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Norman Edward Sward

Norman Edward Sward

Norman Edward Sward, 66, passed away Saturday, December 3, 2011, in Little Rock surrounded by family and friends. He was born March 21, 1945, in Stuttgart. He graduated from Stuttgart High School in 1963 and from Arkansas State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1967. He then obtained a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His career in healthcare began in 1978 at St. Vincent Infirmary. He moved to Dallas in 1982 to start his career in human resources at Baylor University Medical Center. He was employed at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for twenty-two years as a director of human resources.

He is preceded in death by his parents Cliff and Alice Sward. He is survived by his beloved wife of thirty-one years, Donna Baker Sward; his daughter, Dr. Brita Sward Deacon and her husband Cam Deacon; son Erik Sward and his wife Dr. Lindsey Bell Sward; and son Dr. Nick Sward; brother Dr. David Sward and his wife Carol; brothers- and sisters-in-law Richard and Mary Baker, Charlotte and Craig Carlson, and Karen and Keith Buchanan; father- and mother-in-law Richard and Violet “Pete” Baker, in addition to many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and his beloved dogs Cooper and Marley.

An accomplished musician, Norman began playing the drums at age five. By eighth grade, he sat first chair in the senior high school band. He also played the keyboards and founded his own band in high school called The Blazers. In college, he played keyboards with The Bill Black Combo and The Gentrys. In addition to his musical accomplishments, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

A gifted public speaker, Norman gave speeches and announced his daughter’s swim meets with wit and a flair for puns. He was happiest when he was on the beaches of Barbados with his family or at his home on the lake in Hot Springs Village.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Michael V. Aureli Arkansas Hospice Perpetual Endowment Fund, c/o Arkansas Hospice Foundation, 14 Parkstone Circle, North Little Rock 72116 or to Holy Souls Monsignor Allen Trust Fund, 1003 N. Tyler, Little Rock 72205.

Visitation will be 5:30-7 p.m., Monday, December 5, at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic Church, 1003 N. Tyler, Little Rock, followed by the Rosary at 7 p.m. The Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 6, and officiated by Monsignor Lawrence Frederick. Arrangements by Ruebel Funeral Home,

Condolence Book

"Norman was a wonderful boss and friend. I am blessed to have worked for him for the last 18+ years.
He would always put the employee first and helped so many with problems and projects.
He was full of humor and made working with him a pleasure.
He will be missed by so many UAMS employees but especially those that worked directly with him

Susan Harmon | North Little Rock, AR |

"Erik and Lindsey,

I was very sorry to hear of your loss. "

Mary Beth Hollingsworth | Hampton, AR |

"A beautiful tribute to an exemplary father and husband to his family, a wonderful man and a faithful friend. Blessings, Peace and Prayers to the family. --Sharon Aureli"
Sharon Aureli | Mayflower, Arkansas |

"My broken heart is with each and every one of you. He was a wonderful, kind, generous, devoted, and loving man who made people smile. He is irreplaceable and will be early missed. Love, prayers and attempted comfort to Ms. Donna, Brita and Cam, and Lindsey and Erik. "
Annie Deacon | Gainesville, FL |

"It was my great privilege to work with Norman at UAMS. I will very much miss his wit and wonderful, positive attitude. My deepest sympathies and prayers are with the family."
Michelle Elliott | Maumelle, AR |

"Norman, you were a good, guy. A straight shooter and I'll miss you. God Bless you and your family."
Tracy Knifong | Benton, AR |

"Norman was a great person. I can't tell you how many people, including myself, he has helped and was a friend to. He will be missed by so many! You all are in my prayers.


Dwana McKay | Little Rock, AR |

"Thoughts and prayer for you and your family. He will be missed."
Kim Finne | Little Rock, AR |

"Norman will be greatly missed. Your family is in my prayers. "
Yolanda Hill | Little Rock, AR |

"Norman was the ultimate professional with a great sense of humor. I have benefited much from things I learned from him during my 5 years at UAMS. He worked with my sister Sheryl Martin Berger while at St. Vincent in HR. UAMS has lost a great asset, and the world has lost a great person. My prayers and thoughts are with the family during this difficult time."
Ruby Heard | Little Rock, AR |

"Donna, Brita and Erik,

I am so sorry for your loss. Norman was such a wonderful person who will be greatly missed. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

Jennifer Corbett Lester | Conway, AR |

"Donna, Brita, Erik :

It's hard to know what to say in times like these. You'll miss your husband and father terribly, as will we at UAMS. So many people have come into my office to share "Norman stories." He was most definitely our class clown.

May you be comforted in the love of your family and friends, and the peace of God. Lux Eterna.

Becky Goins "

Becky Goins | Little Rock, AR |

"Dear Erik:

So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.


Angela Bauer | Benton, AR |

"My Daddy, Hosea, worked with Norman. I remember how great Norman was to my Daddy when he was ill. My prayers are with you all and I pray God's continued grace and mercy on your family.

Grace and Peace"

Felicia Long | Jonesboro, AR |

"Donna and family,
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Peggy Benton"

Peggy Benton | Little Rock, AR |

"My colleague and friend. Truly you will be missed.
Thanks for the talks and sharing your care. Save me a seat we will meet again.


Mark Leonard | Bryant, AR |

"Donna and Family,
Norman will be greatly missed. He always had a story to tell.

You and your family have my deepest sympathies.

May you find your peace in God and his promises.

Pamela Anderson "

Anderson, Pamela | Jacksonville, AR |

"May the Lord be with the family in time of sorrow, he will be missed."
Joyce Bryant Tyson | Conway, AR |

"The world just lost a great citizen."
Joe Stocks | Dardanelle, AR |

"Former classmate and highschool band member. Sounds like Norman had an amazing life and family. I know he will be greatly missed."
Sheila Burnett Hogan | North Little Rock , AR |

"donna we are so sorry to hear about your loss judy and i will keep you and your family in our prayers. if you need us for anything please call us . with our condolence
with our love
larry and judy"

larry & judy nash | wheatley, AR |

"Norman and I had many great times in the Ricebird marching band. We also attened ASU together. Will miss him at the reunions. He is now with the father and at peace."
Tommy Graves | Benton, AR |

"I was a highschool class mate of Normans.
Our prayers are with the family. "

James Heinrich | Weimar, TX |

"Our heartfelt sympathy to all the Sward family. Especially to Erik and Lindsey. Our prayers are with you and your family"
Sandi Ganus | Sherwood, AR |

"I sat in front of Norman in the band--He was a fabulous drummer. I have so enjoyed working with Norman 22 years at UAMS. He has been so helpful at times. I always felt I had such a wonderful friend and most knowledgeable person to consult. I will miss his smile and cheery personality. He was a true friend. "
Claudia Beverly | Little Rock, AR |

"We love Norman and all of you so much. we are Very saddened by his passing."
larry fisher | salem, OR |

"I worked with Norman at St. Vincent and to my delight when I came to UAMS in May he was one of the first people I encountered. It was like a reunion! I always found Norman to be so helpful and kind. He was one of those rare people who possessed both technical expertise and common sense and could bring both to bear on whatever problem I brought to him. I will certainly miss him and will keep your family in my prayers. May the love of friends and the power of your faith give you comfort in your loss. "
Susan Henry | LIttle Rock, AR |

"I knew Norman virtually all our lives. He was a good person and obviously, an accomplished man. He will be missed by all his classmates. My condolences to his family.
Clark Daviss"

Clark Daviss | New Orleans, LA |

"To the Sward Family,
I just wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Teletha Leonard"

Teletha Leonard | Little Rock, AR |

"My deep thoughts and prayers go out to the sward family, norm was a long-time family friend, My prayers are with donna, brita, and erik."
Michael Bidwell | Salem, OR |

"Our prayers and sincere condolences to Donna and children due to the passing of your beloved husband and father."
Bob * Geri Watson | Little Rock, AR |

"Your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers at this time of greiving. May you be comforted in each others love and caring.
Blessings and love,
Esther & Leroy Mahnken"

Esther M. Mahnken | North Little Rock, AR |

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the Sward Family. I know that he will be greatly missed by all, including everyone at UAMS that he has helped over the years.

I know that he has helped me tremendously over the last few years that I have been working with HR."

Heather Brewer - UAMS | Little Rock, AR |

"Norman was a delightful person to be around. He was a good friend and I enjoyed workig with him from the time he cane to UAMS. He will be greatly missed. My prayers are with Donna and all his family and for the many friends he left behind."
Sue Adair | Titusville , FL |

"Norman was great to work with and will be missed. My thoughts are with you at this time."
Paula Bobbitt | Little Rock, AR |

"Donna and family,

So very worry for your loss. My prayers are being sent for you."

Theresa Southern | Brentwood, TN |

"Norman was a great person to work with and will be missed by me and a lot of other people. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. God will always be with you."
Mary Jones | Maumelle, AR |

"We love and miss you, SAP IT department."
Diane Alkire | Maumelle, AR |

"Norman and I were class-mates at Stuttgart High School. He was always the most talented and smartest guy around, in my opinion. We send our prayers for the family at this time. Norman will be missed."
Nancy (Bledsoe) Chandler | Hot Springs, AR |

"I am in shock; Norman was such a wonderful person. I can't believe he's gone. My condolences to the family; he will be greatly missed. "
Kim Tatera | Maumelle, AR |

"I have the fondest memories of Norman since elementary school. My thoughts and prayers are with the family."
Susan (St. John) Hoggard | Conway, AR |

"Many fond memories with Norman in the percussion section of the "Marching 100" as the Stuttgart High School Band was known. Astonished and very sad to learn of Norman's passing. We will pray a Rosary for him."
Marc R Core | Frisco, TX |

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. Love, the Godwin family"
Barbi and David Godwin | Springdale, AR |

"So sorry to hear of your loss. I went to scholl and was in the band with Norman. He was so good to post "stories" when one of our classmates passed away. My prayers are with you."
Mitri Greenhill | Stuttgart, AR |

"I miss Norman already. Norman was great to work with and I enjoyed our visits when we crossed paths at Wendy's during lunch."
Alan Burke | Little Rock, AR |

"Dear Sward Family,

Words alone cannot express my sympathy for the loss of your beloved.
I hope that you and your family will find peace and comfort in knowing that he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

May God Bless You and Your Wonderful Family.

Yours In Faith,
Tammy White"

Tammy White | North Little Rock, AR |

"Condolences to Norman's family. Norman was a great person to work with and had a great sense of humor.

Pam | Little Rock, AR |

"My thoughts and prayers are with the Sward Family. Norman was a great person."
Celeste Crittenden-Anthony | North Little Rock, AR |

"The many postings here are testimony to the lives that Norman touched. He and I began working at UAMS about the same time, and he was delightful to work with. I'm just so sorry for him and his family that his life was cut short. "
Holly Eaton | Sherwood, AR |

"Donna and family,

We are so sorry not to be there during this trying time. We can’t think of another life more worthy of celebrating than Norman’s. He taught me (Bill) so much about enjoying each moment of life. Going anywhere with him was like a party. He rarely went anywhere (particularly Wendy’s) without meeting someone he has known, or meeting someone new.

He was the easiest person to be with that I have ever known. Our lunch conversations were always enjoyable and enlightening and very rarely on work. His was a special life and we already miss him.

Our love and prayers are with you all.

Love, Bill and Renee"

Bill and Renee Barlow | Winterville, NC |

"We were friends from grade 1 through 12 and neighbors for so many years. My condolences to all of you. Donna, I remember how proud he was when you all would come over to my parents' home. Please know that Normand will always be special in my heart. His gifts were shared with so many. Sincerely, Sue "
Sue Grimes Schwartz | Garland, TX |

"Norman and I were classmates at Stuttgart High School. He was a very special person and a dear friend. Our prayers are with his family."
Wanda Earhart Mayfield | Stuttgart, AR |

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May Our Father wrap his loving arms around you and embrace you with His peace and strength.
The Martin Family"

Jan Martin | Little Rock, AR |

"Norman and I had many classes together at Stuttgart High; however what I always remember is Band. When we had football games away, he managed to get a group to play penny poker on my saxophone case. Norman was such a good guy...someone I could count on and talk with. I'm so glad I got to see him at our reunions that didn't conflict with University of Arkansas games. I was looking forward to seeing him at our 50th reunion in 2013. I was blessed to know Norman; and am happy he has such a fine family life. God bless you.
Carol Ann "

Carol Ann Schuster Mitchell | Los Angeles, CA |

"My God bless you and your family E. Sward.

Jonathan Aaron

Jonathan Aaron (TopHog1) | El Dorado, AR |

"My thoughts and prayers are with you the family and friends of Norman, so many years of knowing him, it's hard to believe he is no longer with us. He will truly be missed by me and so many others. God Bless


Andrea L. Roy | Little Rock, AR |

"I am sorry for your loss. I worked with Norman at UAMS; he was a fine person and I enjoyed working with him. His wit and humor were unique and will be missed. "
Rod West | Little Rock, AR |

"It has been many years since we were all together at Holy Souls School helping our children become the wonderful people they are today. Fond memories.
Just wanted to tell you that when Steve read of Norman's passing he commented that Norman was the nicest guy he met at Indian Princesses! We are both saddened for your family's loss of such a sweet husband and father. "

Mary Ann and Steve Holt | North Little Rock, AR |

"Donna & Family,
My prayers are with you during this difficult time. Norman will be greatly missed. May you find peace & strength in your precious memories... "God bless you all"


Audrey Bradley | Sherwood, AR |

"Norman is one of a kind. Even though Norman was not over payroll when I came to UAMS 8 years ago...I could not have made it without him. He was eager and willing to help me learn the ropes. It didn't take me long to figure out - he and I would get along just fine (most of the time). I love how he can be sarcastic and still have the respect of others around him. Norman was a true friend, I already miss him. Don't know what I'll do with all those 'extra' cucumbers this summer that he enjoyed so much. My prayers go out to the entire family. His UAMS family will miss him greatly. Norman, we will meet again my friend."
Cathy Bolden | El Paso, AR |

"Norman was a truly great guy! I know you are finding comfort in these condolences. I was able to meet him last year on campus after almost 20 years of him helping me via telephone calls. I'm sure there were times he just wanted to throw up his hands while he was talking with me but he didn't (or his voice never indicated he had!). I know he will be greatly missed by his family, friends and his UAMS family. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers."
Sara Sherman | White Hall, AR |

"Donna I'm so very sorry for your loss! I wish I could have been there for you during this time!!! Please know that I am praying for you, Brita and Erik! I love you and I'm here for you anytime, please know that!!!!! I know that Norman will be greatly missed!!!"
Alice Allbritton Johnston | Hamburg, AR |

"Norman was a special friend to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed."
Judy Ellis (Conrad) | Stuttgart, AR |

"Norman was a great friend from high school days. He will be greatly missed."
Frank Abbott Trice | Portsmouth, VA |

"I, too, was a member of the "Marching 100" Stuttgart Band and a classmate of Norman's. We all shared a lot of good memories. From all the comments he was a very professional and caring person. I was very sad to hear of his passoing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family."
Donna Newton Langlais | Little Rock, AR |

"We lost a fine and good man, obviously loved and admired by many. Norman and I went thru most, if not all of our public schooling together and I always enjoyed his friendship and many special talents. My Prayers and condolences to his family, and especially brother David as I can only imagine having to bury a close little brother. May the Spirit of the Season be with you in your time of need. "
Joe B. Henderson, Jr. | Huntsville, TX |

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