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Elizabeth Wychgel Norton

Elizabeth Wychgel Norton was American lawyer. Bar: Minnesota 1974. Durant scholar.


  • Norton, Elizabeth Wychgel was born on March 25, 1933 in Cleveland. Daughter of James Nicolas and Ruth Elizabeth (Cannell) Wychgel.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in Mathematics, Wellesley College, 1954. Juris Doctor cum laude, University Minnesota, 1974.


    • Summer intern Minnesota Attorney General' General’ s Office, St. Paul, 1972. With United States Department Treasury, 1973. Associate Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett, P.A., Minneapolis, 1974-1979, principal, 1980-1994, of counsel, 1995-1996.


      Member Minnesota Lawyers Board Professional Responsibility, 1984-1989. Member University Minnesota Law School Board Visitors, 1987-1992.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Minnesota 1974.


    Trustee Young Women’s Christian Association, Minneapolis, 1979-1984, 89-91, co-chairman deferred giving committee, 1980-1981, chairman by-laws committee, board directors, 1976-1977, lecturer. Treasurer Minnesota Women's Campaign Fund, 1985, guarantor, 1982-1983, budget and finance committee board directors, 1984-1987. Trustee Ripley Memorial Foundation, 1980-1984.

    Treasurer Jones-Harrison Home, 1967, board directors, 1962-1969, Second vice president, chairman finance, 1968-1969. Member Sen. David Durenberger's Women's Network, 1983-1988. Fellow American Bar Foundation.

    Member American Bar Association (mediation task force family law section 1983-1984), Minnesota Bar Association (human rights committee family law section, task force uniform marital property act 1984-1985), Minnesota Bar Foundation (director 1991-1994), Hennepin County Bar Association (president 1987-1988, chairman task force on public education 1984, chairman, member executive committee family law section 1979-1994), Minnesota Institute Legal Education, Minnesota Women's Lawyers (executive committee), Hemlock Society of Southwest Florida (co-chairman 1999-2001), University Minnesota Law School Alumni Association (director 1975-1981, executive committee 1981-1983), Wellesley Club (Naples, president 2002-2004), Phi Beta Kappa.


    • Married Henry Wacks Norton Junior, July 16, 1954 (divorced 1971). Children: James, Henry, Peter, Fred. Married James Cory Ferguson, December 14, 1985 (divorced April 1988).
    • father: James Nicolas Wychgel
    • mother: Ruth Elizabeth (Cannell) Wychgel
    • spouses: Henry Wacks Norton Junior
    • James Cory Ferguson
    • children: James Norton
    • Henry Norton
    • Peter Norton
    • Fred Norton
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    Born March 25, 1933