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Philip Basil Nordhus (1917 - 2013)

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PHILIP BASIL NORDHUS Philip Nordhus, 96, died in his sleep on Saturday afternoon, November 16th. He was born January 30th, 1917 to Paul and Brita Nordhus in the Norwegian-speaking community of Blair, Wisconsin; where he was baptized and confirmed in the Norwegian Lutheran Church. He graduated from high school in Blair in 1935 and from La Crosse (Wisconsin) State College in 1941. After enlisting in the Army during World War II, he served in the 95th Infantry Division, taking part in campaigns in Northern France, Belgium, and Germany. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his part in the capture of the city of Metz by the Third U.S. Army in 1945. After the war, he taught high school English in Wisconsin, Georgia, and Florida, and then accepted a three-year contract to teach at Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey. It was there that he met his wife, Anne Whitfield, who was also an English teacher. The two were married in London in 1954. In 1957, he received a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Iowa, and moved to California that fall to accept a job with the English Department at Chico State. He remained there until his retirement in 1980, except for a year as an exchange professor at Chester College in England. After retirement, he was active in community volunteer activities, such as the Chico Museum, the Chico Branch Library, the Stansbury Home, the Association of Northern California Records and Research, food-for-homeless programs, and various activities at St. John Episcopal Church. He was preceded in death by brothers Ray and Emil, and sisters Esther, Alma, Norma, and Lila. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Anne Nordhus; his children Elizabeth (Steve) Metzger, John (Lynn) Nordhus, and Sara (Gregory) Bernstein; and his grandchildren, Hannah and Gina Metzger, Phillip and Claire Nordhus, and Katherine Bernstein. Memorial Services are to be held at St. John Episcopal Church in Chico on Friday, November 22nd, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions may be made to a . To view obituary or send condolences to the family go online to NewtonBracewell.com
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Nov. 20, 2013
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