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Pingry Remembers Honorary Trustee Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr. '44
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Mr. Norman B. “Norm” Tomlinson, Jr. ’44, a Pingry trustee from 1991-1996 and an Honorary Trustee since 1996, passed away on December 7, 2017, at age 90 in Miami, FL. He is described as well-respected, thoughtful, and unceasingly generous to the School. He established two endowed funds: the Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr. Chair for History and Literature (the School’s second endowed chair, to support the faculty)—which reflected his interests in reading and military history and acknowledged his indebtedness to great Pingry teachers—and the Norman B. Tomlinson ’44 Scholarship Endowment Fund for need-based financial aid. He also supported the Albert W. Booth Master Chair, John Hanly Lecture Series on Ethics and Morality, and Short Hills Campus Renovation. He received the Letter-in-Life Award in 1991.

Most of his philanthropic efforts were undertaken with his wife Barbara. These efforts included NJ SEEDS—co-founded by Mr. Hanly in 1992, an organization that prepares motivated, high-achieving, low-income students for admission to private schools and colleges across the country, and which has sent many of its students on to Pingry.

Mr. Tomlinson received an A.B. from Princeton University, graduating with honors, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School before serving two years in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps during the Korean War. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar, but soon became General Manager of his family’s business, The Morristown Daily Record, a newspaper established by his grandparents in 1900. When his father retired, he became the firm’s President and Editor-Publisher. Under his leadership, The Daily Record’s coverage extended beyond Morris County; it became one of the first papers in New Jersey to print in color; he expanded coverage of major league teams by creating a sports department; and the first Sunday edition appeared in 1973. His interest in adding a magazine-style supplement to the Sunday edition led to his family becoming a partner in the launch of New Jersey Monthly, of which he eventually became Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. He was aided by his wife Barbara and daughter Kate, who joined the magazine as Publisher and later became Editor-in-Chief.

Mr. Tomlinson was also instrumental in the founding of the County College of Morris by using The Daily Record to rally community support, and was proud of his involvement in a legal case that won girls the right to be newspaper carriers. He was active in and supportive of many organizations, including the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, Morristown Airport Commission, Morristown-Morris Township Free Public Library, Civil War Roundtable, Society for Military History, The Abraham Lincoln Association, and Civil War Trust. He was a member and director of the Western Front Association and endowed its Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr. Book Prize, awarded annually for the best English-language work of history on the World War I era. He was predeceased by his sisters Jean and Diane. Survivors include his wife Barbara, daughter Kate (Roger); grandson Daniel, and a niece and nephews.

Contact: Greg Waxberg ’96, Communications Writer, gwaxberg@pingry.org