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 Preston Rogers Bassett

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Preston Rogers Bassett

  • Birth 20 Mar 1892 New York, USA
  • Death 30 Apr 1992 Ridgefield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
  • Burial Ashfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Plot F/05
  • Memorial ID 103004568

son of Edward M Bassett &
Annie (Preston) Bassett

m. Jeanne Mordorf

Preston Bassett, aeronautical expert
Preston Rogers Bassett, a former president of Sperry Gyroscope Co. and chief engineer in the development of the first automatic pilot and other flight instruments, died Thursday at his home in Ridgefield, Conn. He was 100.
He died of cardiac arrest, a son, Preston R. Bassett Jr. of Wyckoff, N.J., said.
Mr. Bassett joined Sperry in 1914 as a research engineer and remained with the company for 42 years, serving as president from 1945 until his retirement in 1956.
He also directed the development of the Sperry Gyropilot flight director for automatic flying, as well as blind-flying instruments, the gyro-horizon and the directional gyro, which became standard equipment on transport and military planes.
Interested in the entire field of air transportation, Mr. Bassett helped the Air Mail Service establish the first night airfield with beacons and floodlights.
Mr. Bassett was appointed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics and served on this civilian panel from 1954 to 1958.
Besides his son Preston Jr., he is survived by two other sons, Allen M. of Paris and William A. of Ithaca, N.Y.; a daughter, Margaret B. Stern of New York City; 12 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.
[published in The News & Observer, (Raleigh, NC), Sunday, May 3, 1992]


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Bassett
Preston Rogers
husband
Mar 20 1892
Apr 30 1992
Jeanne Mordorf
wife
Nov 1 1893
Oct 21 1988
The soul in God's love is secure


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  • Added: 2 Jan 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 103004568
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Preston Rogers Bassett (20 Mar 1892–30 Apr 1992), Find A Grave Memorial no. 103004568, citing Plain Cemetery, Ashfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Anonymous (contributor 47283828) .