William Kvetkas, Jr.

William T. Kvetkas, Jr.

October 10, 1930 - July 8, 2020
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William T.”Bill” Kvetkas, Jr. was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, PA. He attended Meyers High School there and was selected for the PA high school state Band. He attended the Wharton School at the U of Penn. where he was a member of the AXP fraternity, was selected for Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting honorary society, and played in the Penn band. He received his MA degree from George Washington U. while serving in the Air Force and went on to get a law degree from Georgetown U. where he was selected to join Phi Delta Phi, the law honorary society. Subsequently he passed the D. C. Bar, became a CPA in MD and was admitted to practice in DC and before the U. S. Supreme Court. He also graduated from the National War College, the NISM program at Harvard, and the Federal Executive Institute. Bill received a number of honors during his working and volunteer careers among which were the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal (he was the first person to receive this distinction twice), NSA’s Exceptional Service Award, and Meritorious Service Award, and two Presidential Service Awards
Bill was devoted to his wife of 62 years, Joan, and they were blessed with four children Therese, Bill, III, Mary and Ellen as well as four grand kids Grace, Daniel, Katie and Karl. He often rued the fact that he had taken too much time away from the family while travelling for the government. He and Joan spent a tour of duty in Germany where Therese and Bill III were born, and later travelled extensively in the USA and overseas, often with family members joining them. Joan is a Secular Franciscan and a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and does extensive volunteer work with those organizations.
Bill developed a system of Programming and Budgeting used by George H.W. Bush while Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) to prepare budgets for the Intelligence Community and to send those Budgets to Congress with clear explanations and justification. Congress had been dissatisfied with the disparate nature of the Intelligence Community and its lack of coordination causing them to issue directions to strengthen the community. Mr. Bush had been designated as the new DCI to implement these directives, and Budgets were a key factor involved. After the change in administration in 1977, Mr. Kvetkas modified the system to accommodate the demands of the Zero Based Budgeting (ZBB) system instituted by Pres. Jimmy Carter. Previously he had recast the Programming and Budgeting system at NSA to more effectively produce the Cryptologic budgets. One aspect of that system received recognition of the Association of Governmental Accountants. Earlier in his cryptologic career, both as an Air Force Officer and as a civilian he served as a senior manager, an Assistant Inspector General, a reporter, a traffic analyst, a cryptanalyst, an intercept control officer and on the Director’s staff at NSA. As an extracurricular activity he became President of the employee’s insurance organization and saved the membership money by renegotiating a major contract. He was involved with the Korean and Viet Nam wars and the Cold War.
After retiring from the government, he worked for Lockheed Missiles and Space Corp. in Rosslyn, VA and in Linthicum, MD. Later he served as a senior staff member of the “Aspen/Brown” Commission which was charged with studying aspects of the Intelligence Community. Ignoring advice from friends to limit volunteer activity in retirement, he became overly involved in a variety of activities. He was Chairman of the Board of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, Treasurer and consultant for the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation, a member of the Security Affairs Support Assn., President of the Bay Winds community band as a percussionist and was a Volunteer Historian at the NSA. Bill was an avid genealogist, more importantly he loved to write the history of families and family members. Perhaps his greatest passion was travel; consequently he and Joan spent a good deal of their retirement time crusing the world. He also enjoyed the water, especially sailing.
Friends are invited to celebrate Bill's life at the Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, MD on Sunday from 2 to 4 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 620 Bestgate Rd., Annapolis, MD on Monday, July 13 at 9 am. Interment will follow at Lakemont Memorial Gardens in Davidsonville, MD. In lieu of flowers a donations may be made to: Hospice of the Chesapeake, 90 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, MD 211212 or the American Cancer Society, 7500 Greenway Center Drive, Suite 300, Greenbelt, MD 20770. Condolences may be made by using the Memory Wall link on this page.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 12th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, July 12th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory-Edgewater
    2973 Solomons Island Road
    EDGEWATER, MD 21037
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  • Service

    Monday, July 13th, 2020 | 9:00am
    Monday, July 13th, 2020 9:00am
    St. John Neumann Catholic Church
    620 Bestgate Road
    Annapolis, MD
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  • Interment

    Lakemont Memorial Gardens
    900 W. Central Avenue
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William J Williams

Posted at 09:24am
Bill Kvetkas was an extraordinary "volunteer historian" in NSA's history office (the Center for Cryptologic History) during my tenure as the Center's Chief (2002-2016). Bill had an incredible career that can't be fully captured in an unclassified summary, and at CCH he helped us document important history that otherwise would have been lost. He provided superb support to our research, publication, oral history, and public outreach activities. What was amazing to me was his expertise, his modesty, and his concern for others, which I'm sure are major reasons for his extraordinarily successful career. The contributions he made to NSA, the Intelligence Community, and our Nation leave a truly distinctive legacy. He will be missed, but not forgotten. Bill Williams (Colonel, USAF, ret.)

Ginger Atchison

Posted at 02:01pm
I was Mr. Kvetkas's secretary from 1971 until he left NSA to go to the DCI. I believe that was in 1974. I remember him being very dedicated to the Agency and his family. He was a true gentleman. My deepest condolences to Joan and the family. Ginger Atchison

Rita & John Buzzanca

Posted at 08:25pm
Joan and Family, we are so saddened to learn of your loss. Bill's personal achievements and the many contributions he made during his career on behalf of our country leaves an impressive legacy. I am glad to have had the opportunity to work with Bill at Lockheed and to enjoy the friendship of you both over the years. May the many wonderful memories give you comfort. Rest in peace, Bill. Regards, Rita & John Buzzanca, Gainesville, VA

Stephanie and Dick Schaeffer

Posted at 07:25am
With love and sincere sympathy.
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Therese and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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