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Norman Hansel Childs


1935 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Norman Hansel Childs Obituary
Childs, Norman Hansel
1935 - 2018
Norm Childs, 82, of Hilliard, OH, passed away peacefully after heart complications on March 26, 2018, at Doctors West Hospital in Columbus, OH, surrounded by family and friends. He was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA where he graduated from Temple University with a degree in communications. His career began with WCAU News Radio & Television in his hometown. Highlights of his reporting in those days include interviews with several of the very first astronauts while they trained in the area, spending long hours at City Hall speaking with a few of the city's mayors, and a feature on John and Jackie Kennedy just prior to the 1960 presidential election. After enlisting in the US Army later that same year, Childs served twenty five months of active duty as first lieutenant and met his first wife June, who was also in the service. He helped organize then-President Dwight Eisenhower's final military review prior to leaving the White House. He and June married in 1962 and returned to civilian life in Philadelphia, where they had a daughter and he worked in public relations for the political campaign of former US Senator Arlen Spector. Childs entered the environmental and public health field in 1967 when he was named as the first Executive Director of the brand new non-profit organization, the Delaware County Citizens' Council for Clean Air, serving eleven counties in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. Over the next six years, his many accomplishments included the passage of a new clean air bill for the city of Philadelphia, enhanced regulations to protect the public from air pollution, testifying before Congress on the First Federal Clean Air Act and served as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Citizens Advisory Council for the Department of Environmental Resources. Once the reporter, Childs was now himself interviewed frequently on Philadelphia television and radio, always focusing on his desire to provide a healthier living environment for the public. In 1973, Childs joined the American Lung Association in Delaware and Chester Counties as Executive Director, educating the public about the connections between lung diseases, smoking and air pollution. Not long after the passing of his first wife, he moved to the organization's national headquarters in Washington, DC in 1995 to lead the advocacy efforts in the enormous settlement case between the Federal government and the tobacco industry. Childs was a registered Federal lobbyist visiting Capitol Hill frequently during this time, and enjoyed several invitations to the White House. He was named Vice President of the national American Lung Association in 2000 and also spent five years directing the DC office, while orchestrating a major reorganization that streamlined the operation across the country. Childs retired in 2005, moved to Columbus, OH and married his second wife Michele. At the time of his passing, Childs was serving as President of the Ambassadors at John Glenn International Airport. Additionally, he has spent the past sixteen years as a valued and hardworking volunteer for Cozy Cat Cottage Adoption Center, a no-kill shelter in Powell, OH. He was once quoted as saying, "A life devoted to public service and volunteerism is what I believe to be the true American dream." He is survived by his wife, Michele McMannis Childs; and daughter, Susan Helen Childs, both currently of Hilliard, OH; along with his beloved cat, Emo. A celebration of life memorial will be announced shortly. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in his name to Cozy Cat Cottage (cozycatcottage.org) Funeral arrangements entrusted to SCHOEDINGER Midtown Chapel. To share a fond memory or condolence, please visit www.schoedinger.com
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Apr. 1, 2018
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