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Obituary: Norm Tessman 1937-2016

Norm Tessman

Norm Tessman

Norm Tessman of Alexandria, Virginia, passed away peacefully February 8th, 2016. Prior to living in Virginia, he lived and worked in Prescott, then Cottonwood, Arizona for over three decades.

Born Norman Temple Fleming in Los Angeles on June 5th, 1937, as a child he moved to St. Ansgar, Iowa with his mother who re-married Art Tessman.

While in the Air Force, Norm was stationed in Okinawa, Japan and then at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, where his son Barry Alan Tessman was born.

Upon leaving the military, Norm completed undergrad and graduate work at the University of Florida and then the University of Arizona.

He was a paleontologist, archeologist, teacher, and senior curator for 25 years at Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott. A gifted writer of many articles, grants, books, and screenplays, Norm was also an avid kayaker, runner, mountain biker, hiker, and voracious reader.

Norm is preceded in death by his beloved son, National Geographic photographer, Barry, his father, Richard Fleming, his mother, Mary Temple Fleming Tessman, and stepfather Art Tessman. He is survived by his wife Jane Wells of Alexandria (formerly of Cottonwood), Barry's mother Gerry Tessman of Wofford Heights, California, daughter Madeleine Wells and son-in-law Daniel Goldburt of Washington, DC, sister-in-law Diane Nadel of New York City, daughter-in-law Joy Tessman of Kernville, California, three beautiful grandchildren, Ellie Rose and Alana River of Kernville and Ezra David of Washington DC, and many cousins throughout California and Canada.

Norm had a wonderful sense of humor; he was a fascinating and kind man with a fierce appreciation of and zest for life and adventure.

Contributions may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association/LBDA or to God's Love We Deliver. An online guestbook is available to sign at

Information provided by the family.