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ALBERS WILLIAM E. ALBERS Bill Albers, founder and President of Albers & Company, passed away on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the age of 70. Bill was a 28-year veteran of government service, as well as many legislative and political campaigns. He began his government service in the 1970s with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where he rose to the position of Management Programs Officer. During his subsequent tenure at the Department of Justice, he served as staff advisor to the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General. In 1975, Bill joined the Presidential campaign of Governor Jimmy Carter as National Fundraising Director. He was a member of the Carter Transition Team and served at the ACTION agency where he created a volunteer Citizens' Criminal Justice Program. Following that assignment, President Carter appointed him to the Appalachian Regional Commission where he focused on economic development programs and the energy crisis, targeting the depressed regions of 13 states. In 1979, President Carter brought him into the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President for Political Affairs. In early 1982, Bill founded Albers & Company, a state government relations and consulting firm based in Arlington, Virginia. Bill was one of the early proponents and supporters of the Democratic Leadership Council, which then-Governor Bill Clinton used to launch his 1992 Presidential Campaign. During the campaign, he served on President Clinton's Finance Steering Committee. In 1996, Bill served as the Co-Chair of the Democratic Leadership Council's Talent Inventory Project, whose task was to recruit New Democrats for positions in the second Clinton Administration. He worked closely with the White House Office of Personnel and reported to DLC Chairman Senator Joe Lieberman. Bill was born in St. Louis, Missouri, graduated from St. Louis University High School and Southeast Missouri State, and served in the United States Army. He was a devoted father and an avid golfer. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Mickley Albers, and son, Carter Edward Mickley Albers, as well as his sister Pat Frizzell, and brothers George Albers and Jim Albers. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, March 12 at Saint Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, 23331 Sam Fred Road, Middleburg, VA 20117. A reception will follow at the Middleburg Tennis Club, 1777 Zulla Road, Middleburg, VA 20117. Memorial donations for Bill's support of the Parkinson's Disease Movement Disorders Center may be made to Georgetown University (please note in the memo line that it is for the Nilotinib Clinical Trial) and sent to Georgetown University Medical Center, Attn: Jamie Cooper, 3300 Whitehaven Street, Suite 4000, Washington, DC 20007.Memorial donations for Bill's support of the Parkinson's Disease Movement Disorders Center may be made to Georgetown University (please note in the memo line that it is for the Nilotinib Clinical Trial) and sent to Georgetown University Medical Center, Attn: Jamie Cooper, 3300 Whitehaven Street, Suite 4000, Washington, DC 20007.
Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 7, 2014