From the Bulletin of the University of Virginia Medical School and Hospital, Spring 1946: "Dr. William Norman Thornton, Jr., appointed Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecogology, July, 1946. Born, Courtland, Virginia, July 26, 1912. Graduated Courtland High School, 1929. B.S., and M.D. University of Virginia Medical School, 1936. Interne [sic] on internal medicine, University of Rochester, 1936-1937. Intern on general surgery, University of Virginia Hospital, 1937-1938; assistant resident on obstetrics and gynecology, 1938-1942. With Eighth Evacuation Hospital until discharge, March 14, 1946."