Obituary: Leonard William Stern

Leonard William Stern

Leonard William Stern, 91, died on Feb. 7, surrounded by family and friends. 

He served on both the John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson administrations in various social policy positions. According to a family member, he was viewed as a pioneer on juvenile justice issues. After that, he became the assistant executive director of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and later, the executive director of the National Assembly, a consortium of large nonprofit agencies. He continued to work as an independent consultant for various nonprofits.

He and his beloved wife of 68 years, Cynthia, moved from Chevy Chase, Md., in 2001 to Malibu, where he continued to work as a consultant for various federal programs until he retired at age 82. 

He is survived by Cynthia; his children, Julie (Ed), Daniel (Laure) and David; his six grandchildren; and one great-grandson, all of whom will miss him deeply, a family member shared.