Where Are They Now? H. Wayne Norman Jr., B.A. ’76, J.D. ’80
We’ve got some more insight into the life of H. Wayne Norman Jr., B.A. ’76, J.D. ’80, both then—when he served as the University of Baltimore’s first unofficial school “nurse”—and now, as he serves as a Republican member of the Maryland House of Delegates for District 35A (Harford County).
- When he was the school “nurse,” Norman had his own small office. While he typically spent his time there studying, there were times when students would stop in for blood pressure readings or to check their weight. “I rarely had any real emergencies,” he says. “But I do recall specifically having to deal with one student who collapsed in the stairwell, which was very unnerving. Other than that, it was just ‘stop the bleeding.’”
- As for the basketball team itself, “I spent a lot of time taping up their ankles,” he says. “Each player had an individual preference as to how to do that. I had a big, black leather doctor’s bag that held all of the wraps and tapes—everything that I would have to cut off once the game or practice was over.”
- As a history major at UB, Norman wrote a paper for history professor Calvin Lotz, whom Norman remembers as being a “big World War II buff.” In doing his research for the paper, Norman managed to track down Jacob Beser, a retired engineer who was the only person to have flown on both planes that dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. “I had hours of tape recordings with him, which I eventually turned over to Professor Lotz,” Norman says.
- Norman has been married to his wife, Linda, since 1977, and they have two children, Ashley and Chip. The family lives in Harford County, Maryland (and Norman previously served as the president of the Harford County Bar Association).
- When he thinks about his future in politics, Norman doesn’t want to jinx anything. But he does believe that he would make a good Maryland state senator. “My grandparents were Maryland dairy farmers, and I’ve been on the [House] Environmental Matters Committee for seven years,” he says. “I believe that I could take what I’ve learned and apply it productively to the Senate.”
- Norman is an Honorary Life Member of the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Co. in Baltimore County, thanks to services he’s rendered over the years.
- For fun—or, as Norman puts it, “the only fun thing I do anymore”—he joins his son in participating in old sports car events in the Catoctin Mountains and elsewhere on the East Coast.