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Norfolk State mourns the passing of Dr. Harrison B. Wilson

July 29, 2019

Dear Members of the Norfolk State University Community,

The Spartan family mourns the loss of one of its stalwart champions. It is with sadness that we announce the passing of former Norfolk State University President, Dr. Harrison Benjamin Wilson, who led our fine institution from 1975-1997. Dr. Wilson died on July 28 surrounded by his family.

Dr. Wilson’s legacy is embedded in Norfolk State University. He had a transformational impact on the lives of countless individuals. He embodied the spirit and history of this great institution, and we are grateful for his many contributions. He will be deeply missed by all of us.

Please join me and my husband, Dmitri, in sending our deepest sympathies to Dr. Lucy Wilson and the entire Wilson family, along with our lasting thanks for his dedication to Norfolk State University.

A memorial service for Dr. Wilson will be held on the University’s campus in the near future.

Javaune Adams-Gaston, Ph.D.