The Securities and Exchange Commission's chief of enforcement, Stanley Sporkin, was one of five recipients of this year's Rockefeller Public Service Award. With the award goes a check for $10,000. The awards program is sponsored by the late John D. Rockefeller III and administered by Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

As director of the SEC's Enforcement Division Sporkin has pressed hundreds of U.S. corporations to disclose and rectify improper practices at home and overseas. In receiving the award, Sporkin was cited for administering justice and reducing crime."

Sporkin came to the SEC in 1961 as an investigator. He worked his way up through the ranks and was named director of the Enforcement Division in 1974. Some of his investigations include the SEC inquiring of financier Robert Vesce, a vast payoff scheme in Honduras by United Brands and others by Rockwell International, Ashland Oil and Northrop.

John P. Henry Jr. has been appointed vice president of the energy and environment division of Beez, Allen & Hamilton. He will direct Book, Allen's commercial energy technology research programs and international energy economics practice.

Prior to joining the firm, Henry worked for SRI International, where he most recently served as director of the institute's Energy Center.

Thomas J. A. McClain has joined Marriott Corp., as vice president of inflight services. He is responsible for Marriott's airline catering services to Eastern Air Lines.

McClain comes to Marriott from was vice president-metropolitan mar-Chemical Bank in New York, where he was the vice president-metropolitan marketing and planning for the bank's retail division.

J. Christopher Burns has been appointed vice president of planning for The Washington Post Co. effective Jan. 1, 1979.

Burns joined the Post in August as assistant to the president. He previously worked for Arthur D. Little Inc., where he was a consultant in communications technology.

Les Traver has been appointed assistant vice president of Associates Commercial Corp. and will be responsible for the firm's Washington transportation division in Silver Spring.

Traver joined the company in 1962 and most recently was branch manager of its Detroit office.