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Obituaries

Monday, November 6, 2006

Anita F. AlpernAssistant IRS Commissioner

Anita F. Alpern, 86, former assistant commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and an American University professor, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 31 at Holy Cross Hospital. She was a Washington resident.

Miss Alpern worked more than 35 years in the federal government, and at the time of her retirement in the late 1970s was the highest-ranking woman in the federal career service. She then taught for 20 years at AU's School of Public Affairs.

Miss Alpern, according to a synopsis of her career on file at the university, was one of the first eight women to be appointed to a GS-18 level and the first woman appointed an assistant commissioner in the Treasury Department.

In her academic career, she taught graduate courses, was twice recognized for her teaching, supervised the School of Public Affairs' internship program and was credited with the school's success in placing an exceptional number of graduates in the Presidential Management Fellows Program.

For the past two years, she served on the school's advisory council.

Miss Alpern, a New York City native, graduated from the University of Wisconsin. She did graduate work in public administration at Columbia University and moved to Washington during World War II. She started her career as a labor market economist with the Bureau of Economic Security in the Labor Department. She transferred to the Defense Department in the 1950s as a systems research and management analyst.

By 1960, Miss Alpern was working at the IRS in the Treasury Department, and by 1975 she rose to assistant commissioner for planning and research at the agency. She was one of six women in 1975 to receive the Federal Woman's Award.

In 1985, she was the first woman to receive the President's Award from the Washington chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. She also worked as a lecturer and consultant.

She was active in professional associations, was a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and was a member of the Cosmos Club.

She had no immediate family survivors.

John P.S. StempleLaw Enforcement Training Chief

John P.S. Stemple, 90, retired director of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, died of coronary artery disease Oct. 24 at his home in Lake Ridge.

Mr. Stemple was a special agent with the Internal Revenue Service and its director of investigative techniques before becoming director of the training center in 1966. The center provides consolidated training for the Treasury Department, Secret Service, IRS and many other federal agencies. He retired in 1974.

A native of Norristown, Pa., Mr. Stemple graduated from Temple University and taught high school in Kennett Square, Pa. He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1941 before the attack on Pearl Harbor. During World War II, he served as a radioman in Ketchikan, Alaska.

In 1946, Mr. Stemple joined the IRS, investigating tax fraud cases in Indianapolis. He moved to Falls Church in 1954 to direct the agency's investigative techniques division. Between 1963 and 1966, Mr. Stemple headed a mission to Lima, Peru, for the Agency for International Development. Upon return to Washington, he was named the director of the training center.

Mr. Stemple was a runner, golfer, reader and bridge player with an abiding sense of humor. His strong bass voice graced church choirs for 70 years. He served as an elder of Falls Church Presbyterian Church and became a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church upon moving to the Westminster of Lake Ridge retirement community in 1993. He was a volunteer in the Westminster community.

A son, Jack Stemple, died in 1978.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Esther Sommers Stemple of Lake Ridge; two daughters, Sallie Morgan of Washington, Va., and Sandra Dashiell of Poquoson, Va.; and three granddaughters.

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