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  Obituary
Norgren remembered for advancing U-M's financial health

Peggy Norgren's relentless dedication and engaging personality will be remembered across campus and especially in Business & Finance for many years to come.

Norgren, associate vice president for finance, died Aug. 4 at the age of 51. She was born in Evergreen Park, Ill.
(Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

"Peggy will be terribly missed in our organization," says Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Tim Slottow. "The breadth and depth of her financial expertise along with her relentless dedication to partnering with people across the university to 'get it right' enabled her to make tremendous advances in the financial operations of the university and its overall financial health."

Before joining Business & Finance in 2004, Norgren was the assistant dean for operations at LSA. Prior to that she served as the assistant director at the Institute for Social Research from 1995-2000.

"Peggy was an extraordinary human being," says James Jackson, director of the ISR. "She made many improvements in the financial operations of our organization, and while she was making these changes, she also made many long-lasting and sustained friendships."

Norgren originally came to the University in 1995 after spending nearly 20 years doing finance, accounting and project management work for a variety of organizations, ranging from Price Waterhouse Management Consulting to Standard Oil Co. of Indiana. She received an undergraduate degree from St. Mary's College of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Colorado.

In her current position, she led an organization of nearly 450 employees and was responsible for the University's central financial functions (purchasing, accounts payable, procurement, accounting, payroll and sponsored programs), the external audited financial statements, internal controls, tax management, and treasury functions including cash, debt and risk management.

"Peggy's professional and personal impact at the University will be felt for many, many years to come," Slottow says. "And her wonderful personality enabled her to work effectively with employees at all levels of the institution."

Norgren's survivors include her husband David; three children Jack, Neil and Michelle; brothers John and Mark Kabbes; sister Martha Hesse; and her mother Elise Kabbes. She was preceded in death by her father Harry in 1997.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Great Sauk Trail Council, Boy Scout Troop #446, c/o Bob Heskett, 364 Hillcrest Drive, Saline, MI 48176 and/or to the Saline Area Girl Scouts, Troop #824, c/o Natalie Jeffries, 562 Ironwood Way, Saline, MI 48176. All donations should note "In memory of Peggy Norgren." Those who wish to share memories of Norgren are encouraged to visit her personal Web page at finops.umich.edu/peggy.

The Record accepts obituaries from University departments, family members and funeral homes acting on behalf of the family. All obituaries must be for active or retired faculty and staff members.

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