Theresa B. Stuchiner ’47 was a leader in the field of employee benefits, as well as one of the first women to be named partner at a large benefit-consulting firm. She passed away on January 7, 2013, at the age of 91.
Stuchiner graduated from Flora Stone Mather College for Women at Case Western University in 1942. She began her legal studies at the university, but later transferred to Columbia Law School. She earned her J.D. from the Law School in 1947.
After graduation, Stuchiner worked at her husband Martin’s law practice, and then returned to school in the early 1960s to pursue an advanced degree in tax law. Stuchiner entered the taxation field in the mid-1960s and was hired by Kwasha Lipton (which later became part of PricewaterhouseCoopers), a pension and benefits consulting firm in Fort Lee, N.J. She became the firm’s first female partner.
In the late 1970s, Stuchiner worked as an outside adviser to the White House Office of Management and Budget, helping to direct the federal government’s reorganization of its agencies’ employee benefit responsibilities. From 1984 to 1985, she served as a member of the Kwasha Lipton team that developed Bank of America’s cash balance pension plan, the first in the country.
Stuchiner served as a charter fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, as a member of the board of editors for The New York Law Journal, and as head of the New York State Bar Association’s committee on taxation. During her retirement, Stuchiner enjoyed spending time in the Adirondack Mountains, where she often reunited with Law School graduates Libby Adelman ’38, Naomi Levine ’46, and Lois Waldman ’50.
Stuchiner was preceded in death by her husband, Martin. She is survived by her sons, David and Robert; her daughter, Ann; and three grandchildren.