Douglas M. Norris, 59, elementary school principal

December 18, 2003

Douglas M. Norris, principal of Morrell Park Elementary School in Southwest Baltimore, died of a heart attack Saturday at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. He was 59, and a resident of Bel Air.

Mr. Norris had planned to retire in two weeks.

A Baltimore native raised on Cedarcroft Road, Mr. Norris was a 1964 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Baltimore in 1968. He earned a master's degree in secondary education and psychology from what is now Towson University in 1974.

Mr. Norris taught business education courses at Southern High School from 1967 to 1977, when he became an educational specialist in the city schools' vocational education division.

He was an administrator for six years at Edmondson-Westside Senior High until being promoted in 1988 to principal of Northern High School. Since 1996, he had been principal of Morrell Park.

Mr. Norris was a former president of the Towson University Alumni Association and had held several offices in the Towson University chapter of Phi Delta Kappa Professional Education Fraternity.

He was a longtime volunteer at Keswick Multi-Care Center and a world traveler.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Schimunek Funeral Home, 610 W. MacPhail Road in Bel Air.

Mr. Norris is survived by his wife of three years, the former Liliana Torres; two daughters, Wendy J. Norris of Federal Hill and Laura K. Norris of Hunt Valley; his mother, Doris Norris of Baltimore; two brothers, Christopher Norris of Anneslie and Bruce Norris of Columbia; and a stepson, Tony Menendez of Bel Air. His marriage to the former Barbara Doyle ended in divorce.

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