MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Allen Norman Jr., a Mount Vernon native, died Dec. 3. He was 66.
He was born Sept. 16, 1949 to Allen and Eva Norman .
He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1968, where he was a skilled football player. Capitalizing on his interest in business and commerce, he continued his education at Oneonta State College (SUNY), majoring in economics. He subsequently completed the executive marketing program at Fordham University.
Following graduation from Oneonta, he put his degree to use immediately at Xerox Corporation, where he crafted a stellar career in sales and marketing. During his 15 years at Xerox, he was awarded numerous Xerox President's Club awards for outstanding marketing and sales achievements. His standout performance earned him several promotions including to the position of branch sales manager.
Norman met his wife in 1967 when they both had summer jobs in the kitchen at Mount Vernon Hospital. They were married in 1975. The family moved from Mount Vernon to New Rochelle in 2001.
In 1992, Norman and his wife became McDonald's franchise owners. Working as a team, the Normans created a family business that has thrived. The Norman's earned McDonald's "Outstanding Restaurant Award" in 2004, McDonald's top organization "Building Business" Award in 2009, and McDonald's "Pioneer Award" in 2015. Allen served as the national representative for the National Black McDonald's Operators Association from 2011-15, and as a member of the McDonald's Co-op Board from 2005-07.
He invested his time and resources in countless charitable and educational organizations, such as The Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon, Project Genesis, Exodus Management Consulting for Mount Vernon School District, Ronald McDonald House Charities and the New Rochelle Police Foundation, where he served as a member of the board of directors. He received numerous honors and recognitions for his civic activities, including a proclamation from the mayor of Mount Vernon.
Norman is survived by his wife Cort; son Nicholas; daughter-in-law Suri; grandson Lucas; son Christopher and his fiancee Samantha; sisters Claudia, Lora, Wanda and Deidra; and literally countless cousins around the country.
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