Coroner: Professor's death a suicide

The case of Newport Beach resident who fell to her death in Irvine has been ruled a suicide, the county coroner's office said Wednesday.

Mary "Katherine" Baird Darmer, who taught at Chapman University School of Law in Orange, fell from a parking structure in the 19000 block of MacArthur Boulevard on Friday. She was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where she died of her injures, according to the coroner's office. She was 47.

Friends remembered Darmer as an outspoken gay-rights advocate who provided legal advice to the Orange County Equality Coalition and as an involved neighbor in her community.

Before becoming a law professor at Chapman, Darmer worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in New York.

A candlelight vigil will take place on the at 7 p.m. Thursday at Chapman Law School, just off Glassell Avenue in Orange.

— Lauren Williams

Twitter: @lawilliams30

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