Virginia Erhardt | Passages

Virginia Erhardt | Passages

Virginia G. Erhardt, 77, formerly of Atlanta, Georgia died peacefully of natural causes on Dec. 6, 2019, at her home on Orcas Island, Washington.

Virginia was born in Queens, New York, to Alfred and Evelyn Ward Erhardt, and after raising two sons moved to Atlanta, where she met her life partner Judy Dorman; cultivated a family of close friends; and obtained a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Georgia State University.

Virginia practiced as a psychologist in Atlanta for many years, was of great help to many, and was a pioneer in providing assistance to transgender people and their families. In 2009 Virginia and Judy retired to their beloved Orcas Island, where they were again surrounded by a loving and supportive family of friends, and where Virginia was able to be close to her son and grandchildren.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, her life partner Judy, her sons Brian Hughes and Shawn Hughes, and her grandson Ian Hughes. She is survived by her sister Stephanie Wasserman (Mark), nephew Eric Warheit, grandchildren Brian Hughes, Michelle Hughes and Nichole Hughes, and a host of friends who will miss her dearly.

Memorial services April 25, 2020, location on Orcas TBA. Donations in Virginia’s name may be made to the OPAL Community Land Trust, opalclt@opalclt.org.