Not even a lengthy obituary such as The Post's of Jan. 3 could cover the many facets of such a rich and significant life as Adm. Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr.'s. I knew Adm. Zumwalt when we served on the board of trustees of a foundation that addresses the educational needs of poor Africans and Americans, with special attention to people of color.

"Bud" Zumwalt brought his vast experience to bear on using our modest resources toward specific targets. He inspired trustees and staff to renew our commitment to seeking out and cultivating every person's talents.

Zumwalt's childhood near American Indian reservations and his pre-Navy interest in medicine and public health influenced his leadership. Thanks to him, we acquired firsthand exposure to education and health facilities in places such as Rosebud, S.D., the pueblos of New Mexico and Seminole Everglade country.

Adm. Zumwalt shared with clergy on our board a pastoral sense befitting a military leader dependent upon enlisted personnel. He cared about morale and productivity. He listened and spoke softly, and proved himself to be effective on behalf of human rights and justice.

WILTON S. DILLON

Washington

Adm. Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr. will be remembered for his many achievements. However, our family will always remember his support in raising funds and awareness of the urgency of finding a bone marrow match in the effort to save the life of Allison Atlas and others seeking a cure for leukemia.

Adm. Zumwalt was not just a figurehead in seeking lifesaving bone marrow matches; he was a compassionate, hands-on participant and active fund-raiser who helped defray the enormous cost of international testing of potential donors. As a result, donors were found for many desperately ill people with leukemia.

SONIA ATLAS LEVIN

Bethesda