George Dawson Norton
January 24, 2023, 92 years old, of Voorhees, New Jersey. Husband of Ellen Hirsh Norton, father of June Norton Hannah (the late Jim Hannah), Teresa Norton (Rebecca Mason), and Hilary Norton. Grandfather of Jamie Hannah Hanan (Greg Hanan), and Danielle Bajkowsky Dortch (Josh Dortch). Great Grandfather of Liam Stahl, Evan Stahl, and Fitzgerald Dortch.
George was born and raised in the small town of Dry Ridge, Kentucky. He was a member of the ROTC, and was the first person in his family to go to college. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 1952. After graduation, he entered the US Army and was sent to Augsburg, Germany during the Korean Conflict. He was well known as the base’s “lawyer” because he was able to get a soldier’s charges dismissed. After his discharge in 1954, this incident was his inspiration for going to Temple Law School, where he received his Bachelor of Law degree (LLB) in 1958.
George worked his entire career for the Philadelphia National Bank (later Corestates). He received his MBA through the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University in 1968. He was promoted to Executive Vice President and cashier for PNB in 1967, a position he held until 1985. He was then promoted to Vice Chairman of Corestates Financial Corporation, where he served until his retirement in 1993. During his banking career he was a member of the Clearing House Association, serving as president from 1984-1985. He was also a member of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association, serving on the board of directors from 1983-1986. As a member of the Bank Administration Institute (BAI), he served as Chairman from 1980-1983.
Outside of his career, George was a very loving family man and a generous philanthropist. He served on the Board of the Ronald McDonald House where he assisted families of seriously ill children. He was especially fond of supporting charities for children, and personally sponsored children from under-developed nations through World Vision. In his spare time, he enjoyed golfing and bowling. He had a special passion for flying, and earned his private pilot’s license when he was in his 30’s. He also enjoyed traveling, and after retiring, he and his wife and daughter Hilary spent time traveling through Germany, England and France. He made friends wherever he went and will be greatly missed by both friends and family.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, February 1st at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Rt 70 in Cherry Hill. Visitation will begin at 1pm, with the service starting at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Christian Appalachian Project at donate.christianapp.org