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Rev Frank Birkett Norris
Birth: Jul. 29, 1925
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA
Death: Jan. 7, 2000
Menlo Park
San Mateo County
California, USA

Rev. Frank B. Norris, S.S. - died in Menlo Park, CA on Jan. 7th, 2000.

Fr. Norris (Francisco Birkett Norris) entered into eternal rest, having suffered a severe heart attack on December 11th, 1999. Fr. Norris was the son of the late Thomas Edward Norris and Kathleen Beatrice Berkeley and the loving brother of the late David Oldham Norris (Donnie). He was survived by his brother James Berkeley Norris who died later the same year on December 25th. Fr. Norris was also survived by five nephews and nieces, along with five grandnephews and grandnieces.

Born in San Francisco in 1925, he was raised in Forest Knolls in Marin County, CA and was ordained to the priesthood in 1950. For the entire priesthood he was a member of the Society of St. Sulpice, a group of priests dedicated to the initial and ongoing formation of priests. He earned his doctoral degree in 1955 at Rome's Angelicum University. He was a widely respected professor, teacher and ecumenist, having taught at St. Joseph's College, Mountain View, CA, St. Mary's Seminary, Baltimore, MD, the Continuing Education of Clergy Institute, Berkeley, CA, and at St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park, CA from 1958 until his death.

In 1962 he published the well-received and respected work on ecclesiology, God's Own People. He is lovingly remembered for his special esteem for the seminary's Vietnamese students.

He willed his body to the Stanford Medical School for medical research and was later cremated and laid to rest at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos, CA.

A memorial Mass was celebrated by Archbishop William J. Levada at St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park, on January 11th, 2000.

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Family links: 
  Thomas Edward Norris (1890 - 1937)
  Kathleen Beatrice Berkeley Norris (1898 - 1982)
  James Berkeley Norris (1924 - 2000)*
  Frank Birkett Norris (1925 - 2000)
  David Oldham Norris (1928 - 1944)*
*Calculated relationship
Gate Of Heaven Catholic Cemetery
Los Altos
Santa Clara County
California, USA
Plot: Sulpician plot, grave no. 17
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Record added: Jul 18, 2006
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Rev Frank Birkett Norris
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Rev Frank Birkett Norris
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Rev Frank Birkett Norris
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Bless you, Father.
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