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It is with great sadness that I inform you that Dr. Norman Horrocks,
Professor Emeritus at the School of Information Management, Dalhousie
University, died on October 14, 2010, at the Halifax Infirmary Hospital, in
Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Norman was an outstanding colleague, mentor, and friend. Those of us who
were fortunate to have worked with Norman can consider ourselves truly
blessed to have shared his warmth, gentle humour, graciousness, and
generosity.  To quote the motto of Norman's beloved Manchester United, "We
are all united" in our sadness in the passing of such a remarkable human
being.

 

Norman Horrocks, OC, PhD, FCLIP, Professor Emeritus School of Information
Management, Dalhousie University. Born Manchester, England, October 18,
1927. Died Halifax, Nova Scotia October 14, 2010, aged 82. 

Norman began his career in libraries in Manchester England from 1945 - 53,
interrupted by three years in the British Army's Intelligence Corps. He then
worked in Cyprus, Western Australia, and Pittsburgh, PA before joining
Dalhousie in 1971. He became Director of the School of Library and
Information Studies (now the School of Information Management) and was later
Dean of the Faculty of Management. He left Halifax in 1986 to become
Editorial Vice President of Scarecrow Press in Metuchen, NJ, where he also
was an adjunct professor at Rutgers University, until he returned to Nova
Scotia in 1995. In 2006 Norman was named an Officer of the Order of Canada
in recognition of his lifetime devotion to library and information science.

In 2004 Norman was awarded the International Kaula Gold Medal and was the
only person to have been elected to Honorary Membership in the three
national library associations - Canadian, British and American. Norman also
received awards from the American Library Association, the Association for
Library and Information Science Education, the Atlantic Provinces Library
Association, Beta Phi Mu (the International honour society for library and
information studies), Dalhousie University School of Information Management
Association Alumni, the New Jersey Library Association, the Nova Scotia
Library Association and both Pittsburgh and Rutgers Universities. In
recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of Library Science
the Nova Scotia Library Association established the Norman Horrocks Award
for Library leadership in 2003.

Norman was an enthusiastic pioneer of social networking. His ability to
remember names and faces, to make connections across continents; in person,
by email and via the sharing of newspaper clippings will long be remembered
by his students, colleagues, family and friends. In addition to his
professional career Norman was an active community member, volunteering with
the Dartmouth Heritage Museum, Halifax Regional Public Libraries, and Banook
Canoe Club. Paramount in Norman's life was his love of soccer - he was an
avid Manchester United fan. He rarely missed a game and kept up with the
scores even in hospital. Norman is survived by wife Sandra, daughter Julie
(Cameron Shelley and their daughter Corinna), Guelph, ON; Scott (sons Carl
and Logan), Ottawa; Gina, New Mexico; Annie (Rob Baert, children Nick,
Bethany, Lily), Dartmouth; Sarah (children Sammy, Elijah, Caleb and Chloe),
Cole Harbour. Norman is also survived by many relatives in the United
Kingdom, including his sisters Muriel Jacquin and Elsie Quinn and brother in
law Philip Humphreys. Norman was predeceased by his parents; Edward and
Annie (Barnes), and his sister Doris Humphreys. Special thanks to the nurses
and staff on floor 8.1 of the Halifax Infirmary, who took such good care of
Norman and his family during his illness.

A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Tuesday, October 19th at Saint
James United Church, 181 Portland Street Dartmouth, Reverend Glenn MacLean
officiating. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the
Dalhousie Horrocks National Leadership Fund c/o Office of External
Relations, Dalhousie University, (http://alumniandfriends.dal.ca/contactus/)
or to a charity of your choice.