McCRUMMEN, Norman Henry, Chancellor of Judson College, died in Montgomery, Alabama on March 6, 2002. Born in Montgomery May 2, 1920, he was the son of the late Lee Ota O'Neal Blackerby and Glenn Rushton McCrummen. He is survived by his wife, Emma Smalley McCrummen and three children: Warren G. McCrummen (and Cathy Martin) of Jonesboro, Georgia; Norman Henry McCrummen III (and Nancy Rhodes) of Mobile and Lynn McCrummen Johnson (and C. Austin Johnson, Sr.) of Birmingham; a sister, Ann McCrummen Crow (Mrs. W.N.) of Montgomery and six grandchildren: Scott McCrummen of Austin, Texas; Stephanie McCrummen of New York City; John M. McCrummen of Jonesboro, Georgia; Emily A. Johnson and Charles Austin Johnson, Jr. of Birmingham and Margaret R. McCrummen of Mobile. Dr. McCrummen graduated from Sidney Lanier High School and Mercer University (summa cum laude and first in his class). He received the Master of Divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and the Doctor of Divinity Degree from Samford University. During World War II, he served as a communications officer and was discharged at the rank of major. His tour of duty included the Phillipines and Okinawa. Dr. McCrummen served as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Atmore, First Baptist of Selma, Woodlawn Baptist of Birmingham and Sampey Memorial of Ramer. During his years in Birmingham, he was elected president of the Greater Birmingham Ministerial Association, Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Birmingham Baptist School of Nursing and Chairman of the Birmingham Parole Board. He chaired the Alabama Youth Committee for Governors George Wallace, Lurleen Wallace and Albert Brewer. In 1970 the Birmingham City Council honored Dr. McCrummen for his leadership in the rehabilitation of youth, not only in Birmingham but throughout the state. For several years he served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Midwestern Theological Seminary in Kansas City. He was a Rotarian of many years. From 1970 through 1990, he served as president of Judson College in Marion, one of the nation's oldest women's colleges. During his tenure, he was instrumental in organizing the Council for the Advancement of Private Colleges in Alabama and the Alabama Consortium of the Development of Higher Education. He served as president of the Association of Southern Baptist Colleges and Schools. In 1990 he received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award and was honored by the Alabama Legislature as one of the state's outstanding educators. Four times he received the George Washington Medal of Honor from the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge for his speeches on pariotism. Since 1990 he has served as Chancellor of Judson College. Dr. McCrummen enjoyed a passsion for aviation. Having first soloed at 21, he retained a pilot's license until he was 70. He was also an accomplished golfer and was a member of the Wynlakes Golf and Country Club. He was respected as the prototype of a gentleman. To the end, he kept the serenity, dignity and faith which were the hallmarks of his life. The funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church, 305 S. Perry St., Montgomery on March 9, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. The family will receive friends in the church's parlor from 9:45 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. A private burial will follow the service. The family requests no flowers but suggests memorials be sent to the N. H. McCrummen Scholarship Fund at Judson College, Marion, AL 36756.
Published by Montgomery Advertiser on Mar. 7, 2002.