Norma Paulus: In Memoriam

Statement of OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk

The Oregon Historical Society joins with countless others across our state in mourning the passing of Norma Paulus. As a state legislator, Secretary of State, a member of the Northwest Power Planning Council, and Superintendent of Public Instruction, Norma made history, and she always made a positive difference.


Intelligence. Integrity. Hard work. Common sense. These are the values that Norma brought with her to every position she held. Her years as Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society were also consequential and successful ones for this organization, which she greatly loved. In 2012, I was very proud to honor Norma as an Oregon History Maker. Our thoughts are with Fritz, Liz, and Norma’s family, who graciously shared Norma with all of Oregon.