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Norman George Brink ’42 *44

Published in Nov. 7, 2001, issue

Norm died July 28, 2001, in Palm Harbor, Fla. A brilliant research chemist, he devoted his entire career to organic and biochemical research. Retiring from a 36-year association with Merck & Co., he spent four years in the chemistry department at the U. of California, San Diego, serving as a chemistry liaison with the graduate students and helping them decide whether their future would be in industry or academia.

Coming to Princeton from South Denver H.S., Norm majored in chemistry, displaying his potential by winning the Robert Thornton McKay Prize in chemistry and the George B. Wood Legacy Prize. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa junior year, as well as to Sigma Xi, and graduated with highest honors. He stayed on at Princeton after graduation to earn a PhD in 1944 before joining Merck. During his years with Merck he became assistant director of organic and biochemical research and ultimately director of that department. He finished his career there as director of university relations. He loved Princeton and served the class with distinction, following Pete Putnam as head of Planned Giving.

To his wife of 54 years, Bette, the class extends its most sincere condolences.

The Class of 1942

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