VADM James Allen Zimble, MC USN, the beloved former Surgeon General of the Navy passed away on 14 December 2011. He was 78.
Admiral Zimble was born on 12 October 1933 in Philadelphia, PA. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
James Allen Zimble joined the Navy in 1955, served his internship at Naval Hospital St. Albans, and then chose undersea medicine and submarine duty. After a tour aboard the fleet ballistic submarine USS John Marshall, Dr. Zimble acquired skills as obstetrician-gynecologist serving at several naval hospitals. He became CO of the Naval Regional Medical Center, Orlando in 1978, and Medical Officer of the Marine Corps in 1981. He then served as Fleet Surgeon for Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
From 1987 to 1991, VADM Zimble served as the Surgeon General of the U.S. Navy. In this role, Dr. Zimble presided over the disestablishment of the Naval Medical Command and the return of BUMED, and managed the deployment of the hospital ships Mercy and Comfort, the Fleet Hospitals, and Medical Department personnel for the Gulf War.He was responsible for developing and establishing overall Naval health care policies and priorities, contingency and wartime planning, and program development. This was in support of more than 2.8 million Navy and Marine Corps active duty and retired beneficiaries and their families.
Upon his retirement from the Navy in 1991, Admiral Zimble served as president of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD (1991-2004).
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