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Norman J. DeLeys, retired Calspan principal research engineer March 26, 1925 -- Sept. 18, 2009

Norman J. DeLeys, a retired Calspan Corp. principal research engineer, died Friday in the New York State Veterans Home, Batavia. He was 84.

Mr. DeLeys worked for the Cheektowaga company for 37 years, conducting automobile crash-test simulations, safety-barrier performance tests and other highway safety research. He wrote numerous articles about his work.

In 1980, he was awarded the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's engineering excellence award for his contributions to motor vehicle safety.

During his career Mr. DeLeys also developed aircraft and guided-missile performance standards for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Born in Sodus, he received a degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson College in 1947. He completed his graduate studies at the University of Buffalo.

A Navy radio operator during World War II, Mr. Deleys later volunteered at what was then Veterans Administration Hospital. He was a member of the Amherst Men's Glee Club and sang in many area church choirs. His hobbies included travel, flying, bridge and golf.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Starratt Lorenzo DeLeys; three sons, Robert, Philip and Gordon; a daughter, Nancy Drew; two stepdaughters, Donna Lorenzo and Joanne Lorenzo; and two stepsons, Joseph Lorenzo and Angelo Lorenzo.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Maryvale Drive Presbyterian Church, 425 Maryvale Drive, Cheektowaga.


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