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Barton A. Borrasca, an Orchard Park native and a specialist in aviation and space, died Sept. 19, 1996, in his Alexandria, Va., home after a battle with cancer.

He was 49.

Born in Orchard Park, he earned a bachelor's degree in applied nuclear physics from Tufts University and a master's degree in business administration from Central Michigan University.

Borrasca, a senior policy analyst with Overlook Systems Technologies, served in the Air Force from 1968 to 1980, working on the development of intercontinental ballistic missiles and the NAVSTAR Global Positioning System.

From 1980 to 1985, he worked on the space-shuttle program for the Air Force and as the NASA budget examiner for the Office of Management and Budget, where he made budgetary and policy recommendations on civil space programs and space-related defense and intelligence programs.

Borrasca worked on strategic planning for Boeing Co.'s space systems division from 1985 to 1991 and was an intelligence analyst for the CIA from 1991 to 1994.

He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Alexandria and was active in the Prelature of Opus Dei.

Survivors include his wife, the former Adelia Smith; a daughter Katherine A.; his parents, Dominic and Deborah; and a sister, Deborah, all of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.[hmcnl]

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