Early Sunday morning on December 15, Jerry Norton lost his battle with brain cancer. He fought for 14 long months but was unable to overcome the pneumonia that developed during these past few weeks.
Jerry most recently served as the executive director of Young America's Foundation's National
Journalism Center from 2012 to 2013 before he became ill. We will miss his sharp mind, great sense of humor, half crooked smile and mild-mannered presence.
Jerry served on the board of Young Americans for Freedom in college after working on the YAF staff as college chapter and publications director, and also served as editor of YAF's New Guard magazine from 1971 to 1973.
He had been a Reuters bureau chief in Indonesia and
Singapore, Reuters news editor in Japan, and one of its editors in Hong Kong,
Singapore and Washington. He traveled on assignments for Reuters
to China, East Timor, Malaysia, Australia, the Philippines and
As Asian deputy editor in charge for
political and general news from 2007 through 2010, with a brief for South Asia
coverage, he oversaw coverage in India and the rest of the Subcontinent,
reinforcing in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and several times in Pakistan.
Prior to his career of more than 25
years with Reuters, Norton was the business editor of Hong Kong's leading
English-language newspaper; worked in Asia, Europe and the U.S. for another
news agency; was vice president and managing editor of Phillips Publishing in
the Washington area.
An Oregon native, Norton graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oregon Honors College. After service in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, where he won a Purple Heart and other decorations, he attended Columbia University, earning a master's degree from its Graduate School of Journalism.
He was a long-time member of the Philadelphia Society and was twice elected president of the Singapore Foreign Correspondents Association.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Kim Thoa, and son, Michael Norton.
Funeral arrangements will be posted when available.
Flip through the YAF '72 Annual Report issue below to find Jerry's articles, "An Interview with Senator James Buckley," and "Communicating Conservatism."
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