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HUGHES HARRIET RUTH STERNSHER HUGHES Harriet Ruth Sternsher Hughes, Alexandria, VA passed away suddenly May 19,2012 at Inova Fairfax Hospital from a massive hemorrhagic stroke. She was surrounded by her beloved son David William Hughes and his wife, Amy DeLisa. Born May 22, 1946 in San Francisco, CA, she was the daughter of the late Nathan and Nellie Gourse Sternsher. She is survived by her son, David William Hughes, and daughter-in-law, Amy DeLisa of Marriottsville, MD; sister, Miriam (Sternsher) Brown, and husband Allen Brown of Kamiah, Idaho. Grandmother of Joshua Samuel Hughes, Hanover, PA; Sofia Carmelina DeLisa-Hughes and Giuseppe Tobias DeLisa-Hughes, Marriottsville, MD. Also survived by nephew Joshua Broo; great nieces Shelbie Jones Broo and Alexa Campbell, all of Forks, WA; and many cousins. Harriet received her Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration and Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, CA; a Master's Degree in Organization and Staff Development at California State University, Hayward, CA; a Master's Degree in Applied Public Financial Management at American University in Washington, DC; and Executive Training Courses from Harvard University. She served the United States Government with distinction in several high-level senior positions for many years. She was Administration Comptroller, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Deputy Director, Office of Budget, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Special Assistant for Aviation Budget and Requirements, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Air Warfare); Budget Analyst, Office of the Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Navy Comptroller; Business Manager, Joint Cruise Missiles Project Office; Analyst, Department of the Navy; Representative and Examiner, Social Security Administration. She was a member of the Senior Executive Service, at the highest level. In each of her positions, she was awarded many highly coveted awards for her achievements. They included Outstanding Performance Awards for each year she served at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Outstanding Performance Award and Sustained Performance Award at the Department of Defense, Special Achievements Awards at the Department of the Navy, and Contributing Award from the American Society of Military Comptrollers. After her retirement from government service, Harriet served as a highly acclaimed Consultant in financial management training, organization development, proposal writing and management of technical projects, both in the United States and throughout the World. She served as a Consultant to a large Ukrainian Bank to improve its management, and to help a Ukrainian NGO coordinate university management programs with private sector requirements, which resulted in a very successful graduate school and research center. Her professional leadership in both the public and private sector was outstanding. It included, Treasurer, Economics Education and Research Consortium, Inc.; Director, Paragon Corporation; Director and Treasurer, Precision Strike Association; Director and Secretary, The International Alliance; Treasurer and Secretary, Executive Women in Government (EWG); Council Member, Little Theatre of Alexandria; Secretary and Director, Kennedy School of Government Alumni Council; member of the Montebello Association Board of Directors; Vice President, American Society of Military Comptrollers; Conference Staff Editor, Institute for Noetic Science; and Member of the Virginia State Leadership Council, AARP. In addition, Harriet was an Instructor in Business Administration- Trinity College; and an Instructor in Management at Ventura Community College. Among her many professional achievements, she was winner of the 2011 WORLD OF DIFFERENCE AWARD, given by the International Alliance for Women, which honored 100 achievers from 27 countries throughout the world for their efforts in advancing the economic empowerment of women locally, regionally and worldwide. Harriet was recognized for her outstanding achievements in public service and government. As a senior executive in the government she was widely recognized for her mentoring and training of young women helping them to move up the career ladder both economically and socially which resulted in increased salaries to contribute to their families' well-being and then enable them to give back to their communities. Harriet loved to travel, visiting over 90 countries and then writing fascinating articles about her experiences for the International Travel News. Harriet is an individual "who truly made a difference" in the hundreds of individual lives she touched, both domestically and internationally. Her legacy and love of life will be long remembered by all those she touched and every project she was involved with. Harriet lived a life full of adventure and good friends right up to the end. Harriet has made an anatomical gift of her body to medical research. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2012 from Noon to 2 p.m. at the Little Theater of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Donations may be made to the International Alliance for Women (TIAW) microenterprise project, http://www.tiaw.org.
Her family may be contacted through David Hughes at david_hughes@verizon.net.
Published in The Washington Post on May 24, 2012