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. 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.

  • 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.

  • Richard "Dick" Lynn Bernard, retired National Security Agency Senior Executive, died on June 12, 2019 after valiantly battling leukemia. While at NSA, Mr. Bernard initiated the engineering co-op program, managed several large systems development projects and headed several important organizations, as well as a major operations center. During his retirement, Dick became a part time special consultant to the Center for Cryptologic History at NSA until his death. He authored several histories on some of his NSA activities and served as an advisor on NSA history matters and as an advisor to the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation. He was inducted into the Hall of Honor in 2018. Click on his name or photo to learn more.

  • James "Jim" F. Rogan, 85, a 24-year resident of the Heritage Harbour Community in Annapolis, MD, and previously of Bowie, MD, died on May 21, 2019. Jim graduated from the University of Scranton and the Naval War College. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1953-56. He worked for the National Security Agency, retiring as Comptroller in 1991 with 30 years of service. Click on his name or photo to learn more about Jim's life.

  • William "Bill" Olen Wesley Sr. passed away on 28 October 2018 at the age of 82 years old,

    William served as a Naval officer and had a very successful career as a Senior Executive for the National Security Agency. William enjoyed his work where he met numerous friends and was able to serve the United States of America. Even with his career he always found time to enjoy his passions (golf and sailing) and found joy helping Elizabeth raise their children. Please click on his photo or name to learn more about his life and career.

    In memory of William donations can be made to the Community United Methodist Church. Please mark your donations for the Bill and Liz Wesley Memorial fund.

  • George Donald Kessler passed away Monday, July 9, 2018 at the Bradford County Manor at the age of 86. During his three-year career in the military (USMC), George developed the deep-rooted patriotism, honor, and commitment that would shape his life and, ultimately, his career path. It was here that George was introduced to Arabic and excelled in his mastery of the language. George enjoyed a 36-year career at the NSA in Ft. Meade, MD as an intelligence analyst and Arabic linguist. Click on his name or photo to learn more.

  • Mr. Eugene (Gene) Becker passed away at the age of 90 on 9 June 2018. Gene was instrumental in guiding the Foundation, along with Bob Rich, Ann Caracristi, Bill Kvetkas, Jim Boone, and others, through its early years. He was appointed Vice President following the retirement of Bob Rich and became President in 2006. Although Gene retired in September 2014, he continued to visit the office and remain in touch with the staff, attend programs and keep abreast of new museum developments. He was a dear friend and mentor to many and always had a kind word for everyone. He will be missed. Funeral and burial services are private. In lieu of flowers, Gene's wishes and those of his family are for donations to be made to the NCMF. Donations can be mailed into the office or made online via our donation form (remember to fill in the tribute area). Please click on his name or photo for more info.

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