Norma Jorgensen, Former Trustee, Dies
November 15, 1999
Norma Anderson Jorgensen, an alumna and a former trustee, died November 3 in Scottsdale, Ariz. She was 78.
Jorgensen graduated from UConn in 1943. An economics major with a minor in government and a member of Gamma Sigma sorority, she was on the Women's Student Government and the Student Senate. As a freshman, she worked on the Husky Network (which later became WHUS Radio) and the Connecticut Campus (later the Daily Campus) staffs. In 1942, she was the first female editor-in-chief of the Nutmeg Yearbook.
After graduating, she worked for Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance as an actuary and for United Aircraft Corp. in personnel and job analysis.
Her ties to the University were many. She was married to Albert N. Jorgensen Jr., a member of the Class of 1947 and son of former University of Connecticut President Albert N. Jorgensen. In 1971, she was appointed to a five-year term on the University's board of trustees by then Gov. Thomas J. Meskill, and returned to the board after a year's absence in 1977 as an elected alumni trustee. She also served on the board of directors of the Alumni Association from 1967 and represented the University of Connecticut on the Connecticut Commission for Higher Education from 1972-75.
Jorgensen was active in Greek life. She was first a regional, then a national officer of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity since 1955, including a term as national president; delegate to the National Panhellenic Conference since 1977; and a member of the board of directors for the National Interfraternity Foundation. She visited more than 50 colleges and university campuses during her sorority work. She also was a member of the National Association of Women Deans and Counselors.
She was interested in conservation and was a member of several wildlife and conservation organizations. She also was an enthusiastic spectator of many sports.
Formerly a resident of Newington, she moved with her husband to Arizona in 1982. She is survived by a son, Albert N. Jorgensen III, a daughter, Cathy Phillips, and grandchildren Laura and Brad Phillips. A memorial service was held November 13. Donations may be made to the Norma A. Jorgensen Scholarship Fund, payable to Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation, 8740 Founders Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268.