Eric passed away at his home in Chevy Chase, MD on June 26, 2020, surrounded by his family, after a ten-year battle with prostate cancer. Eric was born on May 15, 1952 in Paris, France and grew up in Mahopac, NY. He is a graduate of Yale University (1974), the American University School of Law (1977) and the Columbia Graduate School of Business (1978). When he moved to Washington, DC to study law at American University, he met and fell in love with a classmate, Susan, who became the love of his life. Eric and Susan were married in 1978 and settled in Bethesda, where they raised their three children, Andy, Barbara, and Jeffrey. Eric is Survived by his wife and three children and his three cherished grandsons, George, Logan and Matthew.
Eric was a partner and the founder of the law firm, Luse Gorman, PC., the premier community banking law firm in the country. Over the course of his 40 plus years of legal practice, Eric was a tireless advocate for the community banking industry and a trusted advisor to management teams and boards of directors of community banks across the country. Considered the father of the mutual holding company structure, Eric was a true maverick in his industry and one of the leading community banking attorneys in the nation.
Eric was a devoted husband and father and a passionate gardener. When he wasn’t working or coaching his kids’ sports teams, Eric could reliably be found planting flowers or pruning azaleas in his spectacular garden. He was a true aesthete and loved creating beautiful things in the world, including his home in Kenwood, which he designed and lived in from 2008 to the present. He loved to travel and he and Susan visited many countries in Europe over the last few years. Eric also loved his country fervently and was a great student of American history. He believed in civic duty – respecting one another, respecting our laws and institutions, and being a positive force in the community.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent in his remembrance to either the Semper Fi Fund or to Columbia University Medical Center for the prostate cancer research of Dr. Charles Drake.
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