When my daughter was very small my mother came with me to an ALA conference. I introduced my mother to Norman and his kindness to her was never forgotten by her. Norman had the capacity to show genuine interest in every human he encountered.
Norman won ALA's Honorary membership--our highest honor--in 2004. The citation lauded him "for his long and distinguished career in librarianship that spans several countries and six decades; his contributions as a library educator, parliamentarian, writer, and publisher; and his influence as a mentor to generations of librarians."
There are some special insights into Norman's influence on modern librarianship in Kenneth F. Kister's biography of Eric Moon. Kister writes of Norman's cloakroom politicking on issues of policy and his fame as master of parliamentary procedure and the policy handbook.
In 2004 John N. Berry III wrote in LJ of Norman rescuing Dewey's motto ["The best reading for the largest number, at the least cost."] at the 1988 Midwinter Meeting by explaining the history of the epigram and convincing ALA Council to reinstate it.
Norman's 2005 book with Ed Kurdyla. Perspectives, Insights & Priorities: 17 Leaders Speak Freely of Librarianship. Scarecrow Press, 2005, brought together authors on the field he loved. One of the Dr.Horrock's final writings on intellectual freedom appeared just a few months ago--"Librarians Must Step Up On PATRIOT Act" (LJ F 15, 2010).
These past few days I have read through the many long and short writings of Norman Horrocks who kept a steady pulse on librarianship across many borders. Take a few minutes to enter "Norman Horrocks" into the Wilson index search engine and read Norman's work back over the decades. You will be in awe to realize to what extent this wonderful man held intellectual and ethical aspects of our field together across oceans and borders. Norman Horrocks was a scholar. A quiet and true way of honoring his work is to read it over the past many decades and by doing so remember all that he was to so many of us.
Kathleen de la Peña McCook, Librarian