Victor J. Norris Jr., systems engineer
Victor J. Norris Jr., a retired Northrop Grumman Corp. systems engineer, died Aug. 13 from esophageal cancer at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 83. The son of Victor J. Norris Sr., a longshoreman, and Estelle Foley Norris, a homemaker, Victor John Norris Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised on Gelston Drive.
He was a 1950 graduate of Loyola High School and received a bachelor’s degree in 1954 in physics from what is now Loyola University Maryland.
From 1955 to 1957, he served with the Army’s 350th Corporal Missile Battalion as a specialist at the White Sands Missile Test Range in New Mexico.
After being discharged, he received a master’s degree in physics from Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Mr. Norris was a senior engineer from 1957 to1965 at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River, where he worked on Doppler and audio surveillance systems.
He also served as a backup flight dynamics officer at the Mission Control Center at Cape Kennedy, Fla., during the launch of the first series of two-man Gemini missions.
In 1965, Mr. Norris joined Westinghouse Electric Corp. at its Linthicum facility and worked as a program manager in the company’s Advanced Electro Optical Systems Division.
After retiring in 1993, he established Norris-Electro Optical Systems Corp. The company had the goal of bringing U.S. Department of Defense and NASA technology to the commercial market.
From 2006 to 2007, Mr. Norris was a senior business executive in technology for the state Department of Business and Economic Development.
The Cockeysville resident retired a second time in 2015.
“Work was his hobby,” said a son, Paul P. Norris of Cockeysville.
His wife of 25 years, the former Mary Elizabeth Gilbert, died in 1983.
Mr. Norris was a communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 101Church Lane, Cockeysville, where a Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday.
In addition to his son, Mr. Norris is survived by another son, Victor J. Norris III of Timonium; three daughters, Jennifer K. Norris of Parkville, Mary Bridget Wiley of Carney and Amy E. Norris Metzger of Hampden; and nine grandchildren.