April 14, 1941 - June 16, 2013
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Aerospace Stress Engineer Norman D. Bouras passed away on Sunday June 16th, in his Wichita home, after battling Parkinson's for seven years. Norman was born in 1941 in McKeesport Hospital, McKeesport, Pennsylvania, to Nicholas and Barbara Ruth (Abbott) Bouras, and grew up in West Newton, Pennsylvania. Norman graduated high school from West Newton High on May 27th, 1959. Norman went on to join the Air Force and serve in the military police, until October 6th, 1965. He next attended college at the Northrop Institute of Technology in Inglewood, California, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, on December 13th, 1968. While at school he worked as a draftsman for Computer Communications, Inc. of Englewood,(CA), drawing schematics and printed circuit board masters. From 1969-70 Norman worked for Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank as a stress analyst. Next he moved on to Rockwell International, in Los Angeles, to stay until about September of 1977. The next six years Norman was self employed developing automotive and aviation products. This was followed by three years at Rockwell International as a Structural Engineer, and the two years with Douglas Aircraft (Long Beach) on the C-17 program, then two years at Lockheed Aeronautical on the P-7 antisubmarine aircraft program. In 1991 he moved to Wichita, Kansas to work for Boeing Commercial Airplane on the 777-200 and 737-700 aircraft programs. He continued with Boeing until retiring in 2005. Norman was an automobile enthusiast, and had a couple cars he'd display at local car show, and also travel the state, forlong drive on many weekends. He had never been married, and his sole sibling, an older bachelor brother, preceded him in death many decades ago. He did enjoy going on skiing excursions out of Wichita, to the Rockies, loved hearing the Messiah performed in Lindsborg (KS) every Christmas, he could make it, and driving the vast open roads of Kansas. He loved working with cars, a good joke, and had a very detail memory of his travels, he was always willing to share. He loved Wichita's Botanica Park, and if you wish to express your appreciation of his having touched your life, please give them a donation in his name.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 23, 2013