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History educator

Norman Bernard Ferris, American history educator. National Endowment of the Humanities grantee, 1979-1980.


Ferris, Norman Bernard was born on November 29, 1931 in Richmond, Virginia, United States. Son of Paul Whyte and Elizabeth (Gillette) Ferris.


Associate of Arts, Lamar College, 1951. Bachelor, George Washington University, 1953. Bachelor of Laws, Blackstone Law School, Chicago, 1956.

Master of Arts, Emory University, 1957. Doctor of Philosophy, Emory University, 1962.


Instructor, Emory University, Atlanta, 1959-1960;assistant professor, U. Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, 1960-1961;assistant professor, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, 1962-1965;associate professor, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, 1965-1969;professor, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, 1969-1997;professor emeritus, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, since 1997. Member Tennessee Humanities Council, Nashville, 1979-1985, chair, 1983-1984. Chair Tennessee Board of Regents Faculty Subcoun., Nashville, 1987-1988.


Secretary Rutherford County Democrats, Murfreesboro, 1972-1978. Member Rutherford County United States Constitution Bicentennial Commission, Murfreesboro, 1987-1991. Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Navy, 1953-1957.

Member American Association of University Professors (president Tennessee Conference 1978-1980, 84, council 1980-1983, 85-89, chair national assembly state conferences 1985-1987, Claxton award 1991, Sumberg award 1996), American History Association, Organization American Historians, Southern History Association, Society for Historians of America Foreign Relations.


Married Kathleen Anne Richard, February 24, 1961. Children: Allison Paige Ferris Pierce, Cheryl Adair, Adrienne Leigh Ferris Johnson, Kennedy Adams, Julie Elizabeth.

Paul Whyte Ferris

Elizabeth (Gillette) Ferris

Kathleen Anne Richard

Allison Paige Ferris Pierce Ferris

Cheryl Adair Ferris

Adrienne Leigh Ferris Johnson Ferris

Kennedy Adams Ferris

Julie Elizabeth Ferris