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July 11, 2017 (Atlanta, GA) It is with profound sadness that Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. regrets to inform the Brotherhood that our 33rd Grand Basileus, Moses Conrad Norman Sr., has transitioned from labor unto eternal rest.

As many of you know, Brother Grand Norman had recently been hospitalized after becoming ill. He entered Omega Chapter early morning of July 11th. The Memorial Service will be held at 5:00pm on Sunday, July 16th. The funeral will be held at 11:00am on Monday, July 17th. Both will take place at Christian Fellowship Baptist Church located at 1500 Norman Drive, College Park, GA 30349.Brother Grand Norman was initiated into the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity on December 13, 1954 through the Beta Psi Chapter at Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia. His three sons are also Omega men.

Brother Grand Norman was a lifelong educator. In 1978, Brother Grand Norman earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Management from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Prior to his death, Brother Grand Norman had served as associate professor and the Dean of the School of Education at Clark Atlanta University.

In 1984, Brother Grand Norman was elected the Fraternity's 33rd Grand Basileus during the Grand Conclave held in Louisville, Ky. He was elected to three consecutive terms, the longest tenure of any Grand Basilei. Brother Grand Norman concluded his tenure in Detroit in 1990.

Under the leadership of Brother Grand Norman, the Omega Life Membership Foundation, Inc. was established. It was here that Bro. Norman served as a member of the Board of Directors from 2002 to 2008.

Brother Grand Norman has held many offices within the fraternity, including Vice Basileus and Basileus of Eta Omega Chapter; Director of Public Relations for the Seventh District; First Vice District Representative and then District Representative of the Seventh District. On the international level, Brother Grand Norman was elected Grand Keeper of Records and Seal and later First Vice Grand Basileus. He has served as chair of the Council of Former Grand Basilei. As news spread of his passing, accolades abounded from Omega's leaders. Lloyd J. Jordan, the Fraternity's 36th Grand Basileus, said, "I do not know whom our Founders were thinking of when they thought of our Cardinal Principles, but after knowing Moses Norman, I must think the Founders were thinking of him."

George H. Grace, 37th Grand Basileus, said, "Grand Basileus Moses Norman was never at a loss for words, and he brought dignity to any situation." Warren G. Lee Jr., who followed George Grace as Grand Basileus, said, "Bro Norman was a great friend and mentor particularly as he encouraged me and others in both our professional and fraternal development. He will certainly be missed but never forgotten."

First Vice Grand Basileus David Marion, who like Brother Grand Norman served as the Seventh District Representative, said, "He was like a father to me. He was someone whose advice I sought and heeded. He will be missed."On a personal level, Brother Grand Norman was heavily involved in the civic arena, having served as president of the West Fulton Rotary Club of Atlanta; as a founding member of the Atlanta Partnership of Business and Education; the Education Task Force of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; and Vice President of the National Assault on Illiteracy; the YMCA; NAACP; and the Boy Scouts, among others.

For more than 30 years, he was an NCAA college football official in the SIAC and the MEAC, having worked more than 20 NCAA Championship playoff games, including the Division II National Championship game in 1993.

Brother Grand Norman served as chair of deacons at Christian Fellowship Baptist Church in College Park, Georgia, where he was a Sunday Morning Bible Study teacher and served as a member of the Sanctuary Choir, as church parliamentarian and as Director and Instructor of Wednesday Night Bible Study.

Grand Norman and FamilyHe is married to the former Gertrude Clark, a Spelman College graduate and retired language arts teacher in the Atlanta Public Schools.

Brother Grand Norman is survived by his wife Gertrude, three sons - Moses Conrad, Jr.; Christopher Kent; and Jeffrey Brenton- and is grandfather of Conrad, III; Jeffrey Brenton, II; and Chloe Genevieve.---
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