NY Area Spartan of the Week: Norm Kelker

Posted by admin | January 17, 2011

Norman Kelker 

A few Spartan questions for Norm Kelker:

Q: What was your major at MSU and what year did you graduate?
A: Microbiology and Public Health, Ph.D., 1968

Q: What are you doing now for work?
A: I’m retired, but I worked as a scientist and executive for Enzo Biochem, Inc., a New York biotechnology company.

Q: Where do you live?
A: In the Kips Bay area on the east side.

Q: Favorite NYC restaurant?
A: Well, there are a few. My wife Hanna (also an MSU alum) and I like La Petite Auberge, Lex and 28th (great veal scallopini), but we also love El Parador, East 34th (great mushroom quesadillas) and Villa Berulia on Park and 34th (great menu).

Q: What is best part of living in the NY area?
A: New York is the capital of the world. We have everything here: art, entertainment, sports, business, museums and more. No other place compares.

Q: What is best part of being a Spartan in New York?
A: It’s just so great that there are so many Spartans in the New York City area. Our New York Alumni club does so much to bring us together for so many great events. Thanks to everyone who contributes.

Q: If you could invite 3 people from any time who were associated with Michigan State to dinner who would they be?
A: Well, like so many of us, I would love to have the opportunity to hear John Hannah discuss his life. Professor W. J. Beal, who was a pioneer in the development of hybrid corn and who established the Beal Botanical Garden, could tell us a lot about the MAC of his time. My third guest would be A. D. Hershey, who got his Ph.D. in Chemistry at MSU and went on to win a Nobel Prize for his pioneering work in genetics.