Bruce T. Norton, a retired teacher and longtime athletic chairman at LaSalle High School, died Tuesday (Sept. 21, 1999) in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after a lengthy illness.
Norton, 67, of Maple Avenue, was a lifelong resident of Niagara Falls. He attended local schools, including Stella Niagara Cadet School.
He was a 1950 graduate of Niagara Falls High School, where he was a member of the football and track-and-field teams.
He graduated from Buffalo State Teachers College, where he received a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in education in 1964.
Norton served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and spent three years stationed in Fontainebleau, France, where he was a member of the Allied Air Forces in Central Europe.
Norton worked for three years at E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. as a production and construction worker.
He then worked for the Niagara Falls School District from 1960 until his retirement in 1992. He taught at Gaskill Junior High School for five years and then was a teacher of American history at LaSalle High School for 27 years. He was the athletic chairman at LaSalle for 25 years.
Norton was a member of the Niagara Falls Teachers Association, the New York State United Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers and a charter member of the Police Athletic League of Niagara Falls.
He was remembered for his lifelong interest in athletics and was awarded the Niagara Frontier's Cornerstone Award in 1992.
According to his longtime friend, Eugene Asklar: "Bruce was very dedicated to his career as a teacher and athletic manager. He was faithful to his school and colleagues."
Norton is survived by his wife of 29 years, the former Mary Montgomery, and a daughter, Jennifer Leigh Norton.
A memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Calvary Lutheran Church, 4001 McKoon Ave. at Vanderbilt Avenue.
He donated his body to the University at Buffalo for medical education.