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Cumberlands Bids Farewell to Norma Patrick


Williamsburg, Ky. - University of the Cumberlands (UC) administration, faculty, staff, students and alumni are saddened today to learn of the passing of one of its senior faculty members, Norma Patrick, who passed away last evening. Patrick is known to the Cumberland family as a kind and gentle person, so well loved by everyone who knew her.

It was only a year ago that Mrs. Patrick was honored by her peers at the University with a retirement dinner. She will be returned to her beloved University of the Cumberlands on Tuesday, April 17th with a memorial service at 5:00 p.m. in the Gatliff Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Norma Patrick Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University.


Norma Patrick joined the Cumberlands staff in 1985 having earned both her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Elementary Education from State University of New York at Cortland. She also held 6th Year Program Principal Certification from Union College.

As a member of the Kentucky Advisory Council for the Internships and the Continuous Assessment Review Committee, she served on numerous state accreditation visits as an examiner for the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board and as a consultant to many colleges preparing for accreditation. Additionally, she served in several positions, including President for the Kentucky Association of Teacher Educators. Mrs. Patrick served the international community as a conversational English teacher in China and a consultant to secondary science teachers in Thailand.

Norma Patrick made strengthening UC’s undergraduate teacher preparation program a top priority, devoting countless hours to collaboration with public school educators with a special focus on working with the classroom instructors responsible for supervising UC’s student teachers.

She was honored numerous times by the UC community with the Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1995, the J.B. Fuqua Award for Excellence in Teaching twice, and the Student Government Association’s Honored Professor Award.

After retiring Mrs. Patrick spent time with her 91 year old mother in New York, her three grandchildren in Texas, and her sister in Florida. Mrs. Patrick’s son, Casey, who is also a medical doctor, describes her passing. “As mom passed she was calm, comfortable, and went out with courage and grace. There is no way any human being could have fought harder to live. She was positive and smiling every second of every day throughout the entire miserable ordeal. If anyone could do one thing to make my mom smile, please encourage your loved ones to become organ donors today.”

Norma Patrick will be missed, and the thousands of students she mentored while at University of the Cumberlands will long remember her and how she touched their lives.

Below is the obituary Casey prepared.

Norma Brock Patrick

October 1946-April 2012

Norma Brock Patrick passed away at 8pm on April 12th at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas with family and close friends at her bedside. Norma was born to Norton and Hazel Brock in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania and lived most of her childhood life in Binghamton, NY. She graduated from The State University of New York at Cortland with degree in education and began her life as a selfless teacher and educator. Norma taught in upstate New York and Florida before moving to Williamsburg, KY in 1975. She dedicated her life to her two sons and to her students at The University of the Cumberlands for the next 37 years. Norma obtained multiple graduate degrees in the field of education and was integral in the exponential growth of the UC Education Department. Many may remember her in other ways: power walking on Main Street, directing the Children’s Choir at First Baptist Church, travelling to China as an English teacher or cheering on her sons at countless local sporting events. Norma is survived by her two sons Casey and Jason Patrick, her Mother Hazel Brock, her siblings Hazel Bebermeyer, Evelyn Vincent, Joan Atwater, and Roy Brock and her grandchildren Ainsley, Brock and William Patrick. A memorial celebration of Norma’s life will be held at The Gatliff Chapel on the campus of The University of the Cumberlands on April 17th at 5pm. In lieu of flowers, please contact The University of the Cumberlands to contribute to the Norma B. Patrick scholarship fund.

Donations should be directed to the University of the Cumberlands President’s Office at 606-539-4201 or