Norton, Theodore M. (1922-2013)

Norton, Theodore M. (1922-2013)

Date Updated



Political Science

Academic Rank


Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

University of Chicago, 1960 Ph.D.

University of Chicago, 1955 AM

Stanford University, 1949 LL. B.

Stanford University, 1947 AB

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University, 1960-1995

Administrative and Professional Experience

Staff attorney, Assembly Judiciary Committee, California Legislature, 1949‑1951.

Private law practice, 1951‑1954.

Selected Publications

Notes on the History of the Academic Senate, SJSU, 1995 (distributed by the Senate).

Personal Commentary

Supplementing the information above, my family moved from Alameda to the West Valley shortly before World War II. I attended both Alameda and Los Gatos High Schools. The house my parents built in 1948, in what is now Saratoga, is still my home.

I entered Stanford in 1940, but Army service, in Europe, in an infantry division, delayed my graduation.

Outside of the Political Science Department, the Academic Senate has been my major interest at San Jose State. I was a member off and on for some 25 years. I served twice as its chair and chair of a number of its committees. In 1993, I was awarded the title of Honorary Senator.

In the area of public service, I was a member of the Saratoga City Planning Commission for nearly eight years, most of that time as its chairman.

After full retirement, in appreciation of 35 years of congenial association with my colleagues in the department, I founded the Political Science Faculty Endowment. Its purpose is to support faculty activities and professional development.

Life memberships include the Nature Conservancy, the Medieval Academy and the Stanford Alumni Association. Among local memberships are the Saratoga Mens Club, Montalvo Association and the SJS Emeritus Faculty Association.

Date Completed: 6/96

Adapted from: Biographies of Retired Faculty San Jose State University 1997: A Project of the Emeritus Faculty Association of San Jose State University. San Jose, CA: The University, 1997.


Norton, Theodore M. (1922-2013)