Person:Norman Sigband (1)

Dr. Norman Bruce Sigband, English Communications Professor & Author
b.27 Jun 1920 Illinois
  1. Leo M. SigbandAbt 1912 - 1968
  2. Sarah H. SigbandAbt 1914 - Bef 2014
  3. Dr. Norman Bruce Sigband, English Communications Professor & Author1920 - 2007
  • HDr. Norman Bruce Sigband, English Communications Professor & Author1920 - 2007
  • WJoan C. Lyons1919 - 2012
Facts and Events
Name Dr. Norman Bruce Sigband, English Communications Professor & Author
Gender Male
Birth[1] 27 Jun 1920 Illinois
Death[1] 24 Jan 2007 Studio City, Los Angeles County, California'[Last Residence]
Burial[8] 2007 Mount Sinai Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States

About Norman Sigband

Norman B. Sigband was born 27 June 1920 in Illinois, the son of Max Sigband and his wife Elizabeth H. "Bessie", both Polish immigrants that came to America in 1907. He attended Lindblom High School in Chicago Illinois [1937 "Eagle" Yearbook], and went on to attend and graduate from the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. ["The Cap and Gown" Yearbook, 1939].

Norman Sigband enlisted in the United States Armed Forces on 21 August 1942 in Illinois and served his country until the end of World War II, when he was released from military service on 29 March 1946. His enlistment records state that he had completed four years of college, worked as a sales clerk and was single, with dependents. After the war, Norman went on to complete his Masters Degree and received his Doctorate from DePaul University, where he went on to teach English, and he rose to the position of English Department Chairman by 1951.

Prior to 1972, Dr. Sigband moved to California and became a Business Communications Professor in the School of Business of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, now the School of Business.
He taught for several years in the school's Food Marketing Program, which was later re-named the Food Industry Management Program and was its Communications Professor, teaching many of the food industry's top executives until his retirement. Dr. Sigband was known as a tough, no-nonsense professor who insisted that his students excel in his classes and one of his frequent teaching phrases stressed the importance of "preparation, preparation, preparation"!

An accomplished author, Norman Sigband authored and co-authored many textbooks on English and Business Communication that are still used by many Universities today. In 1988, Dr. Sigband came out of retirement to head USC's newly-established Pharmacy M.B.A. program. [Chicago Tribune, 17 July 1988].

Norman Sigband passed away on 24 January 2007 while living in Studio City, Los Angeles County, California. At the time of his death he was survived by his wife, Joan; daughters, Robin Gotz, Shelley (Warren) Hayes and Betsy Seamans; and granddaughters, Tamara and Laura Gotz. His wife, the former Joan C. Lyons, passed away in 2012.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index: Death Master File, database. (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service).

    U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
    Name: Norman B. Sigband
    Last Residence: 91604 Studio City, Los Angeles, California
    BORN: 27 Jun 1920
    Died: 24 Jan 2007
    State (Year) SSN issued: Illinois (Before 1951

  2. U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010. (Provo, Utah, United States: Operations, 2011).

    U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010
    Name: Norman Sigband
    Gender: Male
    Birth Date: 27 Jun 1920
    Death Date: 24 Jan 2007
    Branch 1: ARMY
    Enlistment Date 1: 27 May 1943
    Release Date 1: 29 Mar 1946

  3.   United States. 1930 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T626).

    1930 United States Federal Census
    Name: Norman Sigband
    Gender: Male
    Birth Year: abt 1921
    Birthplace: Illinois
    Race: White
    Home in 1930: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
    Marital Status: Single
    Relation to Head of House: Son
    Father's Name: Nax Sigband
    Father's Birthplace: Poland
    Mother's name: Bessoe H Sigband
    Mother's Birthplace: Lithuania
    Household Members: Name Age
    Nax Sigband 47
    Bessoe H Sigband 42
    Leo Sigband 18
    Sarah Sigband 16
    Norman Sigband 9

  4.   United States. 1940 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T627).

    1940 United States Federal Census
    Name: Norman Sigband
    Age: 9
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1921*
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Birthplace: Illinois
    Marital Status: Single
    Relation to Head of House: Son
    Home in 1940: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
    Street: Salbany Avenue
    House Number: 5820
    Inferred Residence in 1935: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
    Residence in 1935: Same Place
    Resident on farm in 1935: No
    Sheet Number: 13A
    Attended School or College: Yes
    Highest Grade Completed: College, 2nd year
    Weeks Worked in 1939: 0
    Income: 0
    Income Other Sources: No
    Household Members: Name Age
    Max Sigband 55
    Elizabeth Sigband 52
    Norman Sigband 19

  5.   United States. National Archives and Records Administration (ARC # 1263923). World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946. (2002).

    U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
    Name: Norman B Sigband
    Birth Year: 1920
    Race: White, citizen (White)
    Nativity State or Country: Illinois
    State of Residence: Illinois
    County or City: Cook
    Enlistment Date: 21 Aug 1942
    Enlistment State: Illinois
    Enlistment City: Chicago
    Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
    Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
    Grade: Private
    Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
    Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
    Source: Civil Life
    Education: 4 years of college
    Civil Occupation: Sales clerks
    Marital Status: Single, with dependents
    Height: 66
    Weight: 133

  6.   Biography and genealogy master index: a consolidated index to more than ... biographical sketches in over ... current and retrospective biographical dictionaries. (Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research Company, c1980-).

    Biography & Genealogy Master Index (BGMI)
    Name: Norman Bruce Sigband
    Birth - Death: 1920-
    Source Citation: American Men & Women of Science. A biographical directory of today's leaders in physical, biological, and related sciences. 12th edition, Social & Behavioral Sciences. Two volumes. New York: R.R. Bowker, 1973. (AmMWSc 12S)
    American Men & Women of Science. A biographical directory of today's leaders in physical, biological, and related sciences. 13th edition, Social & Behavioral Sciences. One volume. New York: R.R. Bowker, 1978. (AmMWSc 13S)
    Contemporary Authors. A bio-bibliographical guide to current writers in fiction, general nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures, television, and other fields. Volumes 5-8, 1st revision. Detroit: Gale Research, 1969. (ConAu 5R)

  7.   Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States. Chicago Tribune. (Chicago, Illinois)
    17 July 1988.

    Mba May Be Elixir For Pharmacy Career
    July 17, 1988|By Carol Kleiman.

    In today`s employment market, a master`s degree is becoming the credential of the day.And the one most sought after is that much-popularized master of business administration, the good old MBA.The National Center for Education Statistics reports that 67,000 people earned MBA degrees in 1986. And today, the leading graduate schools of business report an increase in applicants. One reason: Starting salaries for MBAs generally range from $40,000 to $50,000 a year.
    Nurses are being encouraged to earn MBAs. So are lawyers, educators, hospital administrators, certified public accountants and scores of other professionals. Thinking of going into manufacturing? Earn your MBA first, is the advice.And now, the newest MBA entry: Pharmacists are being told an MBA is a sure prescription for success. It`s estimated that a pharmacist with an MBA degree might be hired at around $60,000 a year.Pharmacists without MBAs don`t starve: Their average salary this year is $35,000, according to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.Prospective pharmacists must have at least two years of college before being admitted to top pharmacy schools. The course is a four-year program, and many entrants at top schools have bachelor`s degrees when they enroll.Most degreed pharmacists work in community pharmacies that are independently owned or part of a chain. Others work in hospitals, clinics and health centers, especially health maintenance organizations.The U.S. Labor Department says there were 153,000 pharmacists in 1987, up from 151,000 in 1982. The department projects that by 2000, there will be jobs for 187,000 pharmacists.``The complexity and potential side effects of the thousands of drugs on the market have caused health professionals and the public alike to rely increasingly on the special knowledge of the pharmacist,`` reports the Occupational Outlook Handbook.And today`s trend toward chains and more efficiently run pharmacies makes knowledge of the business end of running a pharmacy an important asset if you want to move into administration.``An MBA degree offers significant job opportunities, depending on the pharmacist`s individual goals,`` said Richard P. Penna, associate executive director of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, based in Alexandria, Va.Penna has been a pharmacist for 30 years, has been with the association for three years and has a doctorate in pharmacology from the University of California at San Francisco. There are 74 pharmacy schools in the United States, he says.
    ``If you`re interested in combining pharmacy with management, an MBA is a must, especially if you want to manage a pharmacy department or go into business for yourself,`` the association executive said.Fred W. Lyons is president and chief executive officer of Marion Laboratories Inc., an $800 million pharmaceutical company based in Kansas City. Lyons earned his degree in pharmacy from the University of Michigan and his MBA from Harvard University.Marion has 3,300 employees at its headquarters. Some 50 are pharmacists, and 10 of them have MBA degrees.``An MBA is needed because it gives you a competitive edge,`` said Lyons, who`s been president of the leading pharmaceutical firm for 13 years. ``Having an MBA gives you an opportunity to be more in tune with two important areas:the business and technical ends of the pharmaceutical profession.``To meet the need for pharmacists with MBA degrees, the University of Southern California in Los Angeles is introducing a program this fall that leads to the simultaneous granting of both degrees. One of the first of its kind in the U.S., it will be administered by the university`s School of Pharmacy and Graduate School of Business Administration.Only applicants with bachelor`s degrees will be accepted into the five-year program, according to John A. Biles, dean of USC`s pharmacy school, who dreamed up the program. Biles does not have an MBA but has taken courses at USC`s graduate business school that ``broadened my life,`` he says.``If you took a pharmacy course and then an MBA, it would take six years to complete both degrees,`` said Biles, whose school has 575 students in its regular pharmacy program. ``We`ve cut back on time, but not on any of the requirements.``Tuition is $11,600 a year, for regular students and for those accepted in the dual-degree program. The pharmaceutical industry donated $180,000 to USC to get the program started. Norman B. Sigband, a highly respected business professor, has come out of retirement to head the program.``Acceptance of applicants for the new program is determined solely by the graduate school of business,`` said Biles, a pharmacy graduate of the University of Colorado who has been at USC since 1952.``Students will study pharmacy their first year, enroll in the business school for their second year and come back to pharmacy for three years.``The foundation of the program is that business knowledge is essential in a volatile health care market, Biles says.``There`s a revolution in the medical health care system, and it`s called managed health care,`` the dean said. ``I want 100 graduates in 10 years to have infiltrated the health care and pharmaceutical industries. They`ll change cost containment to cost effectiveness-and also increase their vocational choices.``

  8. Jewish
    22 February 2007.

    Norman Sigband died Jan. 24 at 86. He is survived by his wife, Joan; daughters, Robin Gotz, Shelley (Warren) Hayes and Betsy Seamans; and granddaughters, Tamara and Laura Gotz. Mount Sinai