Norton Bruce Young

August 11, 1926January 6, 2013
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Norton Bruce Young was born August 11, 1926 in Renton, Washington to Ruth Vallery Young and William Wallace Young. He was raised in Seattle, Washington where he attended both elementary school and high school. He was talented as a boy soprano in elementary school where he excelled in doing solo work and sung in several choirs. He is a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War and served in the Navy as a sonar man. In 1950 he married Beatrice and they had a family of three children, Creighton (Helen), Kevin (Jeri) and Vallery (Todd). He completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at the University of Washington and earned both a Master’s degree and P.H.D. in Speech Pathology and Audiology; the later degree at Purdue University. His first job was at the Seattle Hearing and Speech Center, where he worked for a year. The University of Oregon in Eugene hired him and he worked five years there doing teaching, clinical work and outreach work, mostly in the southern part of the state. Soon the Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland hired him where he worked in the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center the rest of his professional life. He did clinical work, research and teaching and loved the work he did with children and their families as well as the students he taught. He was a member of the American Association of Speech, Language and Hearing and volunteered for a number of years evaluating University Clinics, primarily in Alaska. He also was a member and president of the Oregon Speech and Hearing Association and received “Honors of the Association”. Norton’s great love was the summer home on Hood Canal where he spent weekends and summer with family and ultimately retired there in 1990 where he and his wife spent sixteen wonderful years. In addition to his wife and three children, he leaves behind a brother Lyall (Vesta), six grandchildren, Evan (Jessie), Corrine, Lauren, Shannon, Dustin and Alison, great grandson, Ethan and a nephew, Larry (Cheryl). His beloved dog Muffin also survives him. A Celebration of Life will be held at Young’s Funeral Home in Tigard on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kaiser Hospice at 2701 N.W Vaughn St., Suite 140, Portland, Oregon 97210.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, January 19, 2013

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Valerie Schuyler

January 19, 2013

Nancy Rushmer and I met in grad school at Northwestern Univ. while getting MA degrees in Deaf Education. We both ended up in Portland several years later and started a non-profit agency to work with families of infants/toddlers who were deaf and hard of hearing. Norton was instrumental in getting the agency going, referring families of children he diagnosed, serving on the Board of Directors, teaching audiology to interns in our federally funded training program, introducing us to colleagues. He was an invaluable source of support and kind and generous man. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude.

Rod Pelson

January 18, 2013

I remember Norton as a fine and gentle man. We were colleagues at Oregon Health and Sciences University for many years. He so enjoyed working with and helping the many families of the young children we saw in our clinics. I have many fond memories of our times together. My sincerest sympathy to the family for their loss. He will be missed.

Marvin Parker

January 14, 2013

Dear Family of Norton Young,

Mother and I are deeply sadden to read this. We have all lost a fine man. I well remember how dedicated he was to working with me in speech therapy and I thank him many times for it in my mind. When he introduced us to each of you it was like meeting a close family.
Love to each of you and God bless.

Marvin and Naomi Parker

P.S. We will send you a letter soon. Take care.

January 13, 2013

I will miss Norton's great sense of timing and humor.
He loved Bea above all normal love. Adored her. Called her "Dearie'.
He could work circles around normal folks and liked things done just right.
He was so proud of his children and grandchildren. He felt he had bragging rights.
I will just plain miss him.
God bless Bea and all the family
Frieda Nusom

Staff of Young's Funeral Home

January 13, 2013

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.