(February 19, 2009) - Madalynne Norick, civic leader, wife of former Mayor James H. Norick, mother of former Mayor Ronald J. Norick, and longtime member of the Oklahoma City Arts Commission, has died at the age of 87.
“Madalynne was an inspirational humanitarian who leaves behind a great legacy in this city,” said Mayor Mick Cornett. “She served as wife, mother and trusted advisor to two of Oklahoma City’s most influential mayors, and she was in a leader in our community for decades.”
Well known for her civic leadership and philanthropy, Norick was honored with the Lifetime Hero Award from the Red Cross of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Health Foundation’s Living Treasures Award and was inducted into the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation’s Wall of Fame.
Norick’s hospitality also led her to serve as diplomat for Oklahoma. In 1966 Governor Henry Bellmon gave Norick the job of promoting Oklahoma across the U.S. and around the world by appointing her “Oklahoma Ambassador.”
Norick also served in a leadership capacity with the Oklahoma City Arts Commission, Junior Hospitality, Daughters of the American Revolution, Jaycee Janes, National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, Camp Fire Girls, Mental Health Association, the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, the Governor’s Council on International Relations and countless other organizations.
Norick graduated from Classen High School and married James H. Norick in 1940. They had two children, Ronald J. Norick and Vickie Norick. Her husband, James H. Norick was elected Mayor of Oklahoma City from 1959 to 1963 and again from 1967 to 1971. Her son, Ronald J. Norick served as mayor from 1987 to 1998.
Norick was the president of Madalynne Norick Enterprises and owned several businesses in Oklahoma City, including The Plum Tree in Shepherd Mall.