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Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. Collection: Renaissance (628) Finding Aid

Item Number: 6280000000

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This series is approximately .5 linear feet. 'The Renaissance Weekend is the only professional gathering of its kind in the United States. Information users and disseminators meet with content providers and distributors in an informal setting. Thought-provoking exchanges revolve around fundamental information industry trends and problems. The viewpoint is far-sighted.'(The previous information was obtained from the Renaissance Weekend web site) /www.scougweb.org/abret00.htm> This series contains attendance lists, programs, invitations, confirmation and registration forms, and related correspondence.


  • 08 March 2002

Biographical / Historical

Biography: From the Naval Historical Center Website Elmo Russell Zumwalt, Jr., was born in San Francisco, California, on 29 November 1920, son of Dr. E. H. Zumwalt and Dr. Frances Zumwalt. He attended Tulare (California) Union High School, where he was an Eagle Scout and Class Valedictorian and the Rutherford Preparatory School, at Long Beach, California, before his appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, from his native state in 1939. As a Midshipman, he was President of the Trident Society, Vice President of the Quarterback Society, twice winner of the June Week Public Speaking Contest (1940, 1941), Company Commander in 1941 and Regimental Three Striper in 1942, and participated in intercollegiate debating. Graduated with distinction and commissioned Ensign on 19 June 1942, with the Class of 1943, he subsequently progressed to the rank of Admiral, to date from 1 July 1970.

Following graduation from the Naval Academy in June 1942, he joined the destroyer USS Phelps, and in August 1943 was detached f or instruction in the Operational Training Command, Pacific, at San Francisco, California. In January 1944, he reported on board the USS Robinson, and for "heroic service as Evaluator in the Combat Information Center... (of that destroyer), in action against enemy Japanese battleships during the Battle for Leyte Gulf, 25 October 1944." he was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat "V." The citation further states: "During a torpedo attack on enemy battleships, Lieutenant Zumwalt furnished information indispensable to the success of the attack..."

After the cessation of hostilities in August 1945, until December 8th of that year, he commanded (as prize crew officer) HIMJS Ataka, a 1200-ton Japanese river gunboat with two hundred officers and men. In that capacity, he took the first ship since the outbreak of World War II, flying the United States flag, up the Whangpoo River to Shanghai. There they helped to restore order and assisted in disarming the Japanese.

He next served as Executive Officer of the destroyer USS Saufley, and in March 1946 was transferred to the destroyer USS Zellars, as Executive Officer and Navigator. In January 1948, he was assigned to the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Unit of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he remained until June 1950. That month he assumed command of USS Tills, in commission in reserve status. That destroyer escort was placed in full active commission at Charleston Naval Shipyard on 21 November 1950, and he continued to command her until March 1951, when he joined the battleship USS Wisconsin as Navigator.

"For meritorious service as Navigator of USS Wisconsin during combat operations against enemy North Korean and Chinese Communist forces in the Korean Theater from 23 November 1951 to 30 March 1952..." he received a Letter of Commendation, with Ribbon and Combat "V," from Commander Seventh Fleet. The letter continues: "As Navigator his competence and untiring diligence in assuring safe navigation of the ship enabled the commanding officer to devote the greater part of his attention to planning and gunfire Operations. His performance of duty was consistently Superior in bringing the ship through dangerously mined and restricted waters, frequently under adverse conditions and poor visibility. He assisted in the planning of the combat operations... (and) piloted Wisconsin into the closest possible inshore positions in which maximum effect could be obtained by gunfire..."

Detached from USS Wisconsin in June 1952, he attended the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, and in June 1953 reported as Head of the Shore and Overseas Bases Section, Bureau of Naval Personnel, Navy Department, Washington, D. C. He also served as Officer and Enlisted Requirements Officer and as Action Officer on Medicare Legislation. Completing that tour of duty in July 1955, he assumed command of the destroyer USS Arnold J. Isbell, participating in two deployments to the Seventh Fleet. In this assignment, he was commended by the Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Forces, U. S. Pacific Fleet for winning the Battle Efficiency Competition for his ship and for winning Excellence Awards in Engineering, Gunnery, Antisubmarine Warfare, and Operations. In July 1957, he returned to the Bureau of Naval Personnel for further duty. In December 1957, he was transferred to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Personnel and Reserve Forces), and served as Special Assistant for Naval Personnel until November 1958, then as Special Assistant and Naval Aide until August 1959.

Ordered to the first ship built from the keel up as a guided missile ship, USS Dewey (DLG-14), building at the Bath (Maine) Iron Works, he assumed command of that guided missile frigate at her commissioning in December 1959, and commanded her until June 1961. During this period of his command, Dewey earned the Excellence Award in Engineering, Supply, Weapons, and was runner-up in the Battle Efficiency Competition. He was a student at the National War College, Washington, D. C., during the 1961-1962 class year. In June, he was assigned to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (International Security Affairs), Washington, D. C., where he served first as Desk Officer for France, Spain and Portugal, then as Director of Arms Control and Contingency Planning for Cuba. From December 1963 until 21 June 1965 he served as Executive Assistant and Senior Aide to the Honorable Paul H. Nitze, Secretary of the Navy. For duty in his tour in the offices of the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Navy, he was awarded the Legion of Merit.

After his selection for the rank of Rear Admiral, he assumed command in July 1965 of Cruiser-Destroyer Flotilla Seven. "For exceptionally meritorious service..." in that capacity, he was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Legion of Merit. In August 1966, he became Director of the Chief of Naval Operations Systems Analysis Group, Washington, D. C., and for "exceptionally meritorious service... as Director, Systems Analysis Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Deputy Scientific Officer to the Center for Naval Analyses, during the period from August 1966 to August 1968..." he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. The citation further states in part: "Rear Admiral Zumwalt, by direction of the Chief of Naval Operations, established the Systems Analysis Division and rapidly developed it into a highly effective, responsive organization. Under his leadership, the division has assisted in generating within the Navy a better understanding of requirements, problems and a more effective presentation of those requirements in major program areas which will strongly influence the combat capabilities of U. S. Naval Forces through the next generation. (He) has displayed exceptional acumen, integrity, tact and diplomacy as personal representative of the Chief of Naval Operations, not only in dealings within the Department of Defense, but also in testifying before Congressional Committees. Among the major analyses completed under his direct supervision were the major Fleet Escort, Antisubmarine Warfare Force Level, Tactical Air, Surface-to-Surface Missile, and War-at-Sea Studies. Additionally, under Rear Admiral Zumwalt's guidance, the Center for Naval Analyses has been restructured, and its methodologies clearly defined with such precision as to ensure that completed studies will reflect thoroughness, comprehensiveness and accuracy when subjected to closest scrutiny..."

In September 1968, he became Commander Naval Forces, Vietnam and Chief of the Naval Advisory Group, U. S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam. President Richard M. Nixon nominated him as Chief of Naval Operations on 14 April 1970. Upon being relieved as Commander Naval Forces, Vietnam, on 15 May 1970, he was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of a second Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious service. He assumed command as Chief of Naval Operations on 1 July 1970 and retired from that position on 1 July 1974. In 1976, he unsuccessfully ran as a Democratic candidate for the Senate from Virginia. Later he held the presidency of the American Medical Building Corporation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Admiral Zumwalt died on 2 January 2000 at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. His home was in Arlington, Virginia. He was married to the former Mouza Coutelais-du-Roche of Harbin, Manchuria, and they had two sons, Elmo R. Zumwalt III, who died of cancer in 1988, and James Gregory Zumwalt, and two daughters, Ann F. Zumwalt Coppola and Mouza C. Zumwalt-Weathers. He was also survived by six grandchildren.
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  • Renaissance March 1991 - January 1993
  • PARTICIPANT LISTING at the Renaissance Weekend XIV, New Year’s 1992-1993
  • PROGRAM SCHEDULE by Philip Lader on the Renaissance Weekend in Atlanta, GA, December 2, 1992.
  • Renaissance Weekend Celebration ATTENDENCE FORM to ERZ from: Priscilla Barry, December 23, 1992,
  • PHOTOCOPY of ATTENDENCE FORM bearing name of ERZ for the Renaissance Weekend 1993.
  • FACT SHEET of Renaissance Weekend 1993.
  • INVITATION NOTE for the Presidential Inaugural Ball of President & Mrs. Clinton & Vice President & Mrs. Gore, January 20, 1993.
  • (2 Copies) CLINTON DINNER INVITATION To: ERZ, from: Philip & Linda Lader, January 1, 1993.
  • Renaissance File on Yellow Paper (5 pages) written in pencil.
  • Letter To: Mr. Thomas Schneider, from: ERZ, January 28, 1993 –over- Letter To: ERZ, from: Patty, January 15, 1993
  • Letter To: Mrs. Hillary Clinton, from: Patricia Andrews, January 14, 1993.
  • Renaissance File (written on 14 Yellow paper sheets), December 30, 1992.
  • Renaissance Bulletin # 1 for December 31, 1992 & January 2, 1993.
  • Letter To Mr. & Mrs. Philip Lader, from: ERZ: March 1, 1991 and Renaissance Weekend flyers.
  • Letter To: “Renaissance Friends”, from: Philip Lader, December 2, 1992.
  • Letter to: “Renaissance North Friends”, from: Susan Ness and Larry Schneider, May 3, 1992.
  • Article from The Washington Post, December 28, 1992.
  • (PROGRAM SCHEDULE) Renaissance Weeekend XI 1992 – 1993.
  • (PHOTOCOPY) of the article in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL – ‘Some Boomers Plan To Greet New Year Fretting Over Policy’, December 28, 1992.
  • Renaissance 1993 - January 1994
  • Renaissance Weekend Confirmation and Registration Form.
  • Renaissance Weekend Confirmation Form.
  • Renaissance Weekend Confirmation Form.
  • Renaissance Weekend Confirmation Form
  • PROGRAM SCHEDULE of the Renaissance Weekend XV 1993-1994.
  • Letter To: ERZ & Mrs. Zumwalt, from: Benedict T. Marino, January 20, 1994.
  • Renaissance Weekend 1993, registration form of ERZ, 1993.
  • (PHOTOCOPY) Article from THE NEW YORK TIMES NATIONAL – ‘Bill, Hillary and Other Plain Folks Are All Set for One Heady Weekend’ December 31, 1993.
  • (PHOTOCOPY) article from unnamed source –‘Don’t Call It Journalism’.
  • (1994 REGISTRATION FORM) Of Renaissance Weekend To: ERZ.
  • CORRESPONDENCES BETWEEN Mrs. Linda LeSourd Lader & ERZ: August 11, 1993 & July 7, 1993.
  • Letter To: Mr. & Mrs. Philip Lader, from: ERZ, July 12, 1993
  • Letter To: Senator & Mrs. William Brock, from: ERZ, July 12, 1993
  • WELCOME INVITATION to Linda & Philip Lader, from: Senator & Mrs. William Brock, July 9, 1993.
  • Letter To: Mr. & Mrs. Richard Viguerie, from: ERZ, July 7, 1993
  • REGISTRATION FORM To: Renaissance Weekend North Friends.
  • Renaissance 1994 - January 1995
  • Letter To: Mr. & Mrs. Laszlo Adam, from: ERZ, September 30, 1994 –over Letter To: ERZ & Mrs. Zumwalt, from: Jackie Kiss, August 31, 1994.
  • INVITATION CARD & LETTER To: ERZ, by the Renaissance Weekend – Jackie Kiss, 1994.
  • Letter To: Ms. Renee E. Ring, from: ERZ, January 12, 1994.
  • Letter To Mr. William W. Adams, from: ERZ, January 6, 1994.
  • (PHOTOCOPY) Letter To: Mr. Philip Lader, from: ERZ, January 5, 1994.
  • (FAX) article from THE WASHINGTON POST – ‘ A NETWORKING NEW YEAR’S – the Clintons Seminar Into 1994 at Renaissance Weekend’ by John F. Haris, March 22, 1994
  • Letter To: Ms. Linda LeSourd Lader, from: Daniel Flanagan, March 14, 1994.
  • (PHOTOCOPY) of article from THE WALL STREET JOURNAL - – ‘linton Selects Ness To Fill Seat on FCC Vacated by Dugan, by WSJ Staff Reporter, March 16, 1994.
  • Renaissance Weekend Confirmation Form.
  • CORRESPONDENCES BETWEEN Mrs. Linda Lader & ERZ, February 14, 1994 & February 14, 1994.
  • (PHOTOCOPY) of article from unnamed and undated newspaper – ‘The Stampede To Toast The New year With Bill’.
  • CORRESPONDENCES BETWEEN Mrs. Linda Lader & ERZ: June 28, 1994, June 21, 1994, June 15, 1994
  • 1995 Renaissance Suggestion Form.
  • Letter To: ERZ, from: Mike, October 18, 1994.
  • Letter To: ERZ, from: Jeremy Schaap, March 10, 1995.
  • Letter To: Mrs. Jackie Kiss, from: ERZ, February 28, 1995
  • Letter To: ERZ, from: John H. Chafee, February 23, 1995.
  • (PHOTOCOPY) Letter To: Mrs. Jackie Kiss, from: ERZ, February 24, 1995.
  • CORRESPONDENCES BETWEEN Honorable John H. Chafee & ERZ, January 26, 1995, January 11, 1995.
  • Letter To: Susan Porter Rose, from: ERZ, January 4, 1995
  • (PHOTOCOPY) article from THE WASHINGTON POST –‘Power in the Prisons’ by William Raspberry, December 28, 1994.
  • CORRESPONDENCES BETWEEN Ms. Renee Ring & ERZ: January 12, 1995, January 4, 1995.
  • CORRESPONDENCES BETWEEN Kim F. Gibson, M.D. & ERZ: February 22, 1995, February 15, 1995.
  • CORRESPONDENCES BETWEEN ERZ & General Michael S. Davison, US Army (ret.): December 13, 1994, undated.
  • Renaissance Weekend Notes pencil written on 1 ½ sheets of yellow paper, December 30, 1994.
  • Renaissance Weekend Confirmation Form.
  • Renaissance 1995 – January 1996
  • FACT BOOK Renaissance Weekend 1995.
  • Letter To: Mr. Southwood J. Morcott, from: Gloria Hammond of TIME magazine, February 5, 1996.
  • Letter To: ERZ, from: General Michael S. Davison (ret.), December 30, 1995.
  • CORRESPONDENCES BETWEEN Honorable Mark Wolf & ERZ: January 12, 1996, January 3, 1996.
  • CORRESPONDENCES BETWEEN ERZ & TIME: January 22, 1996, January 11, 1996, January 11, 1996, January 11, 1996
  • (PHOTOCOPY) of an article from the TIME –‘Reactionary Romp – Liberals have long held a New year’s retreat. Here’s what happened when Conservatives got one, too’ by David Van Biema, January 11, 1996
  • (PHOTOCOPY) article from the NEWSWEEK –‘Schmoozing in the Sand – Weekend political networking, from right to left’ by Weston Kosova, January 11, 1996
  • URGENT FAX to ERZ on Renaissance Weekends from Mr. Guy Smith, from SMITH WORLDWIDE INC, NY, January 11, 1996.
  • Renaissance 1995 - January 1997
  • Renaissance Weekend REGISTRATION FORM of ERZ, 1995.
  • PARTICIPANT LISTING – Renaissance Weekend XXVI.
  • PROGRAM SCHEDULE of Renaissance Weekend XXVI, December 28, 1996 – January 1, 1997.
  • HELPFUL HINTS PERFORMA – Renaissance Weekend, 1995.
  • FINAL PROGRAMS ASSIGNMENTS of the Renaissance Weekend program Confirmation, undated.
  • Letter To: ERZ Mrs. Zumwalt, from: Renaissance Weekend, October 8, 1996.
  • Letter To: ERZ, from: Robert Hamilton Picchi & Colleen, February 16, 1996.
  • PROGRAM ASSIGNMENTS, from Renaissance Weekend Program Confirmation Form & Program Schedules, 1995.
  • Renaissance 1997 - January 1999
  • CORRESPONDENCES BETWEEN Mrs. Linda Lader & ERZ: March 31, 1998, March 18, 1998, March 18, 1998.
  • Letter To: Mrs. Linda LeSourd Lader, from: ERZ, June 30, 1998.
  • CORRESPONDENCES BETWEEN ERZ 7 Mr. Philip Lader: April 14, 1998, March 31, 1998
  • American Friends In London, REGISTRATION FORM.
  • LIST OF PARTICIPANTS of Renaissance Weekend XXX.
  • PROGRAM SCHEDULE of Renaissance Weekend XXX, December 28, 1997 – January 1, 1998.
  • Letter To: The Rev. Richard J. Shmaruk, from: ERZ, January 9, 1998.
  • Card-Letter To ERZ & Mrs. Zumwalt, from: Philip Lader, undated.
  • CHRISTMAS CARD To: ERZ, from: Professor Amy E. Alving, February 3, 1997.
  • Letter To: ERZ, from; Joseph A. Wapner, Judge of the Supreme Court (ret.), February 5, 1997.
  • Letter To: ERZ, from: John H. Hopps, Jr.: Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, MOREHOUSE COLLEGE, GA, February 4, 1997.
  • FAX LETTER To: ERZ, from: Sung Giu Chung of Renaissance Foundation, February 23, 1997.
  • Letter To: Mr. Thomas J. Schneider, President & CEO Restructuring Associates Inc, from: ERZ, March 5, 1997.
  • GREETING CARD To: ERZ & Mrs. Zumwalt, from: Alex Epsteing.
  • CORRESPONDENCES BETWEEN Mr. & Mrs. Lader and ERZ: May 1, 1997, April 25, 1997, April 25, 1997.
  • Undated Letter To: ERZ & Mrs. Zumwalt, from: Philip Lader.
  • CORRESPONDENCES BETWEEN ERZ & Mrs. Zumwalt and Mr. & Mrs. Lader: April 4, 1997, April 1, 1997.
  • Letter To: ERZ, from: Marna S. Tucker of Feldsman, Tucker, Leifer, Fidell & Bank LLP, January 25, 1999.
  • Renaissance August, 1997 - 2000
  • PROGRAM SCHEDULE of Renaissance Weekend to ERZ
  • PARTICIPANT PROFILE FORM 2000 of Renaissance Weekend.
  • Renaissance Weekend Folder with Schedule Performa and Brochures.
  • Letter To: Linda Lader, from: ERZ, September 8, 1999
  • Renaissance Weekend Forms.
  • (PHOTOCOPY) REGISTRATION FORM of ERZ to Renaissance Weekend, 1999.
  • CORRESPONDENCES BETWEEN Linda LeSourd Lader & ERZ: May 14, 1998, January 21, 1998
  • Renaissance Weekend Program Confirmation (Proposed Program Assignments For You & The Members Of Your Party) to ERZ and Family.
  • Letter To ERZ & Mrs. Zumwalt, from: Renaissance Weekend, August 15, 1997.
  • (2 Copies) DIRECTIONAL MAP of Palmetto Dunes Resort.
  • (FLYER) Renaissance Weekend Confirmation To: ERZ & Mrs. Zumwalt.
  • Renaissance Weekend Program Confirmation (Program Assignments For You & The Members Of Your Party) addressed to: ERZ & Mrs. Zumwalt.
  • RESORT ARRIVAL INTENARARY of ERZ to the Palmetto Resort, SC, February 27, 1999
  • BROCHURE of the Palmetto Dunes Resort, 1999.
  • CORRESPONDENCES BETWEEN Linda LeSourd Lader & ERZ and Mrs. Zumwalt; June 7, 1999, May 28, 1999, May 28, 1999.
  • Renaissance Correspondence August, 1995 - April, 1999
  • Letter To: Linda LeSourd Lader, from: ERZ, April 15, 1999.
  • Letter To: ERZ & Mrs. Zumwalt, from: renaissance Weekend, August 13, 1998.
  • Letter To: Linda LeSourd Lader, from: ERZ, April 9, 1999.
  • (LISTING OF PARTICIPANTS) Renaissance Weekend XXXV, 1998-1999.
  • Letter To: ERZ, from: Nina May, September 26, 1995.
  • MEMO to Members of Board and Advisory Board of Renaissance Foundation, from: Nina May, November 16, 1995.
  • Letter To: ERZ, from: Holland H. Coors, August 14, 1995.
  • ERZ CORRESPONDENCES: Letter from: ERZ, July 14, 1997
  • Letter To: Adam Forster, from: ERZ, July 14, 1997
  • FAX TRANSMISSION To: ERZ, from: Adam Forster, July 8, 1997
  • FAX LETTER To: ERZ, from: Adam Forster, July 8, 1997
  • Note from: Jack Kemp, July 8, 1997
  • Note from: Kellyanne, (the polling company) July 8, 1997.
  • Letter To: ERZ, from: Adam Forster, September 3, 1997.
  • Letter To: Mrs. Linda LeSourd Lader, from: ERZ, February 8, 1996.
  • CORRESPONDENCES BETWEEN ERZ & Nina May: June 12, 1996, June 6, 1996
  • Renaissance Women’s Scholarship Program brochure.

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6280000000, Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. Collection: Renaissance, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 08 Mar 2002 [Updated: 02 May 2017]