Norm was one of five Armenians to play key roles in representing Stanford University in the 1952 Rose Bowl game. Norm Manoogian was the captain of the team his senior year and a member of the Stanford University Hall of Fame. Manoogian was raised by his mother because his father died in an accident when Norm was 18-months-old; his mother’s entire family was killed during the massacres, and his father’s brother met a similar fate. His mom, who had been 4 during the Genocide, survived only through the kindness of a Turkish military officer who saved her by secretly absorbing her into his own family.
Manoogian eventually became a teacher and educator. After retiring Manoogian and his wife, Jone, supported programs implemented to improve the community environment.