Norm was born in Montana. He began is carrer as the music teach in Hamer, Idaho where he taught for a year. He then moved to Arco where he taught music for 2 years. After a year and a half in Ririe he entered the Navy where he played French Horn in the Navy Band aboard the battleship Washington. In the summer of 1947 he completed his schooling and earned his Bachelor's and Master's Music Education degress from the University of Idaho. After his graduation he became the Director of Vocal Music Education at the University of Idaho where he spent the next 30 years.
Norm has belonged to IMEA, NATS, and Phi Mu Alpha. He started the first University of Idaho Jazz Choir with 16 students. He also helped with the first UI jazz festival that featured Waldo King, Hal Malcolm and Dave Brubeck. Norm retired in 1977.
As of his induction, Norm and his wife Margaret have been married for 63 years. They have three children. His hobbies include bowling, hunting, fly fishing, Steelhead fishing, dancing, and playing cards. He is a member of the Moscow Church of the Nazarene..