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Jack Y. Kochen, 87, government cryptographerJack Y....


Jack Y. Kochen, 87, government cryptographer

Jack Y. Kochen, a son of Russian immigrants who became a code-breaker for the National Security Agency, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at Hospice of the Chesapeake in Millersville. A resident of Chester, he was 87.

Mr. Kochen was born in Stamford, Conn., and enlisted in the Navy in 1932 "to better his life," said his daughter, Michelle Christensen.

Because he was fluent in Russian, Mr. Kochen served as the official interpreter aboard the U.S.S. Augusta on its visit to Vladivostok after the initial U.S. recognition of the Soviet Union in 1933.

In the years before World War II, he served on the Yangtze Patrol in China aboard the gunboat Luzon. In 1942, he was one of the last men off Corregidor in the Philippines before its surrender to the Japanese; he was evacuated by submarine to Australia and spent the remainder of the war there decoding Japanese naval messages. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his service on Corregidor.

In 1948, Mr. Kochen married Marion Chatterton, a Navy nurse, and continued working in intelligence until his retirement as lieutenant commander in 1962. Shortly thereafter, he joined the NSA as a cryptographer and worked for the agency until his retirement in 1974.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Christopher's Church in Chester, followed by interment at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville.

In addition to his wife, Marion, of Chester, and daughter, Michelle, of Alexandria, Va., he is survived by one son, Jackson Kochen of Ellicott City.

Gerald Emil Richter, 95, educator, civic leader

Gerald Emil Richter, a longtime educator and community leader from Carroll County, died yesterday after a hip injury at his home in Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster. He was 95.

The son of a Protestant minister, he was born in Paterson, N.J., and grew up throughout New England as his father moved to serve churches.

After graduating from South Manchester High School in Connecticut, he attended Western Maryland College, from which he graduated in 1926, and earned his graduate degree from the University of Maryland in 1930. He began his career at Huntington High School in Calvert County, where he was a teacher and principal for two years, then worked as principal at Manchester School from 1928 to 1945. In 1945, he began working as principal of Westminster High School. as principal in 1945.

He ended his 40-year career in education as superintendent of Talbot County schools in 1966.

Over the years, Mr. Richter was strongly committed to community service, according to his daughter, Patricia Amass of Westminster. He was president of the Westminster Rotary Club in 1956 and 1957, when he was recognized as citizen of the year.

He also was a member of the board of trustees of the Davis Library, now the Carroll County Library; chairman of the Salvation Army service committee; president of the Historical Society of Carroll County; and active in such organizations as the Maryland Iris Society, the Carroll County Philatelic Society, the American Cancer Society, United Way, the American Red Cross and a variety of education- and church-related groups.

His wife, Marjorie McWilliams Richter, to whom he was married for 66 years, died in 1998.

In addition to her daughter, he is survived by two grandsons; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Krug Chapel at Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster.

Memorial service

Richard Delong: A memorial service for Richard Delong, North Carroll Middle School principal, will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at Westminster United Methodist Church, 165 E. Main Street.

Mr. Delong died Thursday night of a heart attack after playing tennis. He was 55.

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