Leah D. Embry Thompson

IRS Lawyer

Leah D. Embry Thompson, 51, a lawyer with the Internal Revenue Service, died July 16 at her home in Germantown of hypertension cardiovascular disease.

Mrs. Thompson joined the IRS in 1983. At the time of her death, she was a program and management analyst and the lawyer representing the IRS in two agency-wide employment law arbitration cases.

She was born in Richmond, Calif., and served in the Air Force in California and Washington from 1972 to 1976. After receiving a medical discharge as the result of a broken hip, she enrolled in Prince George's Community College, receiving an associate of arts degree in 1979.

She graduated from American University in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in law and society and from George Washington University Law School in 1986. She received a master of laws degree, with a specialty in taxation, from Georgetown University in 1993.

She was a charter member of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation and for 15 years volunteered with the Andrews Armed Forces Group, working with people dealing with addiction issues.

Her marriage to Gregory Thompson ended in divorce.

Survivors include a daughter, Kulika Frazier of Rockville; one grandson; and four sisters.