B I T U A R
Gwen Norrell, who was at one time the highest-ranking woman in the
history of the NCAA, died Tuesday, June 15, 2004 at the age 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 Teacher's College
at Columbia and a Doctor of Education Degree from Colorado.
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Y O U R M E M O R I E
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E W S S T O R I E
MSU's new president has a lot on her plate...
July 2, 2004 - Detroit Free Press
Q: How does it feel to be named the first female MSU president?
A: It was poignant for me that Gwen Norrell's memorial service was being
held about the same time the board was voting on my appointment. She was
much more of a pioneering woman at MSU than I ever will be.
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Gwen Norrell: Top ranking
woman in NCAA in 1980s
June 18, 2004 - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
It was a series of firsts in Gwen Norrell's life. The Eudora native
was the first in her family to attend college. Her first teaching job was
also her first coaching job with her alma mater's girls basketball team.
But she would have to first learn how to play the sport.
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MSU loses pioneer in
athletics, academics, a 'university jewel'
June 15, 2004 - MSU University Relations
Gwendolyn Norrell of East Lansing, who at one time was the
highest-ranking woman in the history of the National Collegite Athletic
Association (NCAA), left her mark nationally and on Michigan State University's
academic and athletic programs. [
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Pioneer for women in
athletics administration dies at 84
June 16, 2004 - Lansing State Journal
Former Michigan State faculty athletics representative Gwendolyn
Norrell died on Tuesday at the age of 84. Norrell was at one time the
higest-ranking woman in the history of the NCAA, when she served as vice
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L E G A C
Frank / Norrell Scholarship Program
Southwestern Athletic Conference
When Dr. James Frank retired as Commissioner of the Southwestern
Athletic Conference in 1998, Dr. Gwen Norrell, former Professor and Faculty
Athletics Representative at Michigan State University sent the SWAC a
contribution of one thousand dollars ($1,000) to be used for a scholarship
in Dr. Frank's name, and promised to send the same amount each year until
her death. Dr. Norrell worked closely with Dr. Frank during their many committee
assignments and long tenure with the NCAA. Unfortunatley, Dr. Norrell passed
away recently (June/2004), but the scholarship program remains in effect.
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