Press Release - Office of College Advancement

Friday, April 8, 2011
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

For Immediate Release:

Memorial Service for Beloved Ohlone College Drama Professor

Norman Kirschbaum.Fremont, CA—On March 25, Ohlone College lost a beloved former professor in the Drama Department. Norman Kirschbaum, was a longtime highly regarded drama instructor, costume and fine jewelry designer, and craftsman.

Norman was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he studied Drama and Speech at the University of Minnesota before moving to California in 1962. He was the Chairman of Speech and Drama at Newark High School in Newark, CA from 1968 to 1974. However, his real talent was showcased as an assistant professor in the Ohlone College Drama Department. He was widely applauded by the community for the daringly dramatic and flamboyant flair of his many successful theatrical productions including Hit The Deck, West Side Story, Oklahoma and Kismet. Norman later retired to the Desert Hot Springs, where he spent the remainder of his life.

Norman is remembered by many for his natural ability to instill his own enthusiasm in his students’ hearts and their work. He is survived by a nephew in Minnesota and by his loving partner, Mr. Victor Torres-Kirschbaum.

A “Celebration of Life” memorial service will be held at the Smith Center at Ohlone College to remember the life and contributions of Norman Kirschbaum. For more information, email Professor Mark Nelson at or call 510-659-6298.


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