Norman Dingman Fenn

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Norman Dingman Fenn was born October 26, 1920 in Patterson New Jersey to Jeanette Fenn, née Dignman, and Herbert Bennett Fenn. Norman Fenn received a B.Sc (Health and Physical Education) from Springfield College (1943) and a M.Ed. (Guidance and Personnel Services) from Springfield College (1951). Mr. Fenn received an LL.D. from Carleton University in 1991.

From 1943 to 1945 Mr. Fenn was the Officer in Charge of ambulance units assigned to the Indian Army. He was involved with casualty evacuation in the India/Burma theatre with the American Field Service Volunteer Ambulance Unit. From 1945-1946 Mr. Fenn conducted volunteer relief and rehabilitation work in Bengal, India with the American Friends Service Committee where his duties included the supervision of: drug distribution programs; a boat yard for producing boats for fishermen as well as a working to establish a cooperative for fishermen; school lunch programs; and venereal disease clinics. From 1947 to 1948 Mr. Fenn participated in emergency relief work, with the American Friends Service Committee, following the riots of independence in India and Pakistan and during the civil way in Kashmir. His duties included providing medical services as well as food and clothing to minority groups held in camps prior to evacuation. While in Kashmir, Mr. Fenn was provided the same services to the Hindu population being held as hostages and negotiated for their evacuation. From 1948 to 1950 and 1951 to 1952, Mr. Fenn was the Assistant Director of Health and Physical Education at Berea College, Berea, Kentucky. From 1952 to 1964, Mr. Fenn was the Director of Athletics for Carleton University as well as serving a three year period as Director of Student Affairs. From 1964 to 1966 Mr. Fenn was the Assistant to the Executive Director, George Junior Republic, Freeville, New York. From 1966 to 1974 Mr. Fenn was the Director of Counselling and Health Services at Carleton University. Mr. Fenn was Dean of Student Services at Carleton University from 1974 until his retirement in 1980 (though he continued in a contract position until 1982). Norman Fenn died in November 2004.


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