The Lettermen’s Association was saddened to learn of the recent deaths of two of its members. Merl Norcross (Letterman 1945) passed away Jan. 7 at his home in Brant Lake, N.Y., at the age of 89, and Ed Stringer (1963-65), died at the age of 72 at his home in Oklahoma City, Okla., on the day after Christmas.
Stringer came from Philadelphia to Chapel Hill in the early 1960s. At Carolina he started at center for two years, was captain of the freshman team, co-captain of the 1965 team, was twice All-ACC first team and twice All-ACC Academic team. He played on the 1963 ACC co-champion team and Gator Bowl champion squad.
A link to his obituary in the Oklahoma City paper is here.
Norcross was born in Kingston, Pennsylvania, and starred in high school track, football and basketball. He earned a full football scholarship to Carolina, where he played in the same backfield with famed All-American Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice. Norcross’ teams played in the 1948 Sugar Bowl and 1949 Cotton Bowl.
A link to his obituary in the Worchester, Mass., newspaper is here.