Norman Joel Keiser, 79, insurance executive

August 18, 2002

Norman Joel Keiser, the chairman of a Baltimore insurance agency and a World War II veteran, died Friday at Sinai Hospital of complications from pneumonia. He was 79 and lived in Pikesville.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Keiser was a graduate of City College and attended the University of Baltimore, where he studied business. He entered the Army at the beginning of World War II and served in the Quartermaster Corps while stationed at Pacific headquarters in Hawaii.

At war's end, Mr. Keiser returned to Baltimore and the firm founded by his uncle and his father, Louis Keiser. He remained in the business until his death, including an affiliation with Diversified Insurance Industries Inc. of Baltimore, said son Barton A. Keiser of Baltimore, now president of Keiser and Keiser.

He was active in numerous organizations, including Chizuk Amuno Congregation, B'nai B'rith, the Advertising Club of Baltimore, Saints and Sinners, the Jewish National Fund and the Zionist Organization of America.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Arlington Cemetery of Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 4300 N. Rogers Ave.

Mr. Keiser was married for 54 years to the former Harriet Lee Norwitz, who survives him. He is also survived by his son and a daughter, Ruth A. Gann of Owings Mills; two sisters, Irma Kramer of Atlanta and Evelyn Tarlow of Baltimore;, and two granddaughters.

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