Philip Hayes Norton, MD, age 85, of Denver, Colorado passed away at home on December 16, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marian Norton; children, Diana Norton, Susan (Don) Whitmore, Philip (Clare) Norton Jr.; and his five grandchildren: Jessica, Mackenzie, Rachel, Caroline & Jonathon.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Marion Norton of Columbus, Ohio, his sister, Alice Norton, of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and son-in-law, Gilbert Naert Jr.
Phil was born in Columbus, Ohio on June 28, 1929. He attended Columbus Academy. Upon graduating high school, Phil attended Union College in Schenectady, New York, where he was a Pre-Med student. He was an active member of the Chi Psi Fraternity and played Lacrosse. After two years, he returned to Columbus, to attend The Ohio State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering. While attending college, he met his bride Marian Martin, also from Columbus, and married in 1950.
He started his career as an Industrial Engineer where he worked for Westinghouse for 5 years conducting time and motion studies. Realizing his dream was still in Medicine, he returned to The Ohio State University to complete his premed requirements and receive his Doctorate of Medicine in 1960. As a premed student he was inducted into the Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society. He was also a member of the Phi Chi Medical Fraternity.
In 1960, he and Marian moved with their two daughters to Denver, Colorado, and began his internship at Presbyterian Hospital. The following year he began his private practice in Aurora, Colorado, and later became a Diplomat of the American College of Family Physicians. In the interim his family grew to include a son, Philip Jr. In addition to delivering over a thousand babies, and taking care of families from “womb to tomb”, he was an FAA Senior Aviation Medical Examiner. He retired after 50 years of service.
Phil was President of the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians, President of the Sir William Osler Medical Society of Aurora, and a member of the American Medical Association. He received the First Osler Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sir William Osler Medical Society. He was also a proud member of the American Mensa.
Phil earned his private pilot license in 1966, and flew his family and friends across the United States and Internationally, in his Bonanza aircraft, often attending the Flying Physicians meetings. He loved socializing with fellow members of the Quiet Birdmen club and all pilots in general.
During his free time, Phil enjoyed trap shooting, won many trap shooting awards, and was an active member of the Rocky Mountain Oysters trap shooting organization. He enjoyed hunting and attended several invitation-only hunts such as The One Shot Antelope Hunt, The Two Shot Goose Hunt, and The Nebraska One Box Pheasant Hunt.
Phil was related to President Rutherford B. Hayes and was a descendent of the Mackay clan from Scotland. He encouraged his children to learn from history and study genealogy. He was proud to be able to trace his genealogy back to 1683.
Phil loved entertaining in general and especially enjoyed hosting magic shows for his children and grandchildren. He was a lover of fine food and drink, and would look forward to the next get-together.
He leaves behind many friends, loving family, and former patients. He was a man who loved, and was proud of his family, and in turn, his family loved him and was proud of him as well. Even distant relations were always made very welcome in the Norton home. All enjoyed his keen wit and dry sense of humor and he will be missed dearly.