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Norma Jean Petersen Paulus

Norma Jean Petersen Paulus, American Lawyer, state school system administrator ( law: pract. & admin.edn.)Legislativelawyer, state school system administrator. award City of Salem, 1971, League of Women Voters, 1995; award Oreg; award National Women's Forum, 1985; award 1971), Zonta Internat.


Paulus, Norma Jean Petersen was born on March 13, 1933 in Belgrade, Nebraska, United States. Daughter of Paul Emil and Ella Marie (Hellbusch) Petersen.


Bachelor of Laws, Willamette Law School, 1962. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Linfield College, 1985. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Whitman College, 1990.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Lewis & Clark College, 1996.


Secretary to Harney County District Attorney, 1950-1953. Legal secretary, Salem, Oregon, 1953-1955. Secretary to chief justice Oregon Supreme Court, 1955-1961.

Admitted to Oregon bar, 1962. Of counsel Paulus and Callaghan, Salem, member Oregon House of Representatives, 1971-1977. Secretary state State of Oregon, Salem, 1977-1985.

Of counsel firm Paulus, Rhoten & Lien, 1985-1986. Superintendent public instrn.State of Oregon, 1990-1999. Oregon Executive Board United States West, 1985-1997.

Adjunct Professor Willamette U. Graduate Sch, 1985. Member N.W. Power Planning Committee, 1986-1989.


Member advisory committee Defense Advisory Committee for Women in the Service, 1986, National Trust for History Preservation, 1988-1990. Trustee Willamette University, 1978-1905. Board directors Oregon Grade Institution Science and Technology, 1985-1901, Education Commission States, 1991-1999, Council Chief State School Officers, 1995-1998, National Assessment Governing Board, 1996-1999, Oregon Garden Foundation, since 1997, Oregon Coast Aquarium, since 1999.

Board directors, advisory board World Affairs Council Oregon, since 1997. Overseer Whitman College, since 1985. Board consultant Marion-Polk Boundary Commission, 1970-1971.

Member Presidential Commission to Monitor Philippines Election, 1986. Director Oregon History Society, Portland, 2000-2003. Member Oregon State Bar, National Order Women Legislators, Women Executives in State Government, High Desert Museum, Women's Political Caucus Business and Professional Women's Club (Golden Torch award 1971), Delta Kappa Gamma.


Married William G. Paulus, August 16, 1958. Children: Elizabeth, William Frederick.