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Thomas N. NORRIS M.D. Obituary
Age 74, Of Mendota Heights Husband, Father, Friend, Pediatrician, Brother, Uncle, Grandfather Passed away on June 6th, 2014, with family at his bedside, after a noble 10 month battle with non-smoker lung cancer. Survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Beth Kaye Bennington, and his four children Kathrine Norris Paries, Kristina Wright, Andre and Jascha Bennington. Loved by his sisters Kathryn Norris and Kristine Stinson and three grandchildren Nicholas, Dakota, Kaitlyn, nephew Evan, and his stepmother, Hilde Virnig, MD. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Miriam and Howard Harvey, and Neil Thomas Norris. A deeply loving, devoted husband, and father. Tom set an example for his children to understand the grace of god. Favorite recreations included walking, reading, biking, gardening, and spending time with family. He appreciated the arts. Born in Caledonia, Minnesota. Graduated from Wilmar, HS, Hamline University, and Stanford Medical School. Internship at Kings County Hospital, NY. Residency at the University of New Mexico. Private practice in Santa Cruz, CA, and Albuquerque, NM. Tom was a leader and visionary in pediatric care. He pioneered program development for Whole Child and Family Life Skills as the director of Minneapolis Children's Health Center Outpatient Clinic. Presidents award for outstanding performance in Co-Developing Adolescent Health Clinic at Group Health. Thrived as a pioneering team member of the MIC high school clinics. Chair of group health CME, 1989-1996. Received distinguished award for dedication and untiring efforts at Como Pediatrics in 1999. Award for Clinical Excellence in 2000. Nearing his retirement, he received the Home and Maureen Venters award for outstanding contribution to pediatric clinical education. Tom loved the multicultural community he served. For six months, he relaxed, gardened, and traveled with his wife to central Mexico for language and cultural study. He also loved his wife deeply and enjoyed the simple things like reading out loud, gardening, fitness classes at the YMCA, spiritual study, travel to visit family, and ball room dance lessons. He volunteered his time championing efforts for our local state representative and chaired Senate District 39 committee and the DFL platform committee. He maintained his spirit of energy for social justice, absolute devotion to his family, and forward steps on his journey to be an instrument of peace. Tom, you will be missed. Memorial service 10:00 A.M. Saturday with visitation one hour prior at Grace University Lutheran Church, 324 Harvard St. SE, Mpls. Interment Lakewood Cemetery. Morris Nilsen Chapel 612-869-3226 www.morrisnilsen.com
Published in Pioneer Press from June 8 to June 11, 2014
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