Morgan Hayden Norval

May 30, 1936 – Sept. 26, 2020

Morgan Hayden Norval died peacefully at his home in Alexandria, Virginia on Sept. 26, 2020.

Born (May 30, 1936) and raised in Buffalo, after graduation from Deerfield Academy he attended Colorado College. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and rose to the rank of Corporal. He then earned his bachelor of science from American University in 1964. He settled in the Washington, D.C. area and became a nationally prominent Second Amendment advocate.

In 1985 he founded the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, serving as its Executive Director until his death. His nine books record his expertise on the post-Cold War conflicts in Southern Africa and terrorism. An avid hockey player and fan, he was also a dedicated weightlifter in his later years and mentored younger athletes in that sport.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver Gray and May (Morgan) Norval, his brothers PFC Richard M. Norval and Oliver Gray Norval, Jr., and his sisters, Elizabeth Gray (Norval) Karant and Vivian (Norval) Campbell. He is survived by five nieces and nephews. A graveside service in his honor is planned for the spring in his hometown of Buffalo, Wyoming. Donations can be made in his memory to the USA Weightlifting Jennifer Roy Award.

He will be interred at Willow Grove Cemetery at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13.

A graveside memorial is also planned for the spring.