Dick Norris, the founder of a top New Jersey law firm, Norris McLaughlin, died on May 31 of pancreatic cancer. He was 93. A U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War, Norris served as a public defender in Somerset County, as the municipal attorney for Franklin and South Brunswick, and as counsel to the Somerset County Board of Elections and tax board.
Peter van Schaick, a retired Hoboken attorney and longtime social justice activist, died on May 28. He was 74. His family said he developed a principled opposition to the Vietnam War while serving in the U.S. Navy, and worked for the U.S. Department of Labor and the Equal Opportunity Commissioner before opening his employment law firm in 1982. He volunteered for Bernie Sanders’ 2006 U.S. Senate campaign in Vermont. Up until his death, van Schaick was participating in weekly family Zoom calls to plan political volunteering activities in an effort to defeat Donald Trump and the Republican-held Congress, his family said.
John Peterson, a former member of the Perth Amboy Zoning Board, died on May 31. He was 91. Peterson served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.