Saturday, March 19, 2005

Thomas R. StaufferEnergy Analyst, Consultant

Dr. Thomas R. Stauffer, 70, an internationally respected energy analyst, author, educator and consultant, died March 11 of cancer at his home in Washington.

During the Nixon administration, Dr. Stauffer served twice in the Executive Office of the President with the Cabinet Task Force on Oil Import Control and with the Price Commission. He was a consultant to the anti-trust unit of the Federal Trade Commission and served as an expert witness for Department of Justice cases. He appeared before numerous tribunals and international bodies in Washington and abroad as an expert in tax, nationalization and regulatory matters, including the proceedings at the Hague regarding Iran's nationalization of foreign oil assets.

Dr. Stauffer advised several Middle East governments and private sector firms in negotiations and arbitrations. He was a consultant to several ministers of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and the OPEC Secretariat in Vienna, where he was honored in September 2004 for his lifelong work in the petroleum industry.

His more than 100 professional writings were published in newspapers in the United States, in the United Kingdom and the Persian Gulf. He wrote about such subjects as the measurement of corporate rates of return; the economics of gas-based industrialization in the Gulf; the impact of tax systems on oil exploration incentives; the effects of tariff designs on pipeline economics; and the politics of water in the Middle East.

Thomas Reynolds Stauffer was born in Fremont, Ohio, and graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He developed an interest in the Middle East and energy while completing his doctorate at Harvard University in the 1960s. He taught economics and Middle East studies at Harvard (1971-1982), the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna (1982-85) and Georgetown University (1985-1989). He lectured regularly at the Foreign Service Institute of the Department of State and at the Army and Navy war colleges.

In addition to his interest in energy economics, Dr. Stauffer had an abiding interest in the culture and traditions of the Middle East. In the 1960s, he and his wife traveled with the Qashqai nomads of Iran and made several films about their lifestyle and rug making. Dr. Stauffer donated these films to the Smithsonian Institution.

He also was a serious stamp collector with an unusual specialization: stamps overprinted and re-issued by occupation forces or revolutionary regimes, particularly in the Mediterranean, Middle East and Central Asia.

Dr. Stauffer, a Washington resident since 1989, was active in neighborhood issues in Georgetown.

He was a member of the University Club in Washington from 1973 to 2003, the Textile Museum, the National Press Club and the Landsdowne Club in London.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Ilse Martha Stauffer of Washington; three children, Barbara Willard Stauffer of Washington, Anne Reynolds Stauffer of Albuquerque and Michael George Stauffer of Philadelphia; a brother; and one grandson.

Helen Lucas ScottState Department Secretary

Helen Lucas Scott, 82, a Washington resident who spent 35 years doing secretarial work for the State Department until retiring in the 1980s, died March 9 at Holy Cross Hospital. She had leukemia.

After her husband's death in 1990, Mrs. Scott spent a few years working as a broker and running the business he started, N. Scott Real Estate Inc. in Washington.

She was born in Alexandria and raised in Washington.

She was a member of Canaan Baptist Church in the District.

She was married to Nathaniel Scott for 39 years until his death.

Survivors include a son, Kevin G. Scott of Hagerstown; and a sister, Jean Washington of Washington.


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