Norris Grover Haring is a man of notable accomplishments whose life reflects the themes of the 20th century that characterized what his contemporaries called “the greatest generation.” Among others, these themes are the urbanization of America, service to the country at times of great conflict, and dedication to productive activity. Haring was born on July 25, 1923, in Kearney, Nebraska, the only child of a farming family. Although his adult life has been spent working as an academic in the city, the traditions of rural middle America were well ingrained in his behavior, including a strong work ethic, motivation to accomplish great things, dedication to improving the lives of those less fortunate than himself, commitment to family traditions and values, ready hospitality with sincere ...

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