Dr. Howard Victor Epstein, age 83, of Atlanta died on April 6, 2015. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sondra Swack Epstein, Atlanta; daughters and sons-in-law, Abby and Michael Blackburn, Tampa, FL and Julie Epstein Blankenship and Gene Blankenship, Stone Mountain; son and daughter-in-law, Daniel Epstein and Heidi Philip, Toronto, Canada; brother, Morton Epstein, Columbus, OH; and grandchildren, Rebekah, David, and Adam Blankenship, and Lucas and Theo Hardie. Dr. Epstein is originally from Logan, Ohio. He earned a B.A. in Journalism from Ohio State University, a MSSA (Master of Science in Social Administration) from Case Western Reserve University, and a PhD in Education Administration from Georgia State University. He retired as an Associate Professor Emeritus from the University System of Georgia. Dr. Epstein served as Director of the Senior Adult Program at the Cleveland Jewish Community Center, Ohio, Director of two federally funded grants through the Southern Regional Education Board, and as the chairperson and an associate professor of the Georgia State University Social Work department. In his retirement, Dr. Epstein published his book, Jews in Small Town: Legends & Legacies. This was followed by his appearance discussing the book in the PBS special, Another Mitzvah. Both the book and the DVD of his interview are in the Museum of American Jews in Philadelphia and the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life in Jacksonville, MS. The son of European immigrants, Dr. Epstein devoted much of his time to an in depth research of his family genealogy. This genealogy research took him and Sondra on many international trips including Lithuania, Latvia, and Norway. He has created a volume of valuable family history for his children and his children’s children. Outside of research travel, Howard and Sondra traveled to Belize, China, Costa Rica, Norway and various European countries. Sign on-line guestbook: www.edressler.com. The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7th at Arlington Memorial Park with Rabbi Hillel Norry officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University or Mount Scopus Chapter of Greater Atlanta Hadassah. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.
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