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John Norwood Obituary

Posted on 24 October 2011

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John Norwood

John Norwood, 90, of Cobb Isle Road, Water Mill, died peacefully on October 14 at his home in Water Mill.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth, nee Havemeyer, and five children, his daughters Christopher Norwood of Sag Harbor and New York, Karen Hoover of Chicago, and Nanette Norwood of New York; and his sons John H. Norwood, Jr., and Marquis James Norwood, both of New York and as well as three grandsons and 5 great-grandchildren.

He was the son of the late O. Guy and Dorothy (nee Swarbrick) Norwood of Hamburg, New York. His first two marriages ended in divorce.

A graduate of Lehigh University, he was a lieutenant in Naval Intelligence during Word War Two. He had a long career in magazine advertising and publishing, starting at Life Magazine and then becoming part of the original Time-Life team that launched Sports Illustrated. He later became publisher of Sport Magazine and, at his death, was still publishing and writing Motorsports America, an annual book covering American Motorsport racing. Rudy Hoglund, formerly of Sag Harbor, was for several years art director for Motorsports America.

Mr. Norwood, himself, raced extensively at major sports car tracks, including Lime Rock, Daytona and, locally, Bridgehampton of which he was a part-owner in the heyday of local sports car racing. A member of the Meadow Club, River Club and Queens Club in London, he was also a skilled and dedicated tennis player who routinely won club championships.

Viewing and services will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 21 at the Brockett Funeral Home at 203 Hampton Road, Southampton.

Donations would be welcome to Health People, a Bronx program for families affected by AIDS, founded by his daughter, Chris, or to the Southampton Fresh Air Fund.

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