Sadly, Vice Admiral Zech passed away eleven years ago in January and is no longer with us, except in spirit. The last time I saw him, he was in good spirits. He was ill and weakened from his lengthy hospital stay - but his spirits were high. We talked a little bit about the USNA honoring him and a few of the other guys recently for being Captains of their varsity baseball teams over the years. He was very proud of his years at the United States Naval Academy. The 7th of January 2011, my wife and I went to the gift shop at the Yard to pick up some Navy things to decorate his room in the care home where he was recovering in Falls Church. Sadly those gifts were never delivered. The wool blanket with the Navy N and star and some posters would never warm him.