NORTHAMPTON - Norman A. Winston of 280 Crescent St., Northampton, passed away Nov. 9, 2012, at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, from complications of leukemia.
He was born Aug. 13, 1927 in Cambridge, and moved to Northampton in 1937 with his parents, Mitchel and Elizabeth Winston, who came to Northampton to start a health and beauty aids store on Main Street.
He attended local schools and was active in scouting, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated Northampton High School in 1945 and at the age of 17 volunteered in the U.S. Navy
, since the country was still fighting World War II
. He later served in the Air Force Reserves for over 20 years.
Norman graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1949 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry and a minor in American history, an area of study which remained a lifelong passion. He also graduated from Ohio State University
College of Pharmacy in 1952 and was a pharmacist at Gray Drugs in Columbus, Ohio for one year.
In 1953 he returned to Northampton and opened Winston's Pharmacy at 233 Main St., at the location where his parents had been operating their health and beauty aids store.
After 20 years he moved his drug store to 144 Main St. and operated that business, Bran-Win Pharmacy, for another 20 years before retiring in October 1993.
In 1967 Norman Winston was among the first group of pharmacists who received special federally sponsored training at Northeastern University in consulting pharmacy to monitor administration of medications in nursing homes. He innovated a new computerized med sheet for documenting the administration of medications in nursing homes which was adopted nationwide.
He was the pharmacy consultant for the Smith College Infirmary, Clarke School for the Deaf Infirmary, and most of the long term care facilities in the area.
Norman was always active in civic organizations. He had been a Commander of the American Legion, president of the Kiwanis Club and active in the Downtown Business Association of the Chamber of Commerce.
After his retirement he continued his participation in civic organizations, serving on the boards of Friends of Forbes Library, Historic Northampton, Northampton Historical Commission and the Elm Street Committee. He was an active member of the Five College Learning in Retirement, moderating many classes on a wide variety of subjects. He had many intellectual pursuits and always took an active interest in local and national politics.
He leaves his wife of 49 years, Charlotte, and three children: his daughter Marjorie and her husband Paul Dziewit of Chicopee, another daughter Jane and her husband Robert Blauvelt of Needham and his son James Winston of Northampton; four grandchildren, David Dziewit, Michael Dziewit, Sarah Blauvelt and Daniel Blauvelt.
The funeral will be on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. at Congregation B'nai Israel, 253 Prospect St., Northampton.
The Ascher-Zimmerman Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Congregation B'nai Israel, 253 Prospect St., Northampton, MA 01060 or Cooley Dickinson Hospital Development Office, P.O. Box 329, Northampton, MA 01061-0329.
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