Norman Clyde Mallory

July 16, 1945March 26, 2013

Norman C. Mallory, 67, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at City of Hope Helford Hospital in Duarte, California, from complications following cancer surgery in January. Born July 16, 1945 in Salem, Oregon, Norman was an only child and spent his youth in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and Northern California. He graduated from high school in Chico, California and earned his MA in English from California State University Chico; he also did work toward a PhD in English at the University of Nevada Reno, concentrating on the works of James Joyce and William Butler Yeats. While doing his graduate work, Norman taught freshman English at both of the above mentioned universities. He taught for the Ventura County Community College District for nearly 30 years in the areas of Humanities, Art, Film, Journalism, and all levels of English. He was first hired to teach full-time at Moorpark College in the early 1970s and transferred to Ventura College in 1984 where he retired from teaching in July of 2000. He was a resident of Ventura County for almost 30 years. Throughout his life Norman considered himself an artist, above all. After concluding his teaching career, he concentrated on his art full-time for the remainder of his life. He felt a special kinship with drawing, continuously practicing this skill, as he considered it fundamental to his work. He was a visual artist and illustrator, primarily a painter, working in watercolor, oil, acrylic, and egg tempera. Norman was a very active member of the Flickr website, posting there more than 5000 images of his work since joining in 2007. His work can be viewed there. He was a well-respected artist and a mentor for many young people who requested assistance and needed encouragement. He was known for his generosity in assisting other artists. His illustrations have appeared in many national and international periodicals such as Le Monde and der Freitag. He was also a published poet and essay writer, a musician, playing the guitar and mandolin, and a singer. He played in numerous acoustic bands and especially enjoyed performing gospel, bluegrass, old time, and country music. He was made an Honorary Lifetime Member of the "Old Time, Country, Bluegrass, Gospel Music Association." Norman was a voracious reader of books; his taste was amazingly broad from science fiction, philosophy, biography, and history, to art, literary criticism, politics, and religion. A lover of libraries since the age of 9 when he discovered the Anchorage Public Library while living in Alaska, Norman went so far as to marry his own librarian, Mary LaBarge, a reference librarian at Moorpark College. Their relationship began in 1984 and she was by his side at his death. The accompanying drawing is by Mariah O'Neill. In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Humane Society of Ventura County, at A Prayer Vigil will be recited Thursday, April 18, 7:00 P.M. at Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road in Ventura. The funeral mass will take place Friday, April 19, 1:00 P.M., at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 3175 Telegraph Road, Ventura. Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at


  • Prayer Vigil

    Thursday, April 18, 2013

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, April 19, 2013


Norman Clyde Mallory

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Demi Veith

August 25, 2013

I remember Norman from high school. He was a grade ahead of me and played stand-up bass in a bluegrass group (The Brandy Creek Ramblers?) with one of my friends, Jay Rawlins, who played banjo. Eric Rawlins played mandolin; Don Pike played guitar. They were fairly amazing. I am sobered by Norman's too-early death, but happy to see what a productive life he devoted to art and what good friends he made along the way.

rick foster

April 30, 2013

Mary I was so saddened to hear of Norman's passing thanx to Rene' Fraser. Tom and Kathy Pfieffer and I were just reminiscing about Norman just a few short weeks ago. I saw him as being the quiet warrior of the 'old gaurd' at Moorpark college. I remember fondly many thoughtful and funny late night discussions over sipped bourbon. And then there was Norman leading the procession at the christening of Gerald Bridgeman's then, 9 month old son. There was Norman playing guitar and singing a ballad, uncharacteristically, leading a line of revelers across a field at Bridgeman's home that could have been easily mistaken for a street scene from the Renaissance Faire! And he, having begun celebrating a bit earlier with some of us other older children, reached the lip of the barranca and caught his foot in some varments hole causing him to slide some score yards on his kister, narry missing a note, to land on his feet as if nothing had occurred and not a beat late still singing! He was, truly, a Renaissance Man...who touched many and will be remembered fondly. All my best to you.
Rick Foster

Sandra Ciancio

April 17, 2013

Mr. Mallory was my Writing teacher when I went back to college, I wanted to know if my passion for writing was just that or I could really write and make my voice heard. I learn I could write and still follow Mr. Mallory's rules about writing every day something...I have a copy of "Duets" I cherish. He had the most visual hands! He was a great teacher and inspiration.

April 14, 2013

I am heartbroken for you, Mary, and your extended family. You always smiled with a light in your eyes when you spoke of your husband. God Bless. ~Danita


April 11, 2013

Mary, I just love you and I'm heartbroken to hear of your loss.

Spencer Thompson

April 11, 2013

You can't turn around in my home without seeing a framed Mallory original painting. A good man, a great friend and a great artist, he'll be remembered fondly by my wife & I for the rest of our lives.

Maureen Rauchfuss

April 11, 2013

Mary - I am so very sorry for your loss. I never met Norman, but heard you speak lovingly of him. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. -Maureen Rauchfuss

Amy Madsen

April 8, 2013

Norman Mallory...a fine colleague and a good friend. So very many memories connected with my years at Ventura College, starting with my first English Department meeting where you took me aside and explained how it all REALLY worked. You always made me laugh, and you kept the absurdities of the institution in perspective. You would be amused to know that I have been scolded for my "Norman Mallory Teaching Schedule." Nobody plays music in their office any are missed.

Charles Grogg

April 7, 2013

You taught me everything. I could not find a subject I needed help in that you did not know well. I could not name a book you hadn't read. I know verbatim many of the witticisms I laughed to hear from you in conversation and repeat them myself endlessly. Norman, you are like a father to me: loving, kind, generous, steady, wise, and understanding. Without you I would not have been a singer, or an artist, or anything like the man I am today. Norman, a part of you lives in me always. But I wish you didn't have to go.
Your faithful friend always,

Harold Heuser

April 7, 2013

Goodbye, Norman......I'll miss you...but I'll think of you every time I hum "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot".