SSW News

Long-time Faculty Member Paul Ephross Passes Away

January 13, 2017    |  

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Professor Emeritus Paul Ephross passed away on Thursday, January 12.

The funeral will take place on Sunday, January 15 at 10:00 AM at Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, 11800 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20904 (301/622-2290).  Interment will follow at King David Memorial Gardens, 7482 Lee Hwy, Falls Church, VA 22042.

Shiva and visiting hours will be held at the home of Joan Weiss, 14912 Clavel Street, Rockville, MD 20853, (301) 460-4457, as follows:
Sunday, January 15th -- Shiva at 7:30 PM
Monday, January 16th -- Visits: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM.  Shiva at 7:30 PM
Tuesday, January 17th -- Visits: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM.  Shiva at 7:30 PM

Born in Boston in 1935 to parents from Odessa, Paul was a native Yiddish speaker.  He was a gifted musician who played both flute and piano, the latter with the Boston Pops as a young child.  He played the piano by ear until a few weeks before he died. He was a proud alumnus of Boston Latin School, Harvard College, and Boston University before moving to get his doctorate at the University of Chicago.  He then came to the University of Maryland School of Social Work, where he was a professor for almost 40 years.  During that time, he served as Director of the Doctoral Program and was the founding director of the School of Social Work Community Outreach Service.  He directed many research projects, and authored and edited numerous books and articles. He also served as an adjunct professor at Baltimore Hebrew University.  In 2004, he was honored as a Social Work Pioneer by the National Association of Social Workers. Paul also had a private practice in psychotherapy in Rockville.
An active volunteer in the Jewish community, Paul became enthusiastic about Reconstructionism after hearing Mordecai Kaplan speak at Harvard. Paul later helped found the Columbia Jewish Congregation in Columbia, Maryland.  His many activities over the years include serving on the Boards of Directors of The BLEWS (Baltimore's Black-Jewish Forum), the Baltimore Jewish Council, and the Associated Jewish Charities and Welfare Fund in Baltimore.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 15 at 10 am at Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, 11800 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD. Interment to follow at King David Memorial Gardens, Falls Church, VA.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to -- (a) the Paul Ephross Scholarship Fund, University of MD School of Social Work; (b)  Mazon - A Jewish Response to Hunger; or (c) JSSA Hospice, Rockville, MD.  Shiva will be observed at the home of Joan and Paul on Sunday evening from 7:30-9:30 p.m.; and on Monday and Tuesday from 2:00-5:00 p.m., with shiva minyanim at 7:30 p.m.