Monday, March 30, 2009

Sailor - Shipmate - Priest, Rest Your Oars

James S. Zmyslo
with a smile to soften the hardest of hearts

Friend, Shipmate, Sailor, Priest, cryptologist

April 21, 1952 - March 25, 2009

Our Shipmate and fellow cryptologist, The Reverend James S. Zmyslo, of State College, Pennsylvania entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, March 25, 2009. Born in South Bend, Indiana, Father Zmyslo entered the United States Navy after graduating from college. During his distinguished 20-year Naval career from which he retired as a Lieutenant Commander in 1996, Father Zmyslo attended the Naval Postgraduate School, in Monterey, California where he received a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering.

Father Zmyslo moved to State College to work at the Penn State University Applied Research Laboratory (Promoted to Associate Research Engineer in July 2000) and later opened a State College office for Klein and Stump (now Centurum, Inc.), a defense contract company from Virginia. In 2004, Father Zmyslo entered The General Theological Seminary in New York City. Upon graduation, he was ordained to the ministry of The Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania on June 2007. Father Zmyslo accepted the chaplaincy at Penn State University. He had also served at Saint Andrew's (State College) and Saint John's (Bellefonte) Episcopal Churches.

Father Zmyslo is survived by his loving wife, Charlotte; stepson, Jeffrey Bishop; one sister, Paulette Calkins (Patrick); two brothers, Ron (Sharon), and Alan (Lynn) Zmyslo; as well as nieces and nephews.

Internment of his ashes will take place at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Father Zmyslo may be made to The Episcopal Campus Ministry, c/o Jean Beierlein, 484 Orlando Avenue, State College, PA 16801.

Note of remembrance from Captain Tom Botulinski: Jim was a retired Cryppie who worked for us when we were KSI; a fine Naval officer and a brilliant engineer. He ran our Penn State office doing work for NIWA. Many of you will remember him; he sometimes visited us at the old Arlington office. A super of the kindest and nicest men you will ever meet. Jim heard the call to the ministry a few years ago and left KSI to become a Priest. I recall that he did his summer internships in several hospitals in Pennsylvania, caring for grieving family and friends in the emergency rooms. Father "Z" is going to be missed by many. R/ Tom

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You knew Jim well. He was a great step dad and was the best husband to my mother and she deserved the best and Jim was it.