Founding Dean of School of Law Dies

Posted: May 5, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Ralph N. Norvell, 79, a former dean of the International School of Law and founding dean of its successor, the George Mason University School of Law, died on April 29.

Norvell guided the International School of Law from 1975 until 1979, when it merged with the George Mason School of Law. He became the first dean of the School of Law, which started with 513 students and 16 full-time and 23 adjunct faculty members. At the law school’s Founder’s Day celebration last year, Dean Emeritus Norvell was recognized for his work in helping to pilot the merger of the institutions.

Norvell was dean of the law school at Temple University from 1965 to 1972. Before that, he was a law professor at New York University from 1958 to 1965. He also taught law at the University of South Carolina, Baylor University, the University of Texas, and the University of California at the Davis and Berkeley campuses. Born in Navarro County, Tex., Norvell earned his master of law degree from the University of Michigan.

Funeral services were held on May 1 in Waco, Texas. Memorials may be made to Goodall-Witcher Foundation, Clifton, Tex.

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