Robert D. Norman

Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2002

Former Juneau resident Robert "Bob" David Norman, 70, of Eugene, Ore., died April 23, 2002, of complications from diabetes.

He was born Oct. 29, 1931, in Corning, Calif., to Leslie and Florence Pulford Norman. He lived in Juneau, Silverton, Ore., and Buena Park, Calif., before moving to Eugene more than 35 years ago.

He served in the Air Force and was a member of the Air Force Choir in Alaska. He sang for President Eisenhower at the White House in 1954. He attended the University of Puget Sound and received a master's degree in teaching music.

He directed the Cascade Chorus, Sweet Adelines, founded the Alaska Youth Choir in Juneau and the Matinee Idles in Eugene. He was a member of the Barnacle Bills and the Norman Avente Barber Shop Quartets. He directed the Choraliers, who recorded an album and toured the United States. And he taught music at Silverton High School and North Eugene High School.

He enjoyed touring on his motorcycle with his Yorkshire terrier Lacey, restoring classic cars, fishing, composing music, teaching and reading.

He is survived by his sons, David of Fairbanks, and Greg of San Diego, Calif.; his daughter, Kisandra Linea of Santa Cruz, Calif.; his brothers, Bill of Springfield, Ore., and Kenn of Austin, Texas; his sister, Roxy Cherico of Dayton, Pa.; four granddaughters; and one great-grandson.

A memorial service was held in Eugene. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eugene Education Fund for districtwide music programs, P.O. Box 1015, Eugene, OR 97440.

A tribute to Bob will be included in the Alaska Youth Choir concert at the Northern Light United Church on Saturday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. A reception will follow in celebration of Bob's life; all are welcome and encouraged to bring stories to share.

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