Obituary: Solomon Tropper

Obituary: Solomon Tropper

A native of Austria, he immigrated to New York as a toddler and moved to Birmingham after his marriage.

Solomon Tropper died of natural causes Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at the age of 97. Sol was born in Vienna, Austria, on Dec. 9, 1919, to Markus and Cecelia Tropper and immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island at age 3. He was the youngest of six children and was the last of his generation.

Sol attended Brooklyn College, where he spotted his future wife, Pearl Kessler. Pearl and Sol were married May 4, 1942, and later moved to Birmingham, Ala. – in Pearl’s words, the best decision they ever made.

Solomon Tropper

Sol and Pearl made lifelong friends in Birmingham through a televised great-books discussion program in the 1950s. Sol was also very active in civic theater, where he played roles ranging from Marcus Lycus to Thomas Cromwell. He was always passionate about opera and was listening to “Elektra” in his last moments.

Sol was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 69 years, Pearl Tropper, of blessed memory. Sol is survived by his sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren: Richard; Joshua and Jeanne and their daughters, Sarah and Rachel; and Peter and Sandra Tropper.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Jewish National Fund to plant trees in Israel. To sign the online guestbook, go to A memorial service will be held at 8:35 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at Congregation Or Hadash, Sandy Springs. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.


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