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William John Norton

social worker.

William John Norton, American social worker. member Michigan Eastern State Hospital Commission, 1938-1945; Member of National Conference Social Work (president 1925), American Association Community Orgns. (president 1920-1922), Michigan State Conference Social Work (honorary president), Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Theta Pi, Pi Gamma Museum Treasurer Michigan Medical Service, 1939-1945.

Background

Norton, William John was born on April 8, 1883 in White-Head Island, Maine, United States. Son of Horace Foster and Aseneth (Elwell) Norton.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Bowdoin, 1905, Doctor of Science, 1938. Doctor of Laws, Wayne U., Detroit, 1934, University of Michigan, 1941.

Career

Secretary Department Charities and Corrections, Cleveland, 1910-1912. With Cincinnati Bureau Municipal Research, 1912-1913. Organizer and director Cincinnati Council Social Agencies, 1913-1917.

Organizer and secretary Detroit Community Union and Detroit Community Fund, 1917-1930. Executive vice president Children’s Fund of Michigan, 1930-1954. President Oakland Housing, Inc.

Chairman Cranbrook Boys School, 1933-1936. Trustee Children’s Fund of Michigan. President of Mcgregor Fund.

Trustee Guardian Depositors Сorporation. Chairman Mayor’s Interracial Commission, Detroit, 1943. Director La Salle Land Company, Warren Farms Company Chairman Detroit Emergency Relief Commission, 1931, Michigan Emergency Relief Commission, 1933-1938.

Chairman Detroit chapter American Red Cross, 1944-1945. President Ferndale-Place Ridge School Board, 1921-1929. Member Michigan Eastern State Hospital Commission, 1938-1945.

Chairman Michigan Department Mental Health, 1945-1947. Vice president Greater Detroit Hospital Fund. since 1948. Trustee Children’s Fund of Michigan, Severence Pay Trust.

Treasurer of the Child Research Center.

Works

  • Author: Coöperative Movement in Social Work. (with Wm. C. Richards) Biography of a Foundation.

Membership

Member Michigan Eastern State Hospital Commission, 1938-1945. Member of National Conference Social Work (president 1925), American Association Community Orgns. (president 1920-1922), Michigan State Conference Social Work (honorary president), Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Theta Pi, Pi Gamma Museum Treasurer Michigan Medical Service, 1939-1945.

Clubs: Detroit, Prismatic, Acanthus.

Connections

Married Effie Comstock, September 3, 1908. Children: John Comstock, James Horace, Florence, William J. Social settlement work, Brooklyn, New York, and Cleveland, O., 1905-1909.

father:
Horace Foster Norton

mother:
Aseneth (Elwell) Norton

spouse:
Effie Comstock

children:
John Comstock Norton

James Horace Norton

Florence Norton

William J. Social settlement work Norton

Brooklyn Norton

New York Norton

and Cleveland Norton

O. Norton

1905-1909 Norton