Norman H. Hamm, Jr., PhD

Norman H. Hamm, Jr., PhD

November 25, 1940 – July 20, 2023

Norm was born to Norman H. Hamm, Sr., and Mary Paplik in Parma, Ohio, November 25, 1940, and died on July 20, 2023, at his home in Omaha, Nebraska, with his wife, Lynne at his bedside.

Norm received his public education among northeast Ohio schools and earned his undergrad and PhD degrees from Kent State University in Ohio. He was a professor of psychology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha for 35 years, with specialties in adolescent, child, abnormal, and school psychology. He published more than 25 research articles in psychology journals.

In the later part of his career, Norm became a comedy hypnotist and performed over 100 acts at high schools, colleges, and business parties. Playing and teaching tennis, collecting classic cars, weightlifting, and dancing were his favorite activities, many of which were oriented toward improving the mental health of both himself and others.

Norm is survived by his wife, Lynne; brother, Bob; daughters, Mary Kay (Derek) Pflum and Michelle Hamm (Paul Nyffeler); grandchildren: Katie, Mary, Ryan, Vittoria, and Megan. He is also survived by Lynne’s children, Matt and Tessa; and grandchildren: Peyton, Dillon, Elli, and Maya.

The family thanks CHI Hospice for their extraordinary care during the last months of Norm’s life, which allowed him to be at home upon his death, as he wished.

Celebration of Life: Saturday, August 19, 2023, 5:00 p.m., West Center Chapel.

Interment of ashes will be at Brooklyn Heights Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio, with his mother and father.

Flowers are welcome.  Alternatively, please consider a memorial to the University of Nebraska Foundation to benefit the UNO Psychology Department Fund (01132310), 1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 300, Lincoln, NE 68508, or via their website at

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  • George Kralik Posted August 13, 2023 6:38 am

    Norm was such a great guy and a good friend of mine. He was always so upbeat and he really enjoyed life.

  • Theodore (Ted) Doll Posted October 15, 2023 4:44 pm

    I remember Norm from graduate school in psychology at Kent State U. He was a great, gentle person. My condolences to his family. Ted

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