James Gregory Zumwalt 1925-2013 In 1925, in Tulare ("The land touched by the hand of God"), James "Jim" Gregory Zumwalt was born to two respected doctors, Dr. Elmo Russell Zumwalt and Dr. Frances Pearl Frank Zumwalt. Jim passed away on March 18, 2013, at age 87. Jim taught history and American government in the Grossmont Union High School District in San Diego County for 34 years. Jim grew up surrounded by siblings and friends on Sycamore Avenue in Tulare, a paradise for young boys enjoying an ice cream cone from Sweet's Drug Store or playing touch football, sandlot baseball, and "cowboys and Indians"; it was a blissful time. Jim ran to the local recruiter's office with his high school buddies on December 7, 1941. They tried to enlist, hearing the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor, but the recruiter told the young men to return after graduation from Tulare Union High School in June 1943. Jim served in the United States Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946, mostly on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, watching radar images for German submarines. Later he studied European history at UC Berkeley, then visited the places he had studied in a two-year European sojourn, financed with savings from summer construction jobs and a brief stint at a Ford automotive plant. His wandering ways led him to the love of his life, Margarida Hanni Moos, at the Alliance Francaise, in Paris in 1951. Margarida and Jim married in Zurich, Switzerland, in August 1952 and moved to America, where Jim finished his degree and taught some 10,000 students over 34 years as a high school, summer school and adult education night school teacher. In retirement, Jim volunteered to raise funds for student scholarships and traveled. Jim was preceded in death by his sister, Saralee Crowe (married to Dick), brothers Bruce Craig Zumwalt and Elmo "Bud" Zumwalt (Mouza), and son Gregory Bruce Zumwalt. James is survived by his beloved wife, Margarida, daughters Barbara and Frances (Susan), son James (Ann), and many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life is planned for 2 p.m. March 30 at the First Presbyterian Church of El Cajon, 500 Farragut Circle. Memorial donations can be sent to the Golden Eagles' Scholarship Fund, Granite Hills High School, 1719 East Madison Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92019.
Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Mar. 23, 2013