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Deborah Erwin died peacefully at home in Washington, DC on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. She was born July 18, 1966 in New York City.
Debbie earned a B.A., summa cum laude, from Princeton University. She received her Ph.D. degree in English from Yale University.
Debbie and Mark Erwin of Corsicana met and fell in love while they were both visiting English professors at Clemson University in 1997. After two years they moved to New York City to attend NYU School of Law, and lived in Brooklyn during that time. They were married May 28, 2000 in Manhattan in their first year of law school. Their daughter Isabel was born in Manhattan during their third year of law school.
Debbie began her legal career with Latham and Watkins LLP in Washington, DC, and later moved to Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Criminal Tax) at the IRS, where she was promoted to the attorney position of Special Counsel.
Debbie battled breast cancer for six and a half years. She continued to work until this summer and continued treatments until three weeks ago.
Debbie brought joy to all she came in contact with. She taught English for a year in China and worked one summer in Israel. She was a brilliant, generous, and loving person and was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter and friend.
She is survived by her parents, doctors Ruth and Nathaniel Karush of New York City and husband Mark and daughter, Isabel of Washington, DC.
She is also survived by her siblings, brother Dr. Matthew Karush and his wife Dr. Alison Landsberg of Arlington, Virginia, sister Sarah Karush and husband Volodya Shutov of Falls Church, Virginia, and five nieces and nephews.
A memorial service to celebrate Debbie's life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 at Joseph Gawler's Sons Funeral Home, 5130 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC.
Published on October 14, 2016
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