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Carl M. Harris

Carl M. Harris, BDM International Professor of Operations Research and Information Tech-nology in the School of Information Technology and Engineering, died suddenly on April 25, less than a month after celebrating his 60th birthday. A resident of Rockville, Md., Harris is survived by his wife, Alice Harris, his two daughters, Naomi and Margo, and his brother, Paul.

Harris came to George Mason in 1985, serving from 1985 to 1986 as chair of the Department of Systems Engineering, from 1986 to 1992 as chair of the Department of Operations Research and Applied Statistics, from 1992 to 1996 as chair of the Department of Operations Research/Operations Engineering, and from 1996 to 1998 as associate dean for research and graduate studies in the School of Information Technology and Engineering.

In 1999, Harris received the George E. Kimball Award from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences "for his distinguished and enthusiastic service to the profession and the society." He is listed in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Engineering, and American Men and Women of Science, and was elected member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and Omega Rho.

Ralph N. Norvell

Ralph N. Norvell, 79, a former dean of the International School of Law and founding dean of its successor, the George Mason University School of Law, died April 29.

Norvell guided the International School of Law from 1975 until 1979, when it merged with the George Mason School of Law. He became the first dean of the School of Law, which started with 513 students and 16 full-time and 23 adjunct faculty members. At the law school's Founder's Day celebration last year, Dean Emeritus Norvell was recognized for his work in helping to pilot the merger of the institutions.

Norvell was dean of the law school at Temple University from 1965 to 1972. Before that, he was a law professor at New York University from 1958 to 1965. He also taught law at the University of South Carolina, Baylor University, the University of Texas, and the University of California at the Davis and Berkeley campuses. Born in Navarro County, Tex., Norvell earned his master of law degree from the University of Michigan.


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