8 6 16 Harlyne J Norris NewsStory

In Memoriam: Harlyne J. Norris

Everyone at KGI is saddened by the loss of Harlyne J. Norris of The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation.

The Norris Foundation was one of the original foundations to invest in KGI, and as a founding donor, has remained an important part of KGI’s history.

Mrs. Norris, one of the early trustees at KGI, remained active and committed to KGI’s mission and was an influential figure in planning and development throughout the years. Reflecting this dedication, she accepted the president’s invitation to join the President’s Council and was an Emeritus Trustee.

KGI President Sheldon M. Schuster explained: “Harlyne J. Norris was an exceptional individual who has been a part of KGI from the very beginning. Early on, she shared the vision that KGI could become a leader in teaching students to be successful in the life sciences and biotechnology industries, and I am glad she was able to witness KGI’s progress in meeting those goals. More than anything, Harlyne was a generous and kind person whose dedication to stewardship will continue to improve the lives of many for years to come. She will be deeply missed by all at KGI.”

The Norris Foundation endowed the Norris Professorship, currently held by Dr. Ian Phillips. Commenting on the importance of Mrs. Norris’ support, Dr. Phillips said: “Mrs. Harlyne Norris was a wonderful lady who supported a variety of higher education initiatives at KGI and other universities in Southern California. I met with her on several occasions with President Schuster, and am proud to be the Norris Professor of Applied Life Sciences. Mrs. Norris was so kind and committed to new ideas that would make KGI better known nationally. Thanks to her constant interest and support, KGI founded the Center for Rare Disease Therapies to help people with rare diseases. Mrs. Norris was always sincerely interested in our progress, and in our students who formed the Rare Disease Club. She was charming, intellectually inquisitive, and had a great sense of humor. We will miss her broad smile. Our heart goes out to her entire family.”

Additionally, the Norris Foundation has funded KGI’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program for three consecutive years, and as noted above has provided funding for KGI’s Center for Rare Disease Therapies, as well as funding for the refurbishment of the Founders Room.

Her legacy at KGI will continue to provide students with opportunities to become leaders and innovators in the life sciences industry. The entire KGI family will forever owe a debt of gratitude for the support and kindness Mrs. Norris extended.

Mrs. Norris is survived by her children Lisa Hansen, James Martin and Kimberley Presley. Lisa Hansen is the current chair of the Norris Foundation Board.