Famous People from Norwood.
A listing of people from Norwood who have left their mark.
Note: When a person below is said to have been born in Norwood,
Click here for addresses of some "noteworthy" people in Norwood's history.
it means that their family was living in Norwood at the time of
their birth. Since there is not and was not a hospital in Norwood,
the only births in town were at-home births.
Professional baseball players:
- Barton, "Bob' Robert Wilbur - born July 30, 1941, in Norwood.
Catcher; 1965-69 San Franciso Giants, 1970-72 San Diego Padres, 1973 Cincinnati Reds, 1974 S.D. Padres
- Bouldin, Carl (pitcher) - born Sept. 17, 1939, in Germantown, KY. Played four seasons—1961-64.
He played baseball at the University of Cincinnati, where he holds 3rd place for ERA 1.41 (1959); also, played college basketball—
see BASKETBALL). He played sports at Norwood High School.
- Golden, Roy - born July 12, 1888, in Madisonville, Ohio; died October 4, 1961, in Norwood.
played 1910-11 with St. Louis Cardinals.
- Kamenshek, Dorothy "Dottie" - born December 21, 1925, in Norwood; died May 10, 2010 on Palm Desert, California.
She played first base in 1943-51 and 1953 for the Rockford Peaches in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. She was the
league's top batter in 1946 (.316) and 1947 (.306). She was even recruited by a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, men's team, but turned it down.
In 1999, Sport's Illustrated chose her as one of the 100 greatest female athletes of the 20th century. The 1992 film "A League of Their Own"
was based on that league. Geena Davis' character Dottie Hinson was loosely based on Kamenshel and a few other players.
- Klieman, "Ed" Edward Frederick - born March 21, 1918, in Norwood; died 11/15/1979.
- Miller, George C. - born February 19, 1853, in Newport, Ky; died July 24, 1929, in Norwood.
played 1877 and 1884 for Cincinnati Red Stockings.
- Pape, "Larry" Laurence Albert - born July 21, 1883 (1885?), in Norwood; died 7/21/1918.
- Wellman, "Bob" Robert Joseph - born July 15, 1925, in Norwood; died 12/20/1994.
Professional baseball managers:
- Bancroft, Frank - lived in Norwood while Cincinnati Reds' 30-year business manager and 16-game interim
field manager in 1902 (replacing Bid McPhee, and replaced by Joe Kelley). He organized many road trips for the Reds, including some to
Cuba and Japan. Before coming to Norwood, he was manager of several teams, including the Providence Grays, which won the unofficial
"first World Series" in 1884. Carter holds the record for the most professional teams managed — 7.
Major League umpires:
- Goetz, Larry - live at 1917 Waverly; major league umpire starting in 1936.
- Jucker, "Ed" Edwin Louis - born 7/8/1916, in Norwood; died 2/2/2002.
Head coach for national
champion University of Cincinnati basketball teams in 1961 and 1962. Also, head coach for the Cincinnati Royals professional basketball
team. [More Information]
- Bouldin, Carl - born Sept. 17, 1939, in Germantown, KY. He played high school basketball at Norwood, where
he was the all-time leading scorer. He was a starting guard for the University of Cincinnati Final Four teams in 1959, 1960 and 1961 and
was co-captain for the 1961 national championship team. He was inducted in Buddy LaRosa's Sports Hall of Fame in 1986 for Norwood and
inducted into the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame in April 28, 2004. (Also, played college baseball— see BASEBALL.)
High school, college and professional players:
- Edwards, Marc - born November 17, 1974, in Norwood, Ohio. Played high school football for the Norwood High
School Indians, where he set a school record of 525 tackles, 6,001 yards rushing and 73 touchdowns. He played collegiately for
Notre Dame and professionally for San Francisco, Cleveland, New England, Jacksonville and Chicago. He was the first Norwood High School
player ever drafted by the NFL in 1997. He was inducted in Buddy LaRosa's Sports Hall of Fame in 2003 for Norwood.
- Pickens, Arthur - Norwood-born jockey; winner of 34th Kentucky Derby at age 19 in 1908. His horse was
STAGE & SCREEN
- Chakiris, George - A December 14, 1961, Norwood Enterprise article incorrectly
stated that his family moved from Norwood, while he was in the early grades of elementary school; they moved to Tucson, Arizona, and then
Long Beach, California.
Some differences in this story was told in a December 11, 2011 Cincinnati Enquirer
article. It stated
that his family left Norwood for Arizona when he was 4 and that he was born September 16, 1932, (a date confirmed by Mr. Chakiris when he
visited the Society's archive room on December 16, 2011—almost all web sites give the year as 1934) to Greek immigrants, Steven and Zoe Chakiris. His siblings were Virginia, Catherine,
Viola, Harry, Steve, Jr., and Athena. The same article quotes from his aunt Sophia C. Fergis' book, "Escape to a New Dawn," that the family
came to Norwood from Turkey in 1916. His father attended North Norwood School. The left for Florida in 1922, but returned in 1925. At that
time they bought a two-story building at 1925 Sherman and Allison Avenues, where they opened a combination ice-cream parlor, delicatessen
and grocery store called the Grecian Garden. George's grandfather opened a beer garden next door. The aunt left for Florida in 1936, and
George's family left for Arizona around 1937.
George sang, danced and acted in theater, movies and TV and has several record albums; He started his movie career at age 12 in "Song
of Love," as a chorus singer, movies included "Gentle Men Prefer Blondes," "White Christmas," "There's No Business Like Show Business" and
co-starred as Bernardo in "West Side Story." He guest starred in several TV shows, e.g. "Hawaii Five-O, "Wonder Woman," "CHiPs," "Scarecrow
and Mrs. King," "Murder, She Wrote" and "Superboy." He was also one of the cast in "Dallas" from 1985-86.
On December 16, 2011, George Chakiris return to Norwood for the first time since his family left almost 75 years ago. He appeared at
the Norwood Middle School (formerly the High School) auditorium, across and slightly east of his families home and store on Sherman Avenue.
Former Miss American and actress, Lee Meriweather, a friend of another of Norwood's actors, Vera-Ellen, was the master of ceremonies of the
Norwood presentation. Also, attending were former Miss America Heather French Henry and her husband Steve Henry, who operate the Rosemary
Clooney House museum. Afterwards, the trio went to George's early childhood home and his family's Grecian Garden stoer at Sherman and Allison
Avenues, Vera Ellen's house and the Norwood Historical Society's archive room at the Norwood Community Center.
- Mullaney, Jack - born September 18, 1929, in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania;
lived as child at 4049 Edwards Road, Norwood, Ohio; attended Sharpsburg kindergarten,
St. Matthew school and graduated from Norwood High School; moved to New York in 1952 and Los Angeles in 1966; appeared in several early
live television drama productions, such as "Kraft Playhouse Theater;" in the TV series "The Ann Southern Show," "Ensign O'Toole," "My
Living Doll" and "It's About Time" — his first television starring role was in "Old Tasslefoot" with E. G. Marshall; Broadway
plays, e.g. "Barefoot in the Park," and movies— "Young Stranger" (his first movie), "Kiss Them For Me," "All The Fine Cannibals"
with Jane Mansfield and Cary Grant, "Honeymoon Machine," "The Vintage," "Seven Days in May" and "Spin Out" with Elvis Presley. He also
served in the Army during the Korean War. He died June 27, 1982 in Hollywood, California, and was buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery,
- Rule, Janice - born August 15, 1931, in Norwood, Ohio, and died October 17, 2003, in Manhattan, N.Y.;
she studied ballet and starting dancing in Chicago nightclubs at age 15.
Movies from 1951 to 1988 - "Goodbye, My Fancy" (1951), was her first, although she had a bit part in "Fourteen Hours" that same year;
others included "Starlift" (1951), "Holiday for Sinners" (1952), "Bell, Book and Candle" (1958), "The Swimmer" (1968),
"Three Women" (1977),
"American Flyers (1985), "L.A. Bad" (1986);
Stage - "Miss Liberty" (1949), "Picnic" (1953), "Flowering Peach," "The Happiest Girl In The World" and the 1958 play "Night Circus,"
where she met her future husband Ben Gazzara;
TV - episodes in "Campbell Summer Soundstage" (1954), "Have Gun - Will Travel" (1957), "Wagon Train" (1957), "Playhouse 90" (1957, 1960); "The Twilight Zone" (1960), "Route 66" (1960-63), "Dr. Kildare" (1963-64),
"The Defenders" (1964), "Ben Casey" (1964), "Burke's Law" (1964-65), "Slattery's People" (1965), "The Fugitive" (1966-67), "The Danny Thomas Hour" (1967), "The Devil and Mrs. Sarah" (1971 TV movie),
"The Streets of San Francisco" (1972), "Barnaby Jones" (1973), "Spenser For Hire" (1986), "Murder, She Wrote" (1989), "The Ray Bradbury Theater" (1992).
She received a Ph.D. in psychoanalyis in 1983, after 10 years of study. She practiced while acting.
Her husbands, in order, were N. Richard Nash (1955), Robert Thom (1960-61) and Ben Gazzara (1961-1982).
She had one child by each of the last two men.
- Swift, Sr., Thad - lived with his grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. E. Bankson, Grandview Place. He left Norwood after
finishing the ninth grade to start his acting career; movie and TV actor, writer and producer; movies included "Its a Pleasure!" (1945), where he had
a small part as a trooper and "Virgin In Hollywood" (1952) with a starring role; parts in TV episodes, eg. a season 2 "Masquerade" episode
of the cowboy show "Bronco" (1960) as "Bowles" and the season 3 "Bentley and the Combo" episode of "Bachelor Father" (1960) as Mr.
- Tepe, Amanda - born 1977; theater, movie and TV actress; movies included the 2006 "Pulse"; TV shows:
"General Hospital" (2004 & 2006); graduated from St. Ursula H.S.
- Vera-Ellen - born 2/16/1921 (1926?) in Norwood as Vera Ellen Westmeyer Rohe; died 8/31/1981. Started as a
dancer and Broadway actress. She made 14 movies, including "White Christmas" with Bing Crosby. [More
Painters, engravers & illustrators:
- Farny, Henry Francois - born 7/15/1847 in France as Franzois Henri Farny; died 7/15/1916; lived in
Norwood for part of 1880s. [More Information]
- Knapp, J. A. -
- Meinshausen, George Frederick E. - born 1/6/1855 in Germany to George F. & Doris M.; died 1945. He lived at
4617 Station Avenue, Norwood, and later at 4217 Bell Street, Norwood, in a house that he was the architect. He married Emilie Brandes
in 1879. He studied at Real Schule Bremerhaven, Germany (1862-69), McMicken School of Design and Cincinnati Art School. He exhibited at
the 1893 Chicago's World Fair and the 1904 St. Louis Exposition, where he received a silver medal. He had permanent collections at
Cincinnati Art Museum and National Library Gallery at Washington, D.C. According to 1927 annual report of The U.S. National Museum,
Smithsonian Institution, eleven of his woodcarvings were in their holdings. In 1901, nine wood engravings framed together were on loan
to the Cincinnati Art Museum.
- Rebisso, Louis T. - born 1837 in Italy; died May 4?, 1899, in Norwood; Rebisso immigrated to the U.S.
in 1857. He became known for his statues which he manufactured at his own Cincinnati facility while living in Norwood. Some of his
better known works of art were a statue of Gen. W. H. Harrison, at Cincinnati; a statue of General U. S. Grant, in Chicago, and the
equestrian statues of Gen. J. B. MacPherson, in Washington, and at Clyde, Ohio.
- Foraker, Joseph Benson - born 7/5/1846 in Highland Co., Ohio; died 5/10/1917.
Also, U. S. Senator
and early Norwood School Board member (1877-79).
- Luken, "Tom" Thomas Andrew - born July 9, 1925. Raised in Norwood and Bond Hill. Married 1947 to Shirley;
Deer Park solicitor; U.S. attorney for Southern
District; Cincinnati City Council (1965-67, 1969-73, 1994-95); Cincinnati mayor (1971-72); 2nd District Congressman (1974-76);
1st District Congressman (1976-91); SORTA (Southwestern Ohio Regional Transit Authority) board
- Painter, Mark P. was born in Norwood. His career was in law. He worked as a lawyer for around nine years,
until he was appointed a judge on the Hamilton County Municipal Court. At 34, he was the youngest judge ever in Hamilton County. After
serving two full terms, he was elected to the Ohio First District Court of Appeals. He eventually left the court for his current position
as a judge for the United Nations Appeals Tribunal.
- Lindner, Carl H., Sr. - born 1883 in Ohio (possibly Montgomery County); died 12/22/1952 at Jewish
Hospital, Cincinnati. He was a Norwood resident (3902 Floral Avenue) and founder, with sons, of Norwood-based United Dairy Farmers
in 1940. At his death, UDF had 11 retail stores and the main plant at 3955 Montgomery Road. Previously, he had created Lindner Brothers
Dairy in Dayton, probably with brother David (1910 or earlier?) after entering the milk business in 1901. After moving to the
Cincinnati area, he started Lindner Brothers Ice Cream Company in 1931, introducing the "triple-dip" ice cream cone to the area.
- Albers, William H. - founder of Ohio's 1st "supermarket" at Montgomery Road & Madison Avenue in 1933;
previously, he was the Kroger President.
- Frisch, David - restaurant experience gained with operating his father's place and then starting his own
Frisch's Café in 1938 ( both in Norwood) allowed him to create Frisch Big Boy Restaurants. [More
- Aglamesis, Thomas & Nicholas - after operating their Norwood Metropolitan ice-cream parlor (which opened
in 1908 in Norwood), they went through the Depression with their Oakley Aglamesis Brothers store.
- Lloyd, John Uri - lived on Harris Avenue; this pharmacist and his brothers were well known for their
medicines and collection of plant books, which are still used in research by scientists.
- Lane, Colonel Philander P. - lived on Montgomery Road across from Cypress Way; the
house is used as a funeral home today. He joined with two other businessmen to start the Norwood Heights subdivision in 1869—the
first development in the area to use the name Norwood. His Cincinnati-based company provided tools and equipment used throughout the
world. Some of the engines that moved the Cincinnati Inclines were Lane manufactured. Lane elevators were installed in "high-rises" in
many cities. [More information]
- Corrigan, "Wrong Way" Douglas - born 1/22/1907 as Clyde Groce Corrigan in Texas; he became famous for
supposedly flying the wrong-way from New York to Ireland while attempted to fly to California; he attended Norwood school in 1920.
- Joseph Ralston - graduated from Norwood High School in 1961; he was Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff (1996-2000) and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (2000-2003). He held the highest ranking position in the Air Force.
- Eric W, Benken graduated from Norwood High School in 1969; at his retirement from the Air Force, he had the
rank of Chief Master Sergeant, the highest noncommissioned officer position in the Air Force. He was the 12th man to hold that position.
- Charles D. Stackhouse - 1957 graduate of Norwood High School; he was Class President and played on the school's
baseball, basketball and football teams; as a Navy pilot, he was shot down on April 25, 1967, while flying a mission in Vietnam; released as POW on March 4,
1973, and soon after was given a parade and day in his honor in Norwood. His rank was Lt. Commander.