Robert G. Norwood, 88

Police officer, veteran

January 05, 2008

Robert G. Norwood, a decorated Western District Baltimore Police Department patrolman and World War II veteran, died of heart and pulmonary disease Dec. 26 at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Parkville resident was 88.

Born in Baltimore and raised in East Baltimore, he attended city public schools.

As a young man, he worked for the Coast Guard in Curtis Bay as a civilian employee. He enlisted in the Army during World War II and served in Europe in a tank division. He landed at Normandy in June 1944 and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, among other campaigns. He helped liberate the Buchenwald concentration camp.

After the war, Mr. Norwood returned to the Coast Guard and joined the city Police Department in 1948. He received numerous decorations, including the department's Bronze Star, which he was awarded on two occasions.

"He liked walking a beat on Pennsylvania Avenue and interacting with citizens," said his daughter Diane Norwood Newcomer, who lives in Parkville. "He didn't like it when officers were assigned to police cars."

After retiring from the Police Department in 1975, he worked as a guard at the main post office in downtown Baltimore.

He had been a coach in the Hamilton Little League. He also enjoyed saltwater fishing at Ocean City.

His wife of 58 years, the former Dolores Elizabeth Roberts, died in 2001.

Mr. Norwood donated his body to the State Anatomy Board. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Peaceful Alternatives, 2325 York Road in Timonium.

In addition to his daughter, survivors include a son, Robert G. Norwood Jr. of Hamilton; another daughter, Deborah Norwood Buckler of Manchester, N.H.; a sister, Margaret Elliott of South Carolina; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Jacques Kelly

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