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Louisville Seminary Honorary Life Trustee, Norma Tate Rich, Dies

by Ashley Schaffner | Sep 12, 2013

Rich was Trustee at Louisville Seminary from 1982 to 1995; she became an Honorary Life Trustee in 1996. 

Former Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Trustee, Norma Tate Rich, of Nashville, died September 5, 2013. She was 83. She was elected to the Seminary Board of Trustees in 1982, and from 1988 to 1992 she served as the Board’s first-ever female Moderator. In 1996, she was named an Honorary Life Trustee.

Rich’s husband, John W. Rich, established the Norma Tate Rich Scholarship Endowment Fund in 1992 to honor her four-year term as Moderator. John Rich died earlier this year on May 20.

Norma Tate Rich was born in Seminole, Oklahoma in 1930. She graduated from Seminole High School in 1946 and from the University of Oklahoma in 1950. At OU she was a member of the Tri Delta Sorority and majored in speech and hearing which led to her first job following graduation in Nashville. Rich was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir.

She was an avid supporter of the Nashville Ballet, the Nashville Symphony, the Nashville Opera and the Blair School of Music. She enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels at the Martha O'Bryan Center. In addition, she organized and later served as President of Nashville’s first chapter of PEO.

Rich’s children and grandchildren remember her most for her kindness, her enjoyment of friends and family, and her unbounded enthusiasm for life. She was predeceased by her husband and by her brother, George Frank Tate, of Lake Jackson, Texas. She is survived by a daughter, two sons, 10 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. 

The family requests gifts be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church or to Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

A private family ceremony will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church at a later date.

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