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Colleagues said Norris’ willingness to help residents learn was exceptional. If a resident called in the night with a care question, Norris wouldn’t answer by phone. He’d drive to the hospital to see the patient with the resident.
“Tom loved and lived to teach,” said Dr. Teresa Kovarik of Como Clinic. She called him a brilliant “lifelong learner” who was equally devoted to his patients.
“Tom’s love of medicine and his drive to provide only the most superior care for his pediatric patients fueled his creativity, giving birth to the visionary Teen Clinic and the overnight coverage program at Fairview Hospital for our patients,” Kovarik said.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Beth Kaye Bennington; children Katherine Norris Paries, Kristina Wright, Andre and Jascha Bennington; sisters Kathryn Norris and Kristine Stinson; three grandchildren; and stepmother Dr. Hilde Virnig.
Services have been held.
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