Wednesday, April 16, 2008;
Ervin W. Ornstein, 87, who owned a construction company that built tracts of single-family homes in the Washington area from
the 1940s to the 1960s, died March 29 at Georgetown Hospital of complications of surgery. He lived in Washington. Mr.
Ornstein, a Washington native, graduated from the old Central High School, where he was a standout on the varsity basketball
team and won interscholastic titles as a swimmer and a half-miler in track. He attended the University of Virginia for two years
and then served in the Army during World War II. After the war, he attended Georgetown University, where he played on the first
string of the varsity basketball team. Soon after he left Georgetown, he became a real estate developer, following in the
footsteps of his uncle, Morris Cafritz, a Washington area commercial and residential builder and civic leader.
Mr. Ornstein retired from his firm, Ornstein Construction, in the mid-1970s.
Throughout his life, Mr. Ornstein was devoted to athletics. He continued to be a champion in handball until about 20 years ago
and in tennis until a couple of years ago.
He also ran sports leagues affiliated with the Jewish Community Center and the Washington Hebrew Congregation. In 1993, he
was inducted into the Greater Washington Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Shirlee Kogod Ornstein of Washington; three children, Suzy Ornstein Fleming of Chevy
Chase, Nancy Ornstein of Bethesda and Stephen Ornstein of Washington; and two grandchildren.
-- Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb