J. Andre Bourget, 54, an electronics engineer who worked on secure communications lines for the American intelligence community, died Saturday at the Anne Arundel County General Hospital in Annapolis after a short illness.
A native of Quebec, Mr. Bourget was the recipient of numerous awards for his work in electronics. These included the Electronics Idea of the Year Award in 1961 from the publishers of Electronics Design for his work with electrical circuits. In 1963, the Indiana Institute of Technology awarded him its Order of the Silver Slide Rule for his work on electronics circuits design.
At the same of his death Mr. Bourget was working for the Carrier Telephone Company of America in Falls Church, where he was an engineering consultant.
Mr. Bourget was one of the founders and the chief engineer of the Chesapeake Systems Corporation in Cockeysville, Md., an electronics design and manufacturing company that was destroyed in 1972 during floods associated with Hurricane Agnes.
Mr. Bourget came to the metropolitan area in 1957, to work for the Martin Marietta Company. It was while he was employed there and later with the Chesapeake Corp. that he designed secure radio systems for the intelligence community.
Mr. Bourget was educated at the Indiana Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne, Ind.
He is survived by his wife, the former Jean C. Wagner, of the home in Annapolis; two daughters, Patricia Anne Cook, of Phoenix, Md., and Christine Bruche, of Annapolis; a sister, Lucie Frechette, of Quebec; two brothers, Jean Bourget and Jacques Bourget, both also of Quebec; and one grandson.