Carlos Stern of Arlington, Virginia, died peacefully at home on January 21, 2019 at the age of 83. Carlos is the first of two children born to Ernst and Matilda Stern. He was born in Barcelona, Spain, following the family’s flight from Nazi Germany. When he was two years old, the family fled the Spanish Civil War and resettled in Cape Town, South Africa. There Carlos completed his undergraduate studies in Chemistry and developed a love of the outdoors. In his twenties, Carlos followed his family in their final migration to the United States.
Carlos’ first job in the United States was with IBM. He completed his doctoral degree at Cornell University and became a pioneer in the field of Environmental Economics. He helped spearhead the Bottle Bill in Connecticut, which was an early, innovative example of recycling policy. His research on the effects of dams in the upper Missouri River influenced federal environmental policy; he was repeatedly invited to testify before the United States Congress on environmental issues. He was appointed Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Air Force for Environment and Safety under President Carter. Following his service with the federal government, Carlos launched a consulting firm which advised businesses on environmental regulation and pollution remediation strategies.
Carlos often said that he enjoyed a good life with no regrets and that he was particularly happy to have found his beloved wife, Karin Price. Carlos and Karin shared twenty years together, during which time they created a loving and welcoming home and a beautifully-landscaped, wildlife-friendly garden, enjoyed joyful relationships with family and friends, engaged with and volunteered in their community, hiked, kayaked, attended lectures and concerts, and traveled together to familiar and exotic places. Carlos had a keen curiosity and loved to learn and discuss a wide range of topics. He was an avid bicyclist and volunteered with the Washington Area Bicycling Association (WABA); in retirement he also enjoyed various woodworking projects.
Carlos is survived by his wife, Karin Price, and her two children; his sister, Barbara Garris, her husband Henry and their four children and four grandchildren. He leaves behind a treasure trove of friends and neighbors.
Funeral service is private.