Official Obituary of

Ann Ehrlich

June 21, 1931 ~ June 3, 2017 (age 85) 85 Years Old

Ann Ehrlich Obituary

Ann Ehrlich, age 85, died on June 3, 2017 in San Rafael, California after a brief illness.  She was born on June 21, 1931 in Trenton, New Jersey to Wolcott LeClear Beard II and Bertha Huff Beard.  She married Stanley F. Ehrlich, and they had three children together in Pennington, New Jersey: Charles (Chuck), Carol, and Paul. 

Ann helped put Stan through dental school by designing and creating a line of stuffed animals called Penningtoys sold in stores in New York and beyond.  After two years in Florida while Stan served in the Air Force, the family returned to Pennington, where Stan established his dental practice in their home at 145 South Main Street.  Ann pursued her college degree over many years, while raising her family and assisting in Stan’s practice. She received her BA from Douglass College of Rutgers University in 1968, the same year that Chuck graduated from high school.  Ann’s experience in the dental office led to her first book on dental practice management and later a textbook for dental assistants that is currently in its 12th edition. After Ann and Stan divorced,  Ann started teaching dental assisting at Mercer County Junior College in New Jersey and then at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. In the late 1970s Ann moved to Atlanta, where she met Donald Jacobsen in an evening class at the Unitarian Universalist Church where he served as minister.  The two were wed in 1982, and after Don’s retirement in 1993 they relocated back to Chapel Hill.  Ann became the author of Medical Terminology for Health Professions in 1988, a textbook that continues to flourish under the authorship of her daughter and two granddaughters.  After treatment for breast cancer in 1999 she developed lymphedema, and this became the subject of her next books: Living Well with Lymphedema, Voices of Lymphedema, and the Lymphedema Caregivers Guide.  She reached out personally to people with lymphedema around the world through her web site Her work in this field carries on with scholarships for lymphedema therapists awarded through the Lymphatic Education and Research Network (LE&RN). William Repicci, president of LE&RN, recently referred to Ann as “a giant in our field.” 

When her husband Don passed away in 2013, Ann moved to San Rafael, CA to be closer to her son Chuck and his wife Liz.  She is survived by Chuck Ehrlich and his wife Liz McMahon and their daughter Laura; her son Paul and his wife Janet and their sons Chris and Ben; and her daughter Carol and her husband Dean Schroeder, their son Erik and his wife Nina O’Keefe, their daughter Katrina Schroeder Smith and her husband Alex Smith.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist, and Kaddish will be said in her honor during the Sabbath service on Friday, June 23 at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco.   The family requests that in lieu of flowers, friends honor Ann by contributing to the lymphedema scholarships through The Royalty Fund administered by Triangle Community Foundation. Memorial gifts may be made online through the Foundation’s website at, or mailed to Triangle Community Foundation, P.O. Box 12729, Durham, NC 27709. Memorial Service

Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist

Sunday, June 18, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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