Avery, Dr. Mary Ellen 'Mel' b. May 6, 1927 d. December 4, 2011 Medical Pioneer. A pediatrician, her recognition that a deficiency of pulmonary surfactant was the cause of what was then called hyaline membrane disease in premature infants has saved countless lives. The child of an upper middle class family, she was raised in the New Jersey suburbs of Philadelphia and developed an interest in medicine via her association with a pediatrician neighbor. Following her graduation with honors from Wheaton College of Norton, Massachusetts, she attended the Johns...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Moorestown, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA Plot: Buried in her parents' plot.