Archive for Thursday, May 10, 2001

Norman B. Hjersted

May 10, 2001

Norman B. Hjersted


Memorial services for Norman Bernard Hjersted, 78, rural Linwood, were Saturday, May 5, at his home. Burial was Sunday, May 6, on his farm.

Mr. Hjersted died Saturday, April 28, 2001, at his family farm.

He was born Aug. 27, 1922, in Chicago, the son of Bernard and Gladys (Wright) Hjersted. He attended schools in Omaha, Neb., and Falls City, Neb., and earned a degree in chemical engineering in 1944 from Rice University, Houston.

Mr. Hjersted served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and then farmed in Rulo, Neb., before moving to Kansas City to start the Conservation Chemical Company. He later founded Midland Resources Inc. in Lawrence, and was a member of American Water Works Assn. and American Association of Chemical Engineers.

He developed the first U.S. patent for liquid ferric sulfate, a water-treatment chemical now used worldwide for purifying drinking water and wastewater.

He was also a member of Shining Heart Sufi Community for more than 30 years and was a lifelong Unitarian, recently attending Lawrence Unitarian Fellowship.

He married Joyce George. They later divorced. He married Maryam Carol Graham on June 19, 1981, near Taos, N.M. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include two sons, Timothy Norman, of the home, and Lawrence Norman, Lakeland, Fla.; two daughters, Karen Diane Marker, Lakeland, Fla., and Ingrid Marie Hjersted, Boston; and three grandchildren.

A son, Jason Daniel, died in 1984.

The family suggests memorials to Douglas County Visiting Nurses Assn., Shining Heart Sufi Community or Lawrence Unitarian Fellowship, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence.

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