FIVEHOUSE TAMARA SARAH (ROBINSON)|
Died Sunday, June 16 at the Halquist Memorial (hospice) Inpatient Center in Arlington, VA, two years after being diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer. Tamara is survived by her devoted husband of 12 years, Derence V. Fivehouse of Alexandria, VA; loving mother, Mary (Esper) Robinson of Greentree; and brothers, Jim Fidler of Hendersonville and Robin (Amy) Robinson of New Jersey; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and in-laws. Her father is the late Clyde Robinson, Jr. of Homestead. Tamara was born and raised in Homestead and Greentree, PA and graduated from Keystone Oaks High School in 1975. Tamara began her professional career as a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS) in 1981 after graduating from Penn State at State College, PA in 1979. During her early years, she established herself as a leader at NCIS. She was the first supervisory female special agent in the agency, clearing the way and setting the model for women investigators in the agency. She was consistently recognized for her ability to solve particularly complex criminal and counter-intelligence cases. During her career, she held numerous senior domestic and foreign assignments, including Florida, Washington, California, Hawaii, Diego Garcia (Indian Ocean), and Washington, D.C. She advanced from NCIS to senior positions at the U.S. Postal Service, Inspector General's Office, the U.S. Department of State, Inspector General's Office, and finally as the director of the Criminal Investigative Activity, Defense Logistics Agency, Ft. Belvoir, VA. Tamara retired in 2007 and traveled with her husband until his retirement and her diagnosis in 2011. Tamara was a truly unique and special person. She did not suffer fools lightly, she connected with people quickly and often at a deep level. She had a quick wit and impish sense of humor which she graciously shared with us all. She was passionate about her family, her cats and dog, and cooking. She was a fighter to the very end and her passing will leave a hole in many lives. Visitation Thursday 2-8 p.m. in R V ANDERSON FUNERAL HOME, INC., 315 East Tenth Ave., Homestead, PA. Trisagion Service 7 p.m. Funeral Service Friday, 11 a.m. in St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Pgh., PA.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on June 19, 2013