary magazine she worked as a researcher, editor, and writer in technical fields, particularly microscopy, and in government and public policy.
She met Donald Matteo when she was conducting field research for a case study on the procurement program for the US Navy Trident-class submarines for the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and he was executive director of the Submarine Directorate of the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, DC.
Ms. Schumacher moved to East Falmouth and worked at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She retired at the end of 2018 as the center administrator of the Marine Policy Center.
She also served on the Falmouth Conservation Commission for more than 10 years and was in her second term as its chairman at the time of her death. She also had been a member of the town’s Cable Television Advisory Committee for several years.
Ms. Schumacher was a strong proponent of democracy, equal opportunity, the environment, and transparent and effective government. She loved to read and also followed political news and commentary. She had also enjoyed traveling.
She leaves her brothers, Paul Schumacher of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and Walter Schumacher of Westmont, New Jersey; a niece and a nephew; and extended family.