was born on 4th April 1901 in
, the only son of Newton Cleaveland, a Mining Engineer and noted western author
Agnes Morley Cleaveland. He grew
up on his family's ranch outside of Datil,
New Mexico. His
parents met while students at Stanford where
was later educated and graduated with a degree in Mining Engineering.
his mother Agnes Morley Cleaveland
was known as '
' by his teammates, because that was what he called everyone else, he stayed on
after the rugby concluded in order to attend the rest of the games.
played twice for the
at rugby in the 1924 Olympics, in the round robin v
when he scored a try in the 37-0 win and in the final against
when they won 17-3. The squad had to raise $20,000 to go to the Olympics
squad training in
before Olympic Games in
. Photo taken at Plymouth Rugby Club. Back Row (L-R): Sam Goodman (Manager),
Valentine, Cashel, Williams, B, Slater (Cpt), Farish, Clark, Patrick, N. Slater,
DeGroot, Charles Austin (Coach) Middle Row: Graff, Turkington, Deveraux,
Mannelli, Doe, Cunningham,
. Front Row: Rogers, Hyland, Hunter, O'Neill, Cleaveland, Muldoon, Scholz.
A crowd of 40,000 booed and hissed the Americans
throughout the 17-3 win against
and rioting forced the
side to escape from the field when it was over. That was the last year rugby
was played as an official sport in the Olympics.
''They had a special tunnel for us to escape,''
said in 1996. ''There were times when I didn't know if we'd make it.''
Norman Cleaveland did not receive his medal until two
months after the victory because of the outraged crowd, which drowned out ''The
Star-Spangled Banner'' during the awards ceremony.
the Skulls and Snakes at
in 1925 with
seated front extreme left.
playing for Stanford in 1925
University he began a long and respected career specializing in dredge
World War II he took a break from mining and served as an Army Air Corps pilot
in the US and then immediately after the war in Korea and Manchuria as part of
the United States Reparations Commission. 22 years of his mining career was
spent mining tin in Southeast Asia, especially in what is now known as
eventually becoming President of the Pacific Tin Corporation. He played rugby for
his retirement from mining,
wrote and edited three books. His first, written with George Fitzpatrick, was
titled The Morleys - young upstarts on the Southwest Frontier and chronicled
's maternal grandparents move to
Northern New Mexico
to participate in the management of the Maxwell Land Grant.
raised eyebrows with his assertion that his grandfather's death was not
accidental but due to lingering animosity with a group known as the Santa Fe
Ring over the land grab that occurred of the original land grant. 'Bang Bang in
Ampang' published in 1973 concerned
's time in
during the communist uprising known as the Malaya Emergency.
did not support the early British colonial approach to appeasing developing
communist factions in
in the late 1940s.
caused considerable consternation, including with the young Kennedy senators
and Lyndon B. Johnson, when he re-armed local constabularies in order to protect
themselves and his mining operations.
's last literary effort was editing a book on the eccentric western faith healer
Francis Schlatter, who was reported to have died in 1896. Titled The Healer: The
Story of Francis Schlatter (Santa Fe, NM: Sunstone Press, 1989), it includes the
text of The Life of the Harp in the Hand of the Harper, published by Norman's
grandmother, Ada Morley, in 1897, detailing the healer's life and her
conversations with him, as well as recollections of the event by his mother,
died at h
is home on June 8, 1997, in
, at the age of 96. He played rugby most of his life and was a life member of
the Santa Fe Rugby Club. He was the last surviving of the
rugby Olympic gold medallistís.