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In Memoriam

Paul Marshall Mesterhazy

A Lancer out of sight
Never out of mind

We regret to inform all of the Alumni and the class of 1989 that Paul Marshall Mesterhazy, died Tuesday November 18, 2014.

Paul of Washington, DC was born on February 5, 1971, in Honolulu, Hawaii to Patricia (nee Marshall) and CAPT Andrew Mesterhazy, USN (Ret.). As a military child, he spent his early years living in Aiea, Hawaii, Newport RI, Mechanicsburg, PA and Rota, Spain, until settling with his family in Springfield, Virginia. Paul attended Fairfax County schools.

He graduated with honors from R. E. Lee High School in 1989. Paul earned an NROTC scholarship to attend the University of Virginia, while there, he became a lifelong Wahoo fan and captained the Navy Honor Guard. He graduated in 1993 with a BA in Foreign Affairs and on that day his father had the honor to commission Paul as an Ensign, Supply Corps, USN. He reported to the Navy Supply Corps School, Athens GA and upon graduation reported to the USS Nassau, (LHA5) as Disbursing and Hazmat Officer.

Paul spent his Navy career on NASSAU, deploying to the Mediterranean in support of US operations in Bosnia and Kosovo, while earning several medals and commendations for his service. Paul decided to change careers and in 1996 entered the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1999. For two years, he served as a Staff Attorney at Kellogg, Huber, Hanson in DC, supporting corporate litigation. In 2002 he joined CACI Inc.-Federal as a Contracts Manager. In 2004, Paul accepted the position of Senior Program Manager at MANTECH International, leading the company's technology and management support programs for DHS Information Assurance/ Infrastructure Protection. Based on his performance on this contract, Paul was selected to be the Chief of Staff of the Assistant Secretary Office of Cybersecurity & Communications, DHS. After serving in several positions of increasing responsibility, Paul was selected to be the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Under Secretary-Cybersecurity, National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), the position he held until his untimely death this past Tuesday.

Paul loved his job and his colleagues at DHS, and was in turn loved and respected as an outstanding government executive. He was an avid reader, lover of music, connoisseur of fine dining, world traveler and most importantly, the beloved Uncle Paul of his niece and Goddaughter Morgan, and nephews Drew and Roman. His grandparents Joseph and Florence Marshall and Edmond and Maria Mesterhazy, predeceased him.

In addition to his parents, niece and nephews, Paul leaves behind his husband and soulmate Jeffrey Hinkle, mother-in-law Teresa Jennings, brother Mark (wife Kim and the Konczyk family) numerous relatives, lifelong friends (particularly the UVA NROTC gang, the McCarthy clan, Miles Windsor, the Kegls and Filipiaks), coworkers and anyone who had the pleasure of meeting him. He will be greatly missed. Godspeed, Paul! A celebration of Paul's life will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014, beginning with a reception at 9:30 a.m. with services at 11 a.m. at Joseph Gawler's Sons, 5130 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016. Interment to follow at Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street SE, Washington, DC 20003. Memorial contributions in Paul Marshall Mesterhazy's name may be made to City Dog Rescue DC, or Lucky Dog Rescue Arlington, Virginia.