Norman C. Hester - December 7, 2009 Print E-mail

Dr. Norman C. Hester, 76, of Bloomington, Indiana passed away on Monday December 7, 2009.  Dr. Hester served for several years as the Technical Director of the Association of CUSEC State Geologists.  He was one of the original founders of the Association and recognized early on the need for a collaborative effort among the CUSEC Member State Geological Surveys.  As Technical Director, Dr. Hester was the face of the Association, working to advise and bring together the States to address common issues and cross boundary problems presented by the earthquake hazard.

Dr. Hester also had a great sense of the importance of bringing together the science and emergency management communities.  In as much, his work over the years with the State Geologists earned him an Ex-Officio position on the CUSEC Board of Directors.  Dr. Hester served as a colleague, mentor, and friend to many people over the years.  His leadership, generosity, and sense of humor will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. 

Obituary as follows –

Norman Curtis Hester, 76, of Bloomington went home to be with the Lord after a long battle with Leukemia, on Monday, December 7, 2009, at the Bloomington Hospital. Born, May 21, 1933 in Jeffersontown, KY, he was the son of Thomas Jefferson and Frieda (Roemele) Hester. Norman was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during the Korean War. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisville, and a Masters Degree and PHD in Geology from the University of Cincinnati. Norman was a professor of Geology at Eastern Kentucky University, University of Illinois Geological Survey, Assistant State Geologist at the University of Kentucky, Indiana State Geologist and Professor Emeritus. He finished out his career with CUSEC. Throughout his career he had a passion for geology that never wavered. Though he received many awards, two were quite special to him. The Sagamore of the Wabash and The Distinguished Hoosier Award (presented to him within the last weeks of his life).


Family was the cornerstone of his life and these are his beloved survivors, his wife of 49 years Ruth (Collins) Hester, daughters, Cheryl Lynn Kerr (Kevin), Cindi Marie Lewis (Troy), grandchildren, Taylor Ann Kerr, Jordyn Marie Kerr, Ryen Elizabeth Kerr, Reagan Marie Lewis, Ashlee Keith Kerr, his brother Rod Hester (Barbara), sister Pat Spierdowis (Walt), nieces and nephews, Steve Hester, Greg Hester (Carrie), Susan Humbert (Steve), Paul Hester (Kim), Terra Murphy (Jerry), Lisa Volz (Alan), Craig Langford (Amanda), Danielle Mann (Greg), Matt Stigger, Nick Langford (Kelly), Eryn Shaw (Misty), Elizabeth Dendy (James) and many loved great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Don Hester and nephew Mark Hester.


Services will be on Friday December 11th at 1:00PM at The Funeral Chapel of Powell, Deckard and Costin, 3000 E. Third Street, Bloomington with Tom Ellsworth officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday at The Funeral Chapel from 4-8PM. Memorial Contributions may be made to Youth For Christ.