Little more than three weeks after the appearance of his 188th publication, the infirmities of age prevailed over a resilient spirit and Norman Newell's life ended in his ninety-sixth year. At his death on 18 April 2005, the Paleontological Society lost one of its most distinguished members—a past-president and medalist who led and embodied major changes in the thinking and practices of invertebrate paleontologists. Along the way, he mentored a host of talented graduate students, including four who became presidents of this society and three winners of its medal.

As a boy in Stafford, Kansas, Norman was strongly influenced by...

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