Commemorate

Recently Departed Friends & Colleagues

A minimum total donation of $100 will place a departed colleague or friend in the In Memoriam Registry - a physical kiosk at the National Cryptologic Museum and an online listing on our website.


  • During her NSA career, Ms. Erdman rose through the ranks and became Chief of ISI and was an alumna of the National War College in Washington D.C. She and her husband "Erd" (also with NSA) loved to travel and traveled extensively. She retired in 2000, after a 33-year career with the NSA. Click on her name or photo to learn more about her life.

  • Jeanne had a life-long career with the National Security Agency, serving in many capacities from Research Analyst to Senior Executive. After retiring in 1999 she returned, following the September 11 terrorist attack, to provide vital support to the anti-terrorist mission. She completed her critical service to the nation as a member of the NSA Advisory Board providing direct support to the Agency Director. Please click on her name or photo to learn more.

  • Sam honorably served four years as a Radio Operator with the Air Force Security Service during the Korean conflict. He subsequently worked 34 years for the National Security Agency at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland and overseas postings, serving as a Radio Operator, Collection Officer, and Manager. He received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his contributions to the Agency's mission. He retired in late 1990. Click on his name or photo to learn more.

  • Bill was a long-time, valued member of the National Cryptologic Foundation ( joined in January 1999). He will be deeply missed. Bill served in the US Navy from 1948 to 1952, and then served the Department of Defense for over 42 years. After he retired, he volunteered at the National Cryptologic Museum. Bill was a dedicated family man and a dear friend to many. Click on his name or photo to learn more about him.

  • William J Ferguson passed away peacefully March 23, 2022 surrounded by his loving family. Bill spent his entire career at NSA where he held a multitude of positions during a prolific career. In his “spare time”, Bill coached his children’s basketball teams, taught CCD at St. Mary’s, and was President of both the Bond Mill Citizens Association and the West Laurel Civic Association. Out of all his accomplishments though, Bill was most proud of his family. Bill also volunteered for the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation - organizing the annual Pearl Harbor programs for 20 years. He will be deeply missed. Click on his name or photo to learn more.

  • Mr. Young had a long and distinguished career with the National Security Agency. He served in a variety of assignments ultimately becoming the Deputy Director from 1988 through 1990. Click on his name or photo to learn more.

  • Joseph C. Smith Jr, 87, NSA Officer, died October 15, 2021 in Melbourne, Florida. He joined the D.C. National Guard and went on active duty with the US Army during the war in Korea. In 1951, when he was stationed in the Washington, DC area, he had a small part as a military truck driver in the movie, "The Day the Earth Stood Still." In 1954 he joined the National Security Agency as a technician’s assistant. He worked his way up through various technical and management positions including Chief of an engineering organization, Senior NSA Representative in Thailand, Deputy Office Chief of Operations, and NSA Assistant Deputy Director of Telecommunications and Computer Processing. Please click on his name or photo to learn more.

TRIBUTE DONATIONS

Honor the memory of any friend or family by donating in their name. Use the Tribute Section of our online donation form.