June 18, 2004 - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Gwen Norrell, who was at one time the highest-ranking woman in the history of the NCAA, died Tuesday, June 15, 2004, at the ate of 84. Norrell, a native of Eudora, Ark., was born in that city on Nov. 12, 1919. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in History from Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the Teachers College at Columbia and a Doctor of Education Degree from Colorado.

Norrell joined the faculty at Michigan State University in 1945. She served as a Professor, Assistant Director of the MSU Counseling Center and as Faculty Athletics Representative prior to her retirement in 1988. When she was named Faculty Athletics Representative in 1979, she became the first woman in the history of the Big Ten Conference to hold the position. She became the highest ranking woman in the NCAA when she served as vice president during the 1983-1984 and 1985-86 academic years. Michigan State inducted Norrell into its Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.

Survivors include nephew Ward Cashion of Covington, La., niece Susan Cossey of Monticello, Ark., nephew Mark Cashion of McGehee, Ark., grand-nephew Michael Cossey of Little Rock, Ark., grand-nephew Adam Cossey of Monticello, Ark., grand-niece Branch Cashion of Covington, La., and grand-neices Peyton and Madeline Cashion of McGehee, Ark. Memorial services have been held.

Gifts may be made in Norrell’s name for the future scholarship fund to the University Development, Michigan State University, 4700 S. Hagadorn Rd., Ste. 220, East Lansing, Mich. 48823-9982.

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