Debra E. Aronson
January 18, 1949 – November 17, 2018
Passed away on November 17, 2018. Debra was born in New York, NY on January 18, 1949 to the late Grace and Joe Ertischek.
Debra graduated from the University of Maryland with a Fine Arts degree in 1971 and the University of MD School of Law in 1980. She initially practiced law within the Department of Labor, followed by many years with the law firms of King & Nordlinger and Max & London before several years as a sole practitioner in Rockville, Maryland.
She and her husband Alec Waddell then spent four wonderful years living in London, during which time she obtained her Master of Medical Laws and Ethics degree from Kings College, London in 1997. Upon their return to their home in Chevy Chase West, Debra spent several years working as a bioethicist for FASEB and then BIO while also serving on an Institutional Review Board within NIH. She retired in 2008 to focus on her artistic passions, most notably digitally designed artwork. But there was never any doubt that Debra's greatest passion was the time she was able to spend with her cherished grandchildren: twins Kate and Samantha Aronson, Bjorn Svensson, Emily Aronson and Oskar Svensson.
Debra also spent numerous hours enjoying her beautiful garden, dancing with her husband and anyone else that loved to dance, listening to music, laughing with friends, and watching virtually any live performance. She simply loved all that life had to offer.
In addition to her husband and grandchildren, Debra is also survived by her sister Tamie Lobel and husband Evan; her children Jennifer Svensson and husband Peter; Gabe Aronson and wife Aimee; and Carol Waddell and wife Julie Junkin. Debra was preceded in death by her brother Mark Ertischek.
Debra's family is planning a memorial service for her to be held this coming Spring at their home in Edgewater, MD.