Jack J. Zorski Jr., who made a second career of helping high school students get into college, died in his sleep on May 23 at his home in East Falmouth. He was 72.
He was the husband of Elizabeth A. (Hayes) Zorski, to whom he was married for 36 years.
Born in New York City, he was the son of John Zorski and Margaret Zorski. He was educated at Chaminade High School in Mineola, New York, and then Fairfield University in Connecticut, from which he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology. He returned to New York to earn a master’s degree in education at Hofstra University in Hempstead.
He and his wife raised their sons, Jake and Taylor, in Lincroft, New Jersey, where they lived for 26 years. Mr. Zorski coached the boys’ sports teams, participated with them in Boy Scouts, and spent weekends doing chores with them. In his free time he enjoying rooting for the New York Giants and Knicks.
Mr. Zorski had a 23-year career in business, retiring in 2003 from the salesforce at The Hewlett-Packard Company.
For the next 15 years he pursued his first passion: education. He began by volunteering at Monmouth Regional High School in Tinton Falls, where he worked with high-need students to advance their education by helping them discover opportunities open to them, and provided financial guidance and emotional support as they earned their way into four-year colleges.
When the family moved from New Jersey to Falmouth in 2012, Mr. Zorski continued his mission by becoming a volunteer at Falmouth High School.
During the years he spent working with the students, he provided resources and guidance for more than 150 teenagers who otherwise might not have embraced the possibility to attend college.
In recognition of his impact on the students, the Falmouth Volunteers in Public Schools organization selected Mr. Zorski as the 2013 Falmouth High School Volunteer of the Year. Two years later, he won the Friend of Public Education Award from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees and the Falmouth School Committee. In 2017 he was honored with the Myra Kraft Community MVP Award from the New England Patriots and was subsequently recognized by the Massachusetts House of Representatives for his outstanding commitment as a college mentor.
Mr. Zorski wrote a college admissions advice column for the Enterprise called “The College Corner” for several years.
To carry on his legacy, the Jack Zorski “Hope” Scholarship has been created with the goal of helping to lessen the financial gap for students in the college mentoring program at FHS, which Mr. Zorski created and led through his participation in VIPS.
In addition to his wife and two sons, he leaves two sisters, Suzanne Wehren and Peggy Zembrusky; and a nephew, Jesse Zorski.
He was predeceased by his parents and also by his younger brother, Kevin Zorski, who died in November.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, June 22, at 11 AM at St. Anthony’s Church in East Falmouth.