Hall of Fame Member Biographies

Norman N. Durham

Norman N. Durham joined the Oklahoma State University faculty in 1954. He retired in 1995, after serving forty-one years in the department of microbiology. He also occupied a number of administrative positions, serving as dean of the Graduate College and director of the Center for Water Research. He also functioned concurrently as Interim Assistant Vice-President for Research and Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. When he was dean of the Graduate College from 1967 to 1991, OSU turned out 200 doctor’s degrees annually. Durham’s early research earned him a position as a program director in Molecular Biology and Cellular Genetics with the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission in 1966-67. He retired in June of 1955. In 1999, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame.