Stanford Frederick Zimet was born in San Francisco, California, on 18 June 1916, son of Julius and Ida Zobler Zimet. He graduated from Stanford University with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences in 1937, and two years later received his Master’s degree in Business Administration from that University. While a student at Stanford University he was a member of the Boxing Team and the Men’s Council for Student Control; was President of Toyon Hall and President to the El Campo Club; and was a member of Axe Society. After graduation he was employed by the Union Oil Company of California, and the Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company.
On 25 June 1940, he accepted an appointment as Assistant Paymaster in the US Naval Reserve, with Ensign. On November 1942 he accepted appointment as Assistant Paymaster in the US Navy, with permanent rank of Ensign (temporary Lieutenant, junior grade), and through subsequent advancement attained the rank of Captain, SC, USN, to date from 1 July 1959.
Called to active duty in the Naval Reserve in March 1941, he had instruction until July of that year at the Naval Finance and Supply School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after which he joined USS Saratoga. He was serving as Disbursing Officer and Carrier Supply Representative of an Air Group based on Saratoga at the outbreak of World War II in December 1941, and from July 1942 to April 1943 served as Disbursing Officer on the Staff of the Commander Air Force, Pacific Fleet. He then served as Supply Officer on the Staff of the Commander Naval Air Transport Service, Pacific Wing, and until July of 1945 was concerned with all Pacific Ocean Area NATS bases, Routes and Logistic Support.
From August 1945 until June 1946 he served as Assistant Supply Officer of the US Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, California, and for seven months thereafter was Supply Officer of the Naval Air Station, Mojave, California. He also served from October 1946 until May 1947 as Supply Officer of the Naval Air Missile Test Center, Point Mugu, California. He was a student at the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island from July 1947 to May 1948, and in June 1948 had brief duty in the Planning Division of the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts, Navy Department, Washington DC.
In July 1948 he joined the Staff of the Commander Military Air Transport Service, Washington, DC, and served as Budget and Fiscal Officer until June 1950. In August, that year, he reported as Supply Officer of USS Nereus, a seaplane tender, and during the period ending in February 1952 also served as Supply Officer for Submarine Squadron 5 and Submarine Flotilla ONE. He returned to the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts, Navy Department, when detached from Nereus, and there completed a tour of duty in the War Plans Division in June 1955.
From August 1955 until August 1957 he served as Force Supply Officer on the Staff of Commander Submarine Force, Pacific, and during that period severed collaterally as Force Welfare and Recreation Officer, Force Athletic Officer and Force Club and Messes Officer. In September 1957 he again reported to the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts, this time as Director of Information.
Captain Zimet has the American Defense Service Medal, Fleet Clasp; the American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three operation stars; the World War II Victory Medal; and the National Defense Service Medal.
Captain Zimet was a member of the Olympic Club of San Francisco. Prior to his Naval Service, he was a member of the San Francisco Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Junior Surety Association of Northern California.