Anita deLemos, 98, who retired in the 1990s as Washington representative of a law firm specializing in divorces in the Dominican Republic, died Jan. 27 at Charter House in Silver Spring. She had a heart attack in October.
Trained in Czechoslovakia as a psychiatrist, Dr. deLemos had also operated a placement service in the Washington area for medical personnel. She was active in the Republican Party, as a fundraiser and campaign organizer for candidates in this region and nationally.
Dr. deLemos was born in Germany and raised in the Dominican Republic. She was a graduate of the Sorbonne and the University of Prague medical school.
She settled in New Jersey in 1940 and was later a sales representative for Philadelphia Ampoule Laboratories.
She moved to Washington in the 1960s.
She opened an office at Chevy Chase Circle in 1972 for the law firm Bufete Juridico Dominicano and helped clients make arrangements to fly to the Dominican Republic for quick divorces in the courts there.
Dr. deLemos was executive director of the Benjamin Fernandez for President Campaign in 1979 and chair of a national Republican Hispanic coordinating committee. She was active in the League of Republican Women of D.C. and the Business and Professional Women's Clubs.
She was president of the area organization that supports the City of Hope Research Hospital in California and served on the National Advisory Research Resources Council of the National Institutes of Health. She was a consultant to the National Optometry Society, co-founder of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and a volunteer for Iona Senior Services of Washington.
Her first husband, Walter Stoessler, died in the early 1930s. Her marriage to Jacob Strauss ended in divorce.
Survivors include a daughter from her first marriage, Dorita deLemos Down of Bethesda; a grandson; and a great-grandson.