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NORMA LOUISE McCOY
August 6, 1934 ~ August 22, 2012
Norma passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 22, 2012, after a long illness. She was born in Galveston, TX on Aug. 6, 1934. Norma graduated from Vancouver High School in 1952, then attended Stanford University where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She continued her education at the University of Minnesota where she earned a Doctorate in Psychology.
Norma was a professor at San Francisco State University for over 40 years and received many academic grants, honors, and awards. She was best known for her studies relating to women, birth control, estrogen, and pheromones. She was also vitally interested in the scientific study of human sexuality. Her exuberant and powerful personality will be missed by all who knew her.
She lived life to the fullest and as she wanted to do.
In addition to her academic achievements, she was a great mother. She loved her garden and was especially fond of her roses, camellias, and azaleas.
Norma is survived by her beloved husband, Joseph Matyas; son, Robert Bruce Irons and his wife Carol; daughter, Juliet McCoy Irons Marchioni and her husband Bart; her sister, Doris McCoy Vail; and several cousins. Her granddaughter, Isabelle Irons, will especially miss her.
Her burial in Vancouver, WA will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stanford University Medical Center, Gift Processing, P. O. Box 20466, Stanford, CA 94309.
Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on September 16, 2012