Former Washington journalist Marc H. Stertz passed away after a long illness at the Hebrew Home in Rockville on January 16. A Bethesda resident for 45 years, Mr. Stertz was 72.
Mr. Stertz spent most of his career in Washington with the Kiplinger organization and the National Automobile Dealers Association before retiring in 2007. At Kiplinger, he was an editor with the weekly Kiplinger Washington Letter covering automobiles and various government departments, and later became editor of the Kiplinger Florida Letter concentrating on economic developments in the state.
In 1989, Mr. Stertz moved to the automobile dealers group, first as editor-in-chief of its monthly publication, AutoExec magazine, and later as the trade group’s Executive Director for Publications. He was also a founding member of the Washington Automotive Press Association, serving as president from 2006 to 2007. He was a Silver Owl Member of the National Press Club.
Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1945, Mr. Stertz attended local schools, received a bachelor’s degree in English at the State University of New York college in Oneonta in 1967, and attended post-graduate courses in publications and editing in New York University. The year of his graduation he married the former Barbara Schwartzberg, a nurse, and health care administrator, of the Bronx. After working in two positions in advertising and public relations, he moved to Washington in 1972 to take up the Kiplinger position.
Mr. Stertz is survived by his wife, his daughter Lauren Jo Rosa (Dan) in Rumson, New Jersey and two granddaughters, Sophia and Isabella.
A memorial service is planned for a later date.
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