Norman F. Chapman
North Kingstown, R.I. — Norman F. “Norm” Chapman, 70, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. He was the beloved husband for 47 years of Nancy E. (Sovet) Chapman. Born in Hattiesburg, Miss., he was a son of the late Norman F. and Margaret (Prior) Chapman.
After graduating from Brown University, Norm taught U.S. History in the Hanover, N.H. schools for 20 years, retiring in 1985. During that time, he received his Master’s Degree from Dartmouth College. He had a love for computer technology and developed a computer literacy course, teaching kids and adults how to program. He was invited to develop and teach his literacy program for the University of New Hampshire’s School for Lifelong Learning at Lebanon College.
After his retirement from teaching, he served as a computer technology coordinator for the school districts in the Dartmouth College region and was an advisor to Dartmouth’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program, as well as, working for TrueBASIC where he was asked to promote BASIC Computer Language and math software products. He returned to R.I. where he served as technology director for the Narragansett School District and ran a start-up project to develop and provide internet service for R.I.’s public, private and parochial schools, now known as R.I. Network for Computer Technology (RINET) serving as executive director. He later served as Director of Academic Technology at Moses Brown and consulted for several R.I. schools and districts, processing internet and telecommunications grant applications and audits.
For many years, Norm served on two R.I. Commissions for the Elderly, the R.I. Medical Board of Licensure and Discipline and as vice president and president of the R.I. Retired Teacher’s Assoc. He was also executive director for the R.I. Society for Technology Educators and was involved with politics for many years, volunteering for political campaigns, including presidential campaigns while living in N.H. He and his wife, Nancy, loved to travel in and out of the US. They traveled extensively in Europe and frequently visited their son, Alex S. Chapman in Cornish Flat, N.H. and their daughter, Susannah M. Slabiniski and her husband, Peter, in Underhill, Vt. Besides his wife and children, he is survived by a brother, James F. Chapman of DelRay Beach, Fla. He was the brother of the late John H. Chapman and Virginia Unkuski.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2012, at 10 a.m. in St. Thomas More Church, 53 Rockland Street, Narragansett. Burial will be private. Visiting hours respectfully omitted. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Hospice & Hospice Care of R.I., 1085 North Main Street, Providence, R.I. 02904 will be appreciated. Information and condolences, visit FaganQuinnFuneralHome.com.