L. Norton Nevels Jr. ’46 died April 18, 2012, at his home in Honolulu. He was born on March 23, 1924, in Portland, and graduated from Deering High School. He was a cum laude graduate of Bowdoin, a member of Zeta Psi fraternity, and a 1949 graduate of Harvard Law School.
He served to lieutenant commander in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He was an attorney for 49 years and former Judge of the Third Circuit Court and Wake Island, one of the youngest circuit court judges in Hawaii. A private pilot, he was known as “the ﬂying judge” because he ﬂew his small plane to hold court around the Island of Hawaii. He served as President of the Hilo Rotary Club and the Wahiawa J.C.’s. He founded the Citizenship Training Group and was featured in an article by Bill Lederer that was later reprinted by Reader’s Digest. He made news in the early 1960s by sentencing the parents of juvenile delinquents to parenting classes. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Ann Gross Nevels; two daughters, Lali DeWolfe and Ranee Lehua Nevels; a son, Joel Putnam Nevels ’70; four grandsons; two granddaughters; three great-grandsons; and one hanai great-granddaughter.