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Elinor H. Kerpelman, former deputy director of state human rights commission

Elinor H. Kerpelman, former deputy director of state human rights commission

Elinor H. Kerpelman, a civil rights activist and former deputy director of the Maryland State Commission on Human Rights, died May 9 at a son's Catonsville home from congestive heart failure.

She was 88 and lived in Mount Washington.

"Elinor was a lovely, brilliant, caring woman," said former state Sen. Julian L. "Jack" Lapides, a longtime friend. "She was an old-fashioned liberal with not a prejudiced bone in her body."

Sen. Lapides called Ms. Kerpelman a soft-spoken yet effective "giant in the cause of civil rights."

"Her exterior was conservative looking and she was an absolute lady," said Rhoda S. Zeligman, a...

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