George H. Norton, Jr '35

George H. Norton, Jr.George, a decorated WWII Veteran and retired Vice President of The Continental Illinois National Bank, Chicago, entered the Chapter Eternal on April 30, 2002.

Brother Norton began his career at The Harris Bank, later spent eight years at The Omaha National Bank, Omaha, Nebraska, and retired in 1980 from The Continental Bank after 20 years as Vice President and Director of Portfolios in the trust investment division. He then served as Vice President-Investments for the LaGrange Bank and Trust, LaGrange, Illinois, 1980-1985. His career had been in the trust and investment areas of banking.

He was founder and first president of The Omaha-Lincoln Society of Financial Analysts, a past president of The Investment Analysts Society of Chicago, and active in The Financial Analysts Federation and The Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts. He was awarded the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst in 1963. Mr. Norton served as a director of several corporations and was long active in many charitable organizations and in civic affairs. He was a former member of The Chicago Association of Commerce, The Bond Club of Chicago, The Executive's Club, and The Bankers' Club. He was active in The Crusade of Mercy for 50 years and a past President of The Western Springs United Fund. In addition, he was active in The Chicago Metropolitan Association of The United Church of Christ, and a lay leader in the First Congregational Church of Western Springs.

George was co-founder with Dick Harman '35, of the Denison Naples Reunion. And, in 1968, the two brothers again combined talents and efforts to co-chair the 100th Anniversary celebration of Mu Chapter. Then, in 2000, George and Dick served as honorary co-chairs for the Campaign To Restore Mu Sig Pride, the effort resulting in the extensive restoration of the Sig House at Denison.

For all these accomplishments in his distinguished career and for significant service in his community and civic organizations, he was recognized in 1985 by his Alma Mater with its Alumni Citation. Sigma Chi recognized these accomplishments by honoring George Norton with the Significant Sig Award. He was a proud member of Denison's remarkable Class of 1935 that, with 3 Significant Sig Awardees and one Order of Constantine Awardee, is Mu Chapter's most-honored.

George is survived by his wife, Armella; a son, Dale (Elizabeth) and their daughters, Laura and Katherine; all of Fond du Lac, WI and a daughter, Jean and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Eckrich of St. Louis, MO; dear uncle to many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by a brother, Laurence and sister-in-law, Margaret Norton. Mr. Norton served his country as a U.S. Army Captain during WWII, receiving two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars.

All honor to his name.

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