Robert M. "Bobby" Stanners, 49, secretary of the Arlington County Democratic Committee, an AIDS activist and a retired official of the Office of Personnel Management, died July 9 at George Washington University Hospital. He had AIDS.
Mr. Stanners, a resident of Arlington, was born in Pittsburgh. He grew up in Washington and Annandale and graduated from Annandale High School. He also graduated from the College of William and Mary and received a master's degree in environmental arts at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay.
He began a career as a federal management analyst in the 1970s with the Federal Highway Administration. He worked for the Peace Corps and the Defense Logistics Agency before joining OPM in the late 1980s. He was acting assistant director of the agency at the time he retired in 1994 for health reasons.
Mr. Stanners's work as a Democratic Party, AIDS and community activist included a period as secretary of the Virginia Partisans Gay and Lesbian Democratic Club, which named him its volunteer of the year in 1997.
He played a role in the campaign of Jay Fisette, a gay candidate who was elected to the Arlington County Board.
Mr. Stanners also was active in Virginians for Justice and was an organizer of Virginia's Equality Begins at Home, organizations concerned with gay and lesbian issues.
Mr. Stanners's marriage to Rahima Miller ended in divorce.
Survivors include his companion of 19 years, John Skehan of Arlington; a daughter, Gabrielle Stanners of Washington; his parents, Thomas Stanners and Dorothy Stanners, both of Annandale; two sisters, Sue Robinson and Mary Ann Stanners, both of Fairfax; and a brother, Patrick Stanners of Tucson.