Obituary of Erica Laufer
Edith “Erica” Laufer, 92, passed away peacefully surrounded by her children on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at her home in Potomac Falls, Virginia. Erica was born on May 11, 1930 in Klagenfurt, Austria to Joel and Claire Laufer.
Erica’s life was dramatically affected by Anschluss, the Nazi occupation of Austria in the late 1930s. She and her family were forced to leave their home in southern Austria near the Alps and move to Vienna. Remarkably, her father got train tickets to Amsterdam and they sailed to Trinidad where they lived for a few years, and eventually immigrated to the United States and to Washington, DC after WWII started. She and her parents were all that remained of her family of 65.
This escape drove Erica to accomplish and succeed and she became a pioneer among women of her era. Erica worked as a legal and medical secretary to pay her way through George Washington University and she was one of 3 women to graduate from her GW Law School class in 1958. Her legal career culminated as the Attorney Advisor to the Commissioner of Social Security and later as an administrative law judge in Baltimore, MD. She also concurrently in the 1970’s owned a business called A-Z Typing & Printing in downtown Catonsville, MD and maintained a private law practice. She was president of the Women's Bar Association, the Business and Professional Women’s Club and the National Organization of Women. Her marriage to Dr. Krishan D. Mathur ended in divorce.
Upon retirement, she relocated to Ocean City, Md. where she opened in her historic Victorian home, “Erica’s Ocean Images”, an Old-Time Photo Studio one block off the boardwalk. Her initial dream career of becoming a fashion designer was realized as she sewed and designed elaborate costumes and photographed hundreds of beachgoers. She also rented apartments at the beach to students. She was active in the Chamber of Commerce and other community organizations during her 13 years in Ocean City.
In a desire to be closer to her family, Erica sold her business and relocated to Potomac Falls, Va. She is survived by her daughter, Leila Mathur Peck, her son, Roy Mathur, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
A memorial celebration with reception will be held Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 3:30-7:00 PM at the Claude Moore Community Center, 4611 Loudoun Park Lane, Sterling, VA. Family and friends are invited to attend. An online guest book is available to sign on the Herndon, Va.'s Adams-Green Funeral Home webpage. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.