Caleb L. Temple
August 12, 1966 – August 6, 2018
Caleb L. (Cal) Temple of Alexandria, VA died August 6, 2018, at the age of 51. Cal was born in Bloomington, Indiana, the son of Bruce Gregory Temple and Sandra Timms Temple. At Bloomington High School North he lettered in swimming and played alto saxophone in the Advanced High School Jazz Band. He was graduated Lieutenant Colonel Junior at Culver Military Summer Camp, Culver, Indiana. He graduated with two degrees from Miami University of Oxford, OH and a Master’s degree from George Washington University. A government employee with the Department of Justice and the Department of Defense, he started his career serving in the National Guard during the Gulf War. Through his 25 years of government service, he served as chief officer and senior leader in many departments within DOJ and DOD. A recipient of many decorations and honors, he was a mentor to many employees. He was a participant in seminar studies at University of Michigan and Harvard University. He was a member of the board of Miami University’s District of Columbia Alumnae Association. He, his sister and stepmother co-founded the Bruce Gregory Temple Education Foundation of Brown County, Indiana. He loved music and learned how to play the saxophone, flute, piano and guitar. Throughout his entire life, however, he truly embraced the acoustic and electric guitar. He enjoyed fishing and reading — believing learning and education is a lifelong process. Cal was a beloved and loving father, a wonderful husband and someone who embodied humility, steadfastness, service and commitment. He is survived by his wife, daughter, son, sister, mother, stepfather, stepmother, in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services are at 11:00 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Alexandria on August 13, 2018. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bruce Gregory Temple Memorial Scholarship Fund via the Brown County Community Organization at Browncountygives.org
- Memorial Service Monday, August 13, 2018
Caleb L. Temple
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August 13, 2018
Cal was a fellow patriot who will be missed by his colleagues. A gentleman. My heartfelt condolences
August 13, 2018
Cal was a thoughtful, smart, caring person who will be missed by many. In his field, he was very respected and highly thought of as a person who could always be counted on. His entire life can be summed up as "service to his country." Our thoughts and prayers for his family.
August 13, 2018
Cal and I met at WDC internship orientation in June 1988 and our paths have been intertwined since then. A year later we reconnected as students at GWU and I recruited him as an intern in our terrorism studies office at the now-defunct U.S. Global Strategy Council on K Street in the CSIS building. Our only hopes then were to "get a cool job." At that time we both published articles in journals focused on terrorism - which was quite a thrill for two 20-somethings! There we forged a friendship, became roommates, attended each other's weddings, and subsequently remained in touch.
After I moved to NYC in 1993 to pursue an advanced degree, he visited while serving as an analyst at the FBI working on the World Trade Center bombing investigation. Later he joined the Defense Department, and while my new wife and I were overseas, we stored our stuff in his basement.
Upon our return to WDC in 1999, he soon introduced me to the founder of the Terrorism Research Center, Inc. (TRC), as well as the Defense Department. I subsequently worked at both places. While I was VP Research at TRC, he joined the company and became a senior executive as it was recast into Total Intelligence Solutions prior to returning to the Defense Department about 2010.
He loved has family, sister, and friends, music, concerts, travel, science fiction, playing guitar, (for a time) fly fishing, and serving his country. In 1988 he joined the Maryland National Guard and subsequently supported Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
He was clearly able to do many things well and. Upon reflection, it looks like he secured more than one "cool job" as well as a wealth of family and friends along the way.
Prayers and deepest condolences to his family.
Suzanne Speyer Rosenthall
August 12, 2018
Cal and I met a few weeks before graduating from Miami and discovered we both had plans to move to WDC after graduation. We got in touch with each other there and ended up dating for a few years. I have so many happy memories of times we shared and things we did together. Driving to his apartment on 16th by Rock Creek on muggy summer nights, cozy winter days in the Silver Spring house, and the antics of Penelope the cat that adopted and moved in with Cal and his roommates on Irving Street. We shared laughs about some of his colorful roommates, he told me tales of camping with his friend (Vincent, I believe) and making “hammy steaks.” I have memories of visiting him after boot camp; Cal helping me to bury my deceased hamster and consoling me with a Twinkie. Memories of holidays, hanging out on the mall with Stacey on July 4th; New Year’s Eve in Baltimore with my sister and her husband, Cal busy jamming on guitars with my brother-in-law. I remember making him foundue and strawberries dipped in chocolate for Valentine’s Day, and latkes (potato pancakes) for Chanukah. I’ve told my kids the story of Cal asking if he could put ketchup on his latkes rather than the traditional applesauce or sour cream and my response of “absolutely not” because you don’t mess with tradition. We stayed in touch off and on over the years, most recently sharing photos of our kids. My heart goes out to Gabriela, Nicholas, Lisa, Dawn, Stacey and all those who loved Cal and whom Cal loved. He will always have a special place in my heart. May his memory be a blessing.
August 11, 2018
Cal and I met when we were in a military reserve component unit together and he was an analysis, I was an agent. Kinda broke contact as good friends often do like family; careers took us diverse places. I remember in 2009, on a pre-6 am caffeine fog, I was in the cafeteria. I see the back of this bald head and his physique. Being good at such perceptions, and not the first time I simply said "Cal??????" As soon as he turned around we were both just shocked. I have a few stories that are incredible about him, made me laugh last night sitting late in the dark on my deck. A Man among men, confidant. A warrior. A Brother eternally. May Almighty God and His Angels intervene and heal your wife and babies. Ad Astra; Sine Pari.
Apologize is this is a duplicate, I have not seen my first post.
August 11, 2018
I traveled to Brussels with Cal probably 12 years ago. We participated in some really long NATO meetings and I found his patience and sense of humor to be useful things in really long NATO meetings.
In the following years , when I saw Cal around the HQ, he always took a few minutes to chat and catch up, even as his responsibilities increased and his schedule became more demanding.
Call was a really good person, generous with his time and the epitome of professionalism. There is a meme floating around social media that says something like "a real leader give the same respect to the janitor as the CEO." That seems to sum up Cal. I enjoyed knowing him and working with him. I will miss him.