Lawrence Paul Dube; Defense Executive

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Lawrence Paul Dube, 68, a senior executive in the office of the secretary of defense, died of cancer June 17 at Inova Alexandria Hospital.

Mr. Dube was born in Nashua, N.H., and received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of New Hampshire in 1962. He moved to Arlington County and began working for the Department of the Navy as a budget analyst in the office of the chief of naval operations and the Bureau of Ships.

He joined the office of the secretary of defense in 1968 as a budget analyst for the operations directorate in the office of the controller for the Defense Department. In 1974, he was appointed director of the Military Personnel Directorate, where he served until 1982, when he was appointed director of the operations directorate.

He became assistant deputy controller for program budget in 1988 and assisted the controller in the preparation and execution of the defense budget. He directed the efforts that provided the secretary and deputy secretary of defense the best possible and most timely information upon which to make difficult decisions. He played a critical role in the budgeting and funding for operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He retired in 1993.

Mr. Dube was awarded the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive in 1989 and the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive in 1993. He was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service on three occasions, receiving the Silver Palm to that award in 1993. He was a charter member of the Senior Executive Service.

Mr. Dube, who served in the Army and Army Reserve, was active in the American Society of Military Comptrollers and served as a national vice president from 1988 to 1993.

In retirement, Mr. Dube wrote articles and edited papers for educational, government and community organizations. He was active in the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of the Community Associations Institute and received its Rising Star award in 1995. He was a charter member of the Concord Mews Unit Owners Association and served as treasurer for many years. Mr. Dube was an active player in the National Pub Poker League.

He enjoyed vacationing in St. Maarten with his wife, working acrostic and crossword puzzles and playing Texas Hold 'Em poker. He had the ability to analyze all aspects of issues in order to develop solutions and the ability to agree to disagree, family members said.

His marriage to Sue Gulden ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Anne Inman of Arlington; a daughter from his first marriage, Carolyn Dube of Batesville, Ind.; three brothers; and two grandchildren.

-- Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb

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