OBITUARY

Richard William Kalb

March 25, 1947April 14, 2016

Richard W. Kalb, age 69, retired Navy Captain, served as a Federal Executive Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States in 1987 and was the Deputy U.S. Representative to NATO’s Defense Review Committee in Brussels from 1990 to 1993 died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Annandale, VA on April 14, 2016. He spent most of his Navy career at sea in destroyers, frigates and amphibious ships.After his retirement from the Navy he was the Director of Administration for Catholic Charities of Washington, D.C. for 8 years and was active in his family’s commercial real estate investment businesses in the Midwest. He was a Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) licensed soccer coach with the Braddock Road Youth Club in Annandale. He was a member and served on the Board of Governors at Army Navy Country Club. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Annandale. Richard was born in Greensburg, Indiana and lived with his parents and twin brother in Japan, Brazil and at various locations in the U.S., where his father was a U.S. Air Force Colonel. He graduated from Culver Military Academy in Indiana and Vanderbilt University where he majored in Political Science and was commissioned in the Navy through the NROTC program. He did graduate work at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He was a graduate of the Spanish Naval War College in Madrid. He served on several destroyers in the Pacific during the Viet Nam War. In the mid 1980s he served on the Chief of Naval Operation’s (CNO) Strategic Concepts Group in the Pentagon. In his last tour at sea, he commanded a frigate, the USS Cook, in the Pacific. Survivors include his wife of many years, Rosario Justiniani Kalb of Annandale, VA, one son, Robert William Kalb of Stockholm, Sweden, and twin brother, Thomas Kalb of Batesville, Indiana.

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CAPT Dick Diamond

June 2, 2016

Dick Kalb was my classmate and running mate in Naval Destroyer School Class 47 (the last Destroyer School class before it became SWOS) in 1974-75. We crossed paths on numerous waterfronts and socialized some during various Pentagon tours. He was a big thinker, a capable naval officer, and a good friend. Rest in Peace

Margie Farber

May 1, 2016

This is Margie Farber, and my brother & sister (Allison Thompson & Jim Pomfret) and I were nieces/nephew of Pat & Evelyn Humphreys. We want to recognize the friendship & support that Dick provided to both Pat & Evelyn. Words cannot express how precious the late-in-life support can be, and how Dick exemplified the caring and giving that all of us would want in our neediest moments. He was such a special man and we honor his service in all the ways that he found to make things better.

Jim Barton

April 21, 2016

So sad to hear of his passing. A really great and respected naval officer who will be missed by all of us

Bill Byrne

April 21, 2016

My first Commanding Officer on my first ship. What I remember most about then-CDR Dick Kalb is his compassion for those under his command and his patience with his junior officers. Very sad day.

Jim Hazlett

April 20, 2016

One of the nicest people I have ever known--the definition of "An Officer and a Gentleman!" Fair winds and following seas, my friend!

Dorothy Bobbitt

April 20, 2016

I worked with Richard for many years at Catholic Charities. He was very kind and supportive. He will be missed. Rest in peace my friend.

Dorothy Bobbitt

LaRisa Alexander

April 19, 2016

So very sad to hear! I count him as one of the best, hardworking men I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Full of of integrity and grace. My condolences to his family and friends.

G F

April 19, 2016

A shipmate and close friend. Greatly missed.

Michele Durbin

April 19, 2016

I had the pleasure of working with Richard for a number of years at Catholic Charities. Richard was a wonderful man, friend and employee. He was very supportive of me and I valued him as a good friend.

Michele Durbin

April 19, 2016

I had the pleasure of working with Richard for a number of years at Catholic Charities. Richard was a wonderful man, friend and employee. He was very supportive of me and I valued him as a good friend.

FROM THE FAMILY