Norman Daniel Olson
Aug. 9, 1940-Nov. 29, 2013
Palo Alto, California
“Norm” Olson, loving son of Wendell and Eva Olson, and husband of Elizabeth Macken Olson, passed away on Nov. 29, 2013, at his home in Mountain Green, Utah, after a short bout with cancer. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth; his siblings, David, Miriam, Alan and Elizabeth; his son Daniel; his daughters Karen and Rebecca; his step-daughter Elisa; and four grandchildren.
Norm practiced as a physician for more than 40 years, first in Minnesota, where he received his medical degree and training, then for five years as a missionary doctor in Cameroon. After moving with his family to California in 1976, he practiced endocrinology at Kaiser Permanente Redwood City while also volunteering as an adjunct professor with the Stanford Medical School, with local charities; and as a physician at hospitals in Cameroon, Liberia and Tanzania. After retiring from Kaiser in 2004, Norm continued to to work as a volunteer physician with Samaritan House in Redwood City. He also continued to be active in Grace Lutheran Church and the Grace choir. What inspired Norm was helping others, in particular, using his medical knowledge to assist the disadvantaged or to educate younger doctors. He lived this ideal and was an inspiration to his family and friends.
Services will be held Sunday, Dec. 8, at Grace Lutheran Church in Palo Alto at 3 p.m. Donations can be made to Common Cause and Bread for the World.