While Norm Lemley is well known in some circles of the maritime industry, his influence and good works have impacted many, many more who may not recognize his name. Norm had a very successful 36 year career in the United States Coast Guard rising to the position of senior civilian officer and has probably influenced nearly every signifcant piece of domestic and international maritime safety legislation in the past 25 years. I had the great fortune of being introduced to Norm by Eric Dawicki, president of Northeast Maritime Institute and working with him as a board member of the American Sail Training Association. (See Norm’s ASTA bio).
Yesterday Norm’s friends and family were in attendance as Northeast Maritime Institute opened a new educational facility called Lemley Hall. NMI’s motto is “Honor the Mariner” which is really the hallmark of Norm’s life’s work. Congratulations to NMI on a spectacular new building and to Norm for the well deserved recognition!