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.

  • 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.

  • After graduating from high school, Bob joined the U.S. Air Force; then worked for the NSA as a cryptanalyst. He retired in 2014 after serving for 53 years. Please click on his name to learn more.

  • Sue was born October 27, 1935 in Baltimore, MD. Sue was an excellent student, and after graduating from Anne Arundel Community College with her associate of arts degree, she went on to be an employee of the NSA in Ft. Meade, MD. During her many years with this crucial intelligence agency she made many lifelong friends and assisted in assuring the safety and security of Americans at home and abroad. This was a task she undertook solemnly and with the greatest sense of duty. She was proud of her work and proud to be an American. Click on her name or photo to learn more.

  • David C. Posey passed away at the age of 74 on 18 August 2021 in Fort Myers, FL. David was drafted into the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and served on Guam as a communications technician. After accepting a position with the National Security Agency, the family moved to Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. After moving back to the US, more friendships were made while living in Columbia, MD; Evans, GA; Peachtree City, GA; and Fort Myers, FL. Please click on David's name or photo to learn more about him.

  • James L. Gross passed away on 24 July 2021. James lived and visited many places in his almost 84 years. He served his country in Korea and later dedicated his life to keeping his country safe working at the National Security Agency in Ft. Meade, MD. He retired at age 56 and enjoyed his retirement to the fullest. Please click on his name or photo to learn more about him.

  • Carolyn Sparks Kokalis passed away on July 24, 2021. Carolyn worked as an Analyst in the U.S. Government. She loved reading books, playing bridge, and spending time with her grandchildren and her dog, Sassy. She also enjoyed traveling. Click on her photo or name to learn more.

  • Donald Marco Sr. passed away on July 4, 2021. Don served in the US Army during the Korean War, and then retired from the Department of Defense after 30 years as a Senior Engineering Specialist. He was an avid golfer. Click on his name or photo to learn more about him.

  • Wes proudly served in the US Army, stationed mainly in Europe. He continued to serve his country as a distinguished civil servant in a career spanning decades, much of it at the National Security Agency. During his tenure, Wes earned numerous awards and recognitions, including the Meritorious Civilian Service Award. Please click on his name or photo to learn more.

  • Mr. Charles Gandy passed away in May 2021. From his first Air Force assignment, to the National Security Agency in 1955, until retirement as a Senior Cryptologic Executive, Charles made significant contributions to US Signals Intelligence. His work in the field of remote collection systems was applied during the Viet Nam War where it helped save the lives of thousands of Americans. De-classified from the 1980's, Charles' leadership on the GUNMAN project is documented in "The Spy in Moscow Station." Click on his name or photo to learn more about his life and career.

  • Janemarie (Jamie) Prestel, age 83, passed away peacefully March 13, 2021. Jamie and Bob Prestel met while both attending the University of Idaho. They moved to Maryland in 1961 and once their kids were grown, Jamie went to work at NSA as a contract specialist. After retiring from the government in 1999, she worked another six years for a private contractor. Bob and Jamie were married for 61 years. More than anything, Jamie treasured her family, friends, and Catholic faith. She will be greatly missed by Bob, Jackie, her children, grandchildren, and friends. Click on her name or photo to learn more.

  • An alumna of the National War College, Lee became the first woman senior operations officer in the National SIGINT Operations Center before being promoted to the NSA’s senior executive level, including serving as deputy director of human resources and leading some of the agency’s most mission-critical organizations. Please click on her name or photo to learn more about her life and accomplishments.

  • While with DoD/NSA, Rick completed overseas tours in England and Germany. His career spanned multiple organizations in NSA as well as assignments in the broader intelligence community where he ultimately attained the rank of senior executive. Rick retired from the DOD after a successful 37-year career which included the Defense Meritorious Service Award. He continued working as a contractor for SERCO, Boeing Corporation and as a private consultant. Please click on his name or photo to learn more.

  • Barrie Gordon Sims, 78, of Columbia, Maryland, died of Covid-19 on Friday, November 27, 2020 at Gilchrist Hospice in Towson, Maryland. Barrie's career included working for GCHQ, Britain’s intelligence agency, as a computer scientist, as well as later work as a program director for Computer Sciences Corporation and subsequently, Eagle Alliance, both in service to the National Security Agency. He always took satisfaction in his contribution toward making the world safer for his two beloved countries. Please click on Barrie's name or photo to learn more about him. Please note a special virtual memorial service is scheduled for Sat. 12/12/2020 at 2pm.

  • Mr. Robert "Bob" Livingston Spencer, 82, died Saturday, October 3, 2020 at the North Mississippi Medical Center following a brief illness. Bob was patriotic and served his country in the U.S. Air Force. Following an honorable discharge, he worked as an analyst employed by the U.S. Department of Defense, retiring after 35 years of service. Please click on his name or photo to learn more.

  • Wendell B. White, formerly of Clarksville, Maryland, died on September 17th in Greensboro, North Carolina. Wendell joined the Air Force Security Service, beginning a career in government service that culminated in the late 1980s as a senior executive in the National Security Agency. Click on his name or photo to learn more about him.

  • Betty graduated from the Pennsylvania College for Women in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and worked for 40 years at the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, Maryland, rising to the level of Senior Executive Analyst. Please click on her name to learn more about her.

  • He served in the US Navy from 1953-1955, remaining in the Naval Reserves until the late 1960s. Jim was a proud graduate of the University of Maryland University College. He retired in 1995 from the National Security Agency after a long and illustrious 37-year career, primarily in A Group. In retirement, he spent more than 20 years volunteering in crime analysis with the Howard County Police Department, along with a small group of fellow NSA retirees. Please click on his name or photo to learn more.

  • The NCMF regrets to report the passing of our dear friend and colleague Bill Kvetkas - one of the original supporters of the Museum who also served as the Foundation's Treasurer from 1996 to 2003, and as a Foundation consultant until 2015. He will be deeply missed. Please click on his name or photo and take a few moments to learn about the life of Mr. Kvetkas - from his extensive career accomplishments to his family life and post-career activities.

  • Mr. James Boone passed away on 12 May 2020 at the age of 86. After serving in the USAF, James held a variety of management and engineering positions with DoD until 1981 when he went to work for TRW, Inc. James was one of the original members of the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation and served on the Board. He authored the book, A Brief History of Cryptology, and donated all proceeds from its sale to the Foundation. Please click on his name to learn more about his life and career.

  • Ronald Lloyd Hunt of Gambrills, Maryland, died at home on 21 April, 2020. He was 77 years old. Ron was inducted into NSA's Cryptologic Hall of Honor in 2012. His citation read, in part: "Ronald Hunt earned a record of significant achievement in cryptanalytic diagnosis. He expanded decryption capabilities and successfully diagnosed many difficult, thought-to-be intractable cryptologic problems. He had five primary successes, any one of which would have made a brilliant career, but which collectively made him a giant in his field..." Click on Ron's name or photo to learn more about his life and career.

  • John Joseph Kinloch served six years on active duty and left military service as a Captain in 1965. In 1968, he earned a Master’s Degree from The George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science. John worked at the National Security Agency for 30 years reaching the rank of senior executive. During his NSA career, John received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Exceptional Civilian Service Award, and the Presidential Rank Award. He passed away in March 2020. Click on his name or photo to learn more.

  • Gerard Patrick Burke, of Bethesda and Cambridge Maryland, died peacefully on February 9, 2020. He was 89 years old. Mr. Burke served as Station Chief for NSA in Paris, France from 1958-1961. Upon returning from France, he served in several senior positions at NSA, earning the agency’s highest civilian honor, the Exceptional Service Award. He was appointed to the White House staff in 1969, serving as Executive Director of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board until 1973. He returned to NSA as General Counsel for Legal & Legislative Affairs until 1978, when he retired to private law practice. Click on his name or photo to learn more about his life and career.

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