Paul Gerhard Zarbock

April 1, 1929 - September 15, 2011
Paul Gerhard Zarbock


Paul Gerhard Zarbock

Paul Gerhard Zarbock, of Wilmington, NC, died on September 15, 2011. He was born on April 1, 1929, kin Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He was a graduate of Fond du Lac High School and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He served with the Army Security Agency in China, Japan, and Korea.

He was an associate Professor of the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Social Work. During his 32 years with the university, he served as Director of the Regional Medical Program, and the Area Health Education Center. He was the Interim Grants Officer of the National Endowment of the Arts. His final five years, he served as Director of Federal Relations for the University of Tennessee Research Center and Hospital.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carolyn, daughters and sons in law, Sarah and Griff Garner of Whiteville, NC, and Paula and Joe Peeden of Knoxville, Tennessee. Grandchildren are Jekka and Meg Garner and Sarah, Joe, and Preston Peeden.

A memorial service will be held at St. Paul?s Evangelical Lutheran Church at 5:00 pm on Saturday, September 17, 2011 with the Rev. John Misenheimer and Rev. Mark Opgrand officiating. Interment of ashes will be at a later date at St. John?s Lutheran Church in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Memorial contributions can be made to: Trinity Grove, 631 Junction Creek Drive, Wilmington, NC, 28412 or to St. Paul?s Outreach Ministries, 12 North 6th Street, Wilmington, NC, 28401.

A service of Village Road Funeral and Cremation Service, Leland, NC.


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  • September 15, 2011
    Lon & Nell Ostby says:
    The Lord so blessed us with memories. The "mixed" Sunday School class will always be a favorite because of the dear ones who were in attendance with their unique insight. Our love and prayers.

  • September 15, 2011
    John Osinski says:
    Herman Melville said, ?Life?s a voyage that?s homeward bound.? Paul has made his way home today, leaving his illness behind. Carolyn and family, my love and prayers go out to you and I wish you peace and courage in your time of sorrow. Paul, good bye to you my good friend. I?ll see you again when I get home.

  • September 16, 2011
    June Spencer-Francis says:
    Dear Family, I am saddened to hear of Paul's passing. I became acquainted with him when he worked at Randall Library. He was always friendly and comical. I enjoyed hearing his tales of mischief and about life with the Queen Mother. In fact, he gave me a hydrangea that I have named the Queen Mother. I think of him every time I pass it on my lawn mower. May peace be with all of you during this difficult time. June Spencer-Francis

  • September 16, 2011
    Deborah Edwards says:
    Paul you will be missed by us all here at UNCW; but you have left an indelible impression me in particular. I very much enjoyed our time working together on the Military Chaplains Project, and learning the stories of those amazing men and women; your project lives on for future generations to experience and glean even the slightest bit of research and knowledge from; good bye my friend you and your family will stay in my thougths and prayers each day.

  • September 16, 2011
    Adina Riggins says:
    My condolences to the family and friends of Paul. I am so sorry for this loss. Paul was a kind and generous person and an inspiration to all who had the pleasure to know him. I miss seeing him at the library and learning from him and from all the projects he conducted in Randall Library Special Collections, including oral histories. Sympathies to the "QM," as Paul would say. Best, Adina