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Hugh Z. Norton
Regents' Proceedings 1174

The Secretary reported with regret the death on May 13, 1963, of Hugh Zeno Norton, Associate Professor of Speech. The following memoir was adopted:

The faculty and students of the University and all persons interested in theater arts within the larger community were saddened by the death, on May thirteenth, of Hugh Zeno Norton, Associate Professor of Speech, and for many years director of plays in the Department of Speech. He was in his fifty-first year.

Professor Norton was graduated with honors from the New York State College in Albany in 1936, and gained invaluable experience in professional theater and radio before entering Graduate School here in 1940. In the following year he was awarded a teaching fellowship in speech and, in the year after that, commenced the career in directing of which the community has since been the beneficiary. He completed his work toward a doctorate in 1947. The University appointed him Assistant Professor in 1949 and Associate Professor in 1956. From 1946 to 1955 he served as faculty adviser for the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. From 1954 to 1959 he was presenter for the University of candidates for honorary degrees. In this role he reflected his fine sense of taste and expression.

Professor Norton possessed highly versatile theatrical talents as actor and director, and to these he added musical and literary gifts. The dramatic performances, which he brought into being were marked at once by discipline and by enthusiasm. The same qualities distinguished his uniformly popular teaching. By virtue of his scholarly knowledge of theatrical history, he contributed much to graduate study in his department.

The Regents of the University now mourn the too early loss of Professor Norton's notable abilities and energies and join his personal friends and colleagues in extending to Mrs. Norton their deepest sympathy.