Frederick Norris

September 21, 1924September 23, 2020

Frederick A. Norris 96, of Keene, NH, died on September 23, 2020 at the Keene Center- Genesis.

He was born in Keene, NH on September 21, 1924, the son of Frederick F. and Ruth (Burgum) Norris. He attended Keene High School before enlisting in the US Navy in 1942.

During World War II he served in the Atlantic, European, and Mediterranean Theaters as a gunner and ship’s radio communications as a member of the US Navy Armed Guard.

Following the war, he returned to Keene and attended Keene State College where he earned his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in education. As a teacher of Science and Mathematics he taught several years at Plaistow and Marlborough High Schools. In 1960 he accepted a position with the Department of Defense Schools in Europe. He taught in Paris, France; Lakenheath England and spent thirty-two years in Germany where he first taught and then for the last eighteen years served as a school administrator in Darmstadt Elementary-Junior High He retired in 1987 and remained in Germany until 1992 when his wife Alta, retired from the Defense Department Schools and they returned to the U.S. and settled in Keene. In March of 1995 Alta R. Norris passed away from cancer

He is survived by his wife Harriet H. Norris of Keene; one son, Martin A. Norris, of Austin, TX; and one brother, Earl F. Norris and his wife, Esther, of Keene.

Fred was a member of the United Church of Christ in Keene; the Jerusalem Masonic Lodge #104 of Keene; the Cheshire County Retired Teachers Association; and the Gordon-Bissell Post 4 American Legion.

There are no calling hours or funeral services due to the current pandemic, and burial will take place at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be in Mr. Norris’ memory to the UCC- Keene Radio Ministry, 23 Central Square, Keene, NH 03431.


  • UCC - Keene Radio Ministry


  • Services and burial will be private.


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