A Tribute to Norm Litz
By Liz Barthe
Norm Litz became associated with FLANC, the Foreign Language Association of Northern California, in 1967 where he met its founder, Cecilia Ross. She convinced him to combine his love of languages and accounting expertise by becoming FLANC’s Membership Secretary and Treasurer. Norm was Membership Secretary and Treasurer up until his last moments. FLANC members will always remember Norm as being present at every conference registration, making sure everyone was registered and had a lunch ticket. If a refund was due, it was given quickly and with a smile. At FLANC council meetings, from which he was rarely absent, every cent was meticulously accounted. Memories of his role as Treasurer and mentor to the Council will always be cherished. Few have been such active members of an association and for so long as Norm. Even when his illness weakened him physically, spiritually he found strength to attend meetings and keep working for FLANC, and often with his wife Linda by his side.
While we at FLANC were greeted either at Board meetings or Annual Conferences with a bonjour, hola, salud and always accompanied with a huge smile, there were others outside of this linguistic sphere whose lives he touched with his generous spirit. There were choir practices on Friday nights, early morning services at Hillsdale United Methodist Church with later services on Sundays at the Presbyterian Church. And as if that were not enough, he volunteered as tutor for his church’s after-school program, specifically using his Spanish. And, continuing to give of his expertise in crunching numbers, he was involved with the 4-H in San Mateo County serving as auditor for 30 years, and as treasurer of the committee proving scholarships for students continuing their college education, and his church’s finances.
Norm will be remembered for his faith, his integrity, loyalty and perseverance and for his love of languages, music, and above all, his love of people. He is survived by his older brother, Raymond, his dear wife Linda, his children: Natalie, Jennifer, Tim, and Kirsten., and grandsons Brian, Matthew, and Patrick.
Norm was not only a member of FLANC but of other language associations, including CLTA, AATF, and AATI. His commitment to study of languages and the teaching profession will continue to be an inspiration to all educators who knew him. We bid you a fond adieu, adiós and arrivederci.