Dr. Norma Hayes Bagnall, Professor of English at Missouri Western from 1980-1996, passed away on Wednesday, February, 26. She was eighty-four.
Norma went to college at the age of
thirty-nine after raising her children and putting her husband through school.
She began her work as a college professor at the age of fifty. She was to make
the most of a relatively short career. She is the author of On Shaky Ground: The New Madrid Earthquakes
of 1811-1812, published by the University of Missouri Press in 1996. She
was a two-term president of the international Children’s Literature Association
(ChLA) from 1989-91. She was also president of the MWSC faculty senate. Norma
was a Fulbright Scholar, taking a year to study and teach in the UK.