Sunday, April 20, 2003


Norman O. Brand built GE engines

By Karen Andrew
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Norman Oliver Brand, an engineer with General Electric Aircraft Engines for more than 30 years, died March 23 of cancer in Sarasota, Fla. The former Forest Park resident was 76.

Born in 1926 in Queensborough, Kent, England, he earned his bachelor's degree in engineering from London University and his master's degree in business administration from Xavier University.

In 1959, Mr. Brand began a 32-year career at GEAE in Evendale.

"Norman had outstanding judgment related to his work with GE Aircraft Engines," said Ed Smith of Symmes Township, a longtime friend and co-worker.

"Norman had the ability to remain calm and focused during difficult times. ... His simplicity to see the main source of the problem was his great contribution."

Mr. Smith said that at one time Mr. Brand was associated with GEAE's French partner, Snecma, and coordinated work on the CFM56 engine.

Mr. Brand retired in 1991.

He was a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, G.E. Elfun Society and Christ Church in Glendale. He loved music, gardening, reading and golfing.

"He was a very private man, a good person," said his wife, Monique, a former teacher assistant at Winton Woods High School.

The Brands moved to Sarasota in 2001.

In addition to his wife, Monique, survivors include: a daughter, Jocelyn Morrow of Sarasota; three sons, Mike and Kevin of Indianapolis and Mark of Columbus, Ohio; a sister, Eileen Jefferys of Var, France; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m.April 27 at Christ Church, 965 Forest Ave, Glendale.

Memorials: The American Cancer Society, 11117 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash, OH 45242-1817 or Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.


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