Dr. Alvin J. T. Zumbrun (1926 - 2014)

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Dr. Alvin J.T. Zumbrun, a retired professor at Catonsville Community College (now the Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville campus), who taught for 44 years in various police academies in Maryland, died December 9 , 2014 of cancer at his Catonsville home while in the care of Heartland Hospice. He was 88. Born August 9, 1926 in West Baltimore, he was the son of the late Orrell Zumbrun, an engineer with the Pennsylvania Railroad, and the late Mary Kathryn Zumbrun, a homemaker. He married Marianne Nolan in 1950 and they had six children, two boys and four girls. Dr. Zumbrun developed the police administration and correctional services curriculum at Catonsville Community College in 1969 and significantly grew the program throughout the region until he retired in 1994. His son, Alvin Jr. (Jay) of Sykesville, recalled traveling around the state with his father as a teenager. "I remember going from one correctional institution to another while Dad met with the prison staff and encouraged them to enroll in college courses that were taught on the grounds of the institution. He was one of the early pioneers who promoted professionalism through formal education." In addition to his significant teaching experience, Dr. Zumbrun was a probation officer from 1952 to 1953, budget and program director of the Baltimore Community Chest from 1954 to 1955, managing director of the Baltimore Criminal Justice Commission from 1956 to 1959 and executive director of the Maryland Crime Investigating Commission from 1959 to 1994. In addition to his wife, sons and daughters, Mr. Zumbrun is survived by thirteen grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren. Two daughters have predeceased him, Mary Susan Pantazis of Baltimore, who died in 1999 and Diane Comas of Westminster, who died in 1997. His wife of 59 years, the former Marianne Nolan, died in 2009. Mr. Zumbrun is predeceased by his siblings, Sylvester Zumbrun, Francis Zumbrun, William Zumbrun, Helen Lively and Genevieve George. Among the multiple of awards his children commented that "¿.Dad was particularly honored when he received the 'Honorary Maryland State Trooper' award in 1995. He was a true 'trooper' in spirit and got a great deal of enjoyment teaching in the Maryland State Police Academy where they considered him part of the MSP family." A memorial service will be held at 7:00 pm on Friday, December 12, at the Jeffrey N. Zumbrun Funeral Home located at 6028 Sykesville Rd (Rt. 32), Eldersburg, Md 21784. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday and Friday, December 11 and 12 from 1:00 to 8:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 pm at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 5422 Old Frederick Road, Catonsville, MD 21229 on Saturday, December 13. The entombment will follow at Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Marriottsville, MD. In lieu of flowers, sympathies may be expressed in the form of contributions to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.Online condolences may be made to www.jnzumbrunfuneralhome.com

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Jeffrey N. Zumbrun Funeral Home
6028 Sykesville Road
Sykesville, MD 21784
Published in Carroll County Times on Dec. 10, 2014
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