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Norman Wiggins, former Campbell president, dies at 83

Norman A. Wiggins, the chancellor and retired president of Campbell
University, died Wednesday from
complications of lymphoma. He was 83.

Wiggins was president of the private, Baptist-affiliated
university for 36 years before he retired in 2003, because of health problems
related to the cancer. He was later named chancellor.

The university said Wiggins was being treated at Wake
Forest University
Baptist Medical Center
in Winston-Salem when he died.

Wiggins was a native of Burlington
and served in the Marines in World War II.
He earned an associate’s degree at Campbell
Junior College, the predecessor of Campbell
University. He went on to earn
bachelor’s and law degrees at Wake Forest
University, then earned a master’s
degree and a doctorate in law at Columbia University School of Law.

Wiggins taught law and was general counsel at Wake
Forest until he was named Campbell’s
president in 1967. During his tenure, the university grew to include schools of
law, business, education, divinity and pharmacy.

Campbell also
established satellite programs at North Carolina’s
military bases under Wiggins’ leadership, as well as a partnership with Tunku
Abdul Rahman College
in Kuala Lumpu, Malaysia.

As a legal scholar, Wiggins wrote three books on wills,
trusts and estates. He also is a former president of the North Carolina Baptist
State Convention.

Wiggins is survived by his wife, Millie Wiggins.

Visitation is scheduled for 5
p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m.
Sunday in Turner Auditorium in the D. Rich building.

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