Herbert S. Reff
computer systems analyst

Herbert S. Reff, 73, a retired computer systems analyst with the Social Security Administration, died Oct. 14 at Washington Hospital Center after suffering a stroke.

The death was confirmed by his daughter Maria Coor.

After his federal career ended in 2002, Mr. Reff was a substitute teacher with the D.C. public school system, mainly in elementary schools.

Herbert Samuel Reff was a New York City native and a 1961 graduate of City College of New York. In 1979, he received a master’s degree in technology of management at American University.

He moved to the Washington area in 1966. He was a computer analyst and programmer with the old Department of Health, Education and Welfare and began working at the Social Security Administration in 1977.

He had been an adjunct computer instructor at the University of the District of Columbia.

A District resident, he was a neighborhood activist in Washington’s Chevy Chase neighborhood and president of the Reno Road Coalition, a civil group. His avocations included scuba diving and fishing.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Maria del Rosario Maldonado Reff, and three children, Jonathan Reff, Rosanna DeMammos and Maria Coor, all of Washington; and five grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes