Norman H. Mullen Obituary – Death, Norman H. Mullen Funeral

By | January 10, 2022

Norman H. Mullen Obituary – Death, Norman H. Mullen Funeral

Norman H. Mullen, 96, died peacefully at his home in Woodsville, NH, on January 1, 2022. Norman was born in Berlin, NH on November 15, 1925, the son of Andrew Mullen and Valentine Belanger. In spite of many challenges in his youth, Norman “Moon” Mullen developed into an accomplished athlete in several sports – becoming a legendary baseball force of the North Country. He would later sign with the Cleveland Indians and play in their pony league until being drafted into the U.S. Navy to serve in the Pacific Theatre of WW II, receiving the Victory Medal, American Theatre Medal, and the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Medal Star. After the war Norman ultimately chose education over baseball, but played for several more years on semi-pro and pro teams in the Canadian and Northern Leagues. While attending Plymouth State Teacher’s College he met the love of his life, Marion Randall, and they were married on November 18, 1949. As Norman built his career in education, he remained active in sports throughout college, then as a high school coach for football, hockey, basketball, and baseball. His remarkable athletic accomplishments were recognized when Norman was inducted to the Plymouth State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990.

Norman’s professional career took him from Lisbon High School (1950-1953) to Berlin High School (1953-1958), before becoming Principal of Woodsville High School (1958-1965). While serving as Principal, Norman continued his education as a foreign language student at St Anselm’s College, attended Harvard University as a summer school student, received his Master of Education from Plymouth State College, and was chosen as a member of Phi Delta Kappa Educational Honor Society at Boston University where he received his Certificate of Advanced Graduate Degree. Through these years, Norman demonstrated his leadership abilities by becoming President of the Berlin Teachers’ Association, the Cohase Lions Club, the Woodsville/Wells River Rotary Club, and later serving as President of the North Country Superintendents and on the Executive Committee of the NH State Administrator’s Association. Norman became Superintendent of Schools for SAU #23 from 1965-1987 and as Superintendent he was often a force to reckon with but was well-known throughout the state for his passion and strong commitment to the education of all students. Both Norman and Marion left their legacy of dedication to the Woodsville community and its students. Upon his retirement in 1987, Norman began spending winters in Florida working on his golf swing, spending time with his family, and earning a reputation for the best Mardi Gras parties on the Gulf Coast. He was an avid gardener, loved fishing, attended countless Boston College football games, and especially enjoyed the successes of his children and grandchildren.

As a husband of 59 years, a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Norman was greatly loved and will be sorely missed. He leaves behind his daughter, Cynthia Curran and spouse, Dennis, and their 3 children Christopher, Melissa, and Timothy; his daughter Sheila Mullen and spouse, Richard, and their child, Mairead; his son Michael Mullen and spouse, Gail, and their 3 children Casey, Kelly, and Chelsea; and 9 great grandchildren: Lindsey, Teresa, Luke, Valerie, Bodhi, Christine, Audrey, Sunny and Jack.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the Athletic Department at Plymouth State University, which can be sent to Advancement Services, MSC 50, 17 High Street, Plymouth, NH 03264-1595 or give online via https://give.plymouth.edu

Services will be held in the spring.

For more information or to offer an online condolence, please visit www.rickerfh.com Ricker Funeral Home and Cremation Care of Woodsville is in charge of arrangements.