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Alexis Norton, religious official

Alexis Norton, 86, who spent 26 years as treasurer general and chief financial officer of his Catholic order, the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity, died Nov. 17 at the Sacred Heart nursing home in Hyattsville. He had cardiovascular disease.

The death was confirmed by a friend, Montgomery County Circuit Judge Nelson W. Rupp Jr.

Brother Alexis joined the order in 1950 and spent much of his career in financial management jobs in the Maryland suburbs. He began his career as treasurer general and chief financial officer in 1973. He retired in 1999.

He celebrated his 39th year in Alcoholics Anonymous less than a week before his death. In addition his church career, he became a leader of retreats geared to 12-step programs.

Rupp said Brother Alexis was known for telling attendees of such programs that “silent love and silent gratitude” are worthless and that “if you love someone and are grateful, tell them now. Tell them, ‘I love you. I love you. I love you.’ And that’s what he heard from all his friends before he died.”

Thomas Norton was born in Brooklyn. He served in the Navy from 1944 to 1949. He adopted the name of Alexis when he joined his religious order.

He had no immediate survivors.

— Adam Bernstein

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