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Obituary for Norton L. Armour

November 12, 1929 - September 5, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 87

Loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, and friend.

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Norton L. Armour, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and friend died at home September 5th in the loving presence of Marilyn, his wife of over 40 years. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan to parents, Sarah and Saul Armour on Nov. 12, 1929. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Jerrold Armour, sister, Anita Silverstein, and niece, Ellen Wallace. He is survived by his wife, his children, Greta (Sara) Wexler, and husband, Adam Wexler, son, Jacob Armour and wife, Hope Ebersole Armour, daughter, Stephanie Armour and husband Dan Eggen, grandchildren, Naomi Wexler and husband Daniel Manoim, Dovid Wexler, Yehoshua Wexler, Grant Armour, Nate Armour, Madeleine Eggen, Olivia Eggen, and great-grandchild Nava Manoim, and nieces and nephews.

Norton's early years were spent in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He earned a JD degree from Michigan Law School in 1955 and a B.B.A. degree from the University of Michigan Business School. He spent two years in the U. S. Air Force as a JAG officer during the Korean War. Thereafter, he worked in the office of Chief Counsel for the IRS in Boston, handling civil and criminal tax cases. In 1965 he went to work for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune Company and was their General Counsel for 20 years. In addition to his normal legal and business duties, his heart was invested in his interactions with the reporters and editors in the news room, which involved reviewing stories specific to the free press. He was successful in preventing government actions at all three levels of government in its attempts to restrict the meaning of the free press under the U.S. Constitution. At the legislative level, the US Supreme Court found the Minnesota State use-tax on newsprint imposed an unconstitutional burden on the Minneapolis Star-Tribune Company; at the Judicial level, he successfully countered attempts by judges to close the courtroom so that trials were not open to the public; and at the executive level, he won the case where the FBI had unlawfully seized a reporter's camera when the reporter was on public property.

In 1990, he retired from the newspaper and changed professions. He received a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. This change in professions occurred as a result of his feeling that law and justice were drifting further apart and that coping with life events rather than suing for every wrong was a more important way of living. In his new profession, he taught a course in Loss and Grief at the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work for over 10 years. He also maintained a small private practice focused on clients and their families suffering from a terminal or chronic condition. In addition to his change of profession, he became a support system for his wife, Marilyn. He took on the tasks of cooking meals, and shopping, in support of her getting her doctorate in social work and thereafter in support of her pioneering work introducing Restorative Justice practices to the school system throughout Texas, the first state in the country to do so. He became an avid Longhorn fan of UT Men's Basketball. He embraced their struggle for a winning season. His struggle with cancer and its side effects eventually took his life.

Donations in his name can be made to the American Civil Liberties Union or to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Attention: Nancy Mandia, Director of Donor Development,3 International Drive, Suite 200, Rye Brook, NY 10573.

A memorial service will be held October 9th at 11:00 a.m. at Temple Beth Shalom on the Dell Campus, 7300 Hart Lane.

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Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Donations in his name can be made to the American Civil Liberties Union or to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Attention: Nancy Mandia, Director of Donor Development,3 International Drive, Suite 200, Rye Brook, NY 10573.

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