Ralph J. Norris, 84, draftsman, model maker

April 11, 2005

Ralph J. Norris, a retired Environmental Elements draftsman and model maker, died of heart disease Saturday at his Cary, N.C., home. The former Perry Hall resident was 84.

Born in Baltimore and raised on East Lafayette Avenue, he was a graduate of St. Paul's Parochial School and St. James the Less Commercial School. He studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

During World War II he served in the Navy on shore patrol.

After the war he co-founded a heating and air-conditioning business, which he operated briefly before joining the old Koppers Co. in Southwest Baltimore, where he worked drafting blueprints for its foundry work. He later worked with its successor, Environmental Elements in Baltimore County, constructing scale models of its engineering products. He retired about 24 years ago after suffering a heart attack.

Mr. Norris enjoyed traveling to Europe and woodworking.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church in Durham, N.C.

Survivors include Mary Norris, his wife of 64 years; a son, Christopher S. Norris of Cary; a daughter, Sharon Norris Delgado of Jarrettsville; and two grandchildren.

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