Vic­tor J. Nor­ris Jr., sys­tems engi­neer

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES | NATION - — Fred­er­ick N. Ras­mussen

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.

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