Dr. Norman Ray Kaylor, Sr.

March 16, 1933 - March 18, 2024
Dr. Norman Ray Kaylor, Sr.

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Dr. Norman Ray Kaylor, Sr., born on March 16, 1933, in Herber Springs, Arkansas, passed away peacefully on March 18, 2024, in Wilmington, North Carolina, at the age of 91.

A veteran of the United States Army, Dr. Kaylor dedicated over twenty-eight years of his life to educating and shaping young minds as a professor at the Cameron School of Business at the University of Wilmington. His passion for education was evident in his long and distinguished career. He played a pivotal role in the establishment of the school of business administration in 1979 and oversaw the construction of Cameron Hall, which stands as a testament to his leadership.

He was a member of the Wilmington Cape Fear Rotary club for the past 34 years and was a reciprocate of the Paul Harris Award.
Dr. Kaylor’s academic journey began with his Undergraduate studies at Middle Tennessee State University and culminated with a Master’s Degree from the University of Georgia and received his PHD from University of Mississippi. He leaves behind a legacy of knowledge and inspiration that will continue to impact future generations.

He loved his time with his family, and loved to travel with his wife visiting many cities and parks around the country and going on cruises. And his longtime friends from Wrightsville Beach United Methodist Church.

Preceded in death by his parents, Glenn Kaylor and Delia Morris Kaylor, his beloved wife of over sixty years, Betty Jo Russell Kaylor, and his daughter, Beth, Joyce Elizabeth Kaylor, Dr. Kaylor is survived by his son, Norman Ray Kaylor, Jr., and wife, M.L. Bagwell of Marble, NC; his sister, Bette Widner of Tuscaloosa, AL; numerous nieces and nephews, and a special pet dog named “Oliver.”

A celebration of Dr. Kaylor’s wonderful life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in honor of his life to the University of North Carolina Wilmington Scholarship Fund.

Online condolences can be shared at www.wilmingtonfuneralcares.com.

Dr. Norman Ray Kaylor, Sr., your dedication to education and unwavering spirit will forever be cherished and remembered by all whose lives you touched. Rest in peace.

Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 South 41st Street Wilmington, North Carolina 28403, 910-791-9099.


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  • April 04, 2024
    Sheila Willis says:
    I had the pleasure of knowing Norm for a short period of time at Arbor Landing. He was the sweetest man and I enjoyed my conversations with him about my Alma Mater UNCW. Rest in peace Norm.

  • March 28, 2024
    Stephen Harper says:
    Norm was one of the reasons I came to UNCW. When I first met Norm it was clear he was a leader. His commitment to creating a culture that valued student education and development was exceptional. In my case, he encouraged my professional development for decades. He was always there with insightful advice when I sought it. The Cameron School of Business is his legacy. I doubt anyone else could have created the foundation for what became an exceptional educational environment. Stephen C. Harper, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus in Management

  • March 27, 2024
    Woody and Mary Ann Hall says:
    When Mary Ann and I moved to Wilmington in 1974, we quickly made friends with Norm and Jo. As chair of the then Department of Business and Economics and later the Cameron School of Business, Norm served as my mentor as a newly minted PhD and continued to support me even after his retirement. Not only was he a renowned professor and administrator but he also was active in the community and church. Many of his students have fond memories of him as an excellent and truly caring instructor. Mary Ann and I will miss him as a compassionate individual.

  • March 24, 2024
    Larry Clark says:
    Norm left a wonderful legacy from his being the founding dean of the Cameron School of Business and the overseer of the building of Cameron Hall, besides his years of teaching and mentoring students.

  • March 22, 2024
    Denis & Stella Carter says:
    We will miss Norm, a dear friend and colleague. He was a true educator that worked tirelessly for the success of his students, many of whom have become civic and business leaders. He was generous with his time and talents, supporting church, university and community initiatives. He was a man of great love for his family and friends. We are grateful for having known him. May he rest in eternal peace.