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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Don joined the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) while at Monmouth College (now Western Oregon University) and embarked on a twenty-seven-year career in the US Armed Forces as a Naval Officer. His tours of duty included overseas tours in Japan, Spain, Italy and England, and stateside tours of duty in California, Virginia and Maryland. Don held various assignments throughout his career in the field of cryptologic operations. Click on his name or photo 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. Arthur Newman died at the age of 89 in November 2020. Arthur served in the United States Air Force before going to work at NSA. He had a rewarding career rising in rank. He served tours in Yakima, Washington and Cheltenham, England. He retired from the Agency in 1986 with 33 years of service. Please click on his name to learn more.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Alderman, Nathaniel Jr. Colonel – US Army/retired (known to most as Nat) passed away March 9, 2020. In the Army, he first was trained and served as a high-speed Morse intercept operator. After receiving his commission, he served in operational and command positions in seven state-side facilities, including the Pentagon and NSA. He served overseas in Turkey, Alaskan Aleutian Islands, Germany and Vietnam, retiring with the rank of Colonel in 1982. He was initially commissioned to serve in USA Combat Engineers from the Corp of Engineers Officer Candidate School, but served the majority of his 30 years specializing in Signals Intelligence, Signals Security, and Electronic Warfare. on his name to learn more.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Robert Kessler Painter passed away on October 26, 2019 at the age of 89. He was a cryptologist at the National Security Agency until retirement in 1986. Commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1953, he was assigned to the newly formed National Security Agency. Continuing a distinguished career there as a civilian, he was twice a field chief in East Asia, the first Senior Operations Officer in the National Security Operations Center, and a charter member of the Senior Cryptologic Executive Service. Please click on his name or photo to learn more.

  • Gaylen D. Taylor, Capt. USN (Ret.) passed away on August 2, 2019 at age 86 in Lincoln, NE after a brief illness. He received a commission in the U.S. Navy after attending Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI in the fall of 1956. He then served as a Navy cryptologic warfare officer for 27 years. Gaylen earned a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA in 1969. His commands included U.S. Naval Security Group Activity Guam from 1972 to 1973 and U.S. Naval Security Group Activity Skaggs Island, CA from 1976 to 1978. He retired from active service in 1983. Please click on his name to learn more.

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