Norman Eugene Mausolf passed away in his sleep at Aarondale Assisted Living in Springfield, Virginia, on March 17, 2023.
He was born on December 22, 1942, in Mineola, NY to Eugene Mausolf and Emmy Bess. He was the older brother to Ronnie, with whom he always remained close and shared a love of family history. Norman graduated from Hamilton College in 1964 with a degree in Chemistry and was proud it was a Bachelor of Arts because he had to study a foreign language to graduate.
He was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany as a Forensic Chemist in the newly formed 15th Military Police Brigade, the first such brigade ever activated in the United States Army. This shaped his career path and after leaving the Army, he moved to Lansing, Michigan to continue on in forensic chemistry. Newly married, in 1972, he moved to Maryland where he worked for the Drug Enforcement Administration and later with the Prince George’s County Police Department.
Even though he was a scientist by training, Norman was a man steeped in the liberal arts. He spoke German and French. He grew his own vegetables, composted, recycled, and rode his bicycle twenty miles to and from work each day before these activities were mainstream. He loved classical music, photography, reading, trains, room-temperature beer and building fires in his wood-burning stove. While his skills in the kitchen lent themselves best to being a sous chef, he was an excellent baker.
A 46-year resident of Cheverly, MD, he was a Scoutmaster for the local Boy Scout Troop, which allowed him to continue to go on camping trips and mentor young people. He was actively involved in Redeemer Lutheran Church, in Hyattsville, MD for many years.
Norman was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Ruth; he is survived by his three children, Nancy Mausolf of Alexandria, VA, Susan Schmidt (Oliver) of Cheverly, MD, and Daniel Mausolf (Nadia) of Franklin, MA; his grandchildren Lillie and Benedikt Schmidt and Alyssa and Seth Mausolf; and his brother Ronald. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
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