Dr. Howard J. Ehrlich, educator and author

Dr. Howard J. Ehrlich, a sociologist, educator and author who founded the Prejudice Institute, died Feb. 2 at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center of Parkinson's and cardiac disease. He was 82.

Born in New York City, Howard Jay Ehrlich was raised there and in Columbus, Ohio, where he graduated from public schools.


He earned his bachelor's degree in 1953 in sociology, and a master's degree in 1955 in sociology and anthropology, both from Ohio State University. In 1959, he earned his Ph.D. in sociology and anthropology from Michigan State University in Lansing.

He was on the faculty of the University of Iowa from 1965 to 1971, where he directed the graduate program in social psychology.


After moving to Charles Village in 1971, he founded "The Great Atlantic Radio Conspiracy," which aired over WBJC-FM from 1972 to 1992. He established the Research Group One, an independent publisher of pamphlets and other material.

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In the 1980s, he founded the Baltimore School, an alternative school, and also during that time, he founded and edited Social Anarchism.

From 1986 to 1993, he was research director at the National Institute Against Prejudice and Violence based at the University of Baltimore. When the institute disbanded, he continued its work by founding the Prejudice Institute, which he directed until shortly before his death.

Dr. Ehrlich, who was credited with coining the word "ethnoviolence" — physical or verbal violence that is motivated by prejudice — was also the author of eight books. They included "Hate Crime and Ethnoviolence," published in 2009, and "The Best of Social Anarchism," co-edited with A.H.S. Boy in 2013.

A wine connoisseur and bread baker, he was the author of "Fast Breads!"

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at 2640 St. Paul St., Charles Village.

Dr. Ehrlich is survived by his partner of 28 years, Dr. Patricia Webbink of Bethesda; and her son, whom he helped raise, Andrew Webbink of Arlington, Va. An earlier marriage to Caroline Ehrlich ended in divorce.