DANVERS — Former Danvers resident Norton Leigh Bassett Jr. of Laurel, Md., passed away Saturday (Sept. 28, 2019) in Columbia, Md.
He was born April 15, 1946, to Norton Leigh Bassett Sr. and Louise Reiser Bassett. He attended Danvers grade schools and graduated from University High School, Normal, in 1964. In 1967, he married Sue Remsburg of Normal. She survives.
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A ham radio operator since his early teens, Leigh's call sign when he lived in Illinois was WA9DQX.
After graduating from high school, Leigh joined the Army Security Agency and trained as a linguist. He was assigned to Fort Meade, Md., for the remainder of his Army career. He then worked as a hardware and software consulting engineer for many years, completing numerous government and civilian projects, including the shipboard communications system for the (now decommissioned) USS John F. Kennedy and the guidance system for the first successful Pegasus rocket launch.
In addition to ham radio, Leigh was interested in photography, computers and electronics, antique radios, stamp collecting, archaeology, languages and Mayan calendrical calculations.