Thu, 01/16/2020 - 9:20am
Shirley and David Northcross have been married for over 50 years. They met in the late 1950s at Michigan State University, where Shirley played field hockey and David played football. They were married in Shirley’s hometown, Dayton, Ohio. After a few years in California while David was in the Marine Corps, they returned to his hometown, Detroit. David was a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch and Shirley taught physical education at Northwestern High School. They had three boys who were active in swimming and baseball. Shirley and David coached Little League for 19 years, and they enjoyed playing golf and tennis.
Shirley and David Northcross were interviewed by students from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor in 2010 as part of the Legacies Project.
Wed, 01/15/2020 - 9:56am
David Northcross was born in 1937 and grew up in north central Detroit. His grandfather David C. Northcross Sr. established the first Black-owned hospital in Detroit, Mercy General Hospital, in 1917. His grandmother, father, and aunt also worked at the hospital. Interested in pursuing a different path, David Northcross graduated from Michigan State University and joined the Marine Corps. He was one of three or four other Black officers at Camp Pendleton in California. After a few years, he and his wife Shirley moved back to Detroit and Northcross started his lifelong career as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch.
David Northcross was interviewed by students from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor in 2010 as part of the Legacies Project.
Ann Arbor News, October 30, 1941
Corp. William Francis "Bill" Wilson of the United States marine corps, (left), compares experiences with his brother, Glenn Patrick "Pat" Wilson, a pilot officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force, as the latter prepared to sail for England. Pilot Officer Wilson is believed to be the first Ann Arbor aviator to face combat service in England during the present war. They are sons of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn C. Wilson, 503 Detroit St. (Story on page 16.)