Gordon K. Zareski

Energy Department Official

Gordon K. Zareski, 79, who worked for the Energy Department for 25 years before retiring in 1984 and becoming a consultant, died of lung cancer Dec. 8 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He was a resident of Fairfax City.

He was born in Montreal and grew up there and in Brooklyn, N.Y. Mr. Zareski served in the Army from 1944 to 1946 as a member of 78th Infantry (Lightning) Division, 311th Regiment. He saw action in the Battle of the Bulge and the Bridge at Remagen. He was promoted to sergeant and received the Bronze Star.

Mr. Zareski graduated from Brooklyn College in 1952 with a geology degree. After graduation, he lived in Moab, Utah, for several years and worked for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission discovering uranium deposits for use in atomic weapons. A sample of his uranium was on display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington from the 1960s through the 1980s.

In 1959, he and his family moved to Fairfax, where Mr. Zareski began working for the Energy Department. He retired as the deputy director of the Bureau of Natural Gas and director of the Oil and Gas Information System.

He then joined H. Zinder & Associates in the Washington area as senior vice president, retiring in the late 1980s.

Mr. Zareski was a golfer and Washington Redskins fan.

His marriage to Eleanor J. Zareski ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Sharon Zareski of Fairfax City; three children from his first marriage, Steven G. Zareski of Williamsburg, Carol A. Preshong of South Riding and Lisa M. Wegleitner of Vienna; a sister; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Gordon K. Zareski