The Fredrick J. Norman memorial celebration was held at the Morrison Center on August 18. Norman was most recently the executive director of the Morrison Center.
Fred J. Norman was the consummate alumni as he was both student and former football athlete. Having graduated from Boise Junior College in the 1960s, he lived to see the progression of Boise Junior College into Boise State University.
Throughout the course of his life and career, Norman had two great passions; football and the theater arts.
The memorial featured a host of friends and colleagues who shared stories and memories of the experiences with Norman. There was also a performance by the “Fredrick J. Norman Productions” outfit.
“It was very moving, so many people having been positively affected by a man who had an innate ability to bring the best out of others.” said Anthony Starbard, freshman business student at Boise State, recalled, “ My family has been involved with the Morrison Center for many years and they always spoke very highly of Mr. Norman.”
In honor of Norman, his life long friend and colleague Dyke Nally, who is a former student body president at Boise Junior College during 1968-69, is setting up a scholarship through the theater arts department which will begin accepting applications once it has reached its mark of $25,000.
Throughout his tenure in university life, Norman was always heavily involved with the theater department.He helped out with local productions, and did so without seeking out any credit for those he served.
It was Harry Morrison, husband of recently deceased Velma Morrison, who first contracted Norman to ask for aid with a local production in the theater department at Boise State. Norman did so while refusing to accept payment. He went on to star in the committee which developed the Morrison Center to where it is today. Over the years, Norman became one of the most respected Boise State alumni of the school’s history.
Before excelling through the ranks of the Boise State Student Union and Activities department and becoming director in the 1970’s, he coached football at Arizona State University and Treasure Valley Community College (TVCC).
It was then that he was lured back to Boise State by Nally. He was also the quarterback coach for the Boise State Broncos for a number of years while he also serving as Director of Student Union and Activities, this was all before he became the executive director of the Morrison Center. Nally was the man who first decided to bring Norman back to Boise State as his assistant director of the Student Union and Activities. The rest-as is said-is
Nally described Norman as a man who, “Never would take credit for anything. I never met anyone like him. There was never a man more generous or caring of people than Norman.”
Norman was not only an individual highly involved with the theater arts department at Boise State, but also was a man who had friends from all walks of life who often looked to Norman
for advice.His contact book consisted of people by the likes of hollywood legends Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, who would call him regularly for advice and guidance.
With the passing of Fredrick J. Norman friends, family, and admirers paid their respects to one of Boise State’s all time greats.
“There will never be another Fred like him. He was the best of friends.” Nally said.