Norma Jean Peal, PhD 56, of Tucson, Arizona died peacefully December 5, 2009 in her home surrounded by family, friends, and her beloved cats, Maggie and Roxxie. Norma fought a valiant year and a half battle against brain cancer and it is only within the last month that she was forced to scale back her personal and work activities. Dr. Peal received her Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. In addition she obtained two master's and a bachelor's degree. Norma had been a resident of Tucson since 2001 and had decided to make Tucson her permanent home. She was employed by University Physicians Health as the Development and External Affairs Officer where she strived to elevate the level of medical care received by all residents of Tucson. She was proud of her support and the success of the UA/UPHK Graduate Medical Education Consortium. The program supports medical training of 100 residents and will greatly impact access to medical care for all Arizonans for years to come. Dr. Peal was recently appointed as an Advisory Commission Member to the Arizona Area Health Education Center System. In addition to her employment, Norma was an extremely active member of the Rotary Club of Tucson. In this volunteer capacity, she helped organize a project where books are free to the public and patients in many of Tucson's medical facilities. Preceding her in death are her parents, Charles and Kathleen Peal; a sister, Janice Peal and an uncle, Charles Kahl. Surviving are her sister, Sharyn Peal of Carson City, NV; brothers, Rev. Charles (Laura) Peal of North Port, FL and James (Susan) Peal of Indianapolis, IN; uncle, Richard Kahl of Denver, CO; niece, Jamie Peal of North Port, FL and nephew, Carson Peal of Phoenix, AZ. A Celebration of life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 11, 2009 at the Peter Kiewit Auditorium at the Arizona Cancer Center, 1501 N. Campbell, Tucson, AZ. Guests wishing to donate books to the Healthy Reading Program at UPH Hospital can bring them to the Celebration of Life for Norma. The Healthy Reading Program was a project Norma created and was very proud of. Memorial contributions may be made to either of the following: The Rotary Foundation Norma Peal, PhD, Library Fund, 3900 E. Timrod St., #4, Tucson, AZ 85711 where donations will be used to support a library for patients and family members or the UPH Foundation c/o Berrett Stradford, 2701 E. Elvira Rd., Tucson, 85756 where the donations will be designated to The University of Arizona/UPHK Graduate Medical Education Consortium in memory of Norma.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Dec. 10, 2009