1953 with Thomas Patrick Norton II (1920-2011) in Paramus, New Jersey

1998 with Thomas Patrick Norton II (1920-2011) in Somerset, New Jersey

James Joseph Norton (1929-2011) in The Record of Hackensack, New Jersey on 10 October 1969.png

James Joseph Norton II (1929-2011) was a high school physics teacher.




He attended Saint Peters College for his undergraduate degree then Seton Hall for his M.S. He then took an additional 60 credits of classes at Rutgers University and Columbia University.

1969 assault[]

Teacher Plans Appeal On State-Backed Ouster. Ridgefield, New Jersey. Former high school teacher James Norton has taken the first step toward appealing a ruling of state Commissioner of Education Carl L. Marburger authorizing his dismissal. Marburger ordered Norton's dismissal on grounds he was guilty of striking a student and physically abusing high school Principal Fred Procopio last year. Norton has filed a notice of appeal with the state Board of Education, which he is required to do within 30 days after the commissioner's ruling in order to be eligible for appeal. He has requested a copy of the voluminous transcript of his hearing, and says he has retained an attorney who will review it carefully with him to discover what ground he can base an appeal on. "We have to go over the whole thing before we make our decision whether to go ahead with the appeal or not," he said. Charges pressed in Municipal Court by George Najemian Sr., the parent, regarding the incident had been dismissed, but the borough Board of Education suspended Norton last year, then dismissed him after Commissioner Marburger ruled to authorize that act. Norton was suspended for three months in 1967 for striking a student, but the student's parents dropped charges when Norton admitted the assault. He was reinstated. The 40-year-old physics teacher is now employed in the Westchester County school system. (Source: The Record of Hackensack, New Jersey on 10 October 1969)


James J. Norton, 82 of South Amboy passed away on Thursday October 13, 2011 at home. Jim and his wife, Janet, moved to South Amboy in 2003. He lived most of his married life in Ridgefield, NJ where he taught physics at Ridgefield Memorial High School for many years. Jim started his teaching career in St. Joseph's in West New York and Snyder High School in Jersey City. He also taught in Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood. While living in Ridgefield, Jim was very active in the Heritage Players and the Leonia Theater Guild. His interest in science and ecology led to his being the first Recycling Coordinator in Ridgefield. He was also a Civil Defense Coordinator in Ridgefield. Prior to starting his teaching career Jim served in the United States Army for four years during the Korean Conflict. He is survived by his wife Janet; his loving children, Barry Norton and his wife, April, of Port St. Lucie, Florida; Brian Norton of Stuart, Florida; Jamie Kay DePasquale and her husband, Paul, of Matawan New Jersey; his brother Thomas Norton; nephews Richard and Kenneth and niece Kathy Esposito. Friends and former students are invited to join the family in a "Celebration of Jim's Life" being held on October 29, 2011 from 12:00pm to 4:00 pm at the wikidata:Morganville Volunteer Fire Department located at 78 Tennent Road, Morganville, NJ (just off Route 79). Memorial donations may be made to Special Olympics New York.

Memories of[]

James Joseph Norton said on January 17, 2010: "After 1939 my father started drinking more, after he started working fewer hours at the railroad. This was when they unionized and he started working 8 hours instead of 12 hours each day. He would also play handball in his spare time in the park. My father was also involved with Newsboy Moriarty. My dad rented the other unit in his two family house to Mrs. Kaiser for $40 a month and she counted the money and sorted the betting slips. I used to date Audrey Rickert and later she married my cousin the Langan. She worked as a teacher. I was an actor and singer for the Leonia Players that was run by Alan Alda. I was in the production of 1776, and Alan Alda said that my voice projected the best, that they could hear me all the way in the back of the theatre. I joined the military in 1948 and was an MP. I was always first in all my military classes. I was stationed on Governor's Island in New York City. In 1967, after the military I took physics classes at Columbia University and studied radiation. One of my professors was a Nobel Prize winner."


The professors at the university who had won a Nobel Prize prior to 1967 would be: Polykarp Kusch who won in 1955, he was a faculty member from 1939 to 1971; and Tsung-Dao Lee who won in 1957, he was a faculty member starting in 1953.