Norman Ross Harbaugh Sr.

September 8, 1924September 20, 2013

Norman Ross Harbaugh Sr. went home to be with the Lord on September 20, 2013. Norman was born on September 8, 1924 and was raised by an absolutely wonderful mother, Bobbie Ross Harbaugh in Windber Pennsylvania. Windber was a coal-mining town where few went to college, yet he was the first male in his family to attend. He was a true self-made man with a drive, ambition, and compassion second to none. His education started at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, followed by attendance at the University of Pennsylvania in the Wharton School of Business, and then received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Colombia University in 1950. Norman continued on to earn a Master of Arts Degree from Stanford University in 1951, Master of Business Administration Degree, with distinction, from Harvard University in 1955, and finally a Doctor of Business Administration Degree from Harvard Business School in 1965.

Teaching and changing the lives of people one person at a time was a calling of Norman’s. As a College Professor at Georgia State University for 19 years, he directed the MBA program and taught thousands of students Management 350. He was proud to have helped build GSU into the fine university it is today. Each year at the College’s Honors Day ceremony, the department presents the “Norman R. Harbaugh Scholastic Achievement Award, presented to the most outstanding Management major in the MBA program based on academic achievement, potential for leadership, and service to the University and the community.” Norman served on the Coordinating Board of the Emeriti Association of Georgia State University for many years. He also taught at Northwestern University and George Washington University prior to Georgia State.

Norman’s biggest passion in his life was serving Jesus Christ who was his Savior from the age of 11 years. He spread the gospel by teaching Sunday school every Sunday for 72 years. He also served on or directed mission trips to India, Kenya, Australia, Moldavia, and multiple American cities with the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Norman’s other love was his country, which he served by being in the US Navy for 27 years, attaining the rank of Captain. He served with Admiral Hyman Rickover in the US Nuclear Program, a part of the Atomic Energy Commission, where he directed the building and outfitting of the World’s and US Navy’s first Nuclear Powered Frigate, the USS Bainbridge. While working under Admiral Rickover he met a fellow officer in the nuclear program named Lieutenant Sally Preston Higgins, who would become his wife on December 21, 1957. Norman served the community on numerous organizations and boards. He was a Boy Scout as well a Boy Scout Leader, a Masonic Mason for 60 years, served on the Navy Capital Credit Union’s Board of Directors and became its Vice President. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Baptist School of Nursing and the Luther Rice Seminary and as the Chairman of the Board of Deacons at Druid Hills Baptist Church and Claremont Hills Baptist Church. Norman served in leadership positions in the Gideon’s International, American Legion, Task Force Patriot, as well President of the Park Springs Foundation, and many other organizations over his life. As an entrepreneur, Norman formed Harbaugh & Associates, which provided business consulting to many Fortune 500 companies for 21 years. As an accomplished pilot he not only flew with Civil Air Patrol, but he would also give business advice to the CEO of Northeast Airlines, which a few years later merged with Delta Airlines. Norman is survived by his wife Sally Higgins Harbaugh, his son Norman “Chip” Ross Harbaugh Jr. MD., and grandchildren Adam Lee Harbaugh, Chandler Heilman Harbaugh, and Norman Ross Harbaugh III. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 28th,, at 11:00 am, and a reception to follow. The service and reception will be held at Mountain Park First Baptist Church, located at 5485 Five Forks Trickum Road, Stone Mountain Georgia, 30087. In lieu of flowers, which would be considered wasteful by Norman, he would like donations to go to Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 665, Stone Mountain Georgia 30086-0665 or to Mountain Park First Baptist Church.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 28, 2013

Norman Ross Harbaugh Sr.

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Malise Hutchinson

November 7, 2013

My condolence to the Harbaugh family.sorry for your loss.It's was a pleasure taking care of Mr Harbaugh.Chip may you and the rest of the family find peace and comfort in the scriptures John 14:1-6

Malise Hutchinson

November 7, 2013

My condolence to the Harbaugh family.May the scriptures give you all peace and comfort.

Clnton Berry

November 4, 2013

Dr.Harbaugh was kind, caring and thoughtful. I have fond memories of him and his encouragement during difficult times. Even though he is mourned, I am sure he would say that this is not the end but rather a new beginning. He will be missed by everyone! I was saddened when I read this just this morning and am very sorry for your loss. Have a Blessed Day!!

Clinton Berry

November 4, 2013

October 12, 2013

Dr. Harbaugh was a special person. I knew him from Druid Hills Baptist Church. May God bless you and keep you in this time of loss. Sandra Haney

October 6, 2013

was kind and patient, and always emphasized integrity and ethics above all, which made him my most memorable professor at GSU. Dr. Norman Harbaugh Sr. was a gift to our community.

October 2, 2013

Dear Mrs. Harbaugh and Family,
There are no words to convey the depth of your loss. Heaven has gained a bright new star and we have all lost a special husband, father, friend.
The ship reunions will no longer be the same without Norm "holding court."
Thoughts and prayers always.
Mauro & Cathy Greco
USS Bainbridge shipmate.


October 2, 2013

I was a student of Dr. Harbaugh's in the early eighties. His was my favorite class, and he is one of my favorite teachers. He had that unique blend of being a great teacher and a great human being. I will always remember him. May God bless and keep you in peace at this time of loss.

Annette Strietelmeier

October 1, 2013

Mr. Harbaugh was a very special person. I got to know him at Mountain Park First Baptist where he volunteered to help with the BAG ministry. He tirelessly visited in the community taking gift bags to people that needed to hear the gospel. He was an inspiration! I had no idea he had all these credentials at the time. He was a humble, dedicated worker for the Kingdom of God! I think that is what he would want to be remembered for the most! Deepest sympathy to the Harbaugh family.

Denita Morin

October 1, 2013

My deepest sympathies to the Harbaugh family. I was one of his students at GSU and knew him as the advisor to Kappa Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi. Dr. Harbaugh always had a story to tell and will be missed by all of us.