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Stephen T. Schibell

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Stephen T. Schibell - Mathematician

AGE: 59 • Elkridge, MD; West Long Branch

Stephen T. Schibell, 59, of Elkridge, MD died peacefully on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at Monmouth Medical Center following a valiant battle with pancreatic and liver cancer. Stephen was born on July 7, 1953 and graduated from Long Branch High School. A brilliant scholar of mathematics and engineering, Stephen received both a BS and a MS in Mathematics as well as a MS in Electrical Engineering, all from Rutgers University. As a student of computational group theory, Stephen honed his proficiency for analyzing algorithms and data structures under the tutelage of his professor, Charles Coffin Sims, the developer of permutation group software. A mathematics prodigy, Stephen also reviewed Sims' book, "Computation with Finitely-presented Groups," Volume 48 of the Encyclopedia of Mathematics. He was also awarded a fellowship for Ph.D. studies at Michigan State University.

Stephen commenced employment at the headquarters of the United States National Security Agency (NSA) in Ft. George Meade, MD in August 1983 where he worked honorably and faithfully as a mathematician until his death. A devoted employee of one of the most unique and respected Agencies in the Federal government; he dedicated his life to the service of his country and the pursuit of excellence in the field of mathematics. In the capacity of his employment, Stephen held the highest civilian security clearance obtainable and reported to five consecutive United States Presidents and their respective cabinets on NSA matters. Stephen was an accomplished expert in Group Theory and Computer Algebra as well as Electrical Engineering. He, also, served as co-director of the NSA's Cryptomathematics Summer Program wherein students participating in Ph.D. programs in Mathematics were mentored in their advanced studies. Many of these students post graduation returned to the NSA as full time employees.

Stephen authored and co-authored numerous mathematical publications including 25 papers, 21 of which were classified. Stephen conducted unclassified research that can be regarded as a first attempt to find general purpose routing algorithms for interconnection networks. He co-authored "Processor Interconnection Networks From Cayley Graphs," and an article that was featured in Discrete Applied Mathematics, The Journal of Combinational Algorithms, Informatics and Computational Sciences. His classified works ranged over several secret matters of strategic importance to the NSA that were essential to the security and safety of the United States of America.

In addition to his scientific pursuits and research, Stephen was committed to and loved by his family, NSA colleagues, and friends. He was a soft-spoken, modest man who was a paragon of strength and integrity. He donated generously to various academic and charitable institutions and causes. Stephen was a car enthusiast and relished his 1964 red Corvette convertible in original, mint condition (325 hp, 365CE) which he owned for decades.

Stephen was predeceased by his parents, Andrew C. Schibell and Anna E. Schibell. Surviving are his two brothers: Salvatore M. Schibell, CPA, MBA and his wife, Lois, of Eatontown, NJ; and Richard D. Schibell, Esq. and his wife, Mary, of West Long Branch, NJ. Also surviving are five nieces and nephews: Stephanie Liskowitz; Andrew Schibell; Richard N. Schibell, Esq.; LTJG Natalie A. Schibell, MPH; and Paul M. Schibell; along with 6 grandnieces and grandnephews.

Visitation will be held on Monday, April 1, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Damiano Funeral Home, 191 Franklin Avenue (corner of Third Avenue), Long Branch, NJ. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 9 AM at the funeral home followed by a 10 AM Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Trinity Church, Long Branch, NJ. Commitment prayers will follow at Woodbine Cemetery, Oceanport, NJ. Letters of condolences may be sent to www.damianofuneralhome.com.


Published in Asbury Park Press from Mar. 28 to Mar. 30, 2013
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