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June 21, 2013
I cannot remember a time when Vince and I did not find the Zumwalt Family heavily involved in our Grossmont District AFS program. Such great support that helped the program develop and grow for over 25 years. I hold them in my heart as true friends and confidants to help solve any problem that came along with the students and families that cared for them.
Now that Vince has passed(5/22/13)I will hope to see Gretli and tell her personally how much the Toth family cared for him
June 21, 2013
I probably hold an unofficial Granite Hills student record by taking three classes taught by Jim Zumwalt during my four years there. While the first class was a random assignment, the next two were by demand.

His Socratic teaching style was unique, refreshing, and thoroughly engaging. Most 1960's high school teachers found comfort in strict lesson plans and autocratic direction to stifle open discussion and debate. In contrast, Jim encouraged (demanded) that from his students. He deftly guided our free expression of feelings and opinions in socially and politically tumultuous times.

I distinctly remember the detailed blackboard outlines he prepared for class each day. Invariably we weren't more than five minutes into them before he was weaving World History into current events, and off we went. What a fabulous ride it was!

I'm not sure which of his students affectionately named him Captain Zum Zum, but the nickname quickly stuck. Maybe it was the open collared shirts showing off his peace symbol necklace, or the casual shorts and sandals he often wore. I think he earned it because we truly considered him one of "us", not one of "them". Rather unusual in a time when popular culture suggested that no one over forty could be trusted.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He was one of a kind...one of "us".
May 23, 2013
I had Mr. Zumwalt for Civics class in 1981. I remember him as passionate and good at getting us to really think about issues. One of my strongest memories was of the film, "The Wave" that he showed us to help us understand how much easier it was for Germans to get sucked into Nazi propaganda than one would think. It was disturbing and powerful. I am grateful for all he gave to us his students. My prayers to his family
May 05, 2013
Mr. Zumwalt, I remember u since I moved in the house above ur house. I remember going over 2 ur house, when my sister Denise. Was friends with Barbara & Frannie.
April 01, 2013
Mr. Zumwalt was one of the best teachers I have had. His Civics class was so relevant and taught me so much about government ans about myself. My sincere sympathies.
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