U.S. Representative Charlie Norwood Dies

Norwood Memorial Events Schedule
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
5:00-7:30pm: Public Visitation
Poteet and Son Funeral Home, Davis Road, Martinez

Thursday, February 15, 2007
2:00 pm Public Memorial Service
First Baptist Church of Augusta, Walton Way Extension

Wednesday, February 14, 2007- Media relations- John Stone (Augusta, GA) – One of Georgia’s most beloved Members of Congress, long-time patient’s and individual rights champion, dentist, Vietnam veteran, and small businessman Charles Whitlow Norwood, Jr. (R-GA), 65, died today at his home in Augusta due to complications from his eight-year battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

 <p align="left"><span>Norwood underwent a single lung transplant at      Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia on October 5, 2004, in response      to continued lung deterioration from IPF, which was first diagnosed in 1998.     </span></p>     <p align="left"><span>He was successfully treated for non-small      cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in November 2005. Cancer development is a frequent      side effect of immune-suppression drugs taken by lung-transplant patients.      His latest challenge began shortly after the November 2006 elections when      metastatic NSCLC was discovered in his liver.</span></p>     <p align="left"><span>Congressman Norwood is survived by his wife      Gloria, sons Charles and Carlton Norwood, and four grandchildren, all of      Augusta. </span></p>     <p align="left"><span>Norwood, a 7-term member of the U.S. House of      Representatives from 1995-2007, served most of east Georgia at some point      during his congressional career due to redistricting in 1996, 2002, and      2006, representing counties extending from the North Carolina border in the      North Georgia mountains, to the Macon and Dublin area in middle Georgia, and      halfway to Savannah in south Georgia. He won re-election every year since      1998 by landslide margins, and was elected to the 110th Congress in November      by a 68% margin. His 10th District seat will be filled in a special election      to be scheduled by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. </span></p>     <p align="left"><span>Norwood achieved national recognition after      introducing the first comprehensive managed health care reform legislation      to Congress in 1995, which subsequently passed the House of Representatives      in both 1999 and 2001. Norwood’s Patient’s Bill of Rights legislation became      a key issue in the 2000 Presidential election, and will likely be revived in      the 110th Congress.</span></p>     <p align="left"><span>Norwood was instrumental in health care      reform for military retirees and veterans as well as patients-at-large. The      former Army dentist was co-author of the Keep Our Promises to Military      Retirees Act in 1999, which provided fully funded health care for life for      the nation’s military retirees. The majority of the bill was enacted as part      of the Defense Authorization Act of 2000.</span></p>     <p align="left"><span>Representative Norwood provided the driving      legislative pressure in preserving federal funding and missions of the U.S.      Army’s Signal Corps Headquarters and Eisenhower Army Regional Medical Center      at Fort Gordon, and the U.S. Department of Energy Savannah River Site      project, staving off attempts to downsize or close both facilities during      federal funding cutbacks throughout his congressional career.</span></p>     <p align="left"><span>In Congressional oversight action, Norwood      played a key role in the 1996-1998 Teamster’s investigation, the 1998-2002      investigations of theft and fraud at the U.S. Department of Education, and      the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton in 1998. </span></p>     <p align="left"><span>Norwood was a member of the Energy and      Commerce Committee throughout his congressional career. In the current 110th      Congress he served on the Subcommittees on Health and Oversight and      Investigations. He was Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health from      2001-2004, and a member of the Energy and Power Subcommittee from 1995-2000.</span></p>     <p align="left"><span>He was also a member of the Rural Health Care      Caucus, the Army Caucus, and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, and      served on the Speaker's Task Force on Tritium Production in the 104th      Congress and the Speaker’s Working Group on Health Care Reform in the 105th      Congress.</span></p>     <p align="left"><span>Dr. Norwood was born in Valdosta, Georgia,      July 27, 1941, the son of the late Charles Whitlow Norwood, Sr. and Lola      Parham Norwood. He attended Lowndes County Public Schools through the first      year of high school at Valdosta High, and graduated from Baylor Military      High School in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1959. Norwood was a football      standout throughout high school, played under legendary Valdosta High Coach      Wright Bazemore, and was the defensive nemesis of later-NFL Minnesota      Vikings quarterback great Fran Tarkenton during the 1958 battle between      Valdosta and Athens High, and again in a 1959 Baylor-Athens High match-up.</span></p>     <p align="left"><span>Norwood received a bachelor’s degree from      Georgia Southern University in Statesboro in 1964, and a Doctorate in Dental      Surgery from Georgetown University Dental School in Washington, D.C., in      1967, where he was elected President of the Dental School Student Body in      his senior year. He married the former Gloria Wilkinson of Valdosta in 1962      while attending Georgia Southern.</span></p>     <p align="left"><span>After dental school, he volunteered for the      U.S. Army and served as a Captain in the Dental Corps from 1967–69,      beginning with an assignment to the U.S. Army Dental Corps at Sandia Army      Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1968 he was transferred to the Medical      Battalion of the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam, and served a combat tour      at Quin Yon, An Khe, and LZ English at Bon Son.</span></p>     <p align="left"><span>During his tour, he participated in      experimental military dental practices that became standard procedure for      the armed forces after the war. He was one of the first participants in the      Army outreach program that delivered dentists to forward firebases in lieu      of transferring patients to rear treatment areas. Norwood also provided some      of the first field-based dental treatment of military guard dogs, and      assisted in non-dental trauma care in Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals (MASH      units). In recognition of his service under combat conditions, he was      awarded the Combat Medical Badge and two Bronze Stars. After Vietnam, he was      assigned to the Dental Corps at Fort Gordon, Georgia, where he served until      his discharge in 1969. Norwood was awarded the Association of the United      States Army Cocklin Award in 1998, and was inducted into the Association’s      Audie Murphy Society in 1999. He remained a lifelong member of the American      Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Military Order of the World      Wars.</span></p>     <p align="left"><span>Norwood received the American Psychological      Association’s Outstanding Leadership Award in 1996 and the Association’s Man      of the Year Award in 1998; the American Medical Association’s Nathan Davis      Award for 1999; and the Guardian of Medicare Award of the United States      Seniors Association in 1996, for his leadership efforts in health care      reform.</span></p>     <p align="left"><span>In addition to his dental practice, Norwood      also founded Northwoods Nursery in Evans, providing trees and shrubs to      wholesale outlets throughout the Central Savannah River Area, and Augusta      Dental Laboratory, which manufactured dental devices for patients. </span>     </p>     <p align="left"><span>Dr. Norwood and his wife Gloria were      long-time members of and taught Adult Sunday School at Trinity-on-the-Hill      United Methodist Church in Augusta. He was also a past Board Member of the      Augusta Opera Society, and a member of the Augusta Symphony Guild. </span>     </p>     <p align="left"><span>A schedule of public services will be      announced by the Congressional District Office as soon as events are      finalized.</span></p>   <p align="left"><span>Note: </span><span>Albert N. Milliron,    Editor of Iron Mill News Service severed Under Representative "Charlie"    Norwood as the Public Relations Chair of the Columbia County Republican Party    from 1996-2002.  My summation of the Man, </span>   <span>uncomplicated, without excuse, bureaucracy and    red-tape Busting. Striving for and to encourage practical positive outcomes,    no-nonsense communications, integrity, truth, an Honorable Veteran, and above    all the most honest politician I have ever known.</span>

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