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August 16, 1998


From: Chancellor Greenwood

Re: Death of Professor Kenneth S. Norris

Dear Colleagues:

It is with great sadness that I share the news of the death of Professor Kenneth S. Norris. After several months of illness, Ken died yesterday at UCSF Medical Center. He was 74.

One of the legends of UC Santa Cruz, Ken was an eminent scientist, dedicated teacher, prolific author, and valiant champion of the natural world. We at UC Santa Cruz are fortunate to have counted him as a colleague and friend.

Ken is survived by his wife Phyllis; his brother Robert; his children Susie Norris, Nancy Norris Littlestone, Barbara Gaskell, and Richard Norris; and six grandchildren. No public services are planned at this time.

Although I had the privilege of only a few opportunities to speak with Ken, I will always remember his good humor and kind nature. He was a founder of UCSC's marine science program, and he played a major role in the development of the campus's environmental sciences program as well. He made unique contributions to science through his own research, and his work to ensure the preservation of open spaces through the creation of the UC Natural Reserve System is an enduring legacy for all of us.

Please join me in a moment of silence to remember a great man.

Sincerely yours,

M.R.C. Greenwood

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