James A. Rotherham
budget, financial specialist

James A. Rotherham, a specialist in budgets and finance who retired as a senior commission analyst from the Commission on Railroad Retirement Reform after almost 30 years of federal service, died Jan. 12 at his home in Crozet, Va. He was 75.

The cause was cancer, said his son, Andrew J. Rotherham.

Dr. Rotherham retired from government service in 1990. He began his federal career with the CIA in 1961, later served in the Air Force, and then held budget and finance related positions with the Office of Management and Budget, and several committees of Congress.

James Andrew Rotherham was born in Melrose, Mass., and graduated in 1960 from Tufts University in Massachusetts. He received two master’s degrees at Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and in 1970 a doctorate there in political science.

After his federal retirement, Dr. Rotherham was a financial consultant until 2003 with Chambers Associates in Washington.

He taught courses in finance at the Library of Congress, Wilmington College in Delaware and other institutions. He also did public finance consulting in Khazakstan and the Republic of Georgia.

He was a co-founder of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston and a trustee of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church in Charlottesville.

He moved from Reston to Bethany Beach, Del. shortly after the turn of millennium and in 2008 to Crozet.

His first marriage, to Barbara Shagory, ended in divorce. Survivors include his wife since 1988, Beverly Thierwechter of Crozet; a son from his first marriage, Andrew J. Rotherham of Arlington; a sister; and two granddaughters.

CORRECTION: This obituary has been revised to include the correct middle initial of Mr. Rotherham’s surviving son, Andrew. He is Andrew J. Rotherham, not Andrew R. Rotherham.

— Bart Barnes