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CHRISTLE GAYLORD EDWARD CHRISTLE "Gary" On April 8, 2014, Gary went home to be with the Lord after a very long and courageous battle with Leukemia. Gary was born in Boston, MA, to Margaret Ryan Christle and the late Vernon Christle. He is survived by his loving wife Linda, his son Michael (Margaret), and two grandchildren David and Megan. Also surviving are his brothers Michael, Paul, and Dewaine and his sisters Kathy Bender and Phyllis Rose, his brother-in-law Larry Pleau (Wendy), special family Liz and James Loschiavo, uncle William Ryan (Lorraine), aunt Lorraine Christle, and 14 nieces and nephews. Gary was a Distinguished Military Graduate of Northeastern University with a BS in mechanical engineering; he has an MBA in finance from George Washington University. As a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers he was a turbine engine test engineer with the Army Aeronautical Depot Maintenance Center, and served in Vietnam as a Platoon Leader and Company Commander with the 23rd Infantry Division (AMERICAL). After the Army, he worked a short time as an engineer for Honeywell. He then began a long and distinguished career with the Government: management intern with the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army; Operations Research analyst with the Cost Analysis Directorate, Comptroller of the Army; budget analyst with the DOD Comptroller; Deputy Director for Acquisition Management, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense. He was instrumental in the founding of the Performance Management Association (PMA) and encouraging it to expand its focus to make "earned value" management principles a cornerstone of project management. He was the instigator of PMA's eventual affiliation with the Project Management Institute as the PMI College of Performance Management. He also transformed the annual Cost/Schedule Control Systems Conference from a small, commercially sponsored event, to a robust, international event sponsored by practitioner associations and focused on Integrated Program Management. Gary retired from the Federal Service in October 2000 and joined the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA). As a Senior Staff Analyst he published reports on: Headquarters reorganization, project office organization, program manager training, acquisition metrics, balanced scorecards, earned value implementation, and risk management for executives. He also worked as an independent consultant doing program management process assessments of business units for several major Defense contractors. Upon his retirement from Government, Gary was honored by his colleagues as they established an annual Scholarship in his name. It is given at the College of Performance Management to support the scholarly studies and scientific advancement in the fields of acquisition, program, and project management. He received the Northeastern University Outstanding Alumni Award in the Field of Public Service, the General Driessnack Distinguished Service Award, the Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal with Bronze Palm, the Presidential rank designation of Meritorious Executive, the Vice President's "Hammer" Award, and the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award. Most importantly, Gary cherished spending time with family and was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was an avid outdoorsman and spent many hours hiking, backpacking, fishing, skiing, and scuba diving. Gary generously shared his love of the outdoors with his son Michael, Michael's close friends, and his grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to the viewing from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, April 13 at Miller Funeral Home, 3200 Golansky Blvd., Woodbridge, VA. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 14 at St. Francis of Assisi, 18825 Fuller Heights Road, Triangle, VA. Interment will follow immediately (about 1 p.m.) at Quantico National Cemetery, 18424 Joplin Road (Route 619), Triangle, VA. A reception will follow at Montclair Country Club, 16500 Edgewood Dr., Montclair, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenbaum Cancer Center. Please specify the donation is for the Hematologic Malignancies Research Fund to support Dr. Aaron Rapoport. Go to this web site: or mail to: UMMS Foundation, 110 S. Paca St., 9th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201.

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Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 12, 2014
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