In loving memory of

Norman Boyles
November 17, 1931 - August 1, 2020

Norman L. Boyles
November 17, 1931 - August 1, 2020

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Norman Boyles was born in 1931 in Louisville, KY. His parents were Clarence and
Ethel Boyles. His father owned Boyles Realty and his mother was a homemaker and
eventually a clerk in the State Vital Records of Kentucky. Norman attended DuPont Manual Training High School where he played Bassoon and was selected for the 1949 all-state orchestra and received a superior rating for a solo in the state contest before graduating in January of 1950. He attended Western Kentucky State College for two years and then attended Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee on a basketball scholarship. Norman played on the Smokey Mountain Athletic Conference championship team were he was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Upon graduation, Norman and Roselynn Smith, who also graduated from Tusculum College, were married on June 26, 1954. In September of 1954 Norman was drafted into the Army and received Basic Training at Fort Knox, KY. He then received Basic Medic Training at Fort Sam Houston, TX. He served as a Dental Tech at Fort Devens, MA. Norman then served a year in Korea.

Norman attended the University of Tennessee for his Masters and Doctorate (Ed.D), finishing in 1963. While attending University of Tennessee, Norman served as a Principal at Elbert Long Elementary School in Chattanooga, TN.

After serving as Assistant Professor for one year at the University of Tennessee, Norman came to Iowa State University in 1964. He moved to the University of South Carolina for one year before returning to Iowa State University. During his tenure at ISU he served as Chairman of the Faculty Council (Faculty Senate), Six years on the Athletic Council and ten years as the University's Faculty Athletics Representative to both the Big 8 and Big 12. Before retiring, he served two years as Interim Chair of the Professional Studies Department and two years as Interim Associate Dean of the College of Education. Norman retired from ISU in 1997.

Norman is survived by Roselynn, his wife of 66 years; his daughters Rebecca (Martin) Jones and Leslie Weible, and his son Mark (Clara) Boyles. He was blessed with 7 grandchildren, Jessica (Matt) Keane, Malorie (Brad) Hall, Genesee (Mark Chubb) Jones, Laura (Louie) Novak, Briana Boyles, Evan Weible, and Natalie Boyles. He also had 6 great-grandchildren, Billy, Johnny and Joey Keane, Emery and Holden Hall, and Roselynn Novak. His nephew, David (Deb) Boyles of Louisville, KY, also survives him.

Norman was a woodworker and golfer, enjoying both equally well.

A memorial service will be held at Iowa State University Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 8, 2020. Please bring a lawn chair and face masks are requested.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial to First United Methodist Church of

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Wangbok Kim wrote on Aug 17, 2020:

"I was very sorry to hear about ultimately passing of Norman Boyles. We first met in August, 1983 as a academic advisor and master seeking student at ISU. He was a wonderful person with warm spirit and generosity. I am sure he had such an great impact on my public career in South Korea. Norman, may you rest in peace in the heaven! Former president of Jeon Nam public University, Wangbok Kim. PhD"

Ed Gagnier wrote on Aug 6, 2020:

"We offer our sympathy and prayers to the family of Norm. It was our pleasure to know him. Carolyn and Ed Gagnier"

Chandler Thomas wrote on Aug 3, 2020:

"We send our sympathy and prayers to the family of Dr. Boyles. The Boyles family were our 25th Street neighbors and are our extended family friends. Mom and Dad enjoyed continued friendship with Dr. Boyles and Roselyn through the ?after the game group?. I will always remember Dr. Boyles as a kind man that commanded your attention when he spoke. "

Tricia Behlers wrote on Aug 2, 2020:

"Jessica, Laura, and Evan , so sorry for the loss of your grandpa. My thoughts and prayers to you and your families. I know how important family is to your mom-hugs to all of you! "

Ed Hendrickson wrote on Aug 2, 2020:

"My sympathies to Norm's family, a great friend for many years and a wonderful person. Ed Hendrickson Sr "