October 31, 2012

Mom seeks changes at USM after worker dies

Her son apparently suffered a stroke in his office but wasn't found for five days — too late to save his life.

By Gillian Graham ggraham@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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David Norton

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"There's a lot of mixed emotion around this," he said.

As senior communications specialist, Norton did IT work for multiple campuses across the state. Houser said Norton was regarded as a "really hard worker" who was well liked by co-workers.

"If you were looking for something to get done, he was the guy," Houser said.

He said Norton was a "quirky" man who was fun to be around and always had a story to share. He had a wide array of hobbies, including photography.

"He was a longtime friend and this is a serious loss," Houser said. "I'm not sure (this is) something you quickly recover from."

Linda Norton said she went to USM last week to clean out her son's office. There, she found a piece of paper taped to his office door reminding people that Norton often said "to always have fun." The sign said: "The best way to remember him is to live life to the fullest," she said.

"That tells you what kind of person he was," she said, her voice choked with emotion. "He was a good kid."

Staff Writer Gillian Graham can be contacted at 791-6315 or at:

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